Day 19 – 30 Days of Christmas

Today is a special day because it’s release day for my friend Tara Lain. Her holiday story is sure to bring one lucky winner much joy! Here’s what Tara has to say about this story.

“Mistletowed is a quirky, ensemble erotic romance for the holidays.  Here’s a little idea: When a straight guy starts longing for another man’s cock, when a navel-staring hippy hankers after a beautiful yuppie, and two men begin calling an airy-fairy granola girl “Mistress”, is it love or is it mistletoe?

It starts with five good friends, two M/F couples and their gay friend. Add in two new friends– a bisexual rock god and a submissive stockbroker. Mix them all together with some magical mistletoe and you get M/M, M/F, M/M/F with light BDSM. Something for everyone you might say!”

Below is information on the book and Tara. For a chance to win, just leave a comment on this post by midnight Pacific time tonight.


Loose Id

M/M, M/F, M/M/F erotic contemporary menage



Five friends, one piece of mistletoe. Christian Elliott has the perfect life — right girlfriend, right job, right house and car. How come he’s only really happy when he’s with his best friend, Jason? Melanie Cantrell has everything she wants. Why can’t she stop cheating on her boyfriend with her yoga teacher? Buttercup Allender adores her stable life with Winston.  But she can’t give up her secret desire for BDSM. Stir them all together at a holiday party with a beautiful rock god and a submissive stockbroker and what do you get? It could be love and it could be magic.

Tara Lain never met a beautiful boy she didn’t love – at least on paper. A writer of erotic romance, mostly ménage and male/male, Tara loves all her characters, but especially her handsome heroes. A lifelong writer of serious non-fiction, Tara only fell in love with EROM in 2009 and, through perseverance and lots of workshops, had the first novel she ever wrote published in January of 2011. After an exotic life of travel all over the world and work in television, education and advertising, Tara settled in Southern California with her soul-mate husband and opened her own small marketing business. She paints, collages, and started practicing yoga “way before it was fashionable”. Passionate about diversity, justice, inclusion and new ideas, she says on her tombstone it will read, “Yes”. WEBSITE

Happy release day to Tara and Happy Holidays to all!


Day 18 – 30 Days of Christmas

Today is the start of an entire week of Gay Romance books to be given away here on my blog as part of my 30 Days of Christmas event. I have three amazing authors and three awesome books for you today. The authors are Rick Reed, Matthew Lang and KC Burn. KC is one of the Flirty Author Bitches and one of the Lords of Aether authors. Rick and Matthew are my fellow MLR Press authors.

I posted on the MLR author loop (and on FB too I think) complaining that I needed more men and that I had more last year. Of course, I meant male authors for the giveaway but Rick Reed seemed to think my words would work well in another context. LOL Here’s info on the authors and the books you can win today.


Amber Quill Press

M/M paranormal mystery



Winner of the EPIC E-Book Award for Best GLBT Novel 2009!

Christmas, 1983: A young man, Robert, tends to his soul mate, Keith, who is dying from AIDS. Robert tries valiantly to make this a special Christmas for his lover, but loses the fight late Christmas night.

Christmas, 2007: Robert ventures out late Christmas night and finds a young girl about to fling herself into the unforgiving waters of Lake Michigan. He rescues her, and the two form a bond forged from an odd feeling they share of familiarity, and even love. Neither understands it, since Jess is a lesbian and Robert has never been attracted to women. But there’s more…Jess begins having strange dreams, reliving key moments she couldn’t know about in Keith and Robert’s life and courtship. Robert and Jess begin to wonder if their inexplicable feelings might be rooted in something much more mystical than a savior/victim relationship.

As the two move toward and pull away from each other, Ethan, Robert’s younger lover, plots the unthinkable. His crystal meth-addled mind becomes convinced there’s only one way to save himself, and that is through Robert’s destruction. Christmas 2007 spirals downward to a shattering climax in which both love and lives hang in the balance.

There’s a murder attempt…salvation…redemption…

And a new love is born.

Rick R. Reed is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories. He is a two-time EPIC eBook Award winner. His work has caught the attention of Unzipped magazine, “The Stephen King of gay horror,”; Lambda Literary, “A writer that doesn’t disappoint,”; and Dark Scribe magazine, “an established brand—perhaps the most reliable contemporary author for thrillers that cross over between the gay fiction market and speculative fiction.” He lives in Seattle.

