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Today I have the always steamy Eva Lefoy here to give us a taste of her latest release, Kink Club Blues. 🙂
By Eva Lefoy
Publisher: MLR Press
If you love the kink, you know it. That’s the case with Geoffrey in Sex, Ties and Videotape. He knows what he wants, but his partner, Brian, won’t give it to him. In fact, he goes so far as to ridicule poor Geoffrey for his needs. As you can imagine, that’s not good for their relationship.
Then Brian’s friend Paul steps into the picture and Geoffrey gets exactly what he needs. Yay! Paul and Geoffrey take off to Paris to celebrate. But… what about Brian? What happens to him?
In Kink Club Blues, we find out – or should I say, Brian finds out – who he really is. Turns out he only thought he was a top all this time and in reality, he’s a sub, just like Geoffrey. Who teaches him this? The super-sized hunk-o-man and kink club Dom, Gar. Here’s a photo of Gar looking cutely no-nonsense. Yep, Gar is the Dom of any man’s dreams. But for Brian, he’s one big dose of reality!
Here’s more about Kink Club Blues:
Paul and Geoffrey return from their special trip to Paris. Paul plans to propose to Geoffrey but first, his urge to protect his lover drives him to close an old loophole. He visits Brian, demanding the original video he made of Geoffrey be destroyed.
Brian doesn’t understand what Paul’s upset about, or his dominant streak. But the clearer Paul’s feelings for Geoffrey become to him, the more Brian desires to have a man love him the same way. Curiosity draws him to the local kink club, and into the arms of a man whose punishment gives him all he secretly craves.
A mountain of a man appeared before him, and he immediately stopped struggling, as though someone had pushed his obedience button. Gar.
“Causing trouble already? Just couldn’t wait for the full tour?”
Brian bit his lip. Behind him, he heard Paul going on about the video. Tattling on his former bad choices, making him sound like an ass. He watched Gar’s eyebrows lower and his lips frown.
“Is this true, Brian?”
Sighing, he nodded. “Yes, but—”
Gar stepped closer, waving the security guards off. The man exerted a pull on him he’d never experienced before. He stood there mesmerized, as Gar towered over him disapprovingly.
“So, you like to pick on subs do you?”
“No.” He shook his head emphatically. “It was a mistake. I didn’t mean it. I didn’t know.” If he could only explain. More than anything, he hated the thought of Gar thinking ill of him. The desire to prove himself worthy, be accepted by Gar ate at him hard.
Gar eyed him curiously for so long Brian thought he’d turned to stone. “What did you really come here for tonight, Brian?”
Brian sucked both his lips in, trying not to whimper. His body surged with unfulfilled desire, and he unconsciously leaned toward Gar as though snagged by his orbit. But admitting what he wanted out loud, what he wanted Gar to do to him, frightened him even worse than Gar’s rejection.
Gar stepped closer so they were toe-to-toe. His hot breath fanned Brian’s cheeks. His gaze burned a hole through him, but his voice was soft and low. “Did you come here to get punished for your misdeeds, Brian?”
His cock leaked, his hips thrusting forward of their own accord. He fought valiantly, but in the end he could not resist Gar’s commanding presence. He licked his lips. “Yes. Oh God, yes.”
Gar’s gaze went from Brian’s cock to his face. His smile was ferocious, as though he’d eat him alive and lick him up. His fingers came to Brian’s neck and pinched.
Brian thrilled at the look and passed out at Gar’s feet.
Kink Club Blues
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Eva Lefoy writes and reads all kinds of romance, and is a certified Trekkie. She’s also terribly addicted to chocolate, tea, and hiking. One of these days, she’ll figure out the meaning of life, quit her job, and go travel the galaxy. Until then, she’s writing down all her dirty thoughts for the sake of future explorers.
What’s a corporate demon to do when the voice in her head is devouring her sanity from the inside out, and the hosts of heaven and hell would rather see her destroyed than surrender a power they shouldn’t possess?
Ronnie has the job any entry-level angel or demon would sell their soul for—she’s a retrieval analyst for the largest search engine in the world. Ubiquity is a joint initiative between heaven and hell. Because what better way to track all of humanity’s secrets, both good and bad, than direct access to their web browsing habits.
She might appreciate the position a little more if a) she could remember anything about her life before she started working at Ubiquity, b) the damn voice in her head would just shut up already, and c) her boss wasn’t a complete dickhead.
