Thursday, August 25, 2016

Blog Tour: Midlife Crisis by Rob Rosen #Excerpt

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Title: Midlife Crisis Author: Rob Rosen Release Date: August 20th 2016 Genre: Gay fiction,  romance, comedy 

 BLURB Jack is thirty-five and single once again. He is not, as he as quick to point out, going through a midlife crisis. Still, it would be nice to have a partner, and so he sets out on an adventure to find the one-time love of his life, Bing, a man he hasn’t seen in more than fifteen years, a man who has seemingly vanished off the face of the planet. With the help of his family and friends, not to mention the family dog and his high school bully, he goes searching for Bing, only to unearth an ages-old mystery that puts them all in grave danger. In this hysterically funny tale, the question remains right on up to the surprise ending: can we return to our past in order to better our future?


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   Reviews: "If you're looking for a humorous and intelligent book to read, Rob Rosen's Midlife Crisis should be on the top of your list. A tale of going back to move forward, as told by Jack, the story's main character, is full of youthful and gay witty repartee balanced with the poignancy that comes with adult life. It will make you laugh out loud one minute and get teary the next. Oh, and if you like a good murder mystery, there's that too. Kudos to Rosen for creating some very memorable characters." - Julian G, Simmons, Narrator,Widdershins audiobook series

 "Rob Rosen does madcap gay humor better than anyone else writing today. Midlife Crisis is no exception." - Neil Plakcy, author of The Mahu Investigations

 "Can you go home again? Rob Rosen explores the perils and promises of renewing a steamy boyhood affair in this witty romance wrapped in a murder mystery, seasoned with a dash of mature but spicy sex. The answer for his hero Jack seems to be "Yes," but watch out: there may be more "there" there than you think." - Louis Flint Ceci, author of Comfort Me

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Ma shook her head. “Something is definitely fishy here.”
I nodded. “The Pacific should be so fishy.”
Dad also nodded. “So what do we do now?” He was longingly eyeing the car. I had a sinking feeling we’d be on the road again in no time, no zoo, no celebratory milkshake at Burger King, no walk for the old dog even.
Then again, with Ma around, I had a lifesaver to save us from that sinking. “I bet she remembers me,” she said.
Ma being nearly impossible to forget, I readily nodded my agreement.
“Maybe let me approach her next time.”
“Next time?” Dad said, less than eagerly. People asked for root canal more eagerly, in fact.
“When the services are over,” she replied. I could tell he was about to object to what she was implying, but then he seemed to catch himself. That is to say, he knew better―or perhaps had simply learned the hard way. In any case, he hung his head, and said, “And what, pray tell, do we do in the meanwhile?”
Ma grinned and pointed to the church behind us. “Good word for it: pray.”
Dad looked at her as if she was crazy. Ma was indeed crazy, but this seemed certifiable.
“In there?” I asked, dumbfounded. “That’s a church, Ma.” I imagined us burning upon impact at the entrance. Seemed an awfully painful way to go, if you ask me.
She slapped my arm. “I’m well aware of what it is, Jack,” she said, indignantly. “I was married in one, you know.”
I didn’t know. In fact, I never would’ve guessed. Never. I always pictured more of a pagan affair. “Did you lose a bet or something?”
She started to slap me again. I ducked and weaved. Dad did, too, in case he was next. Smart man.
“Inside, the both of you,” she commanded. “It’s for the greater good.”
I laughed. “One gay man looking for another gay man?” I laughed again. “Times have indeed changed.”

    About the Author Rob Rosen is the author of the critically acclaimed novels, Sparkle: The Queerest Book You'll Ever Love, the Lambda Literary Award Nominated Divas Las Vegas, which was the winner of the 2010 TLA Gaybies for Best Gay Fiction, Hot Lava, Southern Fried, the Lambda Literary Award Nominated Queerwolf, Vamp, Queens of the Apocalypse, Creature Comfort, and Fate, winner of the 2016 TRR Readers' Choice Award for Best Gay Romantic Comedy. His short stories have appeared in more than 200 anthologies. You can find 20 of them in his erotic romance anthology, Good & Hot. He is also the editor of Lust in Time: Erotic Romance Through the Ages, Men of the Manor, Best Gay Erotica 2015 and Best Gay Erotica of the Year, Volumes 1 and 2. Links: Website | Facebook | Goodreads

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Blog Tour: End Street Volume 2 by Amber Kell & RJ Scott #Review #Giveaway


  Series Recap Tour & Giveaway

 End Street Vol 2 

 Amber Kell & RJ Scott

Authors: Amber Kell & RJ Scott

Cover Design: Meredith Russell


The Case of the Dragon's Dilemma

Dragons, battles, a Siren attack and a deal Sam may come to regret leave Sam and Bob in danger...and result in Mikhail finding a mate. 

