5 Star Review: Snakes Among Sweet Flowers by Jason Huffman-Black @J_HuffmanBlack #MM

TITLE:  Snakes Among Sweet FlowersSnakes Among Sweet Flowers

AUTHOR:  Jason Huffman-Black

PUBLISHER:  Dreamspinner Press

LENGTH:  244 Pages

BLURB:

Two-time ex-con Camden Sanders has decided that Hog Mountain—an isolated community on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia—is the perfect place to continue running small scams without the threat of more prison time. But there are a few problems with this plan. One is the neighborly citizens of Hog Mountain thwarting his dirty dealings at every turn with their kindness. Another is Jackson Rhodes, a closeted Hog Mountain police officer who can see right through Cam’s good ol’ boy act and plans to catch him red-handed despite the attraction they both can feel. But the biggest problem of all is that Cam’s past is threatening to catch up with him, and it could mean trouble for more than just himself.

REVIEW:

Fantastic book! This is the first thing I’ve read from Jason Huffman-Black and I have to say that the book completely sucked me in. The writing style was so fluid and easy to read that on more than one occasion, I forgot I was reading an author new to me and instead imagined I was reading something from one of my favorite authors.

The story starts off with a not so flattering glimpse of Camden. He’s an ex-con and though he’s trying to start over and make a new life for himself, he hasn’t completely left behind his thieving and dishonest ways. In addition to pissing me off several times, he has a one night stand that was so unappealing that it made me dislike him even more. However, the closer he gets with the golden boy police officer, Jackson, the more he seems to redeem himself. By the end, I was rooting for both of them and feeling so bad for Camden due to the troubles his past life was bringing him and those he cared about.

There were so many things I loved about this book, but what drew me in more than anything were the emotional aspects. Though this was an action/ suspense book, it was also quite moving. In my opinion, there’s nothing better than a novel that can bring you to tears, and this definitely had me chocked up. Additionally, the erotic scenes were pretty hot. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves m/m romance that’s heavy on plot and m/m action/suspense. I will definitely be reading more from this author!

DARK ARTS ELEMENTS:

 M/M Erotic Romance, Murder (off page), Non-con (off page)

BUYING LINKS: 

Amazon | Dreamspinner Press

 

Endings and Beginnings Tour + Kindle Fire Giveaway: @ParkerWAuthor @K_C_Wells #BDSM #MM

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 I’m honored to welcome K.C. Wells & Parker Williams on the blog to promote their new release, Endings and Beginnings. Check out the character interview with Peter plus an awesome giveaway.

Character Interview Questions

  1. What is the best gift you ever gave?

My submission to Master Thomas. After what Curtis Rogers did to me, I never thought I’d be whole again. Never be able to explore the side of me that cried out to be shown. But my Master proved to be kind, patient, and I learned that I could trust again. It took me a while to be able to give him what I wanted to. To kneel at his feet, and simply submit. But once I did, I found my true self.

  1. What was your favorite subject in school?

Though it came after I left school, I found that I loved the training I got when I learned to give massages. There is something fulfilling to know that the person you’re dealing with is going to melt under your touch. When I first gave Master Thomas a massage, his reactions touched all my buttons. I don’t know that I ever had been so happy to give someone pleasure.

  1. What is the last thing you tell your partner before bed?

How much I love him. How much he means to me. I know he’s aware of it, but if I don’t say it…look, I talked with Jarod about my relationship with Master Thomas. Unless something out of the ordinary happens, I know he will likely go before I do. So every night I tell him what he means to me, so if something happens while we sleep, he will always know.

I realize it might sound foolish, but it’s important to me. He has to know how much he’s made a difference in my life, and he lets me know that I mean the same to him.

  1. What is your motto?

Don’t look back at past mistakes. It never does any good, and gives other people power over you. For a long time, Curtis Rogers had that power. Even when he went to prison. I needed my Master and Dr. Herne to pull me out of the dark tunnel I found myself in.

  1. What is your biggest strength?

Believe it or not, it’s my Master. He exudes strength, and I absorb it from him. He doesn’t let me dwell on things. He’s always there, ready to help me if I slip a little. I don’t do it so much anymore, and sometimes I worry that there will be something big coming up that will shake the foundation I’ve begun to build. But I know that my Master will be there, and he’ll do what is right to help me make it through any trouble that comes my way.

 Endings and Beginnings (Collars & Cuffs #8)

by K.C. Wells & Parker Williams

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Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

Length: 121,429 Words

This is the final book in the series, which should be read from Beginning to End. 😉

Blurb:

In all his relationships, Darren Fielding never found the level of intimacy he witnessed between Thomas Williams and his sub, Peter, the day of Peter’s “rebirth.” Not only that, he never realized such intimacy was possible. For two years, Thomas’s business card has been burning a hole in his wallet. When Darren’s lover moves on, maybe it’s finally time to see where that card takes him.

Collars & Cuffs’s new barman, JJ Taylor, is really conflicted right now. He went to the club with a very specific purpose, already convinced of what he’d find there. Except it’s not what he expected at all. He certainly didn’t anticipate finding himself drawn to the new wannabe Dom. Nor could he have guessed the direction that attraction would lead him.

