Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Out Today! Trusting Nat by @MeganSlayer ~ Lion Shifters #mmromance with an Excerpt!


Trusting Nat, the second book in my Sanctuary series releases today! To celebrate, I'm sharing a snippet with you! It's steamy!!

Trusting Nat by Megan Slayer 
Book 2 in the Sanctuary Series
Resplendence Publishing
Contemporary, Paranormal
M/M, Anal Sex, Masturbation
Novella

The key to his humanity is finding his place in the pride.

Sydney came to Sanctuary believing he wasn’t anything other than the runt of the litter. Strengths? According to the others, he had none. But one special shifter seems to think otherwise—Nat. To bring out the brave side of Syd, he’ll need to trust.

Nat has always known he’s a beta. No question. He’s drawn to Syd and wants to find out if their existence at the Sanctuary should be more than platonic. When he and Syd are called upon to bring back more lions from the petting zoo, he not only sees Syd’s true potential, but realizes his true feelings for the fellow shifter.

Can these two shifters forge an alliance and grow together or will their heated experiments between the sheets be the end for them both?

Out now from Resplendence Publishing:


And Now, an excerpt!
Copyright © 2015, Megan Slayer
“I’m not happy about this, but I’ll leave you alone. Get your rest, and I’ll check on you later, okay?” Nat trailed his fingers down Syd’s chest. “You worry me.”
“Sorry,” Syd mumbled. He hadn’t meant to be a bother. He waited for the other lion shifter to leave the room then he flopped onto the bed. He unzipped and eased his still rock-hard dick from his jeans. Jacking off wouldn’t make him feel better. Using his dildo wouldn’t work, either. He needed the touch of the man he crushed on to make everything level again. Except, he’d just caused Nat to leave him alone.
Syd wrapped his fingers around his cock and stroked. Just like downstairs, he wouldn’t need much in order to come. He stretched one leg out on the bed and draped the other leg over the side. He planted his foot on the floor.
As he jerked himself off, he pictured Nat with him. Nat knelt on the bed between Syd’s knees. Fire blazed in his eyes and his cheeks were stained red. His blond hair stuck up in odd tangles.
“Love watching you do that,” Nat said in the fantasy. “It’s sexy when you jerk off.”
“Love when you watch me,” Syd murmured. He closed his eyes and arched his back. With one hand on his dick, he used his other hand to stroke his balls. The fever in his veins engulfed him. He couldn’t think straight. The only thing that mattered was finding release. He puffed and grunted.
“I want to see you come. All over me, Syd. Decorate me.” Nat, now nude, perched between Syd’s knees. He plucked his nipple and licked his lips. “Come on.”
Syd nodded.  His breaths turned ragged, and his mind fuzzed. The orgasm built low in his body and spread throughout his groin. He parted his lips. “Nat. Fucking hell, I’m coming.” Something deep within him snapped, and he sagged against the bed. A rope of cum stretched across his belly, staining his shirt. The warmth seeped through to his skin. He panted, and when he opened his eyes, the room spun. Damn.
“Syd?” Nat raced into the bedroom and stopped. “I thought I heard my name…” He didn’t finish his sentence.

Syd tipped his head. He knew Nat was in the room, but anything he wanted to say was gone. He’d been found out. Well, shit.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

It’s ALIVE! And a New Release!

by Nancy Gideon

Some of my favorite movies growing up were those horror flicks about rebirth and resurrection. Frankenstein’s monster finding new life with not all original parts. Dracula rising up from the grave. The Mummy’s tomb opening to release him (especially if Brendan Fraser and Arnold Vosloo were involved!). Reissuing my Touched by Midnight series is kinda like that.


The first three books of the series were written over fifteen years ago when the vampire romance genre was a new creature just clawing its way to popularity. The idea was so new, my books were often mistakenly placed in horror! After their brief and unfulfilling life span of two weeks on the shelves, the books were stripped and buried.

But you can’t keep a good vampire romance hero down!

