Wednesday, October 31, 2018

"Trex or Treat" by Tara Lain (Release day blitz and review) ADULT title ED&P

A special treat just for you on this Halloween!! 

The Shy Professor’s Sexy Halloween Surprise!

Tara Lain


Josh Harris is all dad all the time. A busy college professor and devoted single father, Josh tries to be happy with only his son for company. But then Bradley “Trex” Trexler moves in across the street with his stepbrother, Bogo, and takes advantage of their empty home, making it into a haunted house for Halloween.

Josh's son, Ernie, can't wait to go, so Josh dresses up like a movie cowboy and saunters over. It’ll be the best Halloween of Ernie’s life, but there’s another sharpshooter roaming the dark corridors, and this one might have a special treat for Josh….

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First Edition published by Etopia Press in Halloween Heat (IV anthology), October 2012.


A voice drawled, “I’m not sure there’s room for two gunslingers in this town.”
Josh slowly raised his head. Doc Holliday, aka Trex, stood at the other end of the hall. Black hat, dark three-piece suit, a gun at his side, and a delicate handkerchief tinged with blood that was the clue to the character—Holliday had died of TB. The western garb fit perfectly on that tall, athletic body. The real Holliday never looked so good. Josh wanted to drool.

Josh smiled, but Trex didn’t break character, his gaze resting steady and dangerous on Josh’s face. Okay, two could play. Josh scowled like a man who gazed into the sun all day and chewed the stump of cigar in his mouth. He rested a hand on his toy six-shooter. “You want to try me?” The words were out. What did I just say?

Trex/Holliday sauntered toward him, spurs jingling. He came face-to-face with Josh and cracked a hint of a smile. “Show me what you got.”

He’d called his bluff. “Uh, oh, I….”

Trex reached up and slowly took the unlit stogy from Josh’s teeth. He slipped a hand around Josh’s neck and—holy crap!—he pressed a hot mouth over Josh’s lips with a hint of warm tongue. Their hats bumped and Josh’s fell backward. He grabbed for it, their teeth knocked together, their noses squashed, and Trex pulled back, laughing. “I guess we know that cowboys didn’t spontaneously seduce each other. Too much shit to get in the way.”

Josh knew his eyes were wide, and he was having trouble keeping his breath even. “Doing a little cowboy experimentation, are we?” He reached down, grabbed his hat from the floor, and put it back on.

Trex waved a hand down Josh’s body. “Hey, you come in oozing cowboy charisma, you gotta expect some admiration.”

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About the Author

Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Erotic Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance,  Best Gay Characters, and more. Readers often call her books “sweet,” even with all that hawt sex, because Tara believes in love and her books deliver on happily-ever-after. In addition to writing dozens and dozens of romance novels,  Tara also owns an advertising and public relations firm. Her love of creating book titles comes from years of manifesting ad headlines for everything from analytical instruments to semiconductors. She does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. Together with her soulmate husband and her soulmate Dog, she recently realized a vision to live where there were a lot more trees and a lot fewer cars by moving to Ashland, Oregon. She hasn’t stopped smiling since. 

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My review:

4 out of 5 stars

Trex or Treat by Tara Lain is a cute and sizzling short story perfect for Halloween. Josh Harris is a lonely professor who is a single father and gets a new neighbor, Bradley Trex Trexler, who sets up an amazing haunted house that appeals to both father and son, but for very different reasons.

This is a quick and sexy adult m/m story that gives the ambience of the holiday while introducing a couple of men and their personable young charges. The connection between the males on both an interpersonal and professional level is intriguing and I'd love to get more details and learn about their backgrounds. Things went very fast but there was just enough to whet my appetite for a longer story featuring all four of these charactersthe two adults and the two young boys.

A copy of this story was provided for review

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Rise of the Seer by Brandon Barr (Special pricing and somber news)

Brandon Barr


A god-gifted young woman is chosen for a grim task– one that will take her beyond the boundaries of her own world. Winter’s chilling visions of the future make clear that her choices will not only affect the success of her mission… but whether those she loves will live or die.