Bob and Sam take their kind-of-adopted-now vampire daughter Mal to look at new schools. Mikhail is left to babysit the last of the remaining rescued children whilst they are away. 

When Sirens appear to steal her away, he is left facing the attack alone until a mysterious hero comes to his aid. Ryujin, or Jin to his friends, is a dragon shifter and his role as Captain of the Dragon Guards puts him in direct conflict with Mikhail. 

The minute he sees Mikhail he knows what he wants. Now if he can only get Mikhail to see the same. 

The Case of the Sinful Santa 

Zephariel, the Angel of Vengeance, Nick Klauson, nephew to Santa, Christmas magic, zombies in the school and a necromancer causing chaos...and at the centre of it all-Mal. 

Zephariel is the Angel of Vengeance and is tracking down his cousin Danjal for misuse of brimstone. When he walks into a bar and finds Nick Klauson drowning his sorrows, he is instantly drawn to him. Could this be his fated mate? 

When Nick and Zeph join forces to deal with zombies in Mal's school, sparks fly. Add in a demon, a wolf and a necromancer, and Sam and Bob have a hunt on their hands.

"...With stories that are written by more than one author, there are sometimes gaps in the flow of the writing. There are none here. The writing flows smoothly and seamlessly I wouldn't be able to tell you who wrote what. The world describe within the story was easily imagined as where the characters...."


End Street Volume 2

Story One: The Case of the Dragon’s Dilemma

End Street Volume 2 has another 2 stories in it. The first one is The Case of the Dragon’s Dilemma.

This story has Jin, the Commander of the Dragon Army coming to the aide of his Princess. Of course he comes face to face with Mikail and all the sparks fly. Can I just say that the fact that Mikail finds love made my heart flutter. I have felt from the very beginning that he is so alone. Anyway, moving on…

Again one of my favorite things that the authors do is entwine the stories. Past characters come into play as well as setting the stage for the next case. It keeps you latched on to Sam and his hoard of happenings.

And Sam…. This human non human whatever he is cracks me up. I mean he is hilarious! My sides hurt when he talks! Totally my favorite character of this series. And Bob and him? Priceless. They are like an old married couple. It’s great with all the suspense that there’s humor thrown in there. 

With this story new and dangerous characters are revealed. You thought Sirens were bad? Ha! Wait till you see what threatens the world now! This was a totally fabulous story!

Story Two:The Case of the Sinful Santa

I think each book gets better and better. With new characters entering the picture each time you’d think it would get crowded. It doesn’t! It adds to the awesomeness that is this series! And when a character of a previous book swoops in to help Sam you cheer!

Each book we see a little more of what is happening with Sam. He’s becoming so powerful and no one knows what he is. Something tells me when it’s revealed it’s going to be wondrous and I can’t wait.

Mal, Sam and Bob’s vampire daughter, is in a new school and of course there’s trouble afoot. It takes an Angel, a wolf, an elf, a vampire, a ghost, a slew of magic and Sam to make it right! It was suspenseful at times.

Nick is half elf half human and of course he’s fated mates with an Avenging Angel. When they have to literally fight for their love. When it was in question and for a moment you think this is their end. They aren’t allowed to love, my heart broke. I cried. But you know what they say? Sometimes it takes just one voice. One person. To make a difference.

I loved this story so much and the unfolding mystery of it all! Absolutely and positively brilliant!

Author Bios

Amber Kell has made a career out of daydreaming. It has been a lifelong habit she practices diligently as shown by her complete lack of focus on anything not related to her fantasy world building.

When she told her husband what she wanted to do with her life, he told her to go have fun.
During those seconds she isn't writing, she remembers she has children who humor her with games of "what if" and let her drag them to foreign lands to gather inspiration. Her youngest confided in her that he wants to write because he longs for a website and an author name—two things apparently necessary to be a proper writer.

Despite her husband's insistence she doesn't drink enough to be a true literary genius, she continues to spin stories of people falling happily in love and staying that way.

She is thwarted during the day by a traffic jam of cats on the stairway and a puppy who insists on walks, but she bravely perseveres.