Old love, new love, vows, pain, rage, moving in, moving on…. The members of Collars & Cuffs face an event that touches some of them deeply, but it will only reinforce what they already know: together they are stronger, and some bonds cannot be broken.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/107896-collars-and-cuffs

Categories: Contemporary, BDSM, Fiction, M/M Romance

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“Honey, I’m home.”

Alex laughed and came out of the kitchen to greet his husband. “We’ve talked about this, right? You do not walk into this apartment and talk to me like I’m the little wife.”

Leo kissed him soundly on the cheek. “Aw, but you’d look great in an apron, holding a glass of beer out for your weary, hard-working hubby.” He smirked. “And besides, no one in their right mind would call you little.”

Alex quirked his eyebrows. “One, you don’t drink beer, which is why there’s a glass of chilled chardonnay on the living room table, waiting for you. Two, excuse me—weary? Hard-working? You’ve been standing around in leather chaps and a harness, watching while guys do all manner of things to each other, which probably included a lot of fucking, because, hey, it’s Saturday night, right?”

Leo sighed happily. “What can I say? I love my job.”

BUY LINKS:

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Meet K.C. Wells

Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C. WELLS always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way. K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, when the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings—writing about men in love was even hotter….

K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career. The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.

And as for those men in love that she writes about? The list of stories just waiting to be written is getting longer… and longer….

Facebook |  Facebook Author Page | Twitter: @K_C_Well

Meet Parker Williams (or at least his voices)

Good day! We are the voices that live inside Will’s head. The ones who whisper to him constantly, beckoning him to speak of our adventures, to tell of our love, and perhaps, if we’re in a mood, kill a person or two.

We guide his hand as he tells our tales where love is the most powerful force, but must be worked for, molded, and finally, embraced. There can be no shortcuts or substitutions on the path to a happily ever after.

We hope you will join with us as Will fulfills his obligation to ensure our stories are told and, we hope, enjoyed.

Facebook | Website | Twitter: @ParkerWAuthor

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18-Jul

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19-Jul

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20-Jul

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21-Jul

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22-Jul

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25-Jul

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27-Jul

Chris McHart, Velvet Panic, All I Want and More Books, Bonkers About Books, Joyfully Jay

28-Jul

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29-Jul

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Blog Tour +Giveaway: Naughty Cupid by Deanna Wadsworth #Erotica #MM

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Deanna Wadsworth

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

Length: 178 pages

Release Date: June 6, 2016

Blurb:

The name’s Lio, and you may have read the beginning of my story in A Cupid’s Wager. Well, hold on to you hats, because there’s more to tell about your favorite cupid working in the Gay Division of the Inter-Dimensional Association of Cupids.

Remember Ethan? That Aztec god of the winds who busted me shooting a closeted human with a gay lust arrow? Yeah, I haven’t been able to forget him either. Even though I have a rule against getting it on with other supernaturals—especially ones working for the Straight Division—my magic is drawn to Ethan and all his tattoos and piercings in a way I cannot control.

But after that night of mind-numbing sex, now I gotta face my evil ex-boyfriend and a suspension by the IDAC for “misplacing” arrows. They took my quiver, and I have to figure out how to get my arrow privileges back before they’re taken forever.

Ethan seems to think he can help me, but I don’t know how anybody can make this cupid believe in love again.

Goodreads Link

Categories: Alternate Universe, Erotica, Fantasy, Humor, M/M Romance, Paranromal, Romance

BUY LINKS:

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NaughtyCupidFSEXCERPT:

“You know the lust arrows only work if the person’s mind is open to it. I shot Raymond with a Class 4 gay lust arrow. They only have a little more juice than a few tequila shooters. They can’t make a straight man gay.”

“But that is what you are trying to do,” Ethan shot back.

“You know it doesn’t work that way.”

To prove my point, I materialized one of my long purple arrows.

Without warning, I stabbed Ethan in the heart with it.

“Oww!”

The arrow exploded in a burst of light and glittering purple dust, the blast blowing our hair back.

When the magic cleared, the stunned expression on Ethan’s face cracked me up. “Now, do you spontaneously wanna suck my cock?”

He gaped at me like I’d lost my ever-lovin’ mind. “What did you do that for?”

“Don’t get your panties in a wad. Class 4G lusts can’t make someone gay. You’re born that way. There’s even a Lady Gaga song to prove it.”

His big hand rubbed where I’d hit him. “You should not have done that, Lio. You have no idea what you just did.”

“I already shot an unauthorized arrow tonight, what’s one more? Besides, unless you’re gay, it won’t affect you.” I waggled my brows. “So what are you so worried about? Got sumthin’ you wanna confess?”

He actually growled at me.

“Build a bridge,” I told him. “If anyone has a right to be pissed off here, it’s me. The gaydar says Raymond is gay, yet you asshats over in SD decided to shoot him and a woman with true love arrows. Talk about a douche move. Forcing the man to lie to himself and everyone about who he is. And how is that fair to do to the girl? She’s a victim too!”

“The IDAC does not consider a gaydar to be a reliable source of information,” he said, completely ignoring the more-than-valid complaint.