To learn more about Rick and his various titles, please visit his website at or at his blog at

The Secret of Talmor Manor

MLR Press

M/M erotic paranormal mystery



After a mysterious package arrives on Jake’s doorstep, he starts having very strange dreams: when he falls asleep he finds himself in a dilapidated English Manor inhabited by a number of ghosts who believe he can  free them from their eternal existence. But when the Lord of the Manor appears in Jake’s living room, Jake finds himself facing some very difficult questions. What should he do about the attraction between him and this turn of the century living ghost? Why is someone trying to kill them in their dreams? And what should he wear to the upcoming Halloween party?

Matthew Lang writes behind a desk, in the park, on the tram and sometimes backstage at amateur theatre productions. He has been known to sing and dance in public, analyse the plots of movies and TV shows, and is a confessed Masterchef addict. He has dabbled in film, machinema, event management and even insurance, but his first love has always been the written word. He is suspected of frequenting libraries and hanging around in bookstores, and his therapists believe he may be plotting some form of literature. WEBSITE

Cop Out

Dreamspinner Press

M/M erotic contemporary romance



Detective Kurt O’Donnell is used to digging up other people’s secrets, but when he discovers his slain partner was married to another man, it shakes him. Determined to do the right thing, Kurt offers the mourning Davy his assistance. Helping Davy through his grief helps Kurt deal with the guilt that his partner didn’t trust him enough to tell him the truth, and somewhere along the way Davy stops being an obligation and becomes a friend, the closest friend Kurt has ever had.

His growing attraction to Davy complicates matters, leaving Kurt struggling to reevaluate his sexuality. Then a sensual encounter neither man is ready for confuses them further. To be with Davy, Kurt must face the prospect of coming out, but his job and his relationship with his Catholic family are on the line. Can he risk destroying his life for the uncertain possibility of a relationship with a newly widowed man?

KC Burn has been writing for as long as she can remember and is a sucker for happy endings (of all kinds).  After moving from Toronto to Florida for her husband to take a dream job, she discovered a love of gay romance and fulfilled a dream of her own — getting published.  By day, she edits web content and at night she neglects her supportive, understanding hubby and needy cat to write stories about men loving men in the past, present and future.  Writing is always fun and rewarding, but writing about her guys is the most fun she’s had in a long time, and she hopes you’ll enjoy them as much as she does. WEBSITE

I want this set of books for myself! RAWR! For a chance to win these three books, leave a comment on this post by midnight tonight. Happy Holidays!

Day 17 – 30 Days of Christmas

Today, I’m welcoming two of my favorite authors as well as giving away my first Ellora’s Cave book, Rock My World. I’ve two more books coming from EC soon, but this one is special to me. The hero is amazing and I’ll admit I sort of have my own version of Sin at home since Rott is a rocker who plays guitar. The other two authors are my fellow EC authors Cerise DeLand and Lacey Savage. Between us, we’ve got three really exciting books to bring you today. Here’s the book and author info.

Rock My World

Ellora’s Cave

M/F Erotic Contemporary Romance



Rock star Gia Santora is at the height of her career when a frightening brush with a psychotic stalker changes her life. She’s ready for more than a string of one-night stands on the road, but finding a date isn’t easy for a woman with a bodyguard. When she meets her sexy, young opening act, he pushes all her buttons, sexually and emotionally.

Sin Carstens is rock’s hottest new guitar god with a body and a voice to match his name. He takes Gia on a wild sexual ride that has them literally rockin’ the tour bus. But Sin’s got priorities other than music and sex. He wants a relationship with the commitment-shy Gia. With the stalker on the loose and their lives on the line, Sin’s willing to fight Gia’s fears in an effort to win himself the sexiest woman he’s ever known and prove that he can rock her world.

Laid Bare

Ellora’s Cave

M/F Erotic romantic suspense



Tate Ryder has spent his life savoring plenty of women—until luscious Anna Stevens ruins him for any other female. Too bad Anna doesn’t seem to know he’s alive. Then, one night Anna is attacked outside his condo. Frantic to protect her, Tate whisks her off to his yacht, where he vows to save her from her mysterious enemies and enchant her sleek body with pleasures she’s only imagined.

