Vampires – The End and the Beginning

Many of you know that this blog started before I began the process of writing in order to be published. It always had a vampire theme (tagline courtesy of Aaron Harris aka Jester) and my friend Dave Simmer II from Blogography.com made this little cartoon as a joke because I wrote those sexy romances with vampires. For those of you who don’t know, this is TVC (aka Throbbing Vampire Cock.)

So the blog is probably going away. I may be going away. And not coming back. Life is really difficult for me as of this writing and I can’t see a way out. So I’m going to end as I began, with sexy vampires, just not my own this time. Check it out!

Lord Vampyre

When Lord Neverelle becomes a guest at Cliffside Keep, Vanni watches helplessly as Damion, the young man he’s grown up with and secretly loves, falls for the alluring and seductive stranger. Lord Neverelle is danger incarnate, and soon takes control of the household.

Not satisfied with Damion alone, Never uses a vampire trick called “the tempt” to compel Vanni, who is swept into a love triangle that includes fiery passion and nightly threesomes.

Now Vanni must ask himself, is any of this consensual? And what about Damion—does he really want to be with Vanni, or is it all a sensual play controlled by vampire compulsion?

M/M and M/M/M romance.

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Lord-Vampyre-Wendy-Rathbone-ebook/dp/B07KY2B3KS

About Wendy Rathbone

I have written in all genres: scifi, fantasy, horror, paranormal, contemporary, erotica, romance. My poetry has won awards, publishing contracts, and was recently nominated for a Pushcart. I am a hybrid writer, publishing both indie (under my press name Eye Scry Designs) and with publishers, most recently with Dreamspinner Press.

I keep coming back to romance. Gay romance. Male/male romance. Many of my themes involve escape from abduction, pleasure slavery, indentured servitude, imprisonment. It’s like, with my writing, I’m constantly breaking out of some self-imposed cage and letting my wings unfurl until I can finally fly.

I live in the high desert of Southern California, USA with two dogs, a sprinkling of cats, and my partner of 38 years.

All my books are available on Amazon.

There are no Lex Valentine vampire books for sale on Amazon any longer. The one book I have at Liquid Silver is avian shifters. The 3 books at Decadent are contemporary. My vampires exist only on my computers now and I don’t foresee them returning any time soon especially since my life may be pretty much done with this current set of bad luck.

So go buy Wendy’s vampires. Enjoy a little TVC this December. Love you all.

25 Days of Christmas 2018 – Winners

All done. Yup. This year’s book giveaway is all over. The list of winners is below. Authors will be contacting their winners to distribute the books.

Day Fifteen: Hangover From Hell by Zakarrie Clarke and Moonlight Masquerade by DM Roberto – winner, Daphne Wedig

Day Sixteen: Duty and Sacrifice by Devon Vesper and Lost & Found by Quin & Perin – winner, Dianna Clark

Day Seventeen: Uhane Hunter by AJ Llewellyn – winner, Carolyn Scott

Day Eighteen: Banded Brothers by Amber Kell – winner, Jan

Day Nineteen: Delta Force by Annabella Stone – winner, Laurel Looney

Day Twenty: Rexly the Randy Reindeer by Stephani Hecht – winner, Shirley Ann Speakman

Day Twenty One: Cupid’s Christmas Arrow by Lynn Michaels – winner, Trix

Day Twenty Two: Eugene and the Box of Nails and choice of backlist from Jaime Samms – winner, Kendra Patterson

Day Twenty Three: Choice of backlist from Aimee Nicole Walker – winner, Lorraine

Day Twenty Four: Sugar Cookies and Computer Code by Kris Jacen – winner,  Mary Gresham

Day Twenty Five: Return of the Chauffeur’s Son by Tara Lain and Hawaii Five Uh Oh by Z.A. Maxfield – winner, Jen CW

Congrats to all the winners and many thanks to everyone who commented on all the posts and to the wonderful authors who donated their books. It’s been a wonderful month for readers and authors of MM books. I’m so pleased to have been able to do this for you for the 8th year. The fate of this blog and the giveaway is unclear right now. The domain is due for renewal in April 2019 and I’ve been seriously considering not renewing.

