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5 Free Royalty Free Stock Photo Sites

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If you explored any of last Monday's websites, you probably came across a lot of posts on blogging and how important relevant images are to your post. But where do you find these images? There are scores of stock photo sites out there and plenty of them offer free images. Keep in mind that you need to find free royalty free images.

When looking for free stock photos, make sure to check the terms of use. The image may be free to use but attribution is required. Also be aware that many of the free stock photo sites also display premium images from other stock photo sites like iStock as well as search banners that belong to premium stock photo sites.

Here are 5 websites that offer free royalty free stock photos you can use for your website or blog.

FreeImages (formerly stock.xchng)

Photo Pin

Wikimedia Commons

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Don't forget you can also create your own images. I try to create my own web graphics whenever possible. You don't have to have Photoshop to create your own graphics or edit images. On Monday June 16th, I'll be posting about author websites and blogs, including a few online sites where you can edit your images for free.


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Book of the Week: The Hell or High Water series

CCochetBooksOkay, yes, this week's Book of the Week isn't a book, it's a series. But if I posted about each book once a week, we might be here a while. I recently discovered the Hell or High Water series by SE Jakes. My New Year's resolution of reading more books this year has kind of fallen by the wayside because of my writing schedule, but I still manage to get some in. I was doing a lot better a few months ago before the crazy started.

The Hell or High Water series is part of SE Jakes EE Ltd. Universe. I 'll say right now that I fell in love with these guys from the start. I love Prophet and Tom. I haven't read the Men of Honor series (yet), and I know Prophet appears there, but despite missing any potential history of Prophet's, I was able to instantly enjoy the Hell or High Water series.

The chemistry between Prophet and Tom is superb. I love how the relationship changes and grows, how each man is flawed, dangerous, and determined. They're vulnerable, but tough, each one dealing with his own demons. I've also been drawn in by the secondary characters: Cillian, Mal, Blue, Mick. I'm loving them all! There's action, adventure, humor, and fiery passion. Each book just gets better than the last. The sex gets hotter and the stories more thrilling with Prophet and Tom breaking my heart and putting the pieces back together. Highly recommended!

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SEJ1 Catch a Ghost (Hell or High Water #1) by SE Jakes Pages: 293 Cover byVictoria Colotta eBook ISBN: 978-1-62649-038-3 Print ISBN:  978-1-62649-039-0

Blurb: Everyone knows that Prophet—former Navy SEAL, former CIA spook, full-time pain in the ass—works alone. But his boss at Extreme Escapes, Ltd. has just assigned Proph a new partner and a case haunted by ghosts from Proph’s past. Suddenly, he has to confront both head-on.

Tom Boudreaux—failed FBI agent, failed sheriff, full-time believer in bad luck—is wondering why the head of a private contracting firm has hunted him down to offer him a job. Still, he’s determined to succeed this time, despite being partnered with Prophet, EE’s most successful, lethal, and annoying operative, on a case that resurrects his own painful past.

Together, Prophet and Tom must find a way to take down killers in the dangerous world of underground cage matches while fighting their own dangerous attraction. When they find themselves caught in the crossfire, these two loners must trust each other and work together to escape their ghosts . . . or pay the price.

Available from Riptide | Amazon | All Romance eBooks

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SEJ2Long Time Gone (Hell or High Water #2) by SE Jakes Pages: 277 Cover byLC Chase eBook ISBN: 978-1-62649-060-4 Print ISBN:  978-1-62649-061-1

Blurb: 

Soldier of fortune Prophet Drews always worked alone—until Tom Boudreaux became his partner. But when Tom walked away three months ago, ostensibly to keep Prophet safe, Prophet learned the true meaning of being alone. Everyone knows that Prophet, a Navy SEAL turned CIA spook turned mercenary, can look after himself. Which means he must’ve driven his lover away.