Humans were born with a variety of sexualities, but there were only a limited variety of arrows to complement the IDAC’s narrow-minded ideas on sexuality. In a nutshell, there were gay arrows and the naturally more powerful straight arrows. Don’t get me started on the complexities of targeting anybody not gay or straight. I was glad not to be assigned to those fledgling subdivisions of GD because they often had to work with the jerks in SD. However, both primary divisions had arrows for love (red) and lust (purple), each with four different strength ratings—one being the most potent. In other words, the Class 1S love Ethan had been using was the highest strength straight love arrow—aka the most powerful of all arrows.

Hence his being so pissed at me.

“I’m not gonna sit here and argue politics with you. We both know I’m already in trouble for an unauthorized arrow launch. Make that two,” I amended, gesturing to his chest. “Why the fuck do you think I don’t have love arrow privileges anymore? Hell, the sparks our collision set off will raise questions too. I’m already busted. Fine! I’m ready to face whatever comes my way. When I set out to do this, I knew there were risks.”

“Set out to do this?” he repeated, looking utterly appalled. “You mean you have done this before?”

I swallowed, feeling like a child being scolded. “Only on unattached people.”

“I cannot believe you would do that to someone! A person’s decision to come out is deeply personal. You have no right, Lio! None!”

Yeah, but the Fates did, I supposed. Who put those bitches in charge, anyway?

I didn’t know what Ethan’s big fat beef might be—besides the one in his pants—but I had to get my ass out of this sling. “Like I said, I’m already busted. If you think Raymond isn’t gay, let’s just follow them”—I pointed to my unauthorized mark and the guy with him, both of them deliberately brushing hips and shoulders as they walked down the street—“and see what happens. If he changes his mind, I’ll admit the gaydar is inaccurate, I’ll turn myself in for interrupting your mark, and you won’t even get in trouble.”

He glared. “And if your arrow works, I suppose you get to walk?”

“If I’m right, and those two dudes get their freak on, you can do what you want with me.” Too bad that wouldn’t be those full lips around my dick. “But you give me back the gaydar and you don’t tell anyone I have it or that I was here.”

Ethan looked at the device in his hand as if it would explode or jump up and bite his cock off. His expression would’ve been funny if this weren’t so serious. He seemed to be weighing something in his mind, and I felt his anger retracting. Still, an aura of incredible danger and masculinity wafted about him. My heart thumped wildly, both from nerves and the exotic spiciness of his skin. Knowing his ferocious appearance was tempered with an innate goodness made me a little hot.

Okay, a lot hot.

Though it went against every rule I made for myself, I couldn’t stop picturing Ethan naked. Sure, I was as horny as any cupid, but something about this Aztec amplified all of my senses far more than usual—especially the ones below the waist.

“I cannot believe I am saying this,” Ethan said slowly. “But I will give you one chance. One. But if you ruin that man’s life, your ass is mine.”

“Talk dirty to me,” I purred.

He lowered dark brows. “You are not funny.”

“I think I’m a really fun guy. Especially when I’m naked.” I couldn’t help myself and gave him a suggestive wink. “And whoever said a little dick up the ass would ruin a man’s life? Ever try it? The orgasms are un-fucking-believable.”

Ethan curled his lip and growled at me like an angry cat.

“Jeesh, sorry I mentioned it.”

He seized my arm in a viselike grip. “Come.”

If I’d known going with Ethan would turn my world upside down, I would’ve grabbed my gaydar and run, taking my chances with my boss, the IDAC, and even the Fates. Because I wasn’t prepared for what was coming my way.

Not at all.

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MEET THE AUTHOR

Deanna Wadsworth might be a bestselling erotica author, but she leads a pretty vanilla life in Ohio with her wonderful husband and a couple adorable cocker spaniels. She has been spinning tales and penning stories since childhood, and her first erotic novella was published in 2010. She has served multiple board positions at her local RWA chapter and with Rainbow Romance Writers of America. When she isn’t writing books or brainstorming with friends, you can find her making people gorgeous in a beauty salon. She loves music and dancing, and can often be seen hanging out on the sandbar in the muddy Maumee River or chilling with her hubby and a cocktail in their basement bar. In between all that fun, Deanna cherishes the quiet times when she can let her wildly active imagination have the full run of her mind. Her fascination with people and the interworkings of their relationships have always inspired her to write romance with spice and love without boundaries.

Website | Facebook Profile | Facebook Page | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads | Instagram | Amazon Author Central

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Rafflecopter Prize: A print copy of ‘Naughty Cupid’

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6-Jun: The Novel Approach, Velvet Panic

13-Jun: Bonkers About Books, Making It Happen

20-Jun: Alpha Book Club, Divine Magazine

27-Jun: Boy Meets Boy Reviews, The Dark Arts

4-Jul: Love Bytes, Open Skye Book Reviews

11-Jul: A.M. Leibowitz

18-Jul: My Fiction Nook

25-Jul: Carly’s Book Reviews

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8-Aug: Havan Fellows, BFD Book Blog

15-Aug: Bayou Book Junkie

22-Aug: Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews

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12-Sep: Cathy Brockman Romances

19-Sep: Prism Book Alliance, Happily Ever Chapter

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Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Naughty Cupid by Deanna Wadsworth #Erotica #MM @DeannaWadsworth

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Naughty Cupid

Deanna Wadsworth

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

Length: 178 pages

Release Date: June 6, 2016

Blurb:

The name’s Lio, and you may have read the beginning of my story in A Cupid’s Wager. Well, hold on to you hats, because there’s more to tell about your favorite cupid working in the Gay Division of the Inter-Dimensional Association of Cupids.

