QTA Christmas Blog Hop

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So, um yeah. I entered a blog hop. I know, I know, not my usual thing. But I kinda liked this one. I mean, after all, they’re giving away a gift basket for gays. How cool is that?

qta_christmas_blog_hop-180x179If you’re coming here from the Queer Town Abbey Blog Hop, welcome! If it’s your first time here, you may want to bookmark me and come back because today is not the only day I’m giving away a prize. Every year from the day after Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, I give away a bunch of books, many of which are MM. I’ll be giving away a copy of the Broken Bonds audiobook for one lucky commenter on this post! It fits right in as Broken Bonds is first, and foremost, a Christmas Eve story with props to Dickens.

For the QTA Blog Hop, check the awesome prizes HERE. There’s a Rafflecopter there for entering. Also, I’m supposed to ask you a question at the end of this post with a simple one word answer that you need to return to the QTA website with. You will use the answer to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. Look for the question at the bottom of this post in BOLD. Remember that the answer is one word and you’ll find it here in my blog post.

And now, for the QTA Blog Hop, I’m supposed to talk about what Christmas means to my family. That’s really a tough thing for me to answer. You see, my daughter is grown now and she’s not here this year. She’s at her dad’s. Even if she were here, we just don’t do Christmas like other families do. One reason is that unfortunately, we live in a very expensive part of the country and I’m the sole breadwinner in the family. That means my hard earned dollars don’t go very far. Most years, we can’t afford Christmas.

Coming from a family where my mom and dad loved Christmas, it’s personally difficult for me not to have a tree or presents or Christmas dinner. I cs-012satisfy my yearning for those holiday traditions by going to the company Christmas party where there’s traditional foods and a chance to dress up in holiday clothes. My husband puts lights up inside our windows, hangs my jangly bell laden wooden Santa on the front door, and puts up with me listening to Christmas music on the radio. And every year it makes me really sad that that’s the extent of what we can do.

I’ve learned that Christmas traditions mean a lot to me and not being able to do the things I grew up doing often makes me really melancholy come December. I do what I can do and take comfort in the fact that I’m not alone even if I’m too poor to have Christmas. I have my hubs and my daughter and the babies. I know they all love me. I may not have great health but I have a job that mostly pays the bills and I can write and make book covers to pay for the rest of the bills. We scrape by and we have love for each other. That means a lot to me because Christmas could be a lot worse, and has been, in the past.

friendsSo I guess what Christmas means to me is that it’s the time of year to be thankful for what I do have even if it’s not even close to what most people consider to be Christmas. It’s not material for me and when I find myself feeling pissy for not having what others have and take for granted, I pull myself out of the self-pity whirlpool. I try to remember that the people who take the presents and tree, food and parties for granted are really the ones who are poor. Holding the spirit of Christmas in your heart, the spirit of love and thankfulness, and remembering to cherish those things and not equate them with how much you’ve received in material things is truly what this holiday is about.

Although, it sure would be nice to have my own car and not have to share. 😉

Remember your loved ones this Holiday Season, the ones you are lucky enough to still have with you as well as those who have passed. Remember the lessons of love they’ve taught you over the years. Remember the fullness of your heart when you’ve been privileged to be with them. And remember that no matter how many gifts you give or get, it’s the gift of Love that is the greatest gift you can ever give or receive. You know, there really is a reason why I write romance.

The one word answer to the following question is what you need to take back to Queer Town Abbey with you in order to continue on the Blog Hop: What is the greatest gift you can ever give or receive? Go HERE to keep hopping!

For a chance to win a copy of Broken Bonds in audiobook, just leave me a comment and tell me what’s the most precious Christmas gift you’ve ever received.

Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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Day 10: 30+ Days of Christmas 2013

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The winner of Day 9 of my giveaway is Paul Berry! Congrats, Paul!

Today’s prizes are another MM batch of goodies that include ebooks and audiobooks! One of each kind from me, plus an ebook from the always awesome Neil Plakcy, an ebook from BDSM author Jayson Locke, and audiobooks from the ever amazing Marshall Thornton!

