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Leather and Love: How Romance Helps Stamp Out Hate.

Hello everyone, and welcome to Torquere Press' Charity Sip Blog Hop! As you may know, every year Torquere Press and its participating authors pick a charity benefiting the LGBTQ community and puts out a submission call for short stories based on a theme. Those authors who take part donate 100% of the royalties earned on these stories, with Torquere matching the donation. This year, the charity chosen was NOH8, and the theme was leather. I knew I wanted to take part in this. Not only would it offer me the chance to write a story folks might enjoy, but the proceeds would be going to a wonderful charity. My first challenge was writing a story that fit with the leather theme. When you think romance, certain things tend to come to mind, but being an author of historical romance, the first thing that came to my mind was boxing, and given the eras I write in, the next logical step was a story set during the roaring twenties when boxing was exceptionally popular, thanks to such boxing giants as Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney. The sport had evolved from illegal, bare-knuckle brawling in dusty saloons into huge sporting events attended by thousands of men and women.
As I sat down to write In His Corner, I knew it would be as much about the fight for love, as the fight to win the match. I got an image of two men, a young college educated fellow who came from a humble background, and his hero, Jessie 'the Demon' Dalton, the world heavyweight boxing champion he fell in love with. In His Corner isn't about how Eli and Jessie meet and get together, it's about second chances, and finding courage. Eli has been around Jessie since he was eight years old, his boyhood crush developing into something deeper as he grows up, but just when Eli finds the courage to tell Jessie how he feels, everything comes crumbling down around them. Jessie has lost his title, his reputation, and before he knows it, he's lost Eli--something he hasn't recovered from even five years later when Eli walks back into Jessie's life, determined to find out why Jessie pushed him out. Only Jessie isn't the same, confident, imposing man he used to be, and when Eli sees how much Jessie needs him, he steps up to the challenge. Not only is he intent on showing Jessie that he's all grown up and here to stay, but that what they felt for each other is worth fighting for.
Love is a powerful thing, and for me, reading romance is more than just the guilty indulgence many believe it to be. It's not just about hot guys getting it on (not that there's anything wrong with that), it's about the courage these men show, the stand they take as they follow their hearts against all manner of adversity. Romance tells stories of what people are capable of when they lose their hearts to someone, of how fiercely they're willing to fight for that love. Love transcends gender, and more importantly, stamps out hate, reaching out and touching that part of us that yearn for something deeper and greater. Love has the power to make amazing changes, as long as there are folks willing to listen.
♥ Giveaway  For a chance to win a $10 Torquere Press Gift Certificate and this handmade, vintage-style boxing notebook, just leave a comment below. ♥ Rules ♥ *** Please make sure to leave an email address for the delivery of your prize should you win. ** Blog hop ends at midnight (Est) November 11th. * Winner will be announced on the blog Monday, November 12th. ♥♥♥ In His Corner is available from Torquere Press and Rainbow eBooks. Don't forget to check out all the other amazing Charity Sips! *** To rejoin the hop, just click on the Charity Sip icon at the top of this post. ***

Charity Sip Blog Hop Results!

Hello all! I want to thank everyone who took the time to stop by, as well as those of you who joined in and left a comment.
For those interested in this great event, the Charity Sips are available as a complete package, or as 29 individual stories all ranging from extra naughty to lovingly sweet and everything in between, with all the royalties going to NOH8 and Torquere Press matching the donations. So check out the Torquere Press website or Rainbow eBooks.
And onto the blog hop winner! Using Random.org the winner is:
Congratulations V.L! I'll be emailing you soon to confirm delivery of your prizes!
Again, thank you all so much for taking the time to participate in the hop! Have a wonderful week, and I hope you visit again real soon! To go back to the Torquere Press Blog click here.

Welcome to Charlie's Holiday Hijinks!

RJScottxmasBloghopHappy December everyone! We're here to kick off the holiday season with a Christmas Blog Hop, hosted by the lovely R.J. Scott! Everyone looks forward to something different during the holidays, and for most of us, it can be pretty stressful, though I imagine even more so for the folks who have kids. So I thought I would post a few things that help me relax during this time of in your face "buy me or your Christmas will suck!" advertisements, horrendous never-ending lines, and folks popping out of the woodwork at the most inopportune time to chat to you about your holiday plans.

 Movies! One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is watch movies. They go a long way in bringing a smile to my face, and making sure I don't flip out in epic proportions. They also make things feel more Christmasy when the weather outside can barely even be considered 'chilly'.

There are a few films I love to watch every year, most of them comedies. As much as I absolutely love It's a Wonderful Life, it makes me cry, and the last thing I want is turn into a blubbering mess of wet tissues. So here are some of the movies guaranteed to brighten my day, and yes, Die Hard is a Christmas tradition. Yippee Ki-yay!

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The holidays are the return of the red cups, and if you're a coffee addict like me, it means you get ridiculously excited. I mean look at it. The Peppermint Mocha. Oh. My. God. The Peppermint Mocha. Just holding one of these makes me all melty and happy. Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, White Hot Chocolate, and the list goes on.

