Day 1: 30+ Days of Christmas 2013

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I’m baaack! Yes, I know I haven’t been around. I haven’t had time for blogging in the last year, but I would not forgo my commitment to my annual holiday giveaway. Therefore, I’m back! This time with a wild line up of great books from every genre, every heat level, every pairing and a multitude of amazing authors. You can expect to find books from my dearest pals as well as books from new authors and authors for whom I was cover artist. It’s going to be an exciting ride! Keep reading and at the bottom, I’ll tell you can win all three of these great books!

Today, I’m starting out with, as usual, a book of mine plus a book from two friends, one of whom I’ve done covers for. Let’s kick this party off with an MM day!

This book has a story behind it. Originally, it was with a now defunct publisher. Originally, it was MF. Or was it? My original concept for this book was MM but the publisher didn’t want it as MM so I rewrote the synopsis and then wrote the book as MF. And I was very unhappy with it. I liked my original concept better. When I got my rights back I ruthlessly chopped out chunks of the books, rewrote everything and made this what it was meant to be all along. NOW, I’m happy with it!

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Sunday’s Child by Lex Valentine

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Blurb:

Bi-sexual wizard Randall Wise is the quintessential good guy. Still single at thirty, he’s never had a relationship or even a brush with love. Rand is convinced that good guys finish last at love and decides he needs to change if he’s ever going to find a mate of his own. Then he looks out his bedroom window to find that the sexiest guy he’s ever laid eyes on has moved in next door.

Brendan Thorne is gay, klutzy, and to his thinking, ordinary. At twenty-six, he’s got a baby face that makes men treat him as they would an innocent little brother. Determined to at least get laid, Brendan sexes up his appearance and finds his hot new neighbor ready and willing to do the dirty with him. The sex is amazing and both Rand and Brendan sense it’s the start of something more. But is it real love or just magic?

Next up is a book I did the cover for. Actually, other than the first cover, I’ve done all the covers in this great series. This cover also contains a secret…the word BOY is in my handwriting! Yes, I used the Lex Valentine font on the cover! My pal AC Katt is offering up a copy of Cisco’s Boy, the third book in the Indiscreet series. You’ll love this book as all the prior characters are back and we get to see a former secondary character get his HEA.

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Author’s Website

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Blurb:

Master Cisco de Loria wants everything from his new sub Greg Harris, that is everything but love, in fact his contract expressly forbids it.

Dr. Greg Harris finally has the money to buy a submissive membership at Indiscreet, a gay BDSM club. The only thing he wants is to have Dr. Cisco de Loria as his Master. Cisco wants Greg too, but the one thing Greg most wants to give, Cisco refuses to take, Greg’s love. Cisco is so sure he doesn’t need love that he puts it in as a clause in their contract. If Greg ever mentions love, the contract is terminated. Cisco finds out the hard way that things somehow don’t always work out the way you plan.

The third book in today’s giveaway is one of my all time favorite reads by one of my all time favorite MM authors. My pal Willa Okati has crafted an amazing story of love and discovery in Lovers, Dreamers and Me. I loved this book so much, I’ve been begging Willa for a sequel by giving secondary character Joey his story.

WO_LoversDreamers_coverlgLovers, Dreamers and Me by Willa Okati

Author’s Website

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Blurb:

Tolliver’s buried his life in taking care of his sister and the independent bookstore his grandmother left him. That doesn’t leave much time for romance or fun. Sarah, his sister, thinks he’s getting hidebound and decides to do a little matchmaking. Only the first problem with which is that her choice is another man, and Tolliver’s not gay!

It turns out, Noble’s not either. But he is attracted to Tolliver, deeply, and as a seer, he knows they can be together, if they can just figure this out. He’s not above using his psychic gifts to draw them together on a sexual journey to self-discovery, but the road has more twists and turns than even he ever dreamed.

And there you have it! A great MM line up of giveaways! Here’s how it works:

Leave a comment for a chance to win all three books. AC Katt is offering up two copies so an additional winner will get just her book. So even if you don’t win all three, you can still possibly win just Cisco’s Boy! Tomorrow morning my hubs Rott will pick a name out of the hat for the big prize and one for the runner up prize. You have until midnight Pacific time to leave a comment.