SaveYourLove_200Save Your Love by Lex Valentine (ebook)

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Decades define a young man’s life as he goes from a virgin discovering his sexual orientation to a rock star fending off masses of lovestruck fans to a composer of Broadway musicals while an epic love for his best friend commands his heart, permeates his soul and flows through his music.

Jay Sparks lost his virginity and found his true sexual orientation at a rock festival on his eighteenth birthday. He also gave away his heart. Through the years, Jay’s love for his best friend and first lover Matt Langdon has never died. The one thing Jay has always known to be true was that he and Matt loved each other. Even when they were apart, Jay always felt Matt’s presence within him and beside him. When fate finally brings them back together, finding a way to blend their lives becomes a labor of love. Through their years together, the love they found at eighteen grows and matures but remains an eternal flame that burns unwavering in both their hearts.

FireSeason_audio600Fire Season by Lex Valentine, narrated by Chip Wood (audiobook)

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Black dragon Holden Antaeus isn’t looking for a mate. His life is filled with family, work, and dating. Women adore him and he’s never short of offers for sex, but a relationship isn’t something he’s interested in. When Holden’s brother Sean hires a new executive for Antaeus International, Holden’s whole world, and everything he’s ever believed about himself, is blown to bits. Garret Renquist is a green dragon, intelligent, witty, bi-sexual, and hot for Holden. Despite the fact that Holden is positive he’s heterosexual, the moment he meets Garret, something happens inside him. What follows is a journey through stereotypes and ingrained beliefs as Holden struggles with the fact that his destined mate is a man.

Warning:  This book contains two handsome dragons, one meddling brother, three matchmaking friends, a mock battle in shifted form, and hot sex between two sexy men who make the hot springs boil!

FINAL MEDIUM SIZEThe Russian Boy by Neil Plakcy

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There are three Russian boys at the center of this sexy new novel.  Alexei Dubernin, the teenaged son of a Russian count longs to paint like his Impressionist idols. This desire brings him in contact with the Russian maestro Fyodor Luschenko in Nice, France, in 1912, as the Russian aristocracy celebrates its last few years of prosperity on the Riviera.

Luschenko paints an erotic portrait of Alexei, called Le Jeune Homme Russe, or The Russian Boy, which is received with scandal, then acclaim. Then, in the present day, the painting is stolen while being restored– by another Russian boy, an art student in Paris named Dmitri Baranov.

Dmitri’s desperation to remain in Paris after his fellowship ends leads him into unsavory company, bringing him, and the painting, back to the Cote d’Azur, where someone is willing to stop at nothing– including murder– to possess this magnificent work of art.

Hard on Dmitri’s trail, and that of the painting, is his boyfriend, American art student Taylor Griffin, and Rowan McNair, a disgraced former professor of art history turned art detective. Partners change, affairs are begun and ended, and dead bodies appear with a disturbing regularity.

In alternating narrations, Alexei, Dmitri, Taylor and Rowan tell the story of the painting, its theft, and a series of love affairs between older men and their younger protégés. By turns sexy, dangerous and romantic, The Russian Boy is a story of love and art that spans the ages.

The-Perfect-Sub200x300The Perfect Sub by Jayson Locke

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Drew Prescott thinks he has to be perfect to attract the Dom of his dreams. However, after a year of repressing his true personality, he must face the fact that Dominant Holt Benedict still isn’t interested. In a desperate effort to move on with his life, he contacts Madame Eve, requesting a Dominant who will make him forget Holt so he can try to heal his broken heart. But when his date demonstrates a different way of seeing things, their one night changes everything and forces Drew to recognize the difference between being a perfect sub and offering perfect submission to the man he craves.

510SaMyay0L._SL300_Boystown 2 by Marshall Thornton, narrated by Brad Langer (audiobook)

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In the second Boystown collection, Chicago private investigator Nick Nowak finds himself involved with a young man who murdered his stepfather but refuses to assist in his own defense. He has been hired to find the murderer of a dead porno star and in a case that traps him between the two men he loves, searching for a serial killer’s only living victim.