On the distant world of Hearth, Meluscia is the daughter of a dying king. As he wages a bitter war in the north, a growing evil devours the villages of the east. She would turn her kingdom’s forces to face the emerging threat– but first, she must gain the throne… and confront the secret desire that torments her soul.

Though worlds apart, Meluscia and Winter’s destinies are bound together by portals and an ancient prophecy that promises to pull friend and foe together in a devastating collision.

An excellent choice for fans of Anne McCaffrey and Terry Brooks. RISE OF THE SEER is Book One in the Song of the Worlds series.

Hit the buy, borrow, or one-click button to discover an epic that’ll grab hold of you and never let go…

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Some of you who are fantasy fans may already be familiar with Brandon Barr's personal story. Sadly, his talents are about to be lost to us as he is end-stage. His author friends have banded together to help get his final series launched, and the initial book is on sale. The other two books in the series can be pre-ordered.

Author Susan Faw (and others) sent the following appeal in her newsletter:

Unfortunately, the leukemia has returned, and this time, there is no further treatment available. Brandon has been told that he will die, and that he has as little as a month to live. 
Brandon is one of the bravest men I know. Knowing that his death is imminent, his friends in the author community have stepped up to complete his life's work, helping him to finish his five book fantasy series and launch it on his behalf.
We, indie authors all, have volunteered to carry the torch for Brandon, his wife, and his three young boys.  


We need your help to do this. 
Brandon's new epic fantasy series is launching right now. 

I am asking you to buy them all. Every last book in The Song Of The Worlds Series.  

But not only that, I am asking that you donate to the Go Fund Me account that has been set up in his name. These funds will go directly to his widow and children, to help support them in the difficult days, weeks and months ahead. It will go toward the raising of Brandon's children and help fund their kid's college years. 

The good that will come from this small donation will aid a wonderful family in their most desperate hour.

Additional information, including a link to his GoFundMe page can be found here

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Dark Rivers (Witchbane #2) by Morgan Brice (Release blitz, excerpt, and GIVEAWAY)


Dark Rivers 
 (Witchbane #2)

Morgan Brice

Publisher: Darkwind Press
Cover Artist: Lou Harper
Genre/s: Urban Fantasy, MM paranormal romance
Length: approx. 85 000 words


One hundred years ago, a sheriff’s posse killed dark warlock Rhyfel Gremory, but his witch-disciples escaped, and their magic made them nearly immortal. To keep their power, each year one of the witch-disciples kills a descendant of one of the men in the posse, a twelve-year cycle that has cost dozens of lives, including that of Seth Tanner’s brother, Jesse.

Seth uncovers the cycle of ritual killings that feeds the power of the witch-disciples, and he's hell bent on getting vengeance for Jesse and stopping the murders. His fledgling romantic relationship with Evan Malone complicates his mission, but Seth can’t walk away. Seth and Evan are learning to navigate their partnership—as lovers and monster hunters—while they chase the next witch-disciple and avoid attracting the wrong kind of attention.

When the hunt takes Seth and Evan to Pittsburgh on the trail of the next killer, they’ll have to save the intended victim and take down the powerful witch. If the skills they possess and the bond between them isn’t enough, the evil will remain unchallenged, and more people will die...



“If the sun hasn’t set yet, and there’s no moon, where’s that blue glow coming from?”

Clouds covered the sky, blotting out the dull, late-afternoon sun, and the overhead branches dimmed the light even more. Yet beneath the trees, the snow reflected a twilight indigo, and the shadows all around beneath the trees seemed to have grown darker.

Seth wasn’t a medium, and he had no talent for seeing or hearing the dead. But his experiences hunting supernatural creatures attuned him to the presence of things that went bump in the night, and now he was certain that they weren’t alone.

