Day 20 – 30 Days of Christmas

This is one of the biggest days of the giveaway. I’m pleased to have two of my favorite authors and good friends with me today. My offering is Honorable Silence which is MLR Press’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell anthology. My novella Afterburner is in this book along with wonderful stories from Maura Anderson, William Maltese and George Seaton. I’m giving this away today because tomorrow is the release of Breath of Heaven my MLR Press Christmas story featuring Sebastian and Ryder from Afterburner.

With me today is my fellow Lords of Aether author, Jaime Samms (whose will be posting at LOA on Friday!) and fellow MLR Press author Ethan Day. Now, there’s another connection here besides the fact that I love them both as authors and as friends. Jaime is giving away her entire Ageless series for which I did all the covers. Ethan is giving away the reader’s choice of Sno Ho or A Summit City Christmas. Sno Ho features Ethan’s characters Boone and Wade and A Summit City Christmas is a sequel to Sno Ho and Life in Fusion. My connection to these books is that I did the cover for A Summit City Christmas.

That’s a total of FIVE books you can win today! Now, here’s some info on the books and authors.

Honorable Silence Anthology: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Featuring Afterburner

MLR Press

M/M Erotic Contemporary Romance

Novel length anthology (4 novellas)

BUY LINK

Blurb:

Our men and women in uniform sacrifice daily to serve our country. But what about the additional, voluntary sacrifice that each gay person in the military makes when they don their uniform? We ask these men and women to not only serve their country but serve in silence and denial, sacrificing not only their physical lives but their emotional ones too by denying them their right to love. Four talented authors weave tales that describe how living a lie pulls at the hearts and souls of good servicemen, whose only desire is to do their duty to their country…honorably.  In AFTERBURNER, two fighter pilots let their hearts soar despite regulations. THE LOSS OF INNOCENCE STORE provides a glimpse into the U.S. Army prior to the institutionalization of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. A sniper and infantryman find that love eases the pain of being forsaken in FORSAKE NOT. And STRATEGIC MANUEVERS reveals the intricate steps that can lead to love while in uniform.

Blurb for Afterburner:

Sebastian “Bas” Marchetti has spent his life doing two things, hiding his sexuality and flying. Born into an aerobatic family, Bas learned to fly long before he could drive. After a stellar career in the military that encompassed a turn as a U.S.A.F. Thunderbird and a test pilot, Bas leaves the service when his father dies in order to take over operations of the Flying Marchettis. Fully out of the closet and unwilling to return to it, Bas struggles with the demons of his past military career when he meets test pilot Ryder “Flip” Beckett. Together, Ryder and Bas find a love that neither is willing to give up. With Ryder living the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, they struggle to have a normal relationship. Bas loves Ryder enough to be his dirty little secret. However, that’s not enough for Ryder who loves his man so much he’ll risk court martial to be with Bas.

Sno Ho

MLR Press

M/M erotic contemporary romance

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Blurb:

Boone Daniels seems to have trouble finishing things.  Along with the half dozen or so novels he’s started, only to abandon mid-way through, his love life could be best described as a series of drive-by’s.

Boone has spent the past week staying at a ski-lodge in the tiny mountain town of Summit City.  He’s been using his time alone to write while waiting for his boyfriend to join him for their anniversary.

What happens to Boone when he winds up dumped on the eve of his one-year anniversary and ends up at a bar having one too many cocktails?  Wade Walker.

A Summit City Christmas

MLR Press

M/M erotic contemporary romance

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Blurb:

Holidays with friends and family are never dull and Boone’s first Christmas in Summit City is no exception to that yule tide rule. You are cordially invited to join Boone and Wade for a Christmas Eve extravaganza, including many of your other favorites from the Summit City.

I am a gay man living in Missouri…I can hear the gasps already!!  How very un-chic of me, yes I know.  It was here I was born and here I have stayed.

I’m currently single but always looking for that special someone that makes my heart skip a beat…in addition to being able to put up with my neurotic ass.  The worst thing about being a romance writer is finding a real life hottie that can live up to the fantasy I create in my head and subsequently thrust upon him before actually getting to know the real him.  I can hear you getting all judgie…it’s an occupational hazard!!  To all my past and future boyfriends, my sincerest apologies…I can’t help myself!