As she searches for the solutions to the first two issues, and hopes the third will work itself out in performance reviews, she uncovers more petty backstabbing than an episode of Real Housewives, and a conspiracy as old as Lucifer’s descent from heaven. On top of all that, if she forgets the cover sheet on her TPS report one more time, she’s absolutely going on final written warning.
Now Ronnie’s struggling to keep her sanity and job, and stop the voice in her head from stealing her life. She almost misses the boredom of data analysis at Ubiquity. Almost.
I materialized from the ether, already anticipating the comfort of Lucifer’s office in hell and being enveloped in the closest thing I recognized as feeling like home. His door was open when I got there, and I saw him at his desk so I pushed in with a brief announcing knock.
I exhaled in relief as his familiar aura seeped into me. As one of the three remaining originals, he had his own little corner of hell that was all his and no one else’s. Instead of being generic day to day blahness, it radiated the fact that he’d occupied it for millennia. As I got far enough inside to see the rest of the room, I froze, all coherent thought evaporating.
It’s not… Maybe? Mikkel?
Lucifer wasn’t alone. The stranger looked up, steel-blue eyes locking on mine. A few days growth of black stubble decorated his chin, and his mud-caked boots rested on Lucifer’s desk, the occasional flake dropping down to mar the shine. It wouldn’t scuff the oak finish—Lucifer liked his polished-until-it-was-almost-a-mirror wood finishes too much to let that happen, but it still had to be irritating the hell out of my mentor.
It wasn’t always easy to tell the difference between an angel and a demon—since technically we were all made from the same stuff, and just accomplished our goals differently. But a real angel. One served order instead of looking for the loopholes that allowed chaos, had a different aura. A smooth glow instead of a kaleidoscope of fractured light.
And the arrogant man with his feet on my boss’s desk was more distinctly angel than anyone I’d ever met. Something about the situation, on top of the last twenty-four hours of my bizarre life, amused me. Who was he? Angels in hell weren’t unheard of, but they disliked our methods enough that visits were rare. I stepped toward him. With dark hair, light eyes, and an obvious disdain for the most powerful demon in existence, he was sexy, and compelling, and—
If you’ll stop swooning, I can kill that fucker. Right here and now. Draw your sword.
Uriel’s Fall will be available July 25, 2014!
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Loralie Hall is a full time corporate geek and a fuller time writer. Her spouse is her muse and their cats are very much their children. When they’re not spending way too much time gaming, they’re making the world more good by vanquishing one fictional evil at a time.
That’s right, ladies and gents; it’s The Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia in honor of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia! Woo hoo! I’m always excited to be involved in this amazing hop and to be in such fantastic company. Be sure you bounce around this week to catch all the awesome posts and maybe win some LGBT-related prizes! Check out my Rafflecopter below for a chance to win one of my e-books.
The other day I was telling my BFF/plot sounding board an idea I have for a dystopian series. “It’ll be MM, of course,” I said, and then launched into what I have so far.
“That’s a really good idea!” she said. “It’s similar enough to some books out there, but still original. You should make that a mainstream book instead!”
I didn’t say much, except that I’d probably be stuck self-publishing it if I did, not that there’s anything wrong with that; it just isn’t a pool I’ve swam in yet and I’m not sure I’m ready for it. I suppose I could spend a few years trying to shop it out to agents first and then settle on self-pubbing, unless of course the market for those books was saturated by the time I realized no one was going to take it because it was one of millions, and then it could just collect dust on my hard drive like that vampire YA I wrote.
Those, alone, seemed like good enough reasons to stick with my original plan, but then I kept thinking about it.
I thought about all the times my mom has said, “You should write the next Hunger Games instead of those other books!” Yeah, Mom. I’ll do that tonight. For one, non-authors have a skewed sense of how the industry works and how people make it big. If only success could be had by simply writing a great book (sometimes, success is had without even writing a somewhat decent book, but that’s another topic).
But also, I thought about how I’m expected to conform to something that society views as more normal. I hate to be the one to burst anyone’s bubble, but sex is normal. Gay people are normal.
Here are some definitions for mainstream from Dictionary.com:
the principal or dominant course, tendency, or trend: the mainstream of American culture.
a river having tributaries.
regular school classes or regular schools: keeping autistic students in the mainstream.
belonging to or characteristic of a principal, dominant, or widely accepted group, movement, style, etc.: mainstream Republicans; a mainstream artist; mainstream media .