Even with half a world between them, Prophet can’t get the man out of his head. Maybe that’s why he’s in New Orleans in the middle of a hurricane, protecting Tom’s aunt. But the only looter around is Tom, bursting back into Prophet’s life. It turns out that Prophet’s been stuck in Tom’s head—and heart—too. Their explosive reunion gets even hotter when Tom is arrested for murder. As they fight to clear his name, they delve deep into his past, finding enemies among everyone they meet. Staying alive in such a dangerous world is hard enough, but they soon discover that fighting to stay together is the most difficult thing they’ve ever done.

Available from Riptide | Amazon | All Romance eBooks

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SEJ3Daylight Again (Hell or High Water #3) by SE Jakes Pages: 272 Cover byLC Chase eBook ISBN: 978-1-62649-060-4 Print ISBN:  978-1-62649-061-1

Blurb:  Before Prophet Drews can have a future, he must first put his past to rest. Prophet Drews is a man on the edge, and he’s pulling Tom Boudreaux, his partner on the job and in real life, right over with him. When his old CO calls in a favor, Prophet asks Tom to join the off-the-grid rescue. But the mission raises all of Prophet’s old ghosts: CIA assassins, the terrorist Sadiq, and most importantly, John—traitor, former teammate, and Prophet’s first love.

To help bury those ghosts for good, Prophet and Tom gather the members of Prophet’s former SEAL team . . . and a spook named Cillian who’s been tailing Prophet for years. In the process, Prophet is forced to face his team’s shifting loyalties, ghosts who refuse to stay dead, and scariest of all, his own limitations.

With everyone’s lives in danger, Prophet and Tom must unravel a tangled knot of secrets, including their own. Prophet must decide how much to reveal to Tom, while Tom must decide how far he’s willing to go to help Prophet lay his ghosts to rest.

Available from Riptide | Amazon | All Romance eBooks

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Lex Chase - Chasing Sunrise Pre-order for a great cause!

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Hello all! The fabulous Lex chase has an epic new Fantasy series called the Darkmore Saga heading our way. The first book is Chasing Sunrise and to celebrate, Lex is currently on tour sharing all kinds of fascinating info on this amazing new world. Plus, if you pre order the book, you'll be helping out a great cause. 100% of the presale royalties will go to the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center's Domestic Violence Service. You can pre order the book here. Want to know more about the book? Check out the info below. And isn't that cover gorgeous! I can't wait to read about Sevon and Jack!

Lex will also be stopping by my guest blog: Purple Rose Tea House on Aug 8th, but before then, we'll be taking over the DSP twitter feed on July 29th!

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Genre: Vampires, Werewolves/Shapeshifters, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Fantasy
Series: The Darkmore Saga: Book One
Length: Novel
Published: July 25, 2014
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-62798-776-9
Pre-order: Paperback or eBook 

Blurb: Chasing Sunrise The Darkmore Saga: Book One

On the Coastal Bend of Texas, a hidden kingdom called Darkmore lies in ruins, and King Sevon Maraté is trapped. Using Sevon as a mouthpiece and a scapegoat, Lord Dominic rules from the shadows. Born of royal verkolai blood and as beautiful as he is lethal, Sevon possesses the ability to part the Veil separating his world from hundreds of others. His gift is his chance to escape, but Dominic refuses to relinquish his tool for power. Dominic forges an ambitious plan to invade the prosperous land of Priagust. Only a select few know the mythic kingdom of shifters exists. Sevon is out of options for his people’s survival, and cooperating with Dominic is his only chance.

On their foray into Priagust, Dominic's men kidnap and interrogate a shifter named Jack. Even under torture, Jack's loyalty to his kind never wavers. But as Jack’s knowledge about Darkmore’s king and its history unsettles Sevon, a curious bond begins to form. Despite Sevon’s mistrust, Jack is determined to tame Sevon’s wild heart and perhaps earn his freedom. As invasion looms, Sevon wonders if trusting Jack will lead him into another trap or if he should forget about chasing the sunrise and remain Dominic's compliant prisoner. 

100% OF THE PRESALE ROYALTIES OF THIS BOOK WILL GO TO LOS ANGELES GAY AND LESBIAN CENTER'S DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICE. rosedivider

About the Author: Lex Chase once heard Stephen King say in a commercial, “We’re all going to die, I’m just trying to make it a little more interesting.” She knew then she wanted to make the world a little more interesting.

