Day 28: 30+ Days of Christmas 2013

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Winner of yesterday’s awesome books is Gabrielle Lee! And the winners of audiobooks from me are Yvette and Trix! Congrats to all!

You might have noticed that site looks different today. That’s because I’ve switched the theme to the one I was using for the Lex Valentine website. That website will be undergoing a MAJOR change in the next week. It’s been planned for six months or more but since I spent the better part of this year battling health issues, it’s taken most of the year to get the pieces in place to relaunch the site in it’s new outfit. Since I loved the theme I’ve had for my author site I decided to just migrate it over here to Sunlight Sucks. I get to keep the theme I love, but use it to give my blog a fresh look while I modernize my author website. The Lex Valentine site probably won’t be ready to see until the new year.

The books I’m featuring today are really special. Not only do I have the sequel to Broken Bonds for you, I also have books from some good friends of mine. Stephani Hecht and Jaime Samms both write in the Lords of Aether with me and Jackie Nacht is Steph’s sister. Jackie, Steph and I hung out in old Albuquerque at GRL in Oct 2012 and had a blast. Jaime is one of the authors I first did a cover for back when Jupiter Gardens was Pink Petal Books. I’ve got one book each for you from Steph and Jackie plus a book they wrote together. And from Jaime I’ve got TWO books! They’re all great MM writers so I know you’ll all want a chance to win these books!

BitterBonds_432Bitter Bonds by Lex Valentine

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Dominant Jake Conrad isn’t going to get involved in another relationship with a submissive. Burned by two former submissives, Jake vows never to collar one again. Then his best friend Ray brings him a sub like no other. Finn is damaged and bitter, although not as bitter as Jake. The white haired submissive has secrets and talents Jake never dreamed of and the lure of Finn’s need to submit calls to Jake’s soul.

Everyone Finn has ever loved walked away from him. He fears caring for anyone when he knows the outcome will shatter his heart again. When Finn falls for Jake, he gives his lover the ultimate gift, a chance to have the dreams he set aside years before even though he knows that if Jake accepts the gift, he’ll walk out of Finn’s life forever. A slave to his love for his Dominant, the submissive finds his true strength in easing Jake’s bitterness even at the cost of his own happiness.

WarlockUnchained_WDWarlock Unchained by Stephani Hecht

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In the future, where being a warlock is unlawful a team of brothers risk all to save one of there own in his quest for freedom.

As a warlock, Delton is marked as an enemy and imprisoned by humans in an internment camp. After spending five grueling years there, he manages to escape. His freedom is short lived when he finds himself cornered by guards who want to take him back to the camp. Then Delton is rescued by the handsome and mysterious warlock, freedom fighter, Vicen.

As Delton spends more time with Vicen, he finds himself drawn to the other warlock. But, can Delton trust Vicen? Or is he about to have his trust betrayed in the worst way?

PBandJPeanut Butter and Jelly for Two by Jackie Nacht

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The sexy chipmunk shifter isn’t afraid of the dentist; he’s in love with him.

Phillip has the best job working at the Paranormal Dentistry for the Fanged and Friendly. As a chipmunk shifter, Phillip has seen handsome men walk through the door but none so gorgeous as his boss and wolf shifter, Dr. Gunner Samuels. When he finds himself being manipulated by his best friend to ask the big bad wolf over for dinner, Phillip realizes his biggest dilemma, he’s never cooked a day in his life, let alone meat. Can Phillip pull off a fabulous dinner for two? And has Gunner had his eye on the sexy shifter all this time?

warmingupsebastian510w-220x330Warming Up Sebastian by Jackie Nacht and Stephani Hecht

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Thrown into a world of paranormal of violence, there’s only one thing to do: create your own destiny.

Sebastian has been tossed into the thick of a war between the Birds of Prey and Blood Demons. He’s heard it all about fate, destiny, and this is how it’s going to be. Oh, hell no, it isn’t. Sebastian has his connections and will use them to help him and his mate Wren solve the problem of the mates’ loss of freedom.

Wren has been drawn to Sebastian since he laid eyes on him. Hurt by his refusal to even be near him, Wren feels at a loss of what to do until he follows Sebastian one night. Wren discovers that Sebastian may have been in this world a lot longer than they all ever knew.

NotasEasyasitLooksFSNot as Easy as It Looks by Jaime Samms

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Don Jenkins will do anything for a happy, thriving family and home. When he discovers that Griff McAllister, his life partner and love since high school, seems to be losing faith in him, he’s at a loss for how to mend the relationship. Then Howard Campbell is added to the mix, a man Don and Griff both love beyond words, and jealousy and mistrust threaten not just their bond, but even Don’s ability to keep his farm viable.