Readers wanted more. Though the first three books were impossible to find (in this day prior to e-books and Amazon!), ImaJinn Books, a small press newly created to serve the needs of paranormal lovers, allowed me to continue the series with six more books, weaving the familiar heroes and villains in and out through three centuries. And for fifteen years, I struggled to resurrect those first three books by getting the rights back. And finally, thanks to ImaJinn Books, they’re alive again!

For the next nine months (easiest labor ever!) ImaJinn, now an imprint of BelleBooks, is rereleasing all nine books of the Touched by Midnight series, a book per month, starting with MIDNIGHT KISS with all new covers to transport an all new generation of readers from Regency England, to post-Revolution France, to Turn-of-the-Century New York and New Orleans, the Roaring ‘20s, to high tech research labs and the jungle of Peru with characters who refused to go quietly. Rumors of their death were greatly exaggerated . . . thank goodness!

Sink your teeth in and enjoy!

Hunt or be hunted . . . A centuries old obsession stalks a noble family fighting to hide their dark secret from an ever-changing world. Sink your teeth into Nancy Gideon's Touched by Midnight series.

A DARK CURSE

Miss Arabella Howland is content forgo the London marriage mill to assist her father in his research, especially when it comes to his intriguing patient, Louis Radman. But it’s not long before Bella’s curiosity alerts her to the danger of her father’s work . . . and to the fact that Louis is not who or whathe seems.

A BRIGHT PROMISE

After centuries struggling with his vile existence, Louis Radman will soon be free of his affliction, thanks to his very capable physician. Unfortunately, his heart is less secure around the man’s tempting daughter. His yearning to walk in the light once more is complicated by his desire for the delightful Bella, who is as intelligent as she is fearless. But if history has taught him anything, it’s not to tempt fate.

AN UNFORGIVING PAST

Still, happiness has a price and Louis is soon reminded that mortality comes with unfortunate limitations. To protect his new bride, he must face the demons from his past who wish to pull him back into their vampiric fold.

Yet, if he’s forced to return to his midnight world, will he lose his beloved Bella forever?
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Nancy Gideon on the Web


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Mind Games Romance

by Stephanie Beck


I didn't think psychic stories were for me...then I remembered that other than the mind reading and faking kind, I do enjoy a paranormal element with a little brain business.


The Psychic Seductions Anthology is all about the love and brain business, and I really loved writing for it. More, I loved that I would be teaming up with 6 other amazing authors to present something unique, engaging, and enjoyable.


My addition to the anthology is a little something I called Indigo Stars


Indigo's ability to create light with her mind was always a fun parlor trick, but since her cancer diagnosis, the parlor has closed for business. Dr. Lee Russell uses his psychic powers in special cases when modern medicine can't help. Indigo's case is special. She's like him, yet she wastes her gift creating stars. He heals her, but doesn't expect much, not until he gets sick himself and only Indy's touch can ease his pain. He's never seen himself as anything more than a healer, but to save his own life, Lee will have to mentor Indigo to reach beyond the stars and use her gift in ways she never imagined.


PS-I love them. I love Indy and Lee. I want them to move in next door to me and join me on the patio for grilling and cocktails when they're in town.




There's big celebration for the big release as well. Stop by any of the Psychic Seduction Author's blogs to get signed up for a rafflecopter giveaway, including giftcards and more.


Nola Cross
Ella Jade
Jacquie Underdown
Ellen Cummins
Lacey Wolf
Lisa Knight
And, of course, me! Stephanie Beck




Super Mega Bonus: The Psychic Seductions Anthology is only 99 cents! Grab yours today!
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Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/psychic-seductions-ella-jade/1122327624?ean=2940151025904






All the best! I'm off to get some of my much required summer reading in.


Stephanie Beck
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Monday, July 13, 2015

What Makes a Good SF Series?



We’re six episodes into the Syfy channel’s new season: Sci-Fi Friday. “Defiance” is in its 3rd season and it keeps getting weirder. Although I like Nolan, chief lawkeeper, he’s the only character that’s kept me watching. The Tarrs—Datak and Stahma—are such horrible people I’ve lost interest in the series. Killing off Graham Greene’s character was a mistake. He was one of the likeable ones. Alak Tarr, despite his parents, has many redeeming qualities. He might make me keep watching.