RJ Scott is the bestselling gay romance author of over ninety MM romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn't with family either reading or writing. 

RJ also writes MF romance under the name Rozenn Scott.

The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn't like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Morningstar's Musings: Reviews and How They Helped This Reader #Giveaway

Reviews and How They Helped This Reader

One of things many things I inherited from my mother, besides my good looks, was the love of learning. Throughout my years growing up I saw my mother constantly trying to learn a new skill or career, never stopping, always learning. She went to trade school after trade school, college course after college course; she was even an MP in the military. Sometimes she took classes just to have the knowledge to get her daily life things done, sometimes to be self-sufficient as a single mom with two kids, and always to be strong so that her daughters knew they could grow up to be smart and strong as well. My mother today is 63 years old and just last year had finally stopped going to school.

Well that love of learning that drove my mother rubbed off on me. I went to college right after high school and then never stopped learning through the years following by watching documentaries, reading articles and researching facts and history so I could better understand what I was reading. 

And reading was always my love from an early age reading for school and fun, to a teenager reading my grandmothers Harlequin Romance books, to an adult where finding that mystery novels were a thrill to live in, then to romance stories that made me love again, and of course back to college taking classes that fueled that drive to know more. But throughout, romance novels have stuck with me since I was 16 years old and given me a means to escape into a world so unlike my own. Finding the authors of those books on social media was like a whole world opened up. I could tell them how their stories impacted my life or my thoughts? Oh yes please! 

And along with the authors came this whole community of people whether they be fellow readers who can gab with the best them about book boyfriends or which author to read if you want to end up with ugly cry face or which author can make you laugh every time, was here for me, everyday all day. Then I found book blogs and book recommendation groups and like so many others, my to-be-read list exploded! That thing will live longer than I will for sure! And as we browse our Facebook newsfeed on the daily we’ve all seen the message from authors or bloggers or just a random reader that says:

So as crappy as I was at writing...I wrote reviews as often as I could, probably not as much as I should’ve with all the work authors put into their stories and publishing but I did it cringing the whole. Never more than one or two sentences but every one of them counts right? Then about two years after stumbling head first into the community I wade through every day, the one by the way that found me some of the best friends I’ve ever known even though we’ve never met, I “met” this awesome lady who posted daily coffee memes and a little note of Good Morning or funny to get us all going on our daily lives. With a little interaction here and there came an offer I had NEVER thought I would see, “One, do you review for any blogs? If no, have you ever wanted to?”

Now I had written some reviews for authors who asked for volunteers to get an ARC to read for an honest review but only about 6 of those so to actually review for a blog…I was terrified! People are going to see my words!!! Not exactly a good feeling to have when you are trying to write a review LOL.

My first review for that wonderful ladies’ blog took me ALL day to write. I mean that literally. I sat at my computer staring at the screen thinking “What the hell did I get myself into?” Because let me tell you not only is writing reviews for a blog a LOT more work than writing one to give those thanks and hugs to our awesome authors, reading for review is different. Your mind set isn’t just on the pleasure of reading it’s on every nuance of the story, pacing, fleshed out characters, plot holes, and the dreaded what didn’t you like part that is never fun to answer especially when you are trying to be constructive and honest all in one. 

I LOVED it! Once I got going it was…dare I say fun? I think in some ways it made me a better reader and it most definitely made me a better writer for reviews because having to write about short stories the same way you would write about a full length novel is not easy! It was educating and I learned! I love learning.  

And even more surprising is its impact on other parts of my daily life. It got faster and easier to write the reviews so I wanted to write more and more of them. But I also started a history class about a month after I started to review and THAT is where the impact to my personal life started. 

The year before I took an online history class (I love history!) and literally worked with a content tutor, the writing center, and my professor almost every day on my writing for discussion posts and my thesis paper from start to finish. Never feeling confident that I even knew what I was talking about let alone the flow and if it made any lick of sense. But this year and another history class loomed so big in front of me because I was still scared of all the writing I had to do. But to my surprise I did it with no problem! I actually improved so much in my everyday writing that none of the issues with my paper had anything to do with my actually grammar or prose at all. I even felt more confident as each post was posted each step of my paper completed, never using a tutor or professor or writing center at all…I passed with an A! 

It even made me want to write for more than just reviews or school even if its just blog posts like this one where I share my ideas or opinions or even maybe someday a story, who knows.


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