Nearly losing Howard in an accident serves as a wakeup call. They begin to pull their relationship out of the muck and work to remember why they came together in the first place. If they can figure out how to help one another and make sure each man gets what he needs, the trio might build the loving future they’ve dared to hope for. They have to be brave enough to commit every resource they can muster—especially trust, understanding, and acceptance—and realize true love is never as easy as it looks.

facetoface_800Face to Face by Jaime Samms

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They say home is where the heart is. They never mentioned rusty fire escapes, hustling or dumpsters. They never warned how fragile hearts could be, either.

They say home is where the heart is. For Skate and Denny’s sake, they had better be right, because all they have is each other.

For eight months, they’ve been running from past mistakes, a vengeful gang and their own inner demons. But living on the street has become less and less viable. As winter deepens and food gets scarce, they have to make some tough choices. How much can they sacrifice before it becomes too much?

Desperate for survival, Denny is forced to make decisions when Skate no longer can, and takes them back to Rainbow Alley, where their lives first went wrong. Hoping Rolly can help them escape the gang and the streets with their lives, and maybe some of their tattered pride, he begs for help. But going to Rolly might prove to be the one thing that their fragile relationship can’t survive, not to mention that the chaos their return unleashes in the Alley and with its protectors could make them more enemies than friends.

WOW! What a great bunch of books! For a chance to win all of them, leave a comment on this post by midnight Pacific time (3 am Eastern.) I hope you all had a great Christmas.  I had some small Christmas miracles happen and I’m waiting to see if the big one comes through on time. Crossing fingers…

Have a great day after Christmas!

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Sunlight Sucks

Welcome to Sunlight Sucks, erotic romance author Lex Valentine’s blog. This has been Lex’s blog since before Lex was Lex, back in the days when she was just Winter, blogging here and writing in an online serial story called The Bar. When she became a published author, she took on the pen name Lex Valentine, a name hijacked from her main character in the serial story.

Day 27: 30+ Days of Christmas 2013

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The winner of Christmas Eve’s books is Laurie P! Congrats!

For Christmas Day, I have some really special mostly MM prizes for you. First, I have the last of the Forbes Christmas Cowboys books. Then, I have holiday stories for you from Tara Lain and Michael Rupured. And finally, I have the entire Hard Fall series from James Buchanan. You just can’t beat a MM Christmas present like that, can you?

CupidChristmas_200Cupid Christmas by Lex Valentine

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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?

Mistletowed_200Mistletowed by Tara Lain

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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 mooning over 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 or they could be Mistletowed.

After_Christmas_Eve_FInal_Front_Cover_9_14_2013After Christmas Eve by Michael Rupured

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As Philip Potter wraps up his last minute shopping on Christmas Eve, 1966, James Walker, his lover of several years, takes his life. Unaware of what waits for him at home, Philip drops off gifts to the homeless shelter, an act of generosity that later makes him a suspect in the murder of a male prostitute. Two men drive yellow Continentals. One is a killer, with the blood of at least six hustlers on his hands. Both men have secrets. And as Philip is about to discover, James had kept secrets, too. But James wasn’t trying to frame him for murder…

hardfallThe Hard Fall (aka Deputy Joe) series by James Buchanan

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Deputy Joe Peterson is Mormon and in the closet. Then ex-con Kabe Varghese lands in town on parole. When a tourist falls off the mountain, Joe finds he needs the help of this cliff climbing adrenaline junky to solve the case. Will Kabe tear him apart or does Joe need to fall hard before he can start living?

 

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Two hot guys and one cold mountain. Just how far can mouthy, yet submissive, Kabe push his favorite deputy, Joe, before he gets what he really wants? The Christmas tree may be the goal, but it’s not the prize. Walk in Kabe’s boots for his and Joe’s first Christmas together.

 

 

 

 

 

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Deputy Joe Peterson understood the risks when he got involved with ex-con Kabe Varghese. He didn’t, however, see fit to warn Kabe. Now, in the middle of searching for the killer of a local boy, he has to contend with his career and his relationship spinning out of control. Solving the case may be easier than repairing broken trust.

 

 

 

 

 

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Some families are haunted by tragedy. Some people are haunted by their pasts. Some men are haunted by who they are. Joe Peterson is haunted by all three. His parents’ return from their mission, combined with a family reunion, forces Joe’s kin to deal with his new life: out of the Mormon Church, out of the closet, and living with his lover Kabe. When a decades-old murder of a child lands on Joe’s desk, digging into it dredges up long buried truths and festering secrets about folks Joe thought he knew — including Kabe. Joe and Kabe must lay the ghosts of the past and bring closure to a family scarred by loss to move forward in their life together.