“Dark Matter” is intriguing. Not so much because their memories have been erased and they’re trying to figure out who they really are. Rather, it’s because the characters are so likeable. The writing is great. Humor amidst difficult situations appeals to me. The interaction between the characters also appeals. They are unsure of themselves. How could they be the bad guys the computer database says they are? There are enough questions raised that I want to keep watching to see if what I've guessed (so far) is correct. This series is a keeper. That probably means it will be cancelled. I have been known to jinx TV series.

Then there is “Killjoys,” about three galactic bounty hunters. Like “Dark Matter” this series in its first season, although “Killjoys” is an episode behind. The concept should make a great show. Yet, for some reason, I’m not hooked. Yet. I can’t get invested in these characters. Again, yet.

So what defines a great television series—whether it’s science fiction or contemporary drama or comedy? It’s the characters. I have to like the characters to be invested in them. That makes the writing so important. You can have great writing, but not if the way the characters are portrayed doesn’t resonate with the audience. I think that’s the appeal of “NCIS.” The way the characters interact, their camaraderie, and—very important to me—the humor. Isn't all this what makes great books? Good writing, a strong plot, and likeable characters.

As far as Sci-Fi Friday, I’ll probably keep watching all three shows. I’ll DVR them to watch later, except for “Dark Matter.” That one I’ll watch live whenever I can.

How about you? Have you found a “keeper” series?


Diane Burton blogs here on the 13th of the month and on her own blog every Monday. http://dianeburton.blogspot.com/ She writes science fiction romance plus contemporary mystery and romantic suspense. Her newest SFR, THE PROTECTOR, will be released this summer.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Does Paranormal Romance Pass the Bechdel Test?

So I’ve noticed a thing.

I read a lot of m/m paranormal, because that’s what I like. But often in m/m—both paranormal and contemporary—there are almost no women, and those women who do appear tend to be one-dimensional. Even though I’m there for the m/m romance, I like to see my gender fairly represented in the fiction I read, even if it isn’t the focus of the story.

I’ve had reviews of my m/m books warn readers that boy/girl touching occurs in a tiny scene, presumably because readers will be turned off by it. But even for my f/f-focused series, one reviewer warned readers of “girly bits.” Looking Glass Gods isn’t m/m and doesn’t claim to be. But the f/f-centric romance is between genderqueer, agendered, transgender, and bisexual characters, so I found it odd that this warning was deemed necessary on a same-sex book reviews site.

The same thing, however, seems to occur in m/f paranormal romance. (I can’t speak for contemporary, since it isn’t a genre I read much.) I recently read one—a very popular one—in which there were literally no other women besides the heroine. None.

You’ve probably heard of the Bechdel Test. Taken from a Dykes to Watch Out For comic strip by Alison Bechdel, it posits a minimum requirement for movies that the woman in the comic is willing to watch. It has to have at least two (named) women in it who have at least one conversation with each other—that isn’t about a man. This is not by any means a standard of gender equality in film (or fiction). It’s the barest minimum criteria for women being depicted as real human beings in a global entertainment medium. And a huge number of movies fail it. But the target audience for those movies is generally men (at least, that’s the excuse that’s given by male-dominated Hollywood). The target audience for romance, even m/m romance, is largely women, and the majority of romance writers (as far as I'm aware) are female.

If women writing fiction for women don’t meet the minimum criteria for depicting our own sex as full members of the world we live in, and if the women reading it don’t want to see other women besides one they can put themselves into as protagonist while enjoying the hot alpha males, what does that say about us? I find it disheartening, depressing, and a little frightening.

Is this a trend anyone else has noticed or is it just that I’m reading too small of a sample? If you've noticed it, do you think it’s more prevalent in m/m or m/f? And what do you think it means?

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Philadelphia Love

LGBT 50th Anniversary was celebrated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 4, 2015!

Visiting the phillygaypride site, http://www.phillygaypride.org/annual-reminders-50th-anniversary/  , and looking at some of the pictures from 1965 really made me think about how brave so many were to make a step like this. How apt that it happened in the City of Brotherly Love, the home of the Liberty Bell, and the city where the Declaration of Independence was signed.

