Lots of books being given away yesterday! Wendy’s two winners are…. Cornelia and Gabrielle Lee and Lisa’s winner is… Tanja! YAY!
Today, I have two more authors you may not know! Please check out the books offered for giveaway by Christina E. Pilz and Alex Miska!
Christina E. Pilz
I was born in Waco, Texas in 1962. After living on a variety of air force bases, in 1972 my Dad retired and the family moved to Boulder, Colorado. There amidst the clear, dry air of the high plains, as the moss started to grow beneath my feet, my love for historical fiction began with a classroom reading of Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
I attended a variety of community colleges (Tacoma Community College) and state universities (UNC-Greeley, CU-Boulder, CU-Denver), and finally found my career in technical writing, which, between layoffs, I have been doing for 18 years. During that time, my love for historical fiction and old fashioned objects, ideas, and eras has never waned.
In addition to writing, my interests include road trips around the U.S. and frequent flights to England, where I eat fish and chips, drink hard cider, and listen to the voices in the pub around me. I also love coffee shops, mountain sunsets, prairie storms, and the smell of lavender. I am a staunch supporter of the Oxford comma.
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It’s 1846, London, in the middle of a deep, cold winter, and Oliver Twist (yes, that Oliver Twist) wants to own a bookshop.
His heart’s desire is simple. He wants to buy books and sell them, wants to wear a white apron, sweep his front steps and, sometimes, he wants to sneak away to the back room to read. Basically, he wants a middle class life that is as far as it can possibly be from his workhouse-shadowed past.
When Oliver’s Uncle Brownlow passes away unexpectedly, Oliver gets his chance. But Oliver is lonely working as an apprentice at a haberdashery, and, as well, his flash paper temper and taste for the gin gets him into trouble.
Jack Dawkins (aka The Artful Dodger) is in London, back from being deported to Australia. He’s hunting for Fagin and the gang, but since Fagin is dead and the gang is scattered to the wind, the only person from the old days that Jack can find is Oliver. Jack forces Oliver to tell him the truth, but instead of leaving him alone, Jack stalks Oliver, and hounds him, and brings the flavor of the gutter and the slums of Saffron Hill with him each time.
After Jack’s visits get Oliver into trouble, Jack (showing his soft heart) relents and tells Oliver that Jack will leave him be if Oliver visits him, just once, at the Three Cripples. Knowing full well that Jack is a liar as well as a thief, Oliver vows to pay only one call, but instead is drawn back to Jack time and again, to their shared history, to Jack’s unguarded honesty, and especially to Jack’s bright green eyes, and the visits happen more than once.
Oliver’s desire for respectability, as well as the ridge strata of Victorian society, clashes with his growing and forbidden feelings for the compelling and charming Jack. Jack, for his part, refuses to be held back from what he wants, and flirts his way into Oliver’s heart.
Alex Miska is a certifiable math geek who spends her days (and nights) dreaming of quirky, sexily-intelligent men falling in love. She is a former math teacher to students with learning disabilities and disability advocate. Nestled in a small house in the woods, Alex is the doting parent of a preternaturally-happy, fluffy, white dog and his somewhat gloomy older brother, as well as the solicitous servant of two highly-opinionated Siamese cats.
Xander Griffith was mesmerized by Julian the moment he laid eyes on him in a club; he’s gorgeous, brilliant, and unabashedly himself. But when he discovers Julian is his good friend’s, off-limits, baby brother, he promptly drops Julian off at his parents’ house with a promise to call. Unfortunately, his life took a left-hand turn that night, and Xander was unable to keep that promise. When they meet again months later, they can’t be in the same room without bickering like small children, and both men wonder whether the person they’d fallen for that night was an illusion.
Julian Moore is at loose ends after getting his Master’s: he can’t start his government cybersecurity job until he gets high-level clearance, his boyfriend and best friend are far away, and even his dojo closed down. All the sparkly, snarky white-hat hacker does these days is read M/M romance novels and hang out with his brothers’ friends. Of course, that means bumping into that over-privileged, condescending jerk, Xander, at every freaking turn; the man would be completely insufferable if it wasn’t for his sweet, hat-loving dog, Cassius.
When Xander discovers Julian is deeply depressed, his protective instincts kick in and he puts together a plan to help his friend’s brother fight his way through the murky gloom. The first step? Move the brat into his condo! It seems like the perfect solution: he certainly has plenty of room, it gets Julian out of his parents’ house, his boxer is head-over-paws in love with Julian, and someone has to keep their friend’s pug from destroying all of Xander’s left shoes.
From the moment Julian moves in, his and Xander’s lives fit seamlessly together and both men soon realize their initial attraction may have been stronger, and deeper, than they thought.
BUY LINK: Love You, Moore (Moore Romance, Book 2): http://smile.amazon.com/dp/B01N0RS8J2
For a chance to win these two books, leave a comment on this blog post by midnight Pacific time!
Tomorrow, on the last day of my 30 Days of Christmas MM giveaway, you can look forward to books from Emily Carrington, Nat Kennedy and R. Phoenix!