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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

RBTL Tours: Ebb and Flow by Andrew Grey


Title: Ebb and Flow  
Author: Andrew Grey
Genre:  M/M Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Aug 18 2017
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print

Blurb/Synopsis:

To achieve happiness, they’ll have to find the courage to be their own men.
As first mate on a charter fishing boat, Billy Ray meets a lot of people, but not one of them has made him as uncomfortable as Skippy—because he’s drawn to Skippy as surely as the moon pulls the tides, and he’s almost as powerless to resist. Billy Ray has spent his life denying who he is to avoid the wrath of his religious father, and he can’t allow anyone to see through his carefully built fa├žade.
Skippy is only in town on business and will have to return to Boston once he’s through. But he doesn’t count on Billy Ray capturing his attention and touching his heart. After all, his father has certain expectations, and one of them is not him staying in Florida.
Billy Ray doesn’t realize just how much he and Skippy have in common, though. They’re both living to please their fathers instead of following their own dreams—a fact that becomes painfully obvious when they get to know each other and realize how much joy they’ve denied themselves. While they can’t change the past, they can begin a future together and make up for lost time—as long as they’re willing to face the consequences of charting their own course.
Book Links
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Excerpt:

To say that Billy Ray Lowell was uncomfortable would be a supreme understatement. Hell, it was like saying a hurricane was a nice, refreshing breeze. Billy Ray knew he liked boys—he’d figured that out a while ago. The problem was, he was with four other men who did too, and he felt like they knew what he was like. He wondered if they’d say something or if they could read his mind or something. Skippy kept watching him, and he had a hard—pun intended—time taking his attention away from him. Skippy was a little smaller than him, but compact and with great blue eyes the color of the water on the sunniest day, framed by dark blond hair that would probably lighten if he spent more time in the sun, and a golden complexion.
“Billy Ray,” Bubba said, and he jumped to bait Jerry’s hook, then moved on to Kyle’s. He was doing his best to avoid Skippy and leave him to Bubba, but it wasn’t working, and every time he got close to him, his cologne, which was really nice and probably a lot more expensive than the deodorant Billy Ray wore, drew him like a moth to flame. It was clean, with an undertone of heat that sent ripples running down Billy Ray’s back.
“I got one,” Skippy called, cranking the reel as the pole bent.
Billy Ray got the net as a huge grouper broke the water. He scooped it up and took the hook out, then slid the amazing fish into the box and covered it with ice. “Great catch. I think that’s about the biggest one I’ve seen in a while,” he told Skippy, who grinned from ear to ear, and damned if that didn’t make Billy Ray’s heart thump a little faster. He needed to get his head in the game and out of his pants, or he was going to fall in or something.
“Good eating tonight,” Skippy declared, and the others echoed his sentiment. “We figured we’d cook what we catch tonight, so you come on by the house and join us if you like. I’ll give you the address. I have it in my bag. There’s nothing like a fresh catch.”
“I agree with that,” Bubba said, and Billy Ray nodded. If Bubba was going to this party, he couldn’t very well stay away and not look like a jerk. “Bait his line and let’s see if there’s another one down there.”
Billy Ray jumped to, but the lines had gone slack, so Bubba made the call to haul them up and started the engine to move them on. While they moved, Billy Ray baited all the hooks and cut up some more bait so it would be ready for their next stop. He also washed down the decking from where one of the fish had bled a little. When they stopped, he secured them in place with the anchor, and they repeated the process of making sure the boat was in position. Then the guys started fishing, and once again Skippy pulled up a beauty. It was definitely his day.
As Billy Ray unhooked the fish, its fin scraped along his hand, cutting the back of it. He jerked, dropping the fish.
Bubba got the fish in the bucket. “Go wash it.”
“Kyle’s a doctor,” Skippy said, taking Billy Ray’s hand, and before Billy Ray could do anything to protest, Skippy had tugged him over.
“We need to get his wound cleaned right away.” Kyle put his pole in the holder and hurried to his bag. “Sit right there, and I’ll have you fixed up in no time.”
“This happens sometimes. It’s no big deal.” Billy Ray would have just used something to cover the cut and then gone back to work. That was what he usually did, unless the cut was pretty bad.
“Just sit down.” Kyle sat next to him and cleaned the wound. Billy Ray hissed but didn’t cry out even when the alcohol burned. “The fish carry bacteria, and a cut like this can get infected easily.” Kyle had a gentle grip, but it didn’t make his stomach do little flips, not the way the slightest touch from Skippy did. Billy Ray wished he knew what was causing it so he could make it stop. It wasn’t as though he was going to do anything about it. Skippy was a rich guy from up north, and he was a poor Southern kid who lived in the same town where he was born and had never gone anywhere or seen anything.
“Is it deep?”
Kyle shook his head as he worked. “No. But I want to bandage it well enough that you can work without getting it dirty.” He finished with the bandage and put his things away.
Billy Ray thanked Kyle and got back to work, raising the anchor so they could move to their next spot.
“We’re going to be traveling for a while,” Bubba said from the pilot location.
“Then we should eat,” Steven declared, pulling open the cooler. “I have plenty for everyone.” He took out containers of fried chicken, cold salads, fruit, and drinks. It was like a miniature buffet, and Billy Ray’s mouth watered.
“It’s all right,” Bubba told him. Usually the rule was to let the guests eat. They often offered some of what they brought, but Bubba and Mike thought it best to remain separate and do their job. “Go ahead. These guys are different. They’re friends of Mike and William’s.”
“Have something,” Skippy offered as he sat down. “Steven always packs more than we can eat, and he gets the best food. Help yourself.” He handed a plate to Billy Ray, who hesitated before taking it, watching the others as they talked among themselves in such a good-natured way. They seemed so… normal.