This weekend the festivities also included celebrating marriage equality, another great accomplishment in LGBT history. Read more: http://lgbt50.org/

I wrote an erotic short story, Philadelphia Love, a Club Evolve Brief, and it is FREE in celebration of marriage equality and it can ONLY be found at All Romance Ebooks - https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-philadelphialove-1844264-149.html

Philadelphia Love

We are rarely proud when we are alone.--Voltaire


Cooper Lawson disliked parades and fanfare, particularly all the noise both carried with them. However, it was the fiftieth anniversary of the LGBT Civil Rights Movement in Philadelphia and his city was jam packed for Independence Day weekend, but the one face he would look for in the crowd would not be there. Elliot Binder had had enough of Coop and his indecision to last a lifetime. Oh, well.
**An Interracial Male/Male Brief **




Excerpt:
Funny how things happen in one’s life. The Supreme Court’s ruling had changed the gay landscape—two weeks after Elliot left.
Oh, well.
There was a bright spot on Cooper Lawson’s horizon. Last Friday he had received a phone call from a good friend who also happened to be his employer. Pierce James had moved to Los Angeles a few months ago but he was arriving in town today for the LGBT festivities and the celebration for marriage equality taking place in Philadelphia this weekend. He would be staying with Cooper and he’d promised to help if he could with the situation he’d found himself in with Elliot. Although Elliot never trusted Pierce, believing he had his sights set on Cooper, his friend promised to be on his best behavior if and when Elliot showed up to get his belongings.
Cooper eyed the lonely box taped closed and sitting in the corner. It contained a couple pairs of shoes, some photos, and a few other miscellaneous items. In the bedroom hung a clothing bag holding a robe, a couple shirts, and two suits, one of which was Elliot’s favorite. Cooper had gathered everything, and then called Elliot to let him know he could stop by any time this weekend to retrieve the rest of his things.
Pierce had called saying they were caught in traffic not far away and Cooper eagerly awaited his arrival and looked forward to meeting his new boyfriend. When the buzzer finally sounded, Cooper sprang to snatch the door open. “Pier… Elliot, what are you doing here?”
“Nice to see you too, Coop.”
“I didn’t think you’d show up until tomorrow.”
“You said anytime this weekend and I’m sure you remember I’m going out of town tomorrow night.”
“Yes, yes, right.”
Is there a problem?”
Cooper closed the door but remained rooted where he stood. “I’m expecting company.”
Long, athletic legs carried Elliot across the room where he sat on the arm of the sofa. Seeing him there ripped a hole in Cooper’s heart. His shoulder length dark hair was loose today, not in the ponytail Elliot preferred wearing. He was the only man in the world whose five o’clock shadow was damn near thick enough to call a beard. Christ, he reminded Cooper of one of those swashbucklers pictured on the front of romance novels. The kind of man everyone swooned over—male and female alike. Oh, those beautiful blue eyes and kissable lips.
Cooper loved the impatient bastard.
Elliot wanted to marry him, but Cooper was afraid to tie the knot and complicate things. Not only was there the issue of Elliot’s mother accepting her gorgeous white boy with a black man, what if one or the other had to move to one of those dreadful states that would cause grief if their union couldn’t be recognized.
“Anybody I know?”
BZZZZ.
Shit! Shit! Cooper’s hand still held the knob. “Well…”
“Are you going to open the door, Coop?”
What the hell. He yanked the door open and Pierce bounded in.
He hugged Cooper spinning him around. “You’re still the prettiest fucker I know.”
“Pierce, you look happy as hell.”
“I am.” He released Cooper, and scowled at Elliot. “Thought you moved out.”

Growl and roar-it's okay to let the beast out.-jhalisteele

Saturday, July 4, 2015


       Happy 4th of July!

        Have a Safe Holiday



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                                                       “Fireworks” by satit_srihin



Maureen L. Bonatch



Penning stories boasting laughter, light suspense and something magical in the hope of sharing her love of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary world.









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