“We mean you no harm,” Seth said to the blue glow and the empty forest around them. “We’re just looking for information about the witch. Can you help us?”

A sparkling haze gradually filled in between the leafless trees, and as it shifted on the wind, Seth thought he saw forms and faces. Evan was already laying down a salt circle around where they stood, reinforcing it with iron filings. Both substances interfered with ghosts’ ability to manifest and sapped their strength to cause harm.

“Seth, look.” Evan pointed toward the hanging tree. Where only moments ago, it had been nothing but bare branches, now, a shadowed form swung slowly, suspended by a rope around its neck, the head tilted at an unnatural angle.

“We’re here to end the killing,” Seth said, forcing himself to look away from the hanged man, pushing back the memories of Jesse’s body, suspended like that, soaked with blood. As if he could guess Seth’s thoughts, Evan placed a hand on Seth’s forearm, grounding him to the here and now. “We want to stop the witch that caused your pain, keep him from hurting anyone else.”

Overhead, a cold wind stirred the branches, and the trees creaked and rattled. Seth shivered as the temperature dropped. Figures now stood amid the headstones in the old cemetery, and their stance suggested that they were ready for a fight.

“Give me something I can use to stop the witch,” Seth begged the ghosts. “He went by many names—Thane. Carmody. Brunrichter. Wiegand. Whatever he called himself—we want to make him stop.”

The wind carried the whispers of spectral voices, and the blue mist roiled with internal energy. Evan yanked off his gloves, then withdrew a small slate writing board and a piece of chalk from the pocket of his parka. As Seth continued to talk to the ghosts, he saw out of the corner of his eye as Evan carefully drew one of the sigils he’d been practicing, a bit of rote magic that was likely to come in handy.

Seth feared they might need to fight their way clear since the ghosts seemed more interested in intimidation than supplying information.

Seth’s eyes widened as he saw movement. An invisible hand traced shaky block letters on a snow-covered embankment beside the road. W-A-T-C-H.

“Watch?” Seth repeated aloud. “Watch out? Watch for something?”

He could feel the press of spirits all around them, and Seth remembered that the ghosts of Blue Mist Road had a reputation for being unfriendly to intruders. Whatever their cryptic message meant, Seth had the feeling they had worn out their welcome.

The mist grew thick around them. Seth realized that the ominous figures from the cemetery had moved closer and that the hanged man was no longer suspended from his noose. He and Evan were safe for the moment within the salt circle, but they were also trapped inside their sanctuary.

“Ready?” Evan asked. He’d been practicing the small magicks that involved drawing arcane symbols and activating them with concentration; those had come more easily to him than the spoken spells Seth had learned. Seth recognized the drawing Evan made on the slate and hoped to hell the banishment sigil worked.

“Go for it,” he said, crossing his fingers.

Evan closed the last line on the sigil and placed his fingertips on the magical symbol, imbuing it with his will and life energy. The drawing flared gold and then white, so bright Seth and Evan had to avert their eyes as a blast wave of light radiated all around them.

When they opened their eyes, the blue mist and the spirits it harbored were gone, as was the writing in the snow.

“Come on,” Seth said, grabbing Evan by the arm and pulling him toward the truck. “Let’s get out of here before they decide to come back.  

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Morgan Brice is the romance pen name of bestselling author Gail Z. Martin. Morgan writes urban fantasy male/male paranormal romance, with plenty of action, adventure and supernatural thrills to go with the happily ever after. Gail writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy, and together with co-author hubby Larry N. Martin, steampunk and comedic horror, all of which have less romance, more explosions. Look for her other books—Witchbane, Burn (a Witchbane novella #1.5 ), and Badlands.