Remember Ethan? That Aztec god of the winds who busted me shooting a closeted human with a gay lust arrow? Yeah, I haven’t been able to forget him either. Even though I have a rule against getting it on with other supernaturals—especially ones working for the Straight Division—my magic is drawn to Ethan and all his tattoos and piercings in a way I cannot control.

But after that night of mind-numbing sex, now I gotta face my evil ex-boyfriend and a suspension by the IDAC for “misplacing” arrows. They took my quiver, and I have to figure out how to get my arrow privileges back before they’re taken forever.

Ethan seems to think he can help me, but I don’t know how anybody can make this cupid believe in love again.

Goodreads Link

Categories: Alternate Universe, Erotica, Fantasy, Humor, M/M Romance, Paranromal, Romance

BUY LINKS:

DSP

NaughtyCupidFS

EXCERPT:

“You know the lust arrows only work if the person’s mind is open to it. I shot Raymond with a Class 4 gay lust arrow. They only have a little more juice than a few tequila shooters. They can’t make a straight man gay.”

“But that is what you are trying to do,” Ethan shot back.

“You know it doesn’t work that way.”

To prove my point, I materialized one of my long purple arrows.

Without warning, I stabbed Ethan in the heart with it.

“Oww!”

The arrow exploded in a burst of light and glittering purple dust, the blast blowing our hair back.

When the magic cleared, the stunned expression on Ethan’s face cracked me up. “Now, do you spontaneously wanna suck my cock?”

He gaped at me like I’d lost my ever-lovin’ mind. “What did you do that for?”

“Don’t get your panties in a wad. Class 4G lusts can’t make someone gay. You’re born that way. There’s even a Lady Gaga song to prove it.”

His big hand rubbed where I’d hit him. “You should not have done that, Lio. You have no idea what you just did.”

“I already shot an unauthorized arrow tonight, what’s one more? Besides, unless you’re gay, it won’t affect you.” I waggled my brows. “So what are you so worried about? Got sumthin’ you wanna confess?”

He actually growled at me.

“Build a bridge,” I told him. “If anyone has a right to be pissed off here, it’s me. The gaydar says Raymond is gay, yet you asshats over in SD decided to shoot him and a woman with true love arrows. Talk about a douche move. Forcing the man to lie to himself and everyone about who he is. And how is that fair to do to the girl? She’s a victim too!”

“The IDAC does not consider a gaydar to be a reliable source of information,” he said, completely ignoring the more-than-valid complaint.

Humans were born with a variety of sexualities, but there were only a limited variety of arrows to complement the IDAC’s narrow-minded ideas on sexuality. In a nutshell, there were gay arrows and the naturally more powerful straight arrows. Don’t get me started on the complexities of targeting anybody not gay or straight. I was glad not to be assigned to those fledgling subdivisions of GD because they often had to work with the jerks in SD. However, both primary divisions had arrows for love (red) and lust (purple), each with four different strength ratings—one being the most potent. In other words, the Class 1S love Ethan had been using was the highest strength straight love arrow—aka the most powerful of all arrows.

Hence his being so pissed at me.

“I’m not gonna sit here and argue politics with you. We both know I’m already in trouble for an unauthorized arrow launch. Make that two,” I amended, gesturing to his chest. “Why the fuck do you think I don’t have love arrow privileges anymore? Hell, the sparks our collision set off will raise questions too. I’m already busted. Fine! I’m ready to face whatever comes my way. When I set out to do this, I knew there were risks.”

“Set out to do this?” he repeated, looking utterly appalled. “You mean you have done this before?”

I swallowed, feeling like a child being scolded. “Only on unattached people.”

“I cannot believe you would do that to someone! A person’s decision to come out is deeply personal. You have no right, Lio! None!”

Yeah, but the Fates did, I supposed. Who put those bitches in charge, anyway?

I didn’t know what Ethan’s big fat beef might be—besides the one in his pants—but I had to get my ass out of this sling. “Like I said, I’m already busted. If you think Raymond isn’t gay, let’s just follow them”—I pointed to my unauthorized mark and the guy with him, both of them deliberately brushing hips and shoulders as they walked down the street—“and see what happens. If he changes his mind, I’ll admit the gaydar is inaccurate, I’ll turn myself in for interrupting your mark, and you won’t even get in trouble.”

He glared. “And if your arrow works, I suppose you get to walk?”

“If I’m right, and those two dudes get their freak on, you can do what you want with me.” Too bad that wouldn’t be those full lips around my dick. “But you give me back the gaydar and you don’t tell anyone I have it or that I was here.”