What a great Christmas Day sack of prizes! For a chance to win all of these ebooks, leave a comment on this blog post by midnight Pacific time (3 am Eastern.)

For a chance to win an audiobook from me, answer this question: Which of the covers featured today were created by me?

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Day 26: 30+ Days of Christmas 2013

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The winner of yesterday’s books is Ute! Congrats!

Since it’s Christmas Eve I have some special prizes. The first one is from me, an ebook and audiobook copy of Broken Bonds, my Christmas Eve story. I also have MM holiday books from Draven St. James and Whitley Gray. Draven’s book is a brand new release as of today! And last, but never least, my MLR Press editor Kris Jacen has a birthday today and as usual in my annual giveaway, Kris is giving today’s winner the choice of any book in the MLR Press catalog.  That’s a pretty impressive prize package don’t you think?

BrokenBonds_200Broken Bonds by Lex Valentine

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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.

dsj_fire and mistletoe_coverlgFire and Mistletoe by Draven St. James

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When Greyson Hayes envisions the perfect first Christmas with Mica Cruz he sees twisted sheets, a bottle of wine and a roaring fire. What he doesn’t see is a holiday spent with the uproarious Cruz family. Grey hasn’t taken part in a family Christmas since the death of his parents. Despite his misgivings, he can’t seem to form the word no when it comes to Mica.

Mica knows that Grey’s not a grinch. Hell, the man shares so much Christmas cheer during the holidays that he leaves no time to experience any for himself. Not this year. Mica plans to make a few changes, starting with a few wicked and whimsical gifts. He enlists the help of his co-workers at Firehouse Six. They band together and strive to provide Grey with the same joy he gives to everyone else–with five a.m. tree hunts, strategically placed mistletoe and Mica playing Santa’s not-so-little helper.

 But while Mica is busy being nice, Grey has plenty of time to be naughty…

WhitleyGray_MidwinterNightsDream_coverlgA Midwinter Night’s Dream by Whitley Gray

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Two years ago, Joe Blake lost his secret lover, firefighter Bryce Marshall. Grieving, Joe left his job as a fireman and paramedic to become the spokesmodel for undergarment company Escalade. They lured him into the limelight and drove him deeper into the closet. Modeling doesn’t provide fulfillment; Joe wants privacy and to feel useful again. A holiday at his mountain cabin outside Denver is the perfect escape. The last thing he anticipated, or wanted, was sharing his retreat with another man.

Last Christmas, actor Errol Lockhart discovered boyfriend Carson had stolen a play. Carson accused Errol and then blackballed him in the theater community. Some Christmas that was. Now Errol has to take whatever work he can to survive. Delivering a singing telegram during a blizzard isn’t wise, but it pays double and rent is overdue. He’s got dreams, not of a white Christmas, but of getting a shot at Hollywood. He’s determined to make it, if he survives this storm.

As Joe and Errol ride out the blizzard, more than marshmallows get toasty in front of the fire. When Errol discovers Joe’s identity, he’s sure he’s found his way in, his big break. But Joe won’t sacrifice Errol to the Hollywood sharks. Unless they can forge a compromise, they’re going to wake from their midwinter night’s dream to lumps of coal in their stockings.

Choice of 1 book from MLR Press Catalog from Executive Editor Kris Jacen

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And there you have it! The 2013 Christmas Eve book line up. For a chance to win all of these prizes, comment on this post by midnight Pacific time (3 am Eastern.)

This is not the end of the giveaway. Oh, no. The last day is New Year’s Eve so you have a few more days to win prizes! Make sure you come back each day because the prizes are just amazing and the authors participating in the last week are among the very best out there: James Buchanan, Tara Lain, Michael Rupured, Stephani Hecht, Jackie Nacht, Jaime Samms, Nessa Warin, NJ Nielsen, Cherie Noel, Anne Marie Becker, Gail Bridges,  James DiBenedetto, Mona Karel, Cassandra Curtis, Lexxie Couper, Lynne Connolly, SJ Maylee, Virginia Kelly, Rhian Cahill, RE Hargrave, Margaret Tayler, Liz Borino, ZA Maxfield, Lynn Lorenz and Belinda McBride.

Have a wonderful Christmas Eve!

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Day 25: 30+ Days of Christmas 2013

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The winner of yesterday’s MM holiday hotness is Barbra! Congrats!