My life is not in a good place and I’ve been struggling to survive the past few years. As of the time of this writing, I just don’t see a way out of the dark place my family is currently and I don’t see a happy ending. I’ve gotten the rights back to all of my out of contract books which leaves only a couple of things at Decadent, one at Liquid Silver and a few self pubbed books. Just preparing for the end I guess. I’m trying to clear up as many loose ends as I can while I can do so with an explanation and not just the disappearance one day of Lex Valentine, Winterheart Design & Book Services, and this blog.

I thank you all for the years of support and love you’ve shown me. I wish you all the best of 2019 and beyond.

Au revoir,

25 Days of Christmas 2018 – Day Twenty Five

Merry Christmas! Today, I’ve got TWO presents for you from two of my bestest author friends, Tara Lain and Z.A. Maxfield. Tara and ZAM go together like peanut butter and jelly, coffee and donuts, ice cream and root beer…you get the picture! You cannot go wrong reading anything by these two authors. Let’s see what you could win!

Return of the Chauffeur’s Son

A Movie Magic Romance

Luca McGrath may be returning to Napa Valley, California, as a promising chef with dreams of starting his own restaurant and winery, but his heart still lives with the bad-boy son of a billionaire, James Armstrong. Luca spent his childhood playing games with the golden boy of California society, so blinded by James he barely noticed the dark, quiet lure of his conservative older brother, Dylan Armstrong.

But now Luca’s home, and his own powers of attraction are enough to make James question his dedicated heterosexuality and his promised marriage to a wealthy and powerful businesswoman. The obvious attraction between Luca and James spurs Dylan into action—but he’s fighting a huge secret. While Luca dreamed of James, Dylan dreamed of Luca. When Luca gets caught in the struggle between the brothers and gets accused of culinary espionage he’s ready to chuck the fairy tale—unable to even imagine Dylan’s power to make his dreams come true.

Tara Lain believes in happy ever afters – and magic. Same thing. In fact, she says, she doesn’t believe, she knows. Tara  shares this passion in her stories that star her unique, charismatic heroes and adventurous heroines. Quarterbacks and cops, werewolves and witches, blue collar or billionaires, Tara’s characters, readers say, love deeply, resolve seemingly insurmountable differences, and ultimately live their lives authentically. After many years living in southern California, Tara, her soulmate honey and her soulmate dog decided they wanted less cars and more trees, prompting a move to Ashland, Oregon where Tara’s creating new stories and loving living in a small town with big culture. Likely a Gryffindor but possessed of Parseltongue, Tara loves animals of all kinds, diversity, open minds, coconut crunch ice cream from Zooys, and her readers.

Hawaii Five Uh-Oh

Sarcastic cop Theo Hsu returns home to Hawai‘i after realizing he wants more from his life, and also, less. He hopes to reconnect with his past and make amends with his mother, who remarried a cool, distant man, leaving Theo unsure where he stands.

It doesn’t take him long to figure out where he wants to stand, though: right next to his childhood best friend, tattooed detective Koa Palapiti. Theo would like to upgrade their relationship, but Koa is putting out some seriously mixed signals. It’s a mystery Theo can’t let go, but just as they start to connect, kidnapping, murder, and a deadly game with international stakes get in the way. Koa wants to keep Theo out of it, and if it comes to a choice between him and Koa’s partner, Freddie Ortiz, Theo doesn’t like his chances.

But even if Koa wants to push him out of the investigation, and his life, Theo still has a few tricks up his sleeve. It’ll take all his special gifts, ingenuity, risk-taking, family ties—and even some kinky undercover work—to save the day… and the man he never should’ve let get away.

Buy link is: books2read.com/u/3R1Opx

Z.A. Maxfield started writing in 2007 on a dare from her children and never looked back. Pathologically disorganized and perennially optimistic, she writes as much as she can, reads as much as she dares, and enjoys her time with family and friends. Three things reverberate throughout all her stories—unconditional love, redemption, and the belief that miracles happen when we least expect them.

If anyone asks her how a wife and mother of four can find time for a writing career, she’ll answer, “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you give up housework.”

And that’s the end of it! 25 days of MM books capped off with two of my bestest friends. For a chance to win Tara and ZAM’s books, leave a comment on this post. Winners will be posted tomorrow so hurry!

Many thanks to you all for supporting this giveaway, authors and readers alike. It means a lot to me.

Happy Holidays!