Ethan looked at the device in his hand as if it would explode or jump up and bite his cock off. His expression would’ve been funny if this weren’t so serious. He seemed to be weighing something in his mind, and I felt his anger retracting. Still, an aura of incredible danger and masculinity wafted about him. My heart thumped wildly, both from nerves and the exotic spiciness of his skin. Knowing his ferocious appearance was tempered with an innate goodness made me a little hot.

Okay, a lot hot.

Though it went against every rule I made for myself, I couldn’t stop picturing Ethan naked. Sure, I was as horny as any cupid, but something about this Aztec amplified all of my senses far more than usual—especially the ones below the waist.

“I cannot believe I am saying this,” Ethan said slowly. “But I will give you one chance. One. But if you ruin that man’s life, your ass is mine.”

“Talk dirty to me,” I purred.

He lowered dark brows. “You are not funny.”

“I think I’m a really fun guy. Especially when I’m naked.” I couldn’t help myself and gave him a suggestive wink. “And whoever said a little dick up the ass would ruin a man’s life? Ever try it? The orgasms are un-fucking-believable.”

Ethan curled his lip and growled at me like an angry cat.

“Jeesh, sorry I mentioned it.”

He seized my arm in a viselike grip. “Come.”

If I’d known going with Ethan would turn my world upside down, I would’ve grabbed my gaydar and run, taking my chances with my boss, the IDAC, and even the Fates. Because I wasn’t prepared for what was coming my way.

Not at all.

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Deanna Wadsworth might be a bestselling erotica author, but she leads a pretty vanilla life in Ohio with her wonderful husband and a couple adorable cocker spaniels. She has been spinning tales and penning stories since childhood, and her first erotic novella was published in 2010. She has served multiple board positions at her local RWA chapter and with Rainbow Romance Writers of America. When she isn’t writing books or brainstorming with friends, you can find her making people gorgeous in a beauty salon. She loves music and dancing, and can often be seen hanging out on the sandbar in the muddy Maumee River or chilling with her hubby and a cocktail in their basement bar. In between all that fun, Deanna cherishes the quiet times when she can let her wildly active imagination have the full run of her mind. Her fascination with people and the interworkings of their relationships have always inspired her to write romance with spice and love without boundaries.

Website | Facebook Profile | Facebook Page | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads | Instagram | Amazon Author Central

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Rafflecopter Prize: A print copy of ‘Naughty Cupid’

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Feather Fall Tour ~ Evelyn Elliott: Interview + Giveaway #BDSM #Erotica #MM @ev_elliott

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I’m pleased to welcome Evelyn Elliot on the blog to promote her book, Feather Fall  with an interview, excerpt, and giveaway.

Villains, and Why I Love Them

This is my routine:

  • Plot the story out in exhausting detail.
  • Outline every scene.
  • Vodka.
  • Write the story.

My villain fucked it all up.

Crow, for those who don’t know, was the villain in my first fantasy novel. I say “was” because not only did he narrowly escape death, he has now become the main character of his own book.

Villains are some of the most charismatic characters, I think. There’s something deliciously enticing about a man who knows what he wants and gets things done. Crow… Crow has goals, and he’s willing to do what it takes to accomplish them. No flinching. No tears.

“They say you need to enjoy torture to be good at it,” Crow said. “I disagree. My mother wasn’t sadistic—merely practical. When she needed to know something, she always found out.”

He drew a knife from his boot. One edge was serrated, perfect for sawing through things. “I hated her,” he said. “And I loved Regis. I wanted so desperately to save him that every night I would lie awake, plotting my mother’s death. I became very inventive.”

Clyde couldn’t seem to speak. He stared into Crow’s black eyes.

“For example,” Crow said, “I know that if I tie tourniquets on your arms before I shave away your fingers, you will not die an easy death of blood loss. I know that if I hurt you, I should pour salt and vinegar in the wounds to prevent an infection that might otherwise take you from me. I know how to make you last, and while I am not a sadist, I am practical.”

Then he drew a knife and sank it into Clyde’s hand. The wide blade cleanly severed his smallest finger, and Clyde shrieked into the gag. Crow helped muffle it with his hand.

“Now,” Crow said. “Tell me what you did with my lover, and you can keep the rest of your fingers.”

I’ve always liked sympathetic villains, so I worked hard to make Crow interesting. He isn’t just evil; he can be nice, sometimes. He can be smart. He can be funny.

That’s what makes a villain interesting, I think. Crow doesn’t want to hurt people. But he’s willing to hurt people. Crow only has one friend in the world: Regis Teller, his childhood sweetheart.

So when Regis is kidnapped by a ring of slavers, Crow formulates a plan of action. The only way to save him is to team up with Jonathan, his archenemy. They disguise themselves as master and slave in order to infiltrate the black market.

Whatever it takes.

Feather Fall (Spell Slave #2)

Evelyn Elliott

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Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Length: 260 pages

Release Date: April 22, 2016

 

Blurb:

Hero and criminal. Brute force and subtle charm. Jonathan White and Crow Belcane are polar opposites, but if they want to rescue the man they both love, they’ll have to work together.

After visiting his former lover, Crow knows only one thing: he loves Regis and he will do anything to reclaim him. But before his very eyes, Regis is abducted. Kidnapped by high-end slavers. Only Regis’s infuriating partner, Jonathan—a dangerous vigilante—is willing to help.