“Thanks.” Billy Ray took a little of everything and then sat off to the side while the five friends sat together. Or maybe it was just four friends and a guest. Alec, the youngest of the group, sat slightly away from the others and ate quietly while the rest talked nonstop, poking fun at each other as they sped out to their next fishing location.



Author Information


Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.

Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing)  He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Author Links
Facebook Group All the Way with Andrew Grey
Twitter @andrewgreybooks

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For Other Works by Andrew Grey
(Please Be Sure To Stop by His Website to See All of His Works)

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Giveaway!

Andrew is giving two lucky readers a chance to win their choice of any of his titles via Dreamspinner Press. So hit the link below and leave an entry on the rafflecopter to be in with a chance of winning. Good luck!

https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/54e9c425227/

Monday, 21 August 2017

WMS: Release Blitz: Random on Tour: Last Vegas by Julia Kent


New Release! Random on Tour: Las Vegas 
by Julia Kent (@jkentauthor) 

#romantic #romance #contemporary #comedy

Release date: August 15, 2017
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance

Description:

Now, you know my mama’s a gambler (sweeper, whatever....), so I guess I got to blame her for a little of this.

When the band got invited to do a big gig here in Las Vegas, I was so excited. Really excited. And when we got here, I was dazzled.

A little too dazzled. I blame the lights and the money and does Vegas pump a scent through the entire town that makes you think you’re a winner, or what?

Because I gambled all our money away. And by “our,” I mean the band’s money. All of it. Every dang cent.

Only no one knows. They’d kill me. So I have to find a way to make all that money back.

I have an idea. I got a good body and a smart mind.

(Quit laughing).

I can do this. I can fix this.

Really.

It’s just gonna get a little weird for a while.

Random on Tour: Las Vegas is the 9th book in Julia Kent’s New York Times bestselling Random series. When the band performs in Vegas, anything goes – including Darla’s dignity and all of the band’s savings. When a savior appears, though, there’s a trade-off for being rescued. A big one. How far is Darla willing to go?

Oh, please. It’s Darla. Like you have to even wonder...

This book is told from the point of view of Darla, Trevor and Joe.

Buy links:
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2wcl2AD



Excerpt:

“Did you hear about the woman who died by suffocating on a guy’s penis?” I asked, all out of the blue. That’s how my brain worked sometimes, and hell if I understood it. Given any set of crises, I could compartmentalize and let at least one loose strand of gray matter float off in the wind, brought back by a breeze with a strange little factoid tucked away in the outback, coming forward to be uttered out of my no-filter mouth.