Set in the second half of 1981, Boystown 2 follows Nick as he juggles his deepening relationship with Detective Bert Harker with the return of his ex, Daniel Laverty. Which man will he choose? Or will he be able to choose?

Oh, yeah. Ebooks and audiobooks both! It’s a multi-media kind of day! For a chance to win, leave a comment on this post by midnight Pacific time (3 am Eastern.) For a chance to win a whole slew of cool prizes check out my blog post for the Queer Town Abbey Blog Hop, right here at Sunlight Sucks.

Have a great Sunday!

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Day 9: 30+ Days of Christmas 2013

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The winner of Day 8 is…Moria! You know Moria, you shouldn’t beg like that because you might just get what you wish for! I number all the comments in the order in which they come in. Then I ask Rott to pick a number. He picked your number so somehow he must have heard your begging in the cosmic void… 😉 Congrats!

Today’s line up is really special for me. Every one of these books has a cover done by ME! Jambrea’s book is a brand spanky new release (like yesterday!) Barry’s book is award winning and critically acclaimed and Angel’s book has superheroes! Having met Barry and Jambi in person I can tell you that they are two of the nicest, coolest people I’ve ever met. As for Angel, this is the first cover I’ve ever done for her and she was super easy to work with which is such a relief for a cover artist. As for my own cover, it’s one of the hottest I’ve ever made. I can’t take my eyes off of Brooks Johnson, the model. You’re going to love every one of these books, I promise!

BreatheMeIn_432 BreatheMeIn_200Breathe Me In by Lex Valentine

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Life is good for vampire Wilson North.  His family left him well off. His job as an estate attorney is prestigious, well paying, and non-demanding.  He’s gay and out and never had any issues being either. In fact, until the day he ended up beneath his car, bleeding out and only a few pints of blood from a sure trip to the Afterworld, life had never been a challenge.

When Will meets his destiny in the form of an enigmatic Magia named Garrick Forrester he finds the challenge of his life. Garrick’s gay but doesn’t live an openly gay life.  Instead, he hides his nature behind his ownership of a BDSM club.  The two men instantly know they are mates, but that doesn’t smooth the path to their bonding.  Garrick wants Will but threats from his past convince him that the only way to protect his lover is to leave him. Shocked by Garrick’s ability to walk away, Will struggles to understand why his mate doesn’t want him.  For the first time in Will’s life, something isn’t easy and he must fight for what he needs or give up his chance for happiness.

Drawn together by destiny. Torn apart by self-doubts and fear. Two men on the cusp of a dream must set aside the lives they’ve always lived for a chance at a new and brilliant future.

Warning: This book contains virgin sex between a sexy self-sacrificing wizard who’s never been catcher and an angelic-faced vampire who’s never pitched, a BDSM bad guy with dark magic, a mysterious royal Acerbian, and a host of characters from previous Tales books who do everything from implode buildings to change diapers…all to help two reluctant heroes find true love.

RarelyPureNeverSimple_432Rarely Pure & Never Simple by Angel Martinez

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Damien just wants to be left alone. Too bad his variant talent as a locator makes him the go-to contractor for the government’s missing person cases. He can refuse, but it’s not so easy when the missing are variant kids.

Blaze Emerson is a sparker. People fear him as much for his ability to call fire as his obnoxious, violent temperament. He’s good at what he does, though, and he’s intrigued by the quiet man who can find people with his brain. Conspiracies, treachery, and wild rumors are only the start. First Damien and Blaze have to survive each other.

TheCelestialThe Celestial by Barry Brennessel

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Love was the last thing Todd Webster Morgan expected to find while searching for gold in 1870s California. But that was before he met Lao Jian.

Hardened beyond his nineteen years, Todd Webster Morgan is determined to find gold high in the Sierra Nevadas. But his dream is violently upended. Complicating matters even more, he meets a young Chinese immigrant named Lao Jian, whose own dreams of finding gold have been quashed by violence. But life back in Sacramento isn’t any easier. Todd’s mother struggles to make ends meet. His invalid uncle becomes increasing angry and violent. Todd seeks employment with little success. Meanwhile his friendship with Lao Jian turns to love. But their relationship is strained as anti-Chinese sentiment grows. Todd vows not to lose Lao Jian. The couple must risk everything to make a life for themselves. A life that requires facing fear and prejudice head on.