To infiltrate the slave ring, Jonathan and Crow disguise themselves as master and pet. As a slave, Crow is pushed to his limit. He’s chained, branded, whipped, and forced to obey Jonathan’s every order. But the longer he spends at Jonathan’s feet, the more natural his disguise begins to feel—and the more he likes it. As much as he hates Jonathan, they make a good team.

Both of them are devoted to Regis. Despite the overwhelming attraction between them, Jonathan is unwilling to betray his partner, and Crow is unwilling to come between them. But once the three of them are together again, all bets are off.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14427929.Evelyn_Elliott

Categories: BDSM, Bisexual, Fantasy, M/M Romance, Romance, Menage/Poly

BUY LINKS:

Amazon  | Barnes & Noble   | AllRomance  | Dreamspinner Press

 

EXCERPT

Crow followed Jonathan to the lodging house. Jonathan looked like he was going to explode with rage the entire walk home. Crow prayed they didn’t come across anyone looking for a fight.

When they strode in, the woman at the counter scowled. “Your boy’s only been gone two days,” she said to Jonathan. “Already bringing whores home?”

Jonathan waved her away. “He’s a friend, Marta.”

“Friend,” she muttered. “Yeah, all right.” She sniffed. “Long as you send him on his way when you’re done with him. Don’t want him harassing my patrons.” She bustled down the hall. Crow stared after her in shock.

“She thought you were a prostitute,” Jonathan said helpfully. He opened the door, then locked it behind Crow. Immediately, he went to the back door and swept it open. He went into the garden and hugged Chartreuse around her neck. His grip was white, and his entire body was rigid. “Fucking slavers,” he muttered. “Fucking disgusting.”

Crow leaned against the doorway, arms folded. “Why did the innkeeper think I was a prostitute? Do you often pick up whores?”

Jonathan rolled his eyes at the joke. But he relaxed a little, and he went back inside with Crow. He shut the door. His fingers rested on the knob. “So,” he said.

“So,” Crow said.

Jonathan looked away, hands clenched. “I need a favor.”

“A favor?”

“Will you teach me how to—” Jonathan grimaced. “How to be charming.”

“What?”

“Charming,” Jonathan said, like his teeth were being pulled. “It’s just this—this thing you Badgedo. I mean, let’s be honest with each other for a moment. You’re a terrible person, and yet every single person that meets you instantly likes you. How do you do that? Show me. I need to improve my acting skills.”

Crow didn’t want to teach Jonathan anything. But they were in this mess together, and if Jonathan slipped up and ruined his disguise, then they would both be in terrible danger. Crow saw on the bed. “Fine. Come here.”

Jonathan circled the bed like a wary animal. He sat far away from Crow.

“First lesson,” Crow said. “Body language.”

“What? Why does that matter?”

“You need to relax. If you look nervous, everyone else will become nervous, too.”

“I don’t feel relaxed,” Jonathan groaned.

“You don’t have to feel relaxed. You have to look relaxed.” Crow leaned against the headboard and splayed his legs. “See? Like this.”

“I can’t fake it the way you can.” Jonathan popped his fingers, then cracked his neck. He stretched his legs out, then touched his toes. Finally, he rolled his shoulders and let out a breath. He did seem a little less tense now.

“Good,” Crow said. “Now. Lesson two. Just be nice. Observe people. Give them compliments. Listen to what they say. It’s easy.”

“Really?”

“Of course. I mean, that’s how I seduced you the night I met you.”

And the room became weirdly silent.

The night they’d met. Right. The night Crow had waltzed in, spent a few minutes talking to Jonathan, and then stripped his pants off. Crow winced. It was probably a raw wound for Jonathan, considering the fact Crow had—at the time—been part of a plot to kill him. He shifted to the middle of the bed. He crossed his legs. “Look at me.”

“What?”

“I want to teach you about sexual tension. It’s important. We need to investigate the House of Red Silk, but if we stall too long, Madam Karis might realize we’re up to no good. You must keep her attention. If she becomes impatient, pretend to be interested in a slave.”

“Interested? How do I do that?”

“Like this.” Crow leaned in. He lowered his eyelashes and tilted his head a little. His gaze slowly went from Jonathan’s hands, to his chest, then—ever so slowly—he met Jonathan’s eyes and held them. The air between them felt thin as paper, as though if he moved one inch closer, the barrier between them would tear.

Jonathan jerked back.

His face was unreadable, but his eyes were wide, pupils blown. Crow put his hand on Jonathan’s arm, and Jonathan jerked. “Tension is a sense of anticipation,” Crow said. “Stretch out that moment. Make it clear you want him.”

Jonathan skirted away to the edge of the bed. “Oh, come on,” Crow said. “If you can’t do it with me, how are you going to do it with a stranger?”

“I keep thinking about that time you threatened to skin me,” Jonathan snapped.

“That happened once.”

The light outside had faded. Twilight lit the garden. Crow felt exhausted from his façade. He got up to draw the curtains.

“No, wait,” Jonathan said. “I….”

Crow glanced back.