Today’s group of featured books are MF holiday goodness from Cari Quinn, Qwillia Rain, Sam Cheever, Jayne Wilde and, of course, me! I’ve got another Forbes Ranch Christmas book for you. This time it’s a cougar story!

ChristmasWishes_200Christmas Wishes by Lex Valentine

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Bradley Marsh is spending Christmas with his sister Devon and her husband Jared. In the past, he managed to avoid the holidays at Forbes Ranch. But now, he’s there and faced with the woman he’s wanted for eight long years. With his 30th birthday on the horizon and all his friends settling down, Brad’s tired of being single and tired of yearning for a woman who doesn’t know he exists. This year, his only wish is to make the woman of his dreams his own.

For years, Anne-Marie Mallory’s mourned the death of her husband and high school sweetheart Danny. But more recently, she’s had her eye on hunky younger man Brad Marsh even though she’s sure his crush is because he feels sorry for her. She wishes Brad would stop seeing her as the grieving widow of a decorated war hero and start seeing her as a woman in her prime who needs a man like him to make her holiday – and her life – complete.

Jingle Ball w series title -1800x2700Jingle Ball by Cari Quinn

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This year, rocking the office holiday party has taken on a whole new meaning.

All receptionist Wendy Stanton wants for Christmas is a chance for a relationship with her sexy, sweet, dominant boss, Des. When that chance comes, she finds herself getting a whole lot more from the bargain than she’d anticipated—mainly a few steamy, mind-blowing encounters that include her other equally sexy boss, Cole Warner. Her body enjoys every bit of their attention, but her heart still wants more. She wants Des outside of the boardroom and the bedroom and in her life for good. But he’s hiding secrets and she’s hiding her feelings, and soon they’re drifting farther apart instead of growing closer.

But if anything can get them to come together, it’s Christmas Eve…

Warning: Sex with candy in this case is not an euphemism. And some of the ornaments from the tree have more than one use…just sayin’.

Jingle Ball is a 24K novella that was originally published in A Very Naughty Xmas anthology. It has been re-edited and now includes an epilogue. 

SantasElf_xsmallSanta’s Elf by Qwillia Rain

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After four years of unrequited love, and steamy fantasies, Elfina “Elf” Jeffries has just about given up on gaining her boss’s attention. How was any self-respecting woman supposed to seduce a man who was oblivious to her cues? Then the first gift arrived…

Every Santa needs an Elf, and Dayton Kringle is no exception. His offer for a temporary affair, just long enough to get from Christmas Eve to New Year’s, will satisfy a four year craving.

His is a simple design:

One beautiful Elf
Twelve sexy gifts
A little spanking
Some light bondage
And ten days of no strings sex…make for one very satisfied Santa. But when the ten days are up, will he be able to give up the Elf of his wildest Dominant dreams?

elfsatisfied_Christmas 2012Elf Satisfied by Sam Cheever

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This Christmas, Deirdre’s own, personal elf has a delicious present waiting for her!

Deirdre Phillips knows she’s skirting trouble when she waits until late on Christmas Eve to finish up her gift shopping. But she has no idea how much trouble, until she walks out of the mall and finds herself embroiled in a timeless war between elves and dark fairies.

It seems that Christmas magic is more real than Deirdre ever suspected. And when she learns the battle somehow involves her, she quickly discovers the holiday season can be dangerous too.

Fortunately for Deirdre, she has her very own Christmas elf to help her survive the night. And he’s got very definite ideas for how he wants to spend Christmas!

Four Weeks 1Four Weeks ‘Til Christmas by Jayne Wilde

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The four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas can be hectic for some, while festive for others. Noelle Tanner, 25, once enjoyed that time with her family as they celebrated her birthday and Christmas. But an accident changed all that for Noelle. Now, she simply goes through the motions every day full of guilt and pain.

Zane Williams is wealthy and sinfully handsome. At 30, he must take over the reins of his father’s large corporation. He has little time to enjoy life. His family is scattered and the end of the year means he must devote all of his time to work. He has yet to understand the meaning of the season.

A chance meeting brings these two wounded souls together. Will the guilt and pain of their lives outweigh the love and blessings the four weeks ’til Christmas can hold? Or, will they be able to heal each other and make new memories to last a lifetime?

Oh, don’t those all sound awesome? And you could win them all! Just comment on this post by midnight Pacific time (3 am Eastern) for a chance to win! If by chance you’ve read all of these already, leave a comment about that and you could win a copy of Broken Bonds in audiobook!

Happy Holidays!

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