Anna answers his intimate kisses with scorching caresses–and wild revelations. She’s been on the run from thugs for years. She’s not who she claims. But one thing is real—her deep craving for Tate. Enthralled, Tate lays bare her body…and is equally determined to lay bare her nameless enemy, if he can only save her from her past.

What’s a gal to do if she hails from D.C., lives now deep in the heart of Texas, travels often everywhere, and adores Paris, Florence, London, Tokyo and all points east and west?


She becomes an author who can write about those romantic places. And if your sweet tooth craves spies, pirates, body guards and gutsy women of today and yesteryears of medieval and Regency England, then she is the author you crave for smoldering erotic encounters and delicious love affairs!

Her name? Cerise DeLand.

What’s more is that Cerise is the award-winning author of 18 print novels of mystery, mainstream and romance with St. Martin’s Press, Pocket Books and Kensington. Her books have been on every book club list you can name, including Featured Selections of The Mystery Guild, Doubleday and Rhapsody. And when she isn’t dreaming up fiction? Cerise also writes non-fiction.

Busy lady. Happy writer.

Find her books at Ellora’s CaveResplendence PublishingWild Rose Press and Total-E-Bound! Cerise’s WEBSITE.

Voices in the Dark

Ellora’s Cave

M/F Erotic Contemporary romance



Maddie’s coworkers have no idea that she gets off on calling random men, whispering raunchy fantasies in their ears and hearing them orgasm at the sound of her voice. Her fetish is fun, daring and most importantly, safe. That’s paramount for a transplanted Texan now living in New York.

Sex with strangers is risky. Phone sex is totally anonymous. Until Maddie calls a coworker by mistake. And when Adrian recognizes her voice, he turns her safe little fetish into a dangerous game. One that Maddie can’t possibly win.

Award-winning author Lacey Savage loves to write about her dreams – or more specifically, she loves to breathe life into her steamy fantasies (and she’s got plenty!). She pens erotic tales of true love and mythical destiny, peopled with strong alpha heroes and feisty heroines. A hopeless romantic, Lacey loves writing about the intimate, sensual side of relationships. She currently resides in Ottawa, Canada, with her loving husband and their mischievous cat. Lacey’s WEBSITE.

Got your A/C ready to go? You’ll need it with these three books! EC is known for bringing the heat and I think Lacey, Cerise and I have done that today. For a chance to win these three books, leave a comment on this post by midnight Pacific time tonight. And don’t forget to keep coming back every day until Christmas for a chance to win awesome books!

Happy Holidays!


Day 16 – 30 Days of Christmas

Well, it’s December 10 and the 16th day of my holiday event and I’m late posting! Ack! I have a busy day ahead because I’m going to breakfast with Z.A. Maxfield but skipping my local RWA meeting. For one, my back is out and walking the length of the community center’s cement walkway while bent over slightly isn’t something I want to do. For another, I have to finish Cupid Christmas today. The cowboys weren’t cooperating. I thought their story should be about 8000 words in length. THEY thought differently. Looks like they will be about 16,000 words. Contrary cowboys. *eyeroll*

Enough about them. You’ll hear all about them on Christmas Eve since they are my Dec. 24 giveaway along with holiday books by Z.A. Maxfield and an arc from our editor Kris Jacen at MLR Press. Today’s giveaway is Insolence, an EPIC award and Passionate Plume finalist. I love this book because it’s told solely from the point of view of the hero. The other books and authors in today’s giveaway include Mary Winter’s Heartbeat and Mardi Ballou’s Sherry Amor. Here’s info on the books and authors.


Cobblestone Press

M/F, BDSM, Erotic Contemporary Romance



Aric Calderwood owns a BDSM club called Insolence. When his childhood best friend offers to be his sub for the weekend, Aric discovers that a decade as a Dom is no match for his long held feelings for the arrogant Ainsley Connor. Once he touches her, Aric’s control is overcome by a flood of memories and emotion, and by then he’s not even sure it’s her submission he wants. A weekend of intimacy with Ainsley shows Aric what he’s been missing in his life and he realizes that regardless of whether she’s submissive or insolent, all he wants is her.

 Warning: This story gets inside the head of a very opinionated Dom who’s spent years wanting a woman he never thought he could have.


Pink Petal Books

M/F erotic contemporary romance



Reba Dailey thought she had everything she wanted…until a heart attack brought her face-to-face with death. Now, no longer able to continue her high-power job as an advertising executive, she’s forced to discover what she truly wants out of life.