Jonathan had a painfully awkward look on his face. He blew out his breath. “Sorry. You’re right.” He got up. He rubbed his face. When his hand moved away, his expression was cool again. He scanned Crow’s face, then—hesitantly—touched Crow’s jaw, then his collarbone. He crowded Crow against the wall. Their chests didn’t touch, not quite.

Heat flickered through Crow’s body, and he was aware, powerfully aware, of how long it had been since he’d trusted someone to touch him. He shuddered.

Then Jonathan pulled away. “Like that?”

“Yeah,” Crow said. “Like that.”

Jonathan shut up and went to bed. He lay fully clothed on the mattress, alone by himself. Crow swept up a pile of blankets and dumped them on the floor by the wall. He burrowed into his little nest and closed his eyes. He didn’t sleep. Where was Regis? Locked in a cage somewhere? Sold?

 

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MEET THE AUTHOR

If you encountered Evelyn Elliott, you’d see a small soft-spoken woman wearing a sundress. At first, she seems like a perfectly normal woman. Do not be deceived.

Her hobbies include watching grisly horror movies, torturing her characters, and tending to her flower garden. She enjoys long walks in the park and collecting the souls of small children.

Whenever she reads a book, she always roots for the villain.

Avoid her at all costs. Certainly do not locate her Goodreads. Do not dare friend her on Facebook, either. She will only corrupt you.

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Spotlight: Yakuza Courage (The Way of the Yakuza #1) by H.J. Brues #DarkErotica #MM

TITLE:    Yakuza Courage Yakuza Courage (The Way of the Yakuza #2)

SERIES:   The Way of the Yakuza #1

AUTHOR:   H.J. Brues

PUBLISHER:    Dreamspinner Press

LENGTH:  336 Pages

BLURB:

Ex-Navy SEAL Brendan O’Farrihy enrolls in kendo classes to investigate a Honolulu dojo acting as a front for a yakuza syndicate. Or at least that’s what Brendan’s client, Senator Harris, believes. Through his kendo instructor, the cocky, short-fused, gorgeous Kinosuke Yonekawa, Brendan learns the criminals who are supposedly using the senator’s son, Kenneth, to expand their activities into the US, seem to have severed any yakuza connections. The jaded, soul-scarred former soldier is captivated by the loyalty these gangsters show each other and the way they protect Ken like a tight military unit. Brendan wonders why the senator lied to him, and what the yakuza are shielding Ken from.

When Ken disappears, Brendan suspects foul play and decides to help the man he is falling for, Kinosuke, and his friends, find Ken. But when Kinosuke discovers Brendan has been on the senator’s payroll, all bets are off.

RATING: I loved it!

DARK ARTS ELEMENTS:

Kidnapping, M/M Erotica

BUY LINKS: 

Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | ARe    

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

H.J. Brues lives in Spain, enjoying the hot weather, the brisk language, the warm-hearted people, and the thousands of books of the library she works in. She has a degree in medieval history and loves castles, knights in shining armor, and barbarian warriors with no armor at all. She practiced fencing till her knees started complaining, took archery till her elbow almost fell off, and then, wisely, switched to the less martial of the martial arts, tai chi.

 

Spotlight: Ironbound Kisses by Jessica Walsh #Fantasy #MMRomance

TITLE:    Ironbound Kisses  Ironbound Kisses

AUTHOR:     Jessica Walsh

PUBLISHER:     Dreamspinner Press

LENGTH:     111 Pages

BLURB:

Don’t talk to him. For all intents and purposes, he doesn’t exist.

Thomas knows the rules when he takes a job with the circus, but he can’t stop thinking about the strange young man hidden away in the manager’s trailer. After a chance meeting with Isle, Thomas is even more intrigued, despite Isle’s warnings. As his obsession with Isle grows, Thomas vows to solve the mystery surrounding him and rescue him from his prison. But nothing is what it seems—especially not Isle—and Thomas is left unable to trust his own mind. Amidst the sparkles and illusions of the big top, Thomas can’t tell whether the spell he’s falling under is love… or something very different. He just knows he has to have Isle, and he’ll do things he never imagined himself capable of to get him.

RATING:  I liked it!

DARK ARTS ELEMENTS:

Abuse, Bewitching, Captive, Dark M/M Fantasy, Kidnapping

BUY LINKS: 

Dreamspinner Press Amazon

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

My life is a flurry of writing, art and creativity. You can usually find me reading a book, scribbling notes in a notebook for future creations, typing on a laptop with music blaring in my ears or buried in my basement watching documentaries and sitting behind a sewing machine.

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember and have boxes of old notebooks in horrible handwriting to prove it. Only recently have I stumbled back into writing and finishing my ideas.

Seeking the Storyteller is the first novel I’ve published; with my partner in crime and life, Briana Lawrence. I also write horror, fantasy, supernatural and occasionally romance pieces which I am currently shopping around through contests and publishers.

(My opinions and views are my own – and may not necessarily represent companies or publishers I work for.)