Whew! It feels great to kick off this year’s giveaway! Let your friends know that I’ll be doing this from today right through to New Year’s Eve. It’s a chance to find new authors and win awesome books!

Have a great day!

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Dear Santa

Today, I have pleasant things to talk about and unpleasant things. I’m going to deal with the pleasant things first because most of you won’t want to stick around for the unpleasant. After all, it’s New Year’s Day and you’ve probably got stuff to do.

The pleasant stuff is simple. Winners. Lots of prizes, four winners. I decided since there was soooo much to give away that I could break it up just a tiny little bit. There is one big winner of all the books posted. Then there’s a winner of Dev Bentham’s choice of backlist, a winner for Lynn Lorenz’s choice of her Amber Allure books, and a winner for a choice of my backlist. And here they are:

Books – Avalie

Dev Bentham backlist – Joder

Lynn Lorenz Amber Allure book choice – Renee (PaParanormalFan)

Lex Valentine backlist – AnnMarie Lester

I will post a list of all the authors who donated books all month long over on Facebook. I’ll try to make the list by genre to help those of you who only read specific genres. Check my personal Facebook (cemeterywinter) or my author page (lexvalentineauthor) later today.

Now, on to the unpleasant. It’s just a letter to Santa, but it’s personal so you don’t have to read it if you don’t want to. I just need to talk about my life and ask Santa for a favor. So all of you can stop right here if you don’t want to read the gory details of my life.

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Recap of 30 Days of Christmas 2011

Merry Christmas everyone! Here’s a recap of my 30 Days of Christmas event. I hope everyone had a great time and found new authors to read. I know I had a lot of fun bringing you all these authors and books.

Total number of books given away: 89

Total number of authors participating (including Lex): 56

Number of Lex books given away: 27

Number of holiday books given away: 21

Number of new release days during the giveaway: 5

Number of gay rom books (or menage with M/M elements) given away: 36

Number of covers done by Winterheart Design (Lex) in the giveaway: 31

Number of trailers done by Winterheart Design for books given away: 19

Winners:

Nancy Gilliland – The Wise Guy, Gambit

Ute – A Very Cougar Christmas, Up on the Housetop, 33 Days Till Christmas

Renee Bennett – Uprooted, Mystified, She Rides

Dawn Rosemier – NightShift

Lindsey E. – NightShift

Joanne B. – Shifting Winds, Fancy Free, Her Man Flint

Cyndi Welding – Hot Water, Chains of Silver,  Fighting For Control

Renee S. – Fire Season, Because It’s True, The Russian Boy

Shelly A. – Ride the Lightning, Phantom Touch, Alpha vs Alpha

Estella – Danielle’s Touch, Touch Me In the Dark, Infidelity, Cruise Into Jeopardy

Joder – Holiday Hearts, Common Ground, Shiny Objects, Three Times the Scandal

Beatrice – Sunstroked, Unacceptable Risk, Bound For the Forest

Sarah S. – Breathe Me In, Tingle Bells, Paradise Found

Debra G. – Blood Play, What the Earl Desires, Always You

Emily Tardy – Weylyn’s Gift, The Pleasure Girl, Sex Symbol

Amber Hall – Unbreak Me, Dark Moon, Dark Ice, The Veteran

Cathy M. – Insolence, Heartbeat, Sherry Amour

Regina Ross – Rock My World, Laid Bare, Voices in the Dark

Kaje Harper – Orientation, The Secret of Talmor Manor, Cop Out

Tracey D. – Mistletowed

Barbra B. – Honorable Silence, Sno Ho or A Summit City Christmas, Spinning, Grounded, Finding Home

eeper – Breath of Heaven

Shelley Munro – Love Me Dead, Memories Erased, Treachery, Howl at the Mistletoe

Sarah Kalaitzidis – Where There’s Smoke, The Birches, The Crush, choice of backlist from Ethan Stone