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If I can't get out to a Starbucks  then I make sure I'm stocked up on hot chocolate at home, especially mint hot chocolate as for me it's an absolute stable of wintry goodness.

Treats! Come on, after all the running around you've done, you deserve a treat.

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If there's one thing you can count on is hundreds of recipes for all sorts of yummy treats, many of them so easy to follow, even I can do it! Soft, warm, chocolate chip cookies are my favorite. When I'm feeling lazy, I have Pillsbury croissants in my fridge, I pop some chocolate chips on them before rolling them up, and popping them in the oven. So good.

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Christmas Romance! Nothing like reading a feel good romance to put a smile on your face. I've read some wonderful M/M Romances set over the holidays, and still have quite a few left from last year I never got a chance to read, plus all the new ones out this year.

And speaking of feel good Christmas romances, my prize for this blog hop is a free eBook copy of my shiny, brand-spanking new Christmas novella Mending Noel. Yep, I totally sideswiped Contemporary and went straight to elves at the North Pole!

** Rules: All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment on this post. The winner will be chosen via Random.org and announced Monday, Dec 3rd! Contest ends Midnight Sunday, Dec 2nd Eastern time. 

♥♥♥ So what do you do to relax during the holiday season?
Here are the links to the rest of the folks participating! Happy hopping!

Welcome to The Equal Rights Blog Hop

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Hello all! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend! Thank you for joining this fantastic blog hop. The theme of the blog hop is "What does being part of the GLBT community mean to you?"

As an author of Gay Romance, I don't write solely for the purposes of entertainment, but in the hopes that readers will take away something from what they've read. I tell stories about love between men, expressing how everyone has the right to their happily ever after, no matter someone's gender. Everyone deserves respect and the chance at a better life. One of my favorite genres to write in is historical, so a good deal of my stories are set in the 1920's or 30's, when it was far more dangerous for gay men. It's true, a few lived openly gay lives, and many did find their happily ever afters, but a great many didn't. They led double lives, were arrested, sent to workhouses, and shamed, considered deviants or ill.  I wanted to write stories about fellas who despite their hardships, find hope and love in eras long gone.

For me, being part of the GLBT community means spreading awareness and showing support, trying to make a difference in someone's life, no matter how small. It's about working toward a future where people aren't discriminated for their gender, race, religion, or who they love. Where our youth need not fear violence or abandonment for who they are. It's about being strong and using love to bring down hate, to educate and promote a safe, brighter future for everyone in the GLBT community.

*** Charlie's Giveaway:

A rainbow striped Markings journal & a $10 Amazon gift card. Just leave a comment below for a chance to win. Winner will be chosen at random and announced on Monday, July 8th (Eastern time).

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*** To enter Queer Town Abbey's giveaway: 

Just find the answer to this easy question in my post above. It's a one word answer which you can use to enter their giveaway. Question: What is one of my favorite genres to write in?

To continue on the hop, just follow this link: http://queertownabbey.com/join-the-equal-rights-blog-hop-july-4th-through-7th/


Pride Blog Hop hosted by Divine Magazine.

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Hello all! Welcome to the Pride Blog Hop, hosted by the lovely folks at Divine Magazine. Thank you for joining us for this All You Need is Love Celebration!

As an author of M/M Romance, love is a key factor in all my stories. There's nothing I love more than creating characters and bringing them together. Of course the journey is never a simple one. There are trials and tribulations to surpass before that happily ever after is reached, just like in life. And just like in life, finding love isn't the end. In fact it's just the beginning. Sometimes the story begins with characters fighting to keep that love, or in some cases win it back.

In my THIRDS series, I love that I've been able to build Dex and Sloane's relationship and watch it grow. In book one the guys haven't even met. We follow them on their journey as they become partners, friends, and then so much more. We see their relationship grow from a sexual one to a romantic one. The two face countless obstacles on their road to love, and even after the "I love you" moments, they're growing as a couple. No relationship is perfect, but their love for each other helps them find balance, helps them try to be more understanding, and fuels their need to be there for each other, no matter how tough a situation they may be facing, and in the end their love is stronger for it.

The Romance genre is one of the top selling genres of fiction. What is it that draws so many folks to picking up book after book? What do you love about Romance?

The Pride Blog Hop runs from Sept 21st - Sept 28th. Giveaway ends Sept 28th at midnight and is international.

You'll find the links to the participating blogs at the end of this post. Don't forget to enter the awesome giveaways!

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway   Main Blog Hop Page: http://divinemagazine.net/1304-pride-blog-hop-hosted-by-divine-magazine Follow the blog hop:


Autism Awareness Blog Hop

Hello, all! I’m honored to once again be part of the annual blog hop for Autism Awareness along with a fabulous group of authors. If you’d like to check out the other posts, you can do so here: http://rjscott.co.uk/autism-awareness-month-2018

Autism Fact:  Dogs have been shown to improve autistic children’s quality of life, independence, and safety. The presence of a trained dog can reduce aggressive behavior, calm the child, and serve as a link to the child’s community.