 

Spotlight: Stygian by Santino Hassell #Paranormal #MMRomance

TITLE:     StygianStygian

AUTHOR:     Santino Hassell

PUBLISHER:     Dreamspinner Press

LENGTH:     217 Pages

BLURB:

Jeremy has been isolated and adrift since the death of his brother. Most people just see him as the skinny emo kid who wears eyeliner and plays drums. No one gets him. Nobody tries. He thought the indie rock band Stygian would become his anchor, but—lost in their own problems—they’re far from the family he sought.

Still, hoping to get close to Kennedy, the band’s enigmatic guitarist, he follows Stygian to northern Louisiana for a summer retreat. They had planned to spend six weeks focusing on new music, but things go awry as soon as they arrive at the long-deserted Caroway mansion. Tempers flare, sexual tension boils over into frustration, and Jeremy turns away from the band to find a friend in his eerily beautiful landlord Hunter Caroway.

Kennedy suspects there’s something off about the creepy mansion and its mysterious owners, but Jeremy thinks he’s finally found somewhere he fits. It isn’t until Kennedy forces the Caroways’ secrets into the light that Jeremy realizes belonging sometimes comes with a price.

RATING: I loved it!

DARK ARTS ELEMENTS:

Abuse, Bewitching, Biting, Brain Washing, Captive, Child Abuse (off page), Cutting, Dark M/M Fantasy, Dark M/M Romance, Drug Addiction, Dub-con, Forced Seduction, M/M Dark Erotica, M/M Horror, Ménage, Murder, POV of Victim, Psychological Trauma, Rough Sex, Sex Ritual

BUY LINKS:

Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

 

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.

Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.

To learn more about Santino you can follow him on:

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Spotlight: Yakuza Pride (The Way of the Yakuza #1) by H.J. Brues

TITLE:    Yakuza Pride Yakuza Pride (The Way of the Yakuza #1)

SERIES:     The Way of the Yakuza #1

AUTHOR:     H.J. Brues

PUBLISHER:     Dreamspinner Press

LENGTH:    350 Pages

BLURB:

When yakuza underboss Shigure Matsunaga meets Kenneth Harris at a boring social event, he’s surprised to find himself attracted to the blond gaijin with the mismatched eyes. Shigure is even more pleased when he discovers Ken not only speaks Japanese fluently, but is fluent in Japan’s ways, even the more violent of the martial arts. Ken’s expertise at kendo is not his most striking quality—it’s the passion beneath his quiet, almost fragile exterior that ignites Shigure’s lust, and the two come together as explosively as they spar.

Shigure is a dangerous man in a dangerous position. He’s been trying to keep the peace with the Daito-kai—Shigure’s hated rivals—but the danger on the streets is escalating, threatening those Shigure most wants to protect. He may claim to love his gaijin, but before he can keep Ken safe, Shigure will have to overcome hostility from his people, a hidden enemy, and, the most insidious opponent of all, his own hard-won pride.

RATING: Absolutely crazy, flipping out, and dying over this book! I will read again!

DARK ARTS ELEMENTS: 

Captive, Dark M/M Romance, Humiliation, Kidnapping, M/M Dark Erotica, M/M Erotica, Sexual Exhibitionism

BUYING LINKS: 

Dreamspinner Press

Amazon  

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Book Review: Sinner’s Gin (Sinners #1) by Rhys Ford

TITLE: Sinner’s GinSinner's Gin (Sinners, #1)

SERIES: Sinners #1

AUTHOR: Rhys Ford

PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press

LENGTH: 260 Pages

BLURB:

There’s a dead man in Miki St. John’s vintage Pontiac GTO, and he has no idea how it got there.

After Miki survives the tragic accident that killed his best friend and the other members of their band, Sinner’s Gin, all he wants is to hide from the world in the refurbished warehouse he bought before their last tour. But when the man who sexually abused him as a boy is killed and his remains are dumped in Miki’s car, Miki fears Death isn’t done with him yet.

Kane Morgan, the SFPD inspector renting space in the art co-op next door, initially suspects Miki had a hand in the man’s murder, but Kane soon realizes Miki is as much a victim as the man splattered inside the GTO. As the murderer’s body count rises, the attraction between Miki and Kane heats up. Neither man knows if they can make a relationship work, but despite Miki’s emotional damage, Kane is determined to teach him how to love and be loved — provided, of course, Kane can catch the killer before Miki becomes the murderer’s final victim.

REVIEW:

Sinner’s Gin starts out with a mystery after a body is dumped in Miki’s car. Though Kane is a police officer on the case, he takes on the role of protector for Miki. Later, Kane learns that the man found dead in Miki’s car was one of Miki’s foster parents, a man who sexually abused Miki. As the case unravels Miki finds himself in danger once again.

I really loved the relationship between Miki and Kane. Miki was a little sassy but wounded and somewhat broken. Kane is instantly drawn to Miki, but precedes with caution due to the things that happened to Miki in the past. I had high expectations for this book, so I guess I was disappointed that I wasn’t as drawn to it as I imagined I would be. I loved the romantic ending, but was confused about the last scene that seemed to be some kind of lead in to the next book. Though the story was enjoyable, I can’t say when I’ll continue this series.

RATING: I liked it 🙂

DARK ARTS ELEMENTS:

Abuse, Captive, Child Abuse (off page), Hurt/Comfort

BUY LINKS: 

Amazon