Anne – Christmas Catch, Slave Master’s Choice, Tinseltown, In Remembrance of Us

Virginia C. – Stark Naked

Patricia – Christmas Hookup, The Pixie Prince, Ginger Snap

Casey Wyatt – Marked For Surrender

Tina Seitz – Christmas in Hell, Christmas Wishes, Santa’s Sleeping Beauty

Danielle – Cupid Christmas, Earl of Darkness, Dragons at Midnight

Cyn – Christmas Cowboys, Wishing on a Blue Star, The Dark Angels-Tied Together, A Picture Perfect Holiday, Secret Light

For one last chance to win a holiday book from me, head on over to Castles and Guns today. You have until the next post goes up to leave a comment. One commenter will win a copy of Christmas Cowboys which is 5 Christmas stories together!

Merry Christmas everyone!

 

 

 

 

Day 30 – 30 Days of Christmas

It’s the last day and I have a really special line up for you. First, I have a copy of Christmas Cowboys which is the ENTIRE Christmas Cowboys of Forbes Ranch series, all five stories. Next, I have a copy of Wishing on a Blue Star which features my story In the Light starring my horndog werewolf Weylyn Randall in a serious tale of friendship and loss. Wishing on a Blue Star was edited by my MLR Press editor Kris Jacen and today is Kris’s birthday so she is giving away an ARC of The Dark Angels-Tied Together.  And last but never least is my good friend and favorite lunch companion, Z.A. Maxfield. ZAM, who is also in Wishing on a Blue Star, has two wonderful holiday stories out this Christmas. I did the cover for A Picture Perfect Holiday and I did the video for Secret Light. Both stories are really great reads, but I simply fell in love with Secret Light and the video is the most poignant, beautiful thing I’ve ever done.

So let’s celebrate Kris’s birthday and take a look at all these luscious books!

Christmas Cowboys

Pink Petal Books

Anthology – M/F and M/M erotic holiday romances

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Blurb:

Christmas at Forbes Ranch is always special. It’s a place where dreams come true when you wish on the Christmas star and Happily Ever Afters always happen on Christmas Eve. The magic of Christmas weaves itself through five stories of love with five amazing couples. A supermodel cowboy and an older woman bring a twisted version of the Gift of the Magi to life. A former military pilot and a rancher turn a lonely holiday into the promise of a future. A city girl and a former rodeo star realize that they’ve been both been wanting the same thing. A cowgirl and a computer geek put their faith in the power of the Christmas star. And two rodeo cowboys heal a decade old wound with forgiveness and a love that never died. Come to Forbes Ranch this Christmas and experience the joy of a holiday happily ever after.

 

Wishing on a Blue Star, featuring In the Light, A Five Dark Realms Tale

Dreamspinner Press

Anthology – M/M short stories and dark tales

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Blurb:

A Special Project by Dreamspinner Press & ManLoveRomance Press. Edited by Kris Jacen.

How much impact can someone have on your life if you’ve never met them face to face?

In this electronic age of E-mails, electronic publishing, and social networks, quite a lot.

Through his emails, stories and blog, author Patric Michael has touched numerous hearts, minds and lives from the start of his career and further as he now takes us along on his journey to battle cancer.  Along the way, Patric shows us a side of life that not many truly see– how we are all a part of something larger than just ourselves, and how we are each touched by others for the betterment of all.

Now, those that have been touched by Patric and his words have joined together to give something back, to him and to us all through something he values highly – words. In this compilation, gay short stories, poems, and anecdotes combined with excerpts from Patric’s blog and a few entertaining, educational group posts reveal, and celebrate, the man who has touched so many hearts and minds.

This collection, sometimes erotic, sometimes irreverent, and always poignant, is a gift from all our hearts to celebrate Patric and give strength (and a little levity) to others. The price reflects this; no one is receiving royalties or payment from the sales. Use it to celebrate life, celebrate words, and possibly inspire someone who needs it.

The Dark Angels – Tied Together

By Z. Allora, Edited by Kris Jacen

MLR Press (This book is not yet released.)