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Rescued by the Scot by Laura A. Barnes (VBB, excerpt, and GIVEAWAY) GFT

Rescued for vengeance

Set out to finalize a deal for her brother’s return, Skye MacKinnon instead captures the double agent working alongside her enemy. When she holds her prisoner hostage at her castle, he draws her into an attraction that spirals out of control. After she fights off his spell, she deceives him for her own agenda. As she betrays his trust, she is caught in the web of the evil villain who is terrorizing England. When her prisoner rescues her from the torture, she becomes afraid of her own shadow. As Skye recognizes her love for him, can she overcome her fears, or will she be forever destroyed by the violence of her mission?

Rescued for desire

Chained and left waiting for his own demise, Zane Maxwell is soon rescued by a Scottish goddess. He is enraptured by her charms and drawn under her spell. Her touch and look sink into his soul a connection he cannot resist. While he lures her into his confidence and seduces her into his bed, her only plans are betrayal. When she is captured, he realizes she was only protecting his life. Now he must rescue her and destroy the man who hurt her. Can Zane convince her of his love, or did he miss his chance of a life filled with the woman of his dreams?


Skye ascended the stairs quickly, slipping inside the first room she came upon. The room was an artist’s studio, filled with canvases and paints scattered everywhere. Skye wandered around the room, forgetting the reason she was here as she gazed at the drawings spread around her. They were amazing, such detail made vivid by Zane. After seeing his other two pieces, she understood the passion of his work. A huge canvas rested in the corner, covered with a tarp baring traces of paint. Skye slid the cover aside and saw a painting full of vibrant color, wanting to see the whole picture, she dragged off the tarp. A picture of beauty stood before her, she admired the attention to the detail. Every stroke of the brush captured the love of the subject. The colors only made the painting bolder.

Skye gazed upon herself. Zane captured his love for her in every detail from his heart. He painted her wearing a long green ball gown, covered in diamonds. She was elegant. It was the look in her eyes that drew her attention. They were the look of love and desire, an invitation to her soul. A look only meant for him. He painted her hair unbound, falling around her in waves. Long curls winding themselves down her body, settling near her breasts. There were emeralds and diamonds draped from her neck and hanging from her ears. Skye couldn’t believe it was her in the picture, but he made her believe in him. In them.

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About the Author:
I have always dreamed of being an aspiring author. I am making my dreams come true, one word at a time. When I am not writing, I am spending time with my family. I love reading books on lazy afternoons, and late into the night. Anytime really. Married 28 years to the love of my life and we have three wonderful children and two sweet grandbabies. Besides writing, I have always wanted to travel. In the last few years we have gotten our passport stamped in England and Scotland. We are hoping to add Italy to the list soon. My debut novel is Rescue By the Captain.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Love for Christmas by Jill Jaynes, Barb DeLong, Kathleen Harrington, Ottilia Scherschel, and Angela Shelley

Jill Jaynes, Barb DeLong, Kathleen Harrington, Ottilia Scherschel, and Angela Shelley



Holiday Romance



Five Christmas Romances from the heart warming to heart pounding:

A Witch for Christmas
  by Barb DeLong

Whimsical witch Abigail Goodbody must find her one true love by Christmas Eve or be doomed to a loveless future.

The Christmas Wish
  by Jill Jaynes

Southern California girl Allie hopes a magical Christmas ornament will bring her the Mr. Right she is hoping for.

A Vote for Love
  by Kathleen Harrington

In 1886 Montana, feisty Suffragette Paulette Winslow finds love where she least expects it.

Night Train to Hong Kong
  by Ottilia Scherschel 
Sarah Crawford finds getting home for Christmas more dangerous than she bargained for on a Night Train to Hong Kong

Winter's Warmth
 by Angela Shelley 
Drawn to an abandoned mansion by mysterious Christmas cards, artifact hunter Alma meets a strangely familiar yet distant astronomer and his captor, a powerful, icy specter in a tale inspired by the myth of the Snow Queen.



from The Christmas Wish 
              by Jill Jaynes

Matt rubbed the finishing wax into the last section of the hood of his Mustang convertible. The cherry-red paint glowed back at him, catching the mid-morning rays of another perfect California December day, the kind that made everyone on the East Coast want to move here.