Finalist, 25th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

Gold Medal Winner, 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards

OnceUponaPrince_200Once Upon a Prince by Jambrea Jo Jones

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Ember Coruscate is a carefree dragon wanting nothing more than to play and he has his sites set on Flame. But something changes after he has been kidnapped.

Roar Sliger has wanted Ember for as long as he can remember, but what dragon would want a gargoyle for a mate?

Marabell and Glenda are at it again, giving the pair what they need. Will Ember be dragon enough to realize there is more to life than a hot body and a pretty face? Can he get over the fact that Roar is a family friend and find the love they both deserve?

What a great bunch of books! I think everyone will want these! I know I do! For a chance to win all the books, leave a comment on this post by midnight Pacific time (3 am Eastern.) If by some chance you’ve read all these books, leave a comment that says what you liked about them and you could win a copy of Broken Bonds or Fire Season in audiobook!

Have a great day!

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Day 8: 30+ Days of Christmas 2013

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The Day 7 winner is…Bobbie B! Woot!

I’ve got a great line-up of MM books for you today.  Fans of MM books should be really excited! They all sound so good I wish I could win them! And as a side note, I’m the cover artist not just for Sunstroked but for With My Heart too.

Sunstroked_200Sunstroked by Lex Valentine

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When wildling Corey Green discovers his mate is Seth Dylan, a tough as nails, dour werewolf from the McCallan clan, he thinks his life is set. However, Seth’s not out and doesn’t know if he wants to be. A pivotal sexual encounter between the men has Seth running scared and leaves Corey broken hearted. The men meet again nearly two years later and this time Seth’s out but Corey’s dark depression is about to send him behind the Veil of the Jewel Box to the fae world. Seth’s determined to make up for running out on Corey, but the wildling’s sunny disposition has gone so dark it may be too late for them to build a life together. With love on his side, Seth sets out return the sunshine to Corey’s soul.

Warning: Contains two hot gay men who love sunshine, sex that makes the plants and trees grow, and a big bad wolf who will do anything to win the man he loves.

WithMyHeart_200With My Heart by Karenna Colcroft

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Merit Hartwick and Cole Dellany are working to build their relationship, but things are not going well. After an argument they decide to see other people, but will their relationship survive?

 

 

a life interruptedFV3Life Interrupted by Lynley Wayne

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Dan and Travis met in college, the unlikeliest of pairs, and then became friends and lovers.  For the past twenty-two years Dan’s lived his own version of happily-ever-after, with Travis by his side. Then tragedy strikes and life as they know it ceases to exist. Will they be strong enough to find their way back from a life interrupted?

While Travis fights for his life, Dan can’ t help but relive all those little moments that made up their life. All those things that he took for granted at the time. Those very same events may end up being all he has left of the man who is his entire world.

ColoringOutsidetheLinesLGColoring Outside the Lines by Diana Di Ricci

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Photographer Ralph Haraldsson’s birthday celebration starts to turn disastrous when he runs into his ex, and it seems to be headed downhill from there. Julian Franzese, an off-duty cop with a hotter-than-sin body, gets co-opted to take Ralph home when the friends he came with run into problems. Even though they’ve never met before, Julian defends Ralph’s wounded pride from his ex and his body from a creepy patron. The relationship starts out cool, but Ralph soon warms up to the persistent Texan, and as they get to know each other, the temperature continues to rise. But Ralph has a couple of secrets: an old injury that could make a difference, and the room he keeps locked up behind his studio—a room where only those who play by the rules can enter. What might Julian think if Ralph shows him all his hidden colors?

Love_In_the_ShadowsLove in the Shadows by S.A. Garcia

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When history, romance, and the supernatural collide, can love triumph over all?