Weaving tales of cinematic, sweeping adventure, epic love—and depending on how she feels that day—Lex sprinkles in high-speed chases, shower scenes, and more explosions than a Hollywood blockbuster. She loves tales of men who kiss as much as they kick ass. She believes if you’re going to going to march into the depths of hell, it better be beside the one you love.

Lex is a pop culture diva and her DVR is constantly backlogged. She wouldn’t last five minutes without technology in the event of the apocalypse and has nightmares about refusing to leave her cats behind. She is incredibly sentimental, to the point that she gets choked up at holiday commercials. But like the lovers driven to extreme measures to get home for the holidays, Lex believes everyone deserves a happy ending.

Lex also has a knack for sarcasm, never takes herself seriously, and has been nicknamed “The Next Alan Moore” by her friends for all the pain and suffering she inflicts on her characters. She is a Damned Yankee hailing from the frozen backwoods of Maine residing in the ’burbs of Northwest Florida where it could be 80F and she’d be a popsicle.

She is grateful and humbled for all the readers. She knows very well she wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them and welcomes feedback.

You can find her on those social media things at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LXChase
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lex_Chase
Tumblr: http://lexiconofkittens.tumblr.com
Find her blog at http://lexchase.com or drop her an e-mail at lex.a.chase@gmail.com


Chasing Sunrise Tour stops:  7/13 - Chris T. Kat 7/17 - Michael Rupured 7/19 - Lily Velden 7/20 - Jaime Samms 7/22 - Aidee Ladnier 7/24 - Grace Duncan 7/26 - Shira Anthony 7/25 - Chasing Sunrise Release Day! 7/29 - Dreamspinner Twitter Takeover with Charlie Cochet 7/30 - Live Your Life, Buy The Book 8/2 - Chat at the Dreamspinner Press Facebook Page 8/8 - Charlie Cochet 8/13 - Gay List Book Reviews 8/16 - Tali Spencer

Join me tonight at 7pm EST(6pm CDT) in the Rainbow Gold Reviews chat room for some shenanigans, chatting, and a giveaway!

small__8129080389Hello all! Tonight at 7 pm Easter time (6 pm Central Time) I'll be over at the Rainbow Gold Reviews chat room with some other fab authors for one hour. Drop by and join the fun, ask questions, or just chat! It's especially easy to sign in if you have a Twitter account.

Chat room: http://tlk.io/rgr
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Round Robin Story Fun

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Hello all! I've joined some fabulous authors in a game of Round Robin for a free read. What's a Round Robin story? It's a type of collaborative storytelling in which each other writes a piece of the story, continuing where the last author left off.  You can find the story schedule below of when the posts are going up. Since there are a good number of authors, there's two posts going up a week, and I get to end the story. OMG, no pressure, right?  The story is called Different Tracks and it's a straight up contemporary, a first for me, so should be fun!

I've also added the schedule and links to the sidebar so readers can easily find them. Happy reading!

Part 1: Jan 5 - Sophie Bonaste Part 2: Jan 8 - Brynn Stein Part 3: Jan 12 - Grace Duncan Part 4: Jan 15 - Suki Fleet Part 5: Jan 19 - Elizabeth Noble Part 6: Jan 22 - Kim Fielding Part 7: Jan 26 - Lane Hayes Part 8: Jan 29 - Charlie Cochet  

Different Tracks - Part 8

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Hello all! I've joined some fab authors in writing a round robin story called Different Tracks. The authors are Sophie Bonaste, Brynn Stein, Grace Duncan, Suki Fleet, Elizabeth Noble, Kim Fielding, and Lane Hayes. A new chapter will be posted every Monday and Thursday, so make sure to check the sidebar for the schedule and links. As the story grows, I might move it to it's own section.