Plus, I needed time for the brain’s back burner to figure out how to give them an answer that fully conveyed my apologies and regret for being so stupid. Given that, why not distract them with a huge-dick story?

Trevor and Joe groaned in unison. They knew how I worked.

“He was from Peters, Ohio, wasn’t he?” Joe asked.

“I’ll get beer. We’re going to need it if this is one of her stories,” Trevor said, standing up and shaking his head as he and Joe exchanged a look I didn’t understand.

“No, not from Peters,” I said. “Trust me, if a guy back home had a cock that big, I’d know about it. Or have been dead long before I met you.”

They both froze, then slowly turned to look at me.

Oops.





Author Bio:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge. From billionaires to BBWs to new adult rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every contemporary romance she writes. Unlike Shannon from Shopping for a Billionaire, she did not meet her husband after dropping her phone in a men's room toilet (and he isn't a billionaire). She lives in New England with her husband and three sons in a household where the toilet seat is never, ever, down

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Release blitz organized by Writer Marketing Services.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

"Believe me, you want me, real bad." #SexySnippets from Truth or Dare?


It's Sunday so it's time for a Sexy Snippet. Today's 7 sentences are taken from my upcoming release, Truth or Dare? To set the scene Dani has just managed to get rid of the last guest who attend her house warming party, then she hears the toilet being flushed....

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Benjamin barked a laugh. “It’s only Cameron.”
I shot him an aggravated look. “Oh, even better, I now have to get your dick of a brother out of my apartment.”
Kat shook her head; the movement caused her blonde curls to bounce. “What’s the deal with you two?”
“She secretly wants me.” Cameron’s alto voice vibrated down my spine.
I snorted. “In your dreams.”
“No, babe.” He stopped behind me and placed his lips to my ear. “In my fantasies, and believe me, you want me, real bad.”
I wasn’t sure if it was the accuracy of his words or the simple touch of his lips, but goose bumps broke on my skin, and I had to fight to contain a shudder.


Do you dare tell the truth?

A tequila fuelled game of Truth or Dare is not Dani’s idea of fun, but when Cameron, the jerk who rejected her a year ago is the one provoking her into playing, how can she say no? Not that he’s giving her the option in the first place.

Bravado compels her forward, but when the dares get physical and their friends leave them alone, Cameron’s questions turn to her feelings for him, and unfortunately, lying is not part of the game.

Will a dare give Dani the courage she needs to tell Cameron the truth?

Note: Truth or Dare? is a re-release; the story is the same only the cover and the sale price has changed.

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Do check out the other Authors participating today, and why not join us next week? Sexy Snippets are seven sexy sentences taken from a work in progress or published work.

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Friday, 18 August 2017

RBTL Tours: Pre-Order Special: Just of the Path by Weston Sullivan




For the month of August Fire Quill Publishing is launching their campaign for upcoming novel Just off the Path, written by Weston Sullivan. This fairy-tale retelling of the classic Grimm brother’s tale: Hansel and Gretel, will keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s dark, it’s twisted and it’s all the famous fairy characters sketched in a way that you wouldn’t see coming.
Fire Quill Publishing have taken this one a step further. It’s a deal of a lifetime and one that you surely shouldn’t miss.
  


They are running a giveaway for more shares.
So all these pictures you can share via your social media and you might stand a chance to win an iPad. It’s not the first time they are doing this. They have recently given an iPad away with one of their other facebook release day parties and is doing it with future facebook parties too. So, if you like to win something other than books or giveaway cards, go have a look what they are doing and become part of their campaigns.
  


JUST FOLLOW THE INSTUCTIONS BELOW

Share the top picture of winning a brand new iPad with your friends and family on all the social media outlets. Follow the instruction below in gaining your extra entry but you need to go and post the screenshot in the Authors street group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1838574233124616/ to gain extra entries. There will be a post-up just for that. Post your screenshot of the social media share in the comments for extra entries.

Giveaway will be chosen in the event that will happen September 5th and 6th on facebook. So go and join in on all the fun.