Todd Thorpe knows all about the laws of attraction and how to create energy to heal. He owns Healing Hands, a natural healing center, where he helps people make the most of their life. People like Reba Dailey. One heated kiss four years ago told him they’d be explosive together. And he’s hungered for her ever since.

Now she’s returned, and everything is a matter of a heart. With each steamy encounter, she’s discovering the joy of her new life, and with each heartbeat, she’s falling more and more in love.

Mary Winter commutes between her dream home near the Mark Twain national forest in Missouri and her current residence in Iowa. She lives with a menagerie of animals including an opinionated horse and a cat who was a dog in past life. When not writing spicy tales of erotic romance, she enjoys writing science fiction and fantasy, spending time with her horse, and enjoying the outdoors. Lucky for her, her partner (hero) shares these same passions, and usually both of them can be found in their respective dens writing.

And it’s not far from the truth. Mary began writing in high school after she discovered Silhouette Desire romance novels and realized that she wanted to be the one to write stories that carried readers away from their oh-so-boring lives. She has a deep appreciation and love of the natural, the spirtual, and the metaphysical, which has led to her running Jupiter Gardens and writing for new age and pagan magazines. She is attuned to Reiki II and reads tarot cards.

Right now her household includes six cats, ranging in age from less than six months (Tenzin, former feral kitten) to seventeen years (Tigger, diabetic kitty), her horse, two parrots, a finch flight, a geriatric parakeet flight, and her partner, the hero of her own personal romance story.

Her favorite television shows are Torchwood, Bones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dr. Who (new), Battlestar Galactica (new), Babylon 5, Farscape, and Sex in the City. Her favorite movies are Spaceballs, The Cutting Edge, Serenity, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, the LoTR trilogy, and probably a few others she’s forgetting. Her musical tastes range from Enya, Clannad, David Arkenstone, David & Steve Gordon, Scott McDonald, and AfroCelt Sound System to Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, and others. WEBSITE

Sherry Amor

Ellora’s Cave

M/F/M erotic contemporary menage



Francisco Reyes can deal with dying. He can’t deal with leaving Elena Sandoval, his forever love, or ruining their last Christmas together with the truth of his illness. Instead, he hires Rafe McMaster to film a wine commercial for their Sherry Amor and, unbeknownst to either Elena or Rafe, to become her new lover.

To the beat of flamenco music, Elena and Rafe fall into each other’s arms-while Francisco films them. Aghast at what they’ve done, Elena and Rafe can’t believe Francisco not only accepts their lovemaking but also joins them.

Francisco aches seeing his beloved Elena with Rafe, but he believes his plan to provide Elena with a new lover once he is gone is working-until Rafe and Elena take charge and show him neither one is ready to let him go so easily. After all, Christmas is a season of miracles.

By day she’s a mild-mannered language teacher. But after hours, Mardi Ballou’s wild writer persona erupts and entraps her in bondageŠto her computer. Release comes only once she achieves her word count goal, at which point the maniacal chocolate monster will give her one sublime piece. And then she can spend time with her hero husband Lee, who gives great massages at strategic times. So Mardi writes what she knows- romances-hot and mainstream-for Ellora’s Cave, Samhain, NCP, Whiskey Creek, and Changeling. Also women’s fiction. Her most recent releases are, from Ellora’s Cave, Dark Venues, Sherry Amor, Soap Bloke, and Desert Destiny in e-book format and, in print, Long, Slow Ride in the Better with Age anthology and Perfect Pear in the Ripe and Ready anthology. The Fangly, My Dear series-Byte Marks, What’s a Ghoul to Do? and Playing with Matches-is in print from Samhain. Check out all of Mardi’s books, and more, at

And there you have it! Three very hot books for this Saturday, December 10! For a chance to win, comment on this post by midnight Pacific time tonight! Happy holidays!

Day 15 – 30 Days of Christmas

It’s December 9 and today is the midway point in this giveaway. Before I get into the books being offered today, let me remind everyone that the only comments eligible each day are the ones posted by midnight Pacific time that night. Even if the comments are still open on the blog (meaning I didn’t stay up until midnight to close them), we only take into consideration the comments that were posted by the deadline. So if you’re checking back each day make sure you’re commenting on a post where you have a chance to win something. Usually, I post around 6:30 am Pacific time, but if I’m up late I may post it just after midnight. So make sure you check the date of the post before you comment. I want to make sure everyone has a chance to win.