I somehow managed to survive high school living in a small racist town in Southeast Missouri and emerged unscathed, realizing life was too short to pretend to be anything other than who I was.  I was the little homo that could…so damn it, I did!  It was all very Lifetime Movie Network meets After School Special I assure you.

After a few stints in college, I eventually signed up for a Creative Writing course.  I took the class because there were no tests.  For once my scholastic laziness paid off, and I found an outlet for all the fantasies running amuck in my head.  It was love at first write, and I’ve been doing it off and on ever since.

WEBSITE

The Ageless Series

Pink Petal Books

M/M erotic futuristic romance

Series Blurb:

In a world disintegrating under the weight of too many people, the Ageless men and women are finding their lifespan stretching well beyond normal, and discovering they have abilities never before documented. When children are few and far between, and people find they can shift to animal form with a thought, the rift between those doomed to age and die and those who seem ageless is growing.

Morgan has taken advantage of this rift to seize control of the central nervous system of the world’s social structure and make his bid for world domination. It’s up to Mikko and Ken and their small band of friends to stop the takeover even as they struggle on a much more personal level to find love and balance with one another.

Spinning

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Blurb:

Ken has fallen in love twice in his unnaturally long life. He’s spent the rest of it trying to forget what falling out of it feels like. Not even the end of civilization distracted him from his own misery, and now, desperate and achingly lonely, he calls the one person who’s never hung up on him.

Mikko lost Ken once, letting life get in the way of love, and ever since the day Ken ran, he’s been trying to track him down. He’s honed his skills over the years, tracking Ken through the morass of men and ugly affairs, waiting for the chance to make things right.

Ken thinks his messy passed is a secret from Mikko, and is too ashamed to admit to any of it. Mikko has secrets of his own, things he’s discovered about their very nature he’s sure Ken’s not ready to hear. Back together, after years of cat and mouse, Ken has to learn to trust a man he knows isn’t telling him everything, and Mikko has to figure out how to fix something his own negligence might have destroyed beyond hope of repair.

Grounded

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Blurb:

Ken and Mikko have overcome the hurdle of finding one another and coming to terms with the damage they both did to their relationship. Happy to submit to Mikko’s rule, Ken has come a long way toward finding his own strength again, and has decided he must officially end the relationship he ran out on when he went looking for Mikko. Awaiting Ken’s return is the hardest thing Mikko has ever had to do.

He is forced to come to terms with his own shortcomings, and confront his own past, the secrets he’s kept, and the effect they may have on his lover.

When that past knocks on their door, Mikko has to face the fact he might not be able to protect Ken any longer. Whether or not he finds the strength in himself to accept help may mean the difference between keeping their home and their life safe, or losing everything to the man he thought he had escaped.

Finding Home

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Blurb:

Mikko’s life is turned upside down when his old mentor, Morgan infiltrates his mind and forces him to hurt the lover he’s been trying to save. The attack leaves them both broken and uncertain, and Ken decides  leaving is the only way to save Mikko more pain. Accompanied by friends who seem to have designs on something more, ken sets out on a quest to find Morgan and stop him.

Old friends and new lovers are all the pair have to sustain them on their individual journeys. There’s no telling if they’ll ever find the peace they seek for the world, or for themselves.

I’ve been writing for various publishers since the fall of 2008, although I’ve been writing for myself far longer. I’m often asked why men? What’s so fascinating about writing stories about men falling in love? It’s never been an easy question to answer. I just always have written stories about men, and as I reached the age where I started to fall in love (and that happened on a fairly regular basis, and not always with men, myself) my characters grew along with me. For a long time, I thought I was pretty odd. A lot of people who know me are raising eyebrows right about now, and to them, I say: “I wasn’t asking you.”

I write for Freya’s Bower, Loveyoudivine Alterotica, Pink Petal Books, Dreamspinner Press and Total E-Bound. When I’m not writing, I’m probably reading, and you can find all kinds of opinions (other people call them reviews, but let’s call a spade  spade and acknowledge that I like to spout my opinion) about what I read on Goodreads, at Dark Diva Reviews, Black Raven’s Reviews, and Kuriousity, a manga and yaoi review site.