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of jazz falling historically between Dixieland and modern jazz; specifically, swing music. Compare traditional ( def 4 ) .
I dare say that gays are a widely accepted group, and if not, then I’m spending my time wisely if my writing helps make literature featuring same-sex couples more accepted.
I dare say, also, that sex is a dominant course, tendency, or trend everywhere and by everyone (including non-humans).
Furthermore, I’ll venture to say that both sex and gay people are infinitely more mainstream than jazz. I mean, it’s jazz. What the fuck? 😉
So, why can’t I write my dystopian, paranormal/sci-fi epic with a gay love story in it? If the plot is good enough for mainstream, then the damn mainstream readers should just freakin’ read it. Why should I change what I like to write for them? They should change for me, dammit.
Anyway, to all you LGBT readers, lovers, writers, and supporters, I say thanks. Keep pushing back. Let’s redefine mainstream one idea/person/book at a time until all of our tributaries are recognized as integral pieces of a whole, indispensable and absolutely normal.
Win your choice of one of my Shooting Stars e-books–Forever is Now or Double Takes!
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Is there anything better than a book boyfriend? They’re sexy when you’re in the mood, they know how to push all the right buttons, they never leave the top off the toothpaste…yeah, they’re perfect even when they’re not.
I’ve had many a book boyfriend over the years, from Captain Valentine Whitelaw in Laurie McBain’s “Wild Bells to the Wild Sky,” a personal favorite from way back when I was too young to be reading smutty romance, to Rhett Butler, to Joscelin Verreuil in the Kushiel’s Legacy books by Jacqueline Carey.
Nothing like a smoldering alpha male to get your motor running and have you devouring page after page of story. There’s also nothing like coming up with a fantastic book boyfriend idea to keep an author up writing into the wee hours of the night.
And so that we may honor those between-the-pages studs who have changed our lives for the better, I give you the Book Boyfriend Blog Hop. Actually, I’m not in charge here, I just jumped on the back of the bus, but the cooler is packed full with beverages for toasting our favorite BBFs, so join me in raising a glass! There are plenty of stops in this fun hop, with prizes galore.
For my personal giveaway, I have a Rafflecopter going on for a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card (winner’s choice).
Enter right here: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/1251e92/
The lovely Harper A. Brooks and TF Walsh have a grand prize Rafflecopter giveaway for a signed HIS HAVEN paperback by Harper A. Brooks, a signed CLOAKED IN FUR paperback by T.F. Walsh, and a $20 Amazon gift card!
And feel free to check out my latest release, Double Takes. Hey, two book boyfriends for the price of one (and a reduced price on Amazon at that). You can’t beat it with a stick! 🙂
Ah, the life of a rock star. Everyone thinks it’s nothing but sex, drugs, and rock and roll.
Not for Giovanni Savale.
For the lead singer of Three Deaf Mice, a band that reached its pinnacle in the late nineties, it’s nothing but an ugly divorce with a custody battle, money trouble, and now the nightmare exposure of starring in a reality television show. When his producer decides to cash in on an infamous interview Gio did years ago, and give the self-confessed bisexual rocker an onscreen boyfriend, things really hit the fan. Gio is certain his sexual experimentation back in his drug-abusing days meant nothing — after all he’s been married for nine years, clean and sober for nearly as long, and he has a son. And Gio is not remotely attracted to Kyrie, the funny, flamboyant actor they choose for his love interest. Of course, Lance Garrett, the mysterious and sexy owner of the local antique shop, Double Takes, is a whole different story. The guy has Gio planning out a future he never imagined. With the threat of losing all custody of his ten-year-old son, ghosts from the past returning for revenge, and the cameras rolling, can Gio keep his head above water and his heart from getting broken?
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Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading and good luck!
I’m taking part in the Seductive Studs & Sirens Blog Hop for the first time ever! Woo hoo!
I figured a tiny snippet from Shooting Stars Book 3, which is currently with my wonderful beta readers, might be in order. 🙂
“Hey. I hope you can get a little soup down. Lots of veggies, and garlic is good for a cold.”
“No. It’s good for keeping away vampires.”
Greg grinned as he sat down next to him again. “Well, you’ll be free from the undead tonight, in that case.”
“No animal stock?” Kyrie struggled to sit up; seemed to be enticed by the steaming bowl despite his surly comments.
“No. Would I do that to you? Ruin four perfectly good vegetarian years in one shot?”