Opening an ancient trunk transforms Doctor Rolfe Almersson’s life. When the spiritually-sensitive academic breaks his rules about touching an article sans gloves, fierce love wells at him. The unwrapped parchment reveals a burnt diary written by Magistrate Nels Halverson. The diary documents meeting seventeen-year-old orphan Aindrias Aster in 1701. Nels describes their eventual love affair, along with tragedies and triumphs in infatuated, intimate detail.

Rolfe’s obsession with his find overwhelms him. Reading about the men’s evolving relationship influences Rolfe’s tempestuous relationship with his lover. Will the story’s romance and tragedy push Rolfe forward into romantic liberation and academic triumph or will it ruin his life?

That’s our group of books for today. For a chance to win all the books, leave a comment on this post by midnight Pacific time (3 am Eastern.) If by some chance you’ve read all these books, leave a comment that says what you liked about them and you could win a copy of Broken Bonds in audiobook!

Have a great day!

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Day 7: 30+ Days of Christmas 2013

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Our winner of yesterday’s books is Jill P! Congrats!

The books I have for you today are a little bit different than your usual MM or MF books. My book is Common Ground, which on the face of it is MF. However, the farther you go into the book the more curious you become about this character named Weylyn who is a bi-sexual werewolf and his mate who is also bi-sexual. The book is actually a menage a quatre set inside of a MF. Whew!

To add some more fun to the mix I’m joined by Nona Raines with a transgender book and Amanda Young with a MM novel. All very hot, exciting stuff!

CommonGround_200Common Ground by Lex Valentine

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Werewolf Sair McCallan escapes the confines of her brother’s pack with the help of a mated werewolf couple who believe in open sexuality and relationships. With Weylyn and Keir Randall, Sair experiences freedom in all things for the first time in her life. When she meets her mate, she’s shocked to find he’s a boring, broody vampire. Uptight Marius Granville has his staid and orderly life completely shattered by the arrival of his bloodmate, a beautiful werewolf who steals his heart and expects him to join in her kinky play with the Randalls. Marius is forced out of his hum drum existence and opens himself to new sexual experiences to please Sair. As her new mate strives to give her everything she needs, Sair battles internal demons that threaten their fragile new relationship.

Warning: This book includes sex on a washing machine, a make out session ala From Here to Eternity, sex between best friends (F/F), double penetration of a female (oh, baby!), and the best blowjob in the world (M/M) all within the confines of the hottest ménage a quatre the Darkworld has ever seen.

NR_HisKindofWoman_coverinHis Kind of Woman by Nona Raines

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When Roy Girard went looking for Victor Varrano, he never expected a woman to answer the door. He soon discovers that Victor is now Venetia. Roy’s startled, but even more surprised by his attraction to her. As they spend time together, he doesn’t want to let her go. But she’s sure to dump him when she learns his secret.

Venetia’s falling hard and fast for Roy. But when she learns that his brother was the bully who tormented her in high school, she’s shattered. She can’t wrap her head around the fact that the man who made such amazing love to her could so completely betray her trust.

AY_CR_Recession_coverlgChicken Ranch: Recession by Amanda Young

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Garrett has fallen on tough times. Once a construction worker, he now depends on the desires of others to feed his little brother and keep a roof over their heads. As one of the many rent boys at Chicken Ranch, Garrett lives in constant fear, torn between making enough money to survive and getting busted for doing something illegal and immoral to pay the bills.

Miller is a workaholic with a chip on his shoulder. It isn’t until his beloved Grandma passes away that Miller dares to temporarily return home to the town he despises. Once there, he faces a surprise inheritance that causes more problems than solutions and the man he left behind to pursue his dreams.

Their reunion comes with an abundance of complications and old feelings. Bitterness and anger swiftly turn into desire and a rekindled love that threatens more than their hearts. Things take a turn for the worst when Miller provokes a threat to Garrett’s custody of his little brother. Having already lost Garrett to familial obligations once, Miller fears they’re doomed to repeat the past, only this time Garrett will be the one who’ll walk away.

And there you have it! I think this is a great line up of books! And you could win them all just by leaving a comment on this post by midnight Pacific time (3 am Eastern.) If you’ve read all three of these books, leave a comment about what you liked about them and you could win a free audiobook from me!

Happy Holidays!

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