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 One

Today is Day One of my annual giveaway. This may be the last year I do this as my blog may be going into retirement come April 2019. I had some wonderful MM authors sign on for the giveaway this year, both old and new friends, who were eager to participate. Their eagerness helped bring home to me that some families are chosen rather than inherited by blood. I’m pretty sure that my Facebook family of readers and friends has been better to me than some of my family members.

I recently reconnected with a family member I hadn’t seen in well over 30 years. And of course, I hoped for the best only to have that shattered when she disclosed my personal information on social media. Her take is that I’m being mean to her for expressing my anger at her disclosures. Since it was family knowledge she had, she felt that she was perfectly within her rights to share it with others even if it was personal info about me. It made me realize that she is an utter stranger to me despite our blood connection. I know many of my Facebook followers far better than I know her and vice versa. So I blocked her. Hard to ignore the sting, but I’m trying. And to that end, I want to give something away to someone deserving!

I thought I would start this giveaway off by giving away my best Christmas book, and probably one of the biggest selling books I’ve had. It’s a sad Christmas story. It made me weep writing it! And so, without further ado, here’s what you could win!

Broken Bonds

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The one thing Haven Noel wants for his Christmas birthday is for his master, Kellen, to love him. But the wonderful Christmas Eve Haven plans for his master goes awry and instead of receiving his master’s love, Haven ends up on the street without his collar. Heartbroken, Haven heads to the club where he and Kellen originally met, only to find it closed.

With a blizzard descending and nowhere to go, Haven curls up on the club doorstep, courting death. Hopeless and shattered, on the verge of losing consciousness, he makes a wish for Kellen to find happiness some day. Two angels with a vested interest in Haven and Kellen’s happiness hear his wish and conspire with Kellen’s family to save Haven’s life, bring love back to Kellen’s heart and give them both the best kinky Christmas ever.

And there you have it for the first day of the 25 Days of Christmas giveaway! Post a comment for a chance to win the book. Honestly, I would love to see someone who has never read it win. So if you have read it, please forward this post to your friends who haven’t! Please ask people to come by and leave a comment if they’ve never read this book! Help me pimp it the hell out!

In return for your help, you will have the chance to win books in the coming month from amazing MM authors like Z.A. Maxfield, Belinda McBride, Tara Lain, KC Burn, Lynn Lorenz, Stephani Hecht, Amber Kell, Meyari McFarland, AJ Llewellyn, Charlie Cochrane, Jaime Samms, Ann Lister, CJ Baty, Lynn Michaels, Elizabeth Noble, Annabella Stone, Addison Albright and many more! Leave a comment by midnight Pacific time (yes, your comments have time stamps!) and in the morning Rott (aka Hubs) will pick a number. The corresponding comment will win!

Happy Holidays!

Rainbow Snippets: First Kiss

I meant to do this a couple weeks back but I’ve been busy on the weekends. Quite a few covers have been created in that time including one for a brand new author! It’s really exciting to create the cover for someone’s very first book.

At any rate, I’m here and I’m about to address the comments I got last time I did this. Last time out I posted from Out of the Pocket, a kiss between Bryce and Joss after they get back together. It’s a kiss that references their first kiss and people wanted to know about that first kiss so here it is!

“You’re so beautiful.”

The breath soft whisper preceded the press of Joss’s lips to his own and Bryce melted. No one had ever kissed him so sweetly or with such leashed passion. In his lifetime, he’d only ever received a half dozen fleeting, perfunctory kisses from men. He’d always feared being caught so he rarely indulged in his sexual urges. Joss’s kiss spilled over with a deep yearning that echoed Bryce’s own cravings. He didn’t know this man, but his body and soul seemed to as they leaped to respond to Joss.

Like last time, that’s actually seven sentences, but it’s my understanding there’s a bit of leeway there.  This is the first kiss between my football heroes and like the last one I posted, it takes place on a football field as well. I’ve kinda decided I need to table these guys temporarily because I need to get my mojo back and, right now, that mojo wants me to work on something else, something new. I’m hoping that they will flow from my fingers and eventually bring me back to Bryce and Joss so I can finish their story and get them published one way or the other! Meanwhile, I hope you enjoyed their first kiss!

Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook group and meme for sharing excerpts from your own or others’ stories about queer/LGBTQ characters. The goal is to share six lines—one for each stripe on the rainbow flag. Most rainbow flags have six stripes, but there are variations with up to nine, so participants have some leeway with the exact number.

Find more Rainbow Snippets on the Rainbow Snippets Facebook page or by looking for #rainbowsnippets and #rainbowsnippet on twitter. It’s a great way to discover new authors.

Have a good one!

Rainbow Snippets – Kisses

This week I’m starting something new. I joined Rainbow Snippets! I welcome all the readers and writers who follow all the links in this Facebook group and read all these lovely LGBTQ+ writing snippets.

As a little background for those of you who don’t know me, posting snippets is how I ended up getting published. I was writing in a multi-writer online fanfic type story and began posting snippets on this blog. A few authors started coming by and one, Jennifer Leeland, started bugging me to get write something for publication. She’s really the first person to honestly tell me I could write and be published. And she was right!

For my first six Rainbow Snippet sentences (which are really seven sentences), I give you Bryce and Joss from my current WIP which is about 2 years past due. (And I know my agent has probably forgotten who I am because I got so sick I’ve owed her this book for a year!) At any rate, there’s less than 20K to finish this and I am trying to find the time to actually finish this year. This what Bryce thinks of Joss’s kisses in Out of the Pocket.

“I love you.”

Joss went so still, Bryce feared what would happen when his lover finally moved. His stomach crawled with apprehension. But then the green eyes lit with a fire Bryce had never seen before and the hands that held his hips gentled in a way he’d never felt before.

And then, Joss kissed him.

That first kiss in the dark had been a revelation, a door opening onto a world Bryce had only dreamed of until that moment. This kiss contained all the treasures of that world.

That’s not a real cover. It’s just a little inspiration I made for myself. For more Rainbow Snippets, please visit the Rainbow Snippets group on Facebook, which is public. All the writers either have or will be posting links to their snippets this weekend.

Have a good one!