If sugar-laden cereals and junk food qualify as good vegetarianism. Greg wouldn’t berate his food choices now. That was an argument for another day.
“Think I’d go into shock. Only one kinda meat I put in my body.” Kyrie gave a feeble grin and a wink. It was a longstanding joke. Greg was supposed to act offended by the reminder Kyrie was partial to dick. But everything about Kyrie was a reminder lately, and Greg could barely muster the requisite eye roll.
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Today I have author Heloise West here to share about herself and her new short story release, River Gods, in the Dreamspinner anthology “Juicy Bits.”
Hi, Heloise! Thanks for stopping by with this tasty cover. 🙂
What first inspired you to write MM?
I was writing a medieval mystery and the main character is an Italian doctor—I’d spent 5 years in his odd and difficult perspective. When I wrote the sex/love scene where he and the local midwife get together, I wasn’t happy with it and started looking around at what was out there in both non-fiction writing romance and new romance fiction, and as a result, stumbled onto Erastes “Muffled Drum.” I’d read Mary Renault, but “Muffled Drum” was the one that introduced the genre to me, and the more I read, the more I wanted to write.
In the upcoming story collection Juicy Bits, you have a tale called “River Gods.” I’m so intrigued by that title. Can you tell us what a River God is and give us a blurb?
Everyone who goes to Florence visits the Piazza della Signoria, the heart of social and political life in the Renaissance. In the piazza are many statues—Michelangelo’s David used to stand there until it was moved inside to preserve it. According to Mary McCarthy’s “The Stones of Florence,” the people believed spirits inhabited their city’s statuary and that their river, the Arno, had a god. The sculptor, Ammannati, created the statue of Neptune that stands in the piazza today. In a fantastic juxtaposition of ideas, the story goes that this statue of Neptune was inhabited by the Arno river god who had been turned into a statue because “like Michelangelo” he spurned the love of women. Michelangelo, by the by, hated the statue of Neptune and thought the sculptor had ruined the marble. Beltramino, the sculptor in my story, identifies with the lonely statue condemned to walk the streets in search of his lover when the light of the full moon touches him.
Blurb for Juicy Bits:
What’s your favorite part of a romance? If you like the juicy bits—the moments when two or more sexy men can’t wait any longer to satisfy their cravings—then this anthology is for you. These stories of strangers, casual lovers, established couples, and friends who can no longer deny the passion between them push the limits and set the pages on fire. In a scorching collection of erotic scenes ranging from funny and sweet to hardcore kinky, the guys get right to the meat of the story. Whether they’re in the shower, in the locker room, at the office, on a moving train, or just connecting over the phone, they keep things steamy, sticky, and most of all, juicy.
What’s next for you?
I’m wrapping up a contemporary romantic suspense novella, and I hope to be submitting more to Dreamspinner’s short story anthologies.
Do you have any writing rituals or tips you swear by?
I have to write in the morning when the doors and windows to my subconscious are still open. And lots of coffee.
What are your favorite genres/subgenres to write? What about to read?
For both history and mystery/suspense come first—I used to be much more of a romance/sci-fi/fantasy reader when I was younger. I don’t read sci-fi anymore, and hardly any fantasy, though I love Game of Thrones. I’m becoming more interested in Gaslamp Romantic Fantasy, though, so that’s new.
Rapid Fire Questions:
Your lucky number: 13, my Sicilian grandmother gave it to me. She liked to gamble.
When you grow up you want to be: An author with a huge and diverse back list.
Your favorite animal: Dogs.
Food you couldn’t be paid enough to eat: Tripe. Ewww.
Favorite sex position to write for your characters: Face to Face.
If you had a super power it would be: Oh, flying, most definitely. Or to make an eggplant parm with the power to solve all the world’s ills….
Your favorite comedian of all time: A young and manic Robin Williams.
Juicy Bits is available at Dreamspinner Press, and all the usual places.