I may write about Big Cats, but at home, I have a different type of four-legged fur baby. I’m a big believer in the healing power of dogs. I love dogs. Love how they have the power to impact your life. Olly has certainly made a big dig difference in my life. He’s a four-year-old Doxiepoo who has done a world of good for me. Being an author, I spend a lot of time in my office behind my desk. Olly doesn’t just keep me company. He makes sure that I don’t spend too long at my desk without getting up. He takes a nap, maybe plays with some of his toys, and then decides enough is enough and mom needs to step away from the glowing rectangle.

When I don’t feel well, Olly knows. How do I know he knows? When I’m in bed he either curls up at my feet or on them. When I’m not well, he stretches out his long little body and is pressed against my side from nose to tail. Sometimes he’ll be at my shoulder. If I’m having a rough day, all I have to do is look at his little face, and it helps so much. He makes me laugh all the time with his weird little dog ways and his expressions. I swear sometimes he looks at me like I’m just so weird. It’s hysterical. He’s definitely a snuggler, and far too smart for his own good. He’s an expert at conning a treat out of you. I’m just blown away by how much love dogs have to give, how attune they are to their humans.

How about you? Do you have a fur-baby?

GIVEAWAY

I'm giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to one random winner.

Just leave a comment below. Giveaway ends May 4th at midnight Eastern US time. Winner will be notified via email and announced here on the blog shortly after.

*** GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***

Thank you all so much for joining in the blog hop, and for taking the time to comment. We have our gift card winner. Xanthe Anderson! Congrats! You should have received an email regarding delivery of your prize. Thank you all again so much for joining in!

 

Halloween Scare Trail

Hello, all! Thank you for joining the scare trail! We've got a host of fabulous authors celebrating the spooky season with some fantastic giveaways!

Since we're talking about all things spooky and paranormal, let's chat about spooky books! I haven't read many horror books, but I've certainly read quite a few paranormal books with scenes that made me close my eyes. If I could have read the rest of the scenes at the time with my eyes closed, I would have! LOL. Of course, the audios weren't available at the time.

One of my favorite paranormal series with super spooky scenes is Jordan Castillo Price's PsyCop series. Man, it's a good thing I wasn't a character in that book because I'd have been crawling all over Victor begging him to protect me from all the things that went bump in the night--and day. Actually, I probably would have been fine just chilling out with Crash at his shop. Yep, you do you, boo. You go chase down those vengeful spirits, I'll stay right here and have me a latte with Crash.

One of the first stories I read by Jordan L. Hawk was Hainted, and that spooked me up good. Yes, I'm a total wuss when it comes to haints looking to shred my soul to pieces. From there I moved onto Widdershins. I love the Wyborne and Griffin series!

Personally, my paranormal creatures tend to be more on the sexy shifter side, though I did write a short Halloween story a while back.  It's sweet, heartbreaking, and a bit otherworldly with a twist or two along the way to a HEA. This story's a little different from my usual, but I loved writing it.

 

Between the Devil and the Pacific Blue

For the last six months, Detective James Ralston has worked the nightshift as security for the Pacific Blue Hotel, and every night at 2 a.m. his rounds lead him to the radio room where the handsome and mysterious Franklin Fairchild sits listening to waltzes as old as the hotel itself. James is drawn to Franklin, but Franklin is a man at the end of his rope, and James has no intention of getting caught up in whatever trouble Franklin is in. A heated encounter late one night sends James down a disturbing path and has him questioning everything around him, including his very sanity.

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BOOK DETAILS

Genre: Gay Romance, Other Paranormal
Length: Novella, 61 Pages
Published: October 31st, 2015
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh
Ebook ISBN-13: 9781634766296

 

 

GIVEAWAY

3x $10 Amazon Gift Cards

What's your favorite spooky movie or book? Just leave it in the comments below for a chance to win. Giveaway ends Nov 3rd at midnight Eastern US time.

**** GIVEAWAY OVER ***

Thank you all so much for joining the fun! We have our winners! Chosen at random, congrats:

1) Heidi Benson

2) Karen Nebauer

3) Cathy Brockman

You'll be receiving an email shortly regarding delivery of your gift card!

FOLLOW THE HALLOWEEN SCARE TRAIL!

 
RJ Scott - $20 Amazon Gift Card
 
Angel Martinez - $25 Pride Publishing Gift Certificate
 
V.L. Locey - $10 Redbubble Gift Card
 
Jordan Castillo Price - Ebook or Audio of Reader's choice plus JCP Swag Pack
 
J.L. Merrow - Ebook of both newly re-released werewolf novels Camwolf & Midnight In Berlin.
 
Rick R. Reed - Ebook of A Demon Inside from DSP Publications
 
K.A. Merikan - Paperback
 
Charlie Richards - $20 Amazon Gift Card
 
Amber Kell - $20 Amazon Gift Card
 
Eli Easton - $20 Amazon Gift Card and second prize of ebook copies of Gothika #1-4
 
Meredith Russell - $10 Amazon Gift Card
 
Alex Jane - $10 Amazon Gift Card and Ebook from back catalogue.
 
Stormy Glenn - $20 Amazon Gift Card and backlist ebook.
 
Annabelle Jacobs - $10 Amazon Gift Card and backlist ebook

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