Spare time, when it can be found rolled into a ball at the back of the dryer or cavorting with the dust bunnies in the corners, I like to spend in the garden, at the loom, or with a pencil and sketch book. I did graduate from college with a Fine Arts diploma, with a major in textile arts, which basically qualifies me to draw pictures and create things with string and fabric. Fun times. WEBSITE

And there you have it. One anthology from me, a choice of two books from Ethan Day, and three books from Jaime Samms. I’d say this is a banner day for readers! For a chance to win, comment on this post before midnight Pacific time tonight. Happy Holidays!

 

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26 Responses to Day 20 – 30 Days of Christmas

  1. Renee' S. says:

    Wow Lex, you just keep out doing yourself!!!
    What Amazing Authors, Fantastic Books with Gorgeous Covers. I would love a chance to win this Giveaway. What more could I ask for this week, M/M Genres are my favorite!!!
    Take Care & Have a Very Happy Holiday Season,
    Renee’ S.
    paranormalromancefan@yahoo.com

  2. tammy ramey says:

    thank you for the chance at such a great giveaway, although i don’t usually read M/M erotica these all sounds like wonderful books and even if i don’t win i will be putting them on my TBR.
    i hope you and your family have a Happy Holiday Season.

    trvlagnt1t@yahoo.com

  3. Sarah S says:

    Sneaking in because there are some fab books here 😀

    Sarah S

    Happy Holidays

    Sarahs7836(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. JoAnna B says:

    Wow, what an amazing giveaway! A lot of great authors!

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

  5. Stacy says:

    I love Freebies bring them on!

  6. Susan C. says:

    OMG!!! I love all these authors! Awesome giveaway!

  7. Ethan Day says:

    Thanks for including me in your Holiday Extravaganza Lex! Sorry it took me so long to stop by – EDJ! Arg! : )

    Best of luck and a safe and happy holiday season to one and all!

  8. Katie says:

    Would love to win!

    Kate198255@yahoo.com

  9. Shelly says:

    These books look like they would be good reads. Would like to read the rest of the stories. 🙂

  10. Lindsey E says:

    The list of new to me authors just keeps growing. All of these books look interesting.
    linze_e at hotmail.com

  11. Barbra B. says:

    I’d love a chance to win-I already know I love
    Ethan, but everything else is new to me. 🙂

    Thanks,

    aelnova@aol.com

  12. Barbra B. says:

    Would love a chance to win. I’ve got quite a TBB list
    started after seeing everything you’ve been offering.

    Thanks 🙂

    aelnova@aol.com

  13. Tracey D says:

    Wow. These books sound great. Mor to add to my must have list.

    Thanks,
    bookliver0226 at gmail dot com

  14. Darcy says:

    What beautiful stories and the covers are utterly gorgeous. I would love to have any of these books, and all of them would be truly a gift.

    Wishing you All a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway and the excellent excerpts and blurbs…*S*

    Darcy
    pommawolf @hotmail.com

  15. Amber Hall says:

    These are all great! Thanks!
    -Amber
    goodblinknpark@yahoo.com

  16. UteH says:

    All of these sound real good. I really hope for bookmoney for christmas 😉

  17. Patricia says:

    I served in the Marines before the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy went into effect. I have added Honorable Silence to my TBR wishlist.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    Patricia
    panthers.ravens@yahoo dot com

  18. Jibriel says:

    Count me in please!

  19. Joder says:

    What an awesome sounding selection of books! I would LOVE to get my hands on these and truly appreciate you giving these away.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  20. Sarah Kalaitzidis says:

    Honorable Silence Anthology: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell . . .
    Well that is really hot @_@ no seriously it’s reall hot!!!!!

  21. Rain says:

    Wow, what a nice Christmas present for someone. Like me. *crossing fingers* ;D

  22. elaing8 says:

    These sound like really great books.
    Please count me in

  23. Anne says:

    They all sound great, but what caught my attention was one of the publishers: Loveyoudivine Alterotica. What’s Alterotica? My guess is alternative erotica, but I thought erotica as a genre covered everything, so what could be alternative? Watch, it will be something much more pedestrian than I’m imagining.

    acm05atjuno.com

  24. Joanne B. says:

    You always pick the best authors and books. I have had Ethan’s books on my wish list for a while. Thanks for the chance to win all these wonderful books.

  25. Midia says:

    Count me in. I’d love to win these wonderful books. 🙂

    midiamuniz@yahoo.com

  26. Jaime Samms says:

    I’m pleased to be part of your Christmas extraviganza, Lex! Thinks!!