Today’s book is one near and dear to my heart. Unbreak Me is a Lories Best Published finalist, finishing second in the Novella category and it was a Passionate Plume finalist as well. It’s the story of a woman who has lost everything. The only man she ever loved was sent to his death in a far off galaxy and her revenge against those who betrayed him left her scarred for life, imprisoned and tortured. When she discovers her lover is alive she rejoices even though she knows she can never be with him. However, she reckons without his determination and his love for her. And he moves heaven and earth to unbreak her, to give her back her heart, soul and spirit.  I cried writing this story and I hope it touches the readers as it touches me.

My fellow Pink Petal Books author Connie Wood is joining my giveaway today. Connie is offering all three of her Pink Petal Books releases. Connie is an amazing writer and readers can’t go wrong with anything she has. Here’s the book and author info:

Unbreak Me – Spellbound Treasures series

Pink Petal Books

M/F erotic futuristic romance



Two magic wielding warriors (M/F) are torn apart by betrayal, imprisonment, and torture. When a magical heart that formerly belonged to them comes up on the auction block, both fight to win it. Major Marcus (Ren) Renniger was betrayed on a mission and became a POW.  Captain Tait Boland was told Ren had died. Unable to believe it, she set out to find the truth and exact revenge on the man who stole Ren from her. Her revenge comes at the cost of her freedom and her spirit.

Six years later, Ren and Tait have both escaped imprisonment. When they meet at Spellbound Treasure because of the heart, their passions explode. For Tait, knowing that her lover is alive fills her with bittersweet elation. Broken in body and spirit, she knows she has nothing left to give him. Seeing Tait so changed strikes fear in Ren’s heart. He sets out to unravel the mystery surrounding his capture and Tait’s imprisonment. To give her back her future and regain their life together, Ren must figure out how to unbreak Tait’s heart, soul, and spirit.

The Veteran

Pink Petal Books

M/F Contemporary romance



Will their shared past thrust them into danger – or each other’s arms?

Roman Grisham returned from combat never able to return to the military he so loved. And he wants answers. His answers are linked to the shy and quietly sexy, Germaine Andrews who is looking for quiet seclusion after her life was torn apart. Now they need each other to unriddle the past, but their future is fraught with danger.

Dark Moon

Pink Petal Books

M/F Paranormal romance



Tynan is a Venator; a hunter of the shape shifters banished to exile in the coldest ice plain of Alaska–where the only things to hunt are the shape-shifting polar bears and warmth. But someone has brutally murdered his brother and he’s out for revenge.

Moon’s finally living her dreams, leaving a controlling past far behind her. Until the grisly murder of a friend lands her with a devastatingly sexy stranger and plunges her into the deep recesses of her darkest nightmares.

With the time of total darkness and carnage, the dark moon, looming it’s a race against time to search for the truth. Or die trying.


Dark Ice

Pink Petal Books

M/F Paranormal romance



Dane is a polar bear shape shifter, lethal, powerful and seductive. In his ice laden, isolated home, Dane is plagued by dreams of the beautiful woman he cradled in his arms as the Dark Moon descended her world into hell. Now something dark and dangerous stalks the ice fields and Dane will risk his mortal soul to keep his woman safe.

Lea wakes from her dreams, passion still lingering from the mysterious man who devours her nights and now seeps into her days. Can she decipher her nightmares before they consume her? Is the devastating man who visits her darkest hours a man or beast?

As their destinies pull them closer, will their differences push them apart? Danger lurks in the ice fields endangering their lives, hearts and souls.

Connie Wood is a romance author residing in beautiful Australia. She has thrown caution to the wind and traveled the world in some of the most bizarre circumstances. If she wrote about her life experiences on the road, the truth would certainly be stranger than fiction.

Connie has had a multitude of jobs including, the mundane and the not so mundane. She has bided her time as a secretary, librarian, information technology, web designer, student and a director to an international non-profit organisation, among others.

Currently Connie is doing a University Degree by correspondence, as she looks after her tornado of a son.

And there you have it for this Friday, December 9.  Three books from Connie, one from me, and lots good reading ahead for today’s winner. You have until midnight Pacific time to comment on this post and be entered in the drawing. Happy Holidays!