M/M erotic contemporary romance

Blurb:

As part of the rock sensation, The Dark Angels, Josh and Robin Strider have the fans calling them “The Twins”. Although they’re not blood brothers, growing up together has given them a special bond that was challenged when they were thrown out of their home. Surviving and being saved from life on the streets makes Robin cling to brotherly ties that don’t exist.

One night with friends opens the doors to what Josh has always wanted – Robin’s body and heart. If Josh learns to master Robin’s inner submissive, he’ll be able to give Robin the security he craves. But can rumors from Josh’s father unravel the ties between Robin and Josh or will a collar and love be enough to tie them together?

 Z. Allora has always loved to write. In the last fifteen years, Z. has lived in Singapore, Israel, NY, PA, AZ, CA, and now China. While it is hard to leave family and friends, Z.’s boys follow where ever. WEBSITE

Kris Jacen is the Executive Editor and Formatting Director for ManLoveRomance Press and its imprints. She was invited to join the MLR staff in 2008 and has never looked back. Working with over thirty-five phenomenal authors such as Rick R. Reed, JP Bowie, James Buchanan, J.L. Langley, Ally Blue, Jet Mykles, William Maltese and has allowed her to both hone her editorial skills and indulge her inner fangirl. Kris also acts as editor, mentor and sounding-board for newcomers including Kimberly Gardner, Lex Valentine, S.J. Frost, Patric Michael and Z. Allora. With this stable of talent under her guidance, Kris is quick to tell anyone who will listen that she loves her job. And her authors are just as quick to say that they love their editor.

A Picture Perfect Holiday

MLR Press

M/M, YA sweet contemporary romance

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Blurb:

Photography club president Caleb loves football standout Christian Munez. He knows it’s an old high school chestnut, but if being a cliche is wrong, he doesn’t want to be right. They’ve been in school together since the fifth grade but having brothers on the same soccer team provides Caleb with a great opportunity to get to know Christian better. What he finds out – about Christian’s home life and his future plans – could end his hopes forever. Or they might be the beginning of something wonderful.

 

 

Secret Light

Loose Id

M/M, WWII-era historical romance

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Blurb:

Rafe Colman likes his life. He has a nice home, a good job, and a wonderful dog. But he’s exhausted by living a lie. When his home is vandalized because of his perceived German ancestry, he can’t even share the irony with friends.

Officer Ben Morgan falls for Rafe’s dog first, but it isn’t long before he’s giving her owner the eye. He thinks they have more in common than the search for Rafe’s vandals, and he’s willing to take a chance and find out.

If life in 1955 is tough on a cop in the closet, it’s even tougher on a refugee who’s desperate to hide his roots and fit in. Rafe knows from tragic experience how vicious prejudice can be. Every second with Ben is stolen, every kiss fraught with danger.

When Ben’s partner threatens to ruin everything, Rafe and Ben have to fight to protect what they have but they’re tired of hiding their secret light.

Z. A. Maxfield is a fifth generation native of Los Angeles, although she now lives in the O.C. She started writing in 2006 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. If anyone asks her how a wife and mother of four manages to find time for a writing career, she’ll answer, “It’s amazing what you can do if you completely give up housework.” WEBSITE

WOW doesn’t even cover it today. That is an amazing collection of books for the lucky winner. I’m definitely ending this event on a high note. Tomorrow I’ll post a list of all the winners, how many authors participated and how many books were given away. Maybe next year I can top it!

Thank you all for your support throughout the year. I most sincerely appreciate all the fan mail, comments and good wishes on my blogs and on Facebook and Twitter. I would be nowhere without my readers and fans and my very good author, editor and publisher friends. You all make my Christmas – and every day – worthwhile.

Wishing you all the most wonderful holiday ever! Merry Christmas!

Day 29 – 30 Days of Christmas

OMG. This is the next to last day of my Christmas giveaways. This year has been bigger and better than ever. I’ll have a post on Christmas Day with all the winners’ names, the total number of authors who participated and the total number of books given away. Maybe next year we’ll be able to top it!