Here are the links to the current chapters: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7

Peter woke up with a sappy smile on his face. Last night had been amazing, evident by the way his body ached as he stretched. His ass was especially sore. Memories of last night warmed him all over despite the air conditioning cooling his bare skin. A small moan escaped him when he thought of Xander’s hands all over him, the way Xander’s teeth had nipped at his skin, the feel of Xander’s soft lips against his, and the taste of his mouth. Peter couldn’t remember the last time he’d been fucked so good. With a grin on his face, Peter blinked open his eyes. His smile promptly faded.

Xander was gone.

Peter sat up and sighed. Xander’s absence wasn’t a surprise. However, the feeling of disappointment flooding through Peter was. What the hell had gotten into him? He’d never done anything so bold. Casual hookups weren’t his thing. Neither was coming onto a guy he barely knew. He’d tried his best to ignore Xander in the car as he sat there beside Peter, dripping wet, but then Xander had gone and taken off his shirt, and Peter had been mesmerized by Xander’s inked skin. His fingers had itched to touch, to run over every inch of smooth surface, over every curve and dip.

“I’m such an idiot.” He got out of bed and headed for the bathroom to brush his teeth and wash up. What was it about Xander that made him feel so reckless? Did he really want to find out? It was obvious Xander wasn’t interested in anything more than what they had last night, and as great as it was, Peter wasn’t looking to become any guy’s occasional lay. His head was telling him it was better this way. Why try to pursue someone who didn’t want to be pursued?

After finishing up in the bathroom, Peter got dressed and headed for the kitchen to make breakfast. As he did, he realized he didn’t even have Xander’s number. Speaking of phone, his cell rang and he checked the screen. It was Jo. He was tempted to ignore it, but he knew better. Jo had a way of getting information out of him one way or another.

“Hey.” He braced himself.

“So… where were you two last night? Mr. J said you guys didn’t make it because of the weather.”

“Yeah, it was getting pretty bad out there, so I told Xander it would be okay if we didn’t go.”

There was a pause then a sigh. “Are you really going to make me drag it out of you? Because you know I will.”

Peter worried his bottom lip. He knew he could trust Jo not to say a word, and considering how he had no idea what his next course of action should be, confiding in her might help. Jo always seemed so confident, like she knew exactly what she wanted all the time and how to get it. Maybe he was overthinking this. “We slept together.” There was a high-pitched squeal at the other end and Peter chuckled. “I’m glad you approve.”

“Was it amazing?”

“Better than.” Something in his voice must have given him away, because Jo’s tone when she next spoke reflected her concern.

“He didn’t stick around.”

“No,” Peter sighed. He carried his mug of coffee to his kitchen table and took a seat. “He was gone when I woke up. Guess that’s that then.”

“That’s that? You had amazing sex with a hot guy who you really like, and that’s that?”

Peter arched an eyebrow despite the fact Jo couldn’t see him. “I’m not exactly sure what it is you think I can and should do. The guy left before I woke up. He didn’t even want to see me. I don’t know what he was expecting. It’s not like I was going to propose or anything. Either way, I don’t want to make a big deal out of this. It was one night.”

“Uh-huh. And when you see him on Saturday?”

If I see him. Then again, Peter doubted Xander would go against a court order just to avoid some guy he’d had a one night stand with. “I’ll play it by ear, see how he reacts. I don’t want things to be awkward.”

“A little late for that.”

“Thanks,” Peter muttered.

Jo let out a soft laugh. “Look, just talk to the guy. It’ll be fine.”

“Thanks.” They exchanged a few more pleasantries before Peter hung up. He wished it could be that easy. What was he supposed to say? He let his head fall against the table with a groan. Six more days until he saw Xander again. The wait would either help him clear his head or drive him crazy. Knowing him, it would most likely be the latter.


Check in with Sophie on Monday for Part 9!

Brita's Birthday Treasure Hunt!

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Hello all! To celebrate her birthday, the fabulous Brita Addams is hosting a treasure hunt starting January 17th! To join the fun, you need to register for the hunt by midnight on Jan 16th. Check out all the amazing prizes being given away, one of which is an ebook from my backlist!

Find the list of prizes along with details of the hunt over on Brita's website:

http://www.britaaddams.net/

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