From his driveway, he eyed the little house across the street and wondered again about Allie and her date the night before. He’d watched with a frown as she’d hustled past him to let herself into the high-end sports car. He wasn’t too impressed with the guy she was going out with if he couldn’t manage to get out and open the car door for his date.

He knew from experience that guys were on their best behavior when they first met a woman. Once they thought they had her, it was all downhill from there. If last night was an example of this guy’s best behavior, Allie’s future with him didn’t look all that promising.

He bent again to waxing his car, focusing on coaxing out a perfect, high-gloss sheen.

It wasn’t that he was jealous or anything, he was just watching out for his best friend’s kid sister, that’s all. Like he’d promised when he left Afghanistan.

Holy crap, it had never occurred to him that the scrawny, shy high-school girl he remembered would have grown into an accomplished, not to mention smoking-hot, woman in the eight or so years since he’d last seen her. The picture of her dressed in that form-fitting black sweater-thing and thigh-high boots the night before played like a movie in his head, seriously messing with his memories, not to mention his best intentions.

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Jill Jaynes began her love affair with romance when she was a teenager growing up in Southern California, spending many a late-night under the covers with a flashlight and good romance novel.  This early addiction stuck, and she discovered one day that telling great stories was even more fun than reading them.

When she’s not writing, you can find her a) wine-tasting, hiking or otherwise hanging out with her awesome husband, b) walking her two high-maintenance dogs, c) plotting her next story with her writer-daughter or d) working at her day job in her spare time.

 Barb DeLong has always had a passion for reading and writing. She has won and been a finalist in several writing contests. Animals are another passion, and creatures both wild and domestic are featured in most of her stories of love, laughter and magic. Barb contributed contemporary romance stories in Romancing the Pages and Secrets of Moonlight Cove anthologies. A transplant from Canada, she enjoys the sunny climes of Southern California with her one-and-forever hubby and a fluffy, blue-eyed ragdoll cat, two children and five grandchildren.

Kathleen Harrington, multi-published, award-winning author, has touched the hearts of readers across the country and the world with her sparkling tales of high adventure and unending love. Her historical romances have been published in Chinese, Russian, Italian, and German. She lives in Southern California with her American Bulldog, Auron.

When Ottilia Scherschel, a Hungarian immigrant, started sixth grade, she learned her fifth language. After retiring from teaching languages at the college level, she spends her time writing romantic suspense stories set in foreign climes. She has been a finalist in a number of writing contests and published a short story in the Romancing the Pages anthology. Ottilia loves to pack a suitcase to visit family, friends and food or wine purveyors anywhere in the world. When she is not writing, she can be found at the movies, at the gym, or cooking for her husband, kids and grandkids.

Angela Shelley was born in Vancouver, Canada in 1973 and grew up in rural Southern British Columbia. Her love for children's fantasy stems from reading CS Lewis, Tolkien, George MacDonald, JK Rowling, Terry Brooks, Neil Gaiman, and many, many more wonderful authors. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and their twins.




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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Some of the authors from the In D'Scribe conference

The delightful Lexi Post and her hubby
Beautiful mask that Lexi gave away

I had the wonderful opportunity to visit with Sharon Buchbinder who had a luncheon table where readers could interact with her. She shared the most interesting tidbits about her series and among the generous gifts she gave us was a beautiful pendulum that can be used to answer questions, plus a couple of her books. She has a new one coming out next month and it sounds intriguing!

The wonderful Sharon Buchbinder
Gifts to the readers at Sharon's Reader Rave luncheon table

The calm before the storm...authors come in and set up their lovely displays in preparation for the readers who come to interact with them.

Lee Wind

Alanna Lucas

Andy Peloquin...betcha can't guess what genre, right?

Claire Naden and Nancy C. Weeks

Denise Grover Swank (who writes YA paranormal as DG Swank!)

These are just a few of the authors who were present...more in a later post!