For today, I have two really wonderful authors and books for you as well as a copy of my newly released holiday story, Cupid Christmas, which is the last of the Forbes Ranch Christmas Cowboys series. Cupid Christmas is M/M but the other two books are not so it’s a bit of a mixed bag for readers today. I think my publisher hated to see the last of the Christmas cowboys but I couldn’t think of any other characters to give a Christmas Eve HEA to so it was time to end the series. Next year I’ll come up with something new.

The other authors I have for you today are two good friends. Alix Rickloff from my Watercooler Gang group of RWA PAN authors and my dear friend Selena Illyria who has known me since my early days in this industry, sending out my first manuscripts to publishers. Alix has just the hottest hero ever for you and Selena has something oh so sexy for you…dragons! All three of the books up for grabs are part of series. My book is the last of a series. Alix’s book is the first of her series. The last book in her series releases in just a few days on 12/28. Selena’s book is the first of her Dragon New Year series. Here’s some info on the books and authors.

Cupid Christmas

Pink Petal Books

M/M erotic contemporary western romance

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Blurb:

It’s another Christmas at Forbes Ranch and this year the family is playing Cupid with Grayson and Jared’s best friend Steve Yarrow. Years before, Steve’s heart was broken by the love of his life Dalton Emory who left him to further his career by marrying a woman with a rich daddy. Now, divorced, outed and publicly humiliated, Dalton is trying to build a business and keep a low profile. He doesn’t believe he deserves a second chance with Steve after the way he hurt him. However, Dalton didn’t reckon with his former lover’s interfering friends, the depth of Steve’s love nor the forgiveness the spirit of Christmas can offer. Can one lonely, broken cowboy forgive himself and accept the love that has always belonged to him? And will the Forbes tradition of Christmas Eve Happily Ever Afters give Steve and Dalton the future they never thought they’d have?

Earl of Darkness

Pocket Books

M/F paranormal romance

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Blurb:

The magic she tries to hide . . . Born a lady, but reduced to surviving in the slums of Dublin, Catriona O’Connell has been hired to steal a mysterious book from Aidan Douglas, Earl of Kilronan. But Cat is secretly Other, an age-old mixture of Fey and human—something Aidan recognizes immediately when he surprises the lovely young burglar in his library, about to steal a magical diary.
. . . is the magic he desperately wants. From the moment Aidan sees her, Cat’s spirited beauty enchants him, but her uncanny abilities are what he truly needs, for Cat can understand the mystical language in the diary he inherited from his murdered father. So Aidan makes an offer: translate the book or be thrown in prison as a thief. And as Cat slowly deciphers each page, she and Aidan are drawn together by passion . . . and into the violence of the Other world that is the Kilronan legacy. Can they defeat those who seek the book, or are their lives in even greater danger than their hearts?
A writer of historical-paranormal romance, Alix Rickloff creates a compelling world of magic and enchantment set during the British Regency period. Her books have been described as “sexy and intense”, “exciting and spellbinding” and “a universe you won’t ever wish to leave”. You can visit her at www.AlixRickloff.com, www.facebook.com/pages/Alix-Rickloff/101434889914147 or www.blameitonthemuse.com.
Dragons at Midnight

Etopia Press

Paranormal, Interracial, Ménage, Dragons

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Blurb:

Tiger shifter Louisa thought she’d ring in the New Year all alone little did she knew that three, sexy, younger dragon shifters plan on making sure she celebrates things right. Add a little steam, some dragon shifters with a dirty mind and some creative use of furniture and you’ve got the perfect party for four.

Interracial author Selena Illyria was born with an overactive imagination. With great curiosity and a love of writing that pushes her imagination there are many worlds she’d love to explore, from paranormal to sci-fi from cyberpunk and beyond.

Are you willing, dear reader, to step into her worlds? If you do feel free to poke around. Mind the pixies. They can be very um… excitable by newcomers. *wink*

Email her at selenaillyria826@gmail.com or visit her:

Website: www.selenaillyria.com

Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Selena-Illyria/100175079107?ref=nf

Twitter: twitter.com/Selena_Illyria

Now, how hot are those? That dude on Alix’s cover makes me drool! For a chance to win these three books, comment on this post by midnight Pacific time. Merry Christmas!