HOW TO ENTER FOR THE IPAD GIVEAWAY
STEP 1: Like our Facebook page FIRE QUILL PUBLISHING https://www.facebook.com/Firequillpublishing/
STEP 2: Go to the pin post Just off the Path Pre Order special and share that picture. Then take a screenshot and post it in the comment section of the pin post.
STEP 3: Join the even that is taking place on the 5 of September for the release of JUST OFF THE PATH, where we will announce the winner of the iPad.

HOW TO GAIN MORE ENTRIES
STEP 1: Join the author’s group that is mentioned above.  There will be a post you can add all your screenshots where you shared. The more you share it with family and friends on social media the more your name will go into the hat.
We will run this till the end of the release day party on facebook. We will draw the winner of the ipad on there. There are amazing prices up for grabs, including a gift card of 300 dollars to the person sharing the event the most. You do not want to miss this one.
If anything is unclear or you have questions please do not hesitate to contact firequill publishing via facebook or through their email at Carlylel@firequillpublishing.com/ erikab@firequillpublishing.com

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Title: Just off the Path
Author: Weston Sullivan
Series: Standalone
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing: Fire Light
Release Date: Sept 5 2017

Blurb/Synopsis:


Years later, Rapunzel’s guards knock at his door, and they say the words he hoped that he would never hear: Gothel has escaped. As he and Gretel take refuge inside Rapunzel’s castle in the eastern capitol of Hildebrand, Hansel is thrust back into everything he never wanted in the first place: his lies, his legend, and his lust. In the wake of it all, he knows that Gothel has escaped to finish what she started. She is out to make sure that the Sleeping Beauty never wakes, and that Grimm suffocates under her blanket of thorn and vine. In order to find Gothel and save the kingdom, Hansel and Gretel must look for fact in a land of fairy-tale by following a trail of grisly murders, a girl in a red cape, and a powerful little man who can’t stand the sound of his own name.

As they search for answers, Hansel finds that he isn’t the only liar in Grimm, and that there may be a traitor among them of royal proportion.

Book Links
Pre-Order Price $2.99 Regular Price $4.99
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon DE
Amazon CA
Amazon AU


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Excerpt:

Hansel could have thought about Rapunzel the rest of the way into the city, but his reverie was abruptly interrupted when Gretel recoiled and grabbed onto his arm in fright. Ahead were three horses, tied to a thick tree trunk, picking at what was left of the grass beneath them while their riders kneeled on the ground beside them, examining something? Bystanders from the village just outside Hildebrand crowded around the horsemen, who were dressed similarly to Klaus, horrified by the sight on the ground.
The horses were oblivious to their surroundings. All they knew was that there, the spot to which they were bound, lacked the hay they needed to survive. Hansel didn’t want to look down as they passed the scene. For the first few seconds, he looked at the horses, and then he looked at the people. People knew murder when they saw it, horses didn’t. He thought that must have been the reason why they all looked terrified, while the horses simply looked hungry. It wasn’t that the horses were stupid, but murder didn’t exist in the horse world. Horses knew what hay was and what wasn’t, who could get close to them and who couldn’t, and when they were or weren’t tied up. He envied that about them—they didn’t have to worry about murder or winter. They simply existed in a world where awful things happened.
The only reason Hansel looked at the body was to ensure that it wasn’t Ceara. It wasn’t. A middle-aged man with a white shirt turned red was lying on his back. According to the man, death wasn’t as peaceful as Hansel thought. His face was twisted into a horrid U-shape, his mouth wide open as if he’d died while screaming. His skin was splotched in black-blue bruises near the stab wounds, and his intestines poked out from a thought back to his cottage. Their food supply consisted mostly of cucumbers that were waiting to be pickled so that they would last the winter. His stomach growled. He could practically smell the roasted venison being cooked below. He couldn’t remember the last time he’d had seasoned meat.

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Author Information

 After graduating with a BA in Creative Writing from the University of South Florida in 2017, Weston Sullivan moved to New York City to live and write in the heart of the industry. In late 2016, he began working as an intern in the submissions department of BookFish Books. His short story, "On the Hillside", won the Anspaugh Award for Fiction in February of 2017, and his novel, JUST OFF THE PATH, is due for release in early September.

He likes to believe that he is in charge of his own destiny, but at the end of the day, he knows that he was born to serve his two beloved cats.

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