What I’ve Been Missing by John Amory
Never Kiss by Rick Bettencourt
Not Water Resistant by J.J. Cassidy
Heat Wave by Olivia Duncan Craig
Hot Coffee by Kim Dias
For What It’s Worth by Rhidian Brenig Jones
Sandman and the Cookie by Dawn Kimberly Johnson
Dial It Up by Mina Kelly
Voyeur-something by Briana Lawrence
Strangers on the Northeast Regional by Pearl Love
2 Weeks 6 Days 2 Long by S K Manganelli
Sparks by A. Morell
Swim Meet by Johnny Murdoc
An Invitation by Jay Northcote
Lucky XIII by J. I. Radke
Farmer in the Dell by Rob Rosen
River Gods by Heloise West
Hunting by Nikki West
Play with Me by Lucy Whedon
In Good Hands by Logan Zachary
Follow Heloise’s blog at: http://velvetpanic2.wordpress.com/
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Wow, I’ve been spreading my love on a bunch of other blogs lately, but ignoring my own little baby over here. 😥
Well, as my Double Takes blog tour rolls along, I figured I’d accumulate links to DT’s reviews. Since they don’t all necessarily end up in one spot, I figured I’d make it easy for anyone wondering.
Here are the highlights from Amazon reviewers:
“While Gio finds himself falling for Lance behind the scenes, he has to pretend to be falling for Kyrie, a cute twenty something college student, in front of the scenes. Kyrie is studying acting, so he puts his skills to good use in front of the camera. The rest is a great story, well played out. The editing is spot on, no typos anywhere. Oh and did I mention there is a dog? If you are a fan of MM stories, please do yourself a favor and get this one. You won’t be disappointed.” 5 Stars from Tamela Gibson
“With near-flawless prose that sparkles with wit and heat, the author leads us hand in hand with Gio as he tries to keep his world from completely crashing down around his ears. The author never makes it easy for Gio, and his soul searching to find the real person under all the rock and roll glitter makes him all too human. As Gio sheds his old self for the new, he finds a new love, Lance, but Gio is not the only one who has past mistakes to account for. The author pulls out all the stops as their hearts and worlds collide.” 5 Stars from J.A. Matthews
“It was well written and actually edited so typo’s were non-existent. Not your typical cookie cutter rocker romance. I liked it as a sequel. Read the first book too!” 4 Stars from Mary
And on Amazon.co.uk:
“Since reading Forever is now I feel like I had been waiting forever for the second book in Ms Vale’s series to come out and this does not disappoint. It was a book that was filled with laughter, tears, misunderstandings (Kyrie and Greg), hot scenes between both MCs and a lovely twist that I did not expect.
As described Gio is in the middle of a divorce when the producers of the show wants him to get a boyfriend for the camera – enter Kyrie (gorgeous, funny and sexy to boot that he did grabs some of the scenes from Gio). Gio them meets Lance who knew who and what he wanted, the scene where he first kisses Gio made him open his eye really wide as to what he wanted – Lance.
The two MCs bounced off of each other really well with how they communicated together until the end when I had tears in my eyes (no spoiler included but you need to read) when Lance told Gio who he really was and what he had done (keeping you intrigued now).
Now it is a waiting game for number three to see just how Ms Vale brings together Kyrie and Greg and how funny I can see it will be with hopefully some of the Drama that is Kyrie.” 5 Stars from Bobbie Walker
Meanwhile, on On Top Down Under:
“Double Takes is a really enjoyable book. I really did liked Gio and Lance, individually and as a couple. The sex was hot without saturating every second page and the plot was very good. I also REALLY liked the occasional dirty talking from both guys – the sex in the gym shower was mmm, mmm, mmm. I also thought Kyrie was a hoot. I would have loved more of him to be honest. If Kimber Vale writes another in the series, and I hope she does, I would love to see the flamboyant Kyrie and the uptight Greg get a book. Oh yes, there is a very interesting relationship right there.” 4.5 Stars from Kazza K.
From Susan of The Blogger Girls:
“So all in all, if you love rocker stories with a twist than I would highly recommend K Vales “Double Takes”. It’s sexy, funny, a little sad, a little surprising, a lot sexy, and a unique story. Loved the fake boyfriend, he was divine and fabulous; loved the twist at the end with Lance; and loved that the ex-wife and Gio were able to settle without destroying their son.” 4 Stars
From Jackie of The Novel Approach:
“The last fifteen percent of this book is totally shocking and fast moving. Very rarely does an author completely blindside me with a plot twist, but Kimber Vale totally got me this time. This book had me laughing out loud in parts, gasping in shock and crying my eyes out.
I loved Forever is Now, but I believe that Gio’s story eclipsed that book completely. I cannot wait to see what is next for these rockers. I would highly recommend y’all joining me on the ride.” 4.5 Stars
Double Takes is on sale over on Amazon (for whatever reason) so pick it up while the gettin’ is good (a savings of $1.17 good, that is).
And don’t forget to enter my $25 gift card giveaway! RIGHT HERE