 

25 Days of Christmas 2018 – Day Twenty Four

It’s Day 24 of my MM book giveaway this holiday season and I’m happy to have my former editor turned author Kris Jacen up today. Kris always gives away a book on the 24th because it’s her birthday! Everyone give a big birthday shout out to Kris over on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/kris.jacen

SUGAR COOKIES AND COMPUTER CODE

Tandy has never fit in with the others at the North Pole, whether it’s his size or love for computers. But he wants to contribute to the mission of making the world’s children happy. Every elf does. Taking time away from his baby — a new process for the Nice and Naughty lists — to do the yearly census on the Isle of Misfit Toys just doesn’t fit into his schedule.

It seemed like every time El turned around, there was another elf getting under foot for a census. Did the elves think that toys just disappeared from the Isle? And those that arrived were accounted for before they arrived. All El wanted at this point in his life was to become a baker at the North Pole. He’d had the love of a child already and Jack Frost did it hurt when he was no longer in his heart. Maybe if he avoided the elf this year, they’d just leave him to his cookies.

Can the magic of the holidays bring these two together? El and Tandy both need help healing and isn’t Christmas the season of miracles?

BUY LINK: https://www.amazon.com/Sugar-Cookies-Computer-Code-Jacen-ebook/dp/B07L5H7RCL

Kris Jacen grew up just north of Boston, Massachusetts and met her soldier in high school but didn’t married him until almost ten years later. She moved around with him and their daughters (born in two different states thanks to the Army) for the first 19 years of their marriage (they’ll celebrate their silver anniversary in 2018) before settling in western New York.

She has been the Editor in Chief and Formatting Director for ManLoveRomance Press and its imprints since January of 2008 and has never looked back. Working with the amazing authors at MLR has allowed her to both hone her editorial skills and indulge her inner fangirl. She also acts as editor, mentor and sounding-board for newcomers which lets her “pay-it-forward” and help authors realize their dreams.

You can find out more about Kris on her website:

www.krisjacen.com

Doesn’t that sound like a great read? For a chance to win, leave a comment on this post. And don’t forget to give your birthday wishes to Kris! Up tomorrow on Christmas, two of my best friends, Tara Lain and Z.A. Maxfield!

Happy Holidays!

25 Days of Christmas 2018 – Day Twenty Three

Today, I have the pleasure of offering up the choice of backlist from Aimee Nicole Walker! Here’s a look at her newest release!

Broken Halos

Oliver Knight’s past is shrouded by sorrow and tragedy, but instead of hiding from it, Ollie owns his truth and uses his experiences to uplift others. As an out and proud pastor, he provides a safe place for LGBTQ Christians to gather and worship, and as a recovering addict, he counsels those pursuing sobriety. Ollie’s life is fulfilling but also a little lonely. He may not have a hard time meeting men, but he does have a hard time getting them to stick around once they discover his vocation.

Archie White is a former drag queen who hung up his stilettos to start an HIV transition home in the memory of someone he held near and dear to his heart. All work and no play has made Archie a very dull man, but he thinks his luck is about to change when a friend introduces him to a dark-eyed stranger. That is until he learns the man is a pastor. Archie detests anything to do with religion, and for very good reasons.

Archie’s gut tells him to run, and Ollie’s heart tells him to pursue. What can a pastor and a sometimes-queen possibly have in common? A desire to find unconditional love with someone who truly sees them. What happens next is the poignant, sweet, and sexy journey for two resilient hearts. Ollie and Archie ’s halos might be battered and a little tarnished, but they’re definitely not broken.

Broken Halos is a charming story with heart, heat, and humor. Warning: these characters and their quirky sidekicks may take up permanent residence in your heart, so proceed with caution. Each book in the Queen City Rogues series can be read as part of the series or as a standalone novel. This book contains sexually explicit material and colorful language intended for adults 18 and older.

BUY LINK: http://mybook.to/BrokenHalos

I am a wife and mother to three kids, three dogs, and a cat. When I’m not dreaming up stories, I like to lose myself in a good book, cook or bake. I’m a girly tomboy who paints her fingernails while watching sports and yelling at the referees. I will always choose the book over the movie. I believe in happily-ever-after. Love inspires everything that I do. Music keeps me sane.

If you love Aimee’s books as much as I do, you should join her group Aimee’s Dye Hards. She’s always giving away stuff to her readers so it’s a great group to belong to! For a chance to win a book from Aimee’s backlist, leave a comment on this post from now through Christmas. Tomorrow, stop by to win something from the birthday girl, Kris Jacen!

Happy Holidays!