Saturday, September 23, 2017

Author Saturday Spotlight: Hank Edwards #Interview #Giveaway



Today is that time of the week where I sit down with an author, talk with them, show you their work, and then they give you things! Yes, it's Author Saturday Spotlight time!

This week we have someone who been writing in this genre for awhile. His work is beyond creative and he's so very talented. It's wonderful to have author Hank Edwards here today.

Grab your coffee or whatever, get comfortable and enjoy!




Holed Up

FBI Special Agent Aaron Pearce, tall, muscular, a lone wolf with an attitude, is assigned to protect Mark Beecher, a witness to the plans for a terrorist attack. The discovery of an unknown informant within the FBI's ranks, however, forces the two men to hole up in a loft apartment with only one another for company.


After long conversations and their shared attempt to unravel the puzzle of the terrorist group's next target, Pearce and Mark find they cannot deny their mutual attraction. Pearce gives in to his passion, sleeping with the man he's sworn to protect and going against his training as he risks heartbreak once again.


When the informant reveals himself to Pearce and takes him hostage, Mark finds he cannot run and leave Pearce to die. Instead, their roles have been reversed and now he is the only person who can save Special Agent Pearce.




Cowboys & Vampires

In the frontier town of Belkin’s Pass, as a vampire quietly feeds on the local saloon girls and their customers, a tragedy teaches resident Josh Stanton he has the ability to raise the dead. Knowing he is now a wanted man, Josh flees into the arid plains of Venom Valley. Pursued by Dex, the town deputy and Josh’s best friend, the two realize their friendship is truly something deeper, and Dex has to decide if he’s a man of the law, or a man in love. The vampire, drawn by Josh’s power, circles ever closer, gathering his forces against them.













Repossession is 9/10th of the Law

Alan Baxter barely scrapes by working as a deejay in suburban Detroit. To make ends meet, he takes a job as an automobile repossession agent, and discovers his very first assignment is a car owned by his drug dealer ex-boyfriend. On top of that, a body is discovered in the trunk…by a cop. Soon Alan’s life is completely upturned as he is pulled into a mystery involving more bodies, a highly lethal new street drug, a mysterious man with a top hat and cane, raging dwarves, a house fire, a cranky police detective, and his even crankier cat!












Terror By Moonlight

Cody Bower and Demetrius Singleton have been friends for over twenty years even though they are polar opposites. Cody is tall, handsome, athletic, and straight, and Demetrius is average height, more of a thinker, and gay. They have started an animal control business together and have to figure out how to be business partners without letting it affect their friendship, but that’s the least of their problems. When one of their first clients ends up brutally murdered in what appears to be an animal attack, the two realize something big and dangerous is stalking their tiny town of Parson’s Hollow, and it’s up to them to catch it before it kills again.










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Interview

Thank you, Hank, for being here today and talking with me. It’s truly a pleasure. You’ve been writing in and for the LGBTQA+ community for a while so you know the ins and outs. I can’t wait to pick your brain.



How has this genre changed since you started writing in it up to now?

When I first started writing gay erotic fiction, there was no gay romance community like the one that exists today. The best a gay author could hope for was Armistead Maupin or Gordon Merrick sales. I began writing erotic short stories and sold them to a variety of magazines like American Bear, 100% Beef, Torso, and Honcho. Not many publishers were looking for novels with gay main characters, whether or not they included erotic scenes. It's amazing today how big gay romance is, with multiple publishers focused solely on gay romance stories, and the larger, NYC based publishers opening up submissions to include gay romance. The biggest change, I believe, has been Amazon's influence over the industry. And not just from a sales and pricing point of view, but the opportunity for authors to self-publish has completely changed the game, some say for the better, some say for the worse. Either way, it's a completely different landscape today than it was back in 2000. I never imagined back then that I would be able to attend a reader and author conference devoted strictly to the gay romance genre. I love that feeling of community.



Your Fluffers Inc series is comedy. It’s the type of series that you read to smile and laugh and share with others. Is there a series you’ve read that is a go to, to feel good for you?

I really love Josh Lanyon's Adrien English series. And I've read Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City series more times than I can count. Outside of gay fiction, I really love Harry Potter, the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, the John Corey series by Nelson DeMille, and the Prey series by John Sandford. 



What are three things about yourself that one would not know after reading your bio?

I have a fear of heights, but not really afraid to look out the window when I'm on a plane. No idea what that is about.

I'm a strange mix of a doer and a procrastinator.

I usually have a mental outline of how a story will go, but then a character does something surprising and it takes off in a new and exciting direction.



I’m told this is the worst question to ask an author but I love asking it. Of all your series which would you love to see on TV and how would you cast your characters?

Gah! This is a tough question! I would love to see Venom Valley on TV… just imagine what they could do with it! But I've always had an inkling that my Fluffers, Inc. Series would be awesome on a channel like HBO or Showtime. I just got the rights back for all three books, and have always wanted to do some updates to Charlie's story, so the books are currently unavailable on Kindle while I work on them in between writing the new stories. I hope to re-release them soon with fresh new covers. And casting? Jeez … that's a tough one. Here are the main characters from the first book and who I think would fit the bill.

Charlie Heggensford - Cole Sprouse. He plays Jughead on Riverdale, and he's adorable! He's a couple years older than Charlie, but he's got the humor skills and full lips. :)

Rock Harding - Zac Efron would make a great Rock. That furry torso, woof! If Zac wouldn't do it, I think Joe Manganiello would do quite nicely, as long as he stopped waxing.

Kinitia Jones - Danai Gurira from the Walking Dead. She's got the sass and the strength to play her off the charts!

Cedric Wilmington - He's so catty and outlandish, I would love to see Titus Burgess from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt unleash the full power of his personality on this role. OMG, LOL!

Ken Carleton - Jackson Cohen. Hot and confident.

Billy Ransom - Robbie Fowler. He's a red-head, which I never really consider for Billy, but he's got that look of boyish innocence with a spark of mischief.



Can you tell us what you’re currently working on or future works?

My current WIP is book four of the Critter Catchers series, tentatively titled "The Devil of Pinesville," which I hope to release later this year. Critter Catchers is a humorous paranormal series about two best friends, one gay and one straight, who open an animal control business together in their small hometown in western Pennsylvania. They get involved in paranormal creatures cases, and along the way deeper feelings than friendship may develop.

On December 26 of this year, the fourth book of my Town of Superstition young adult fantasy gay romance series, published under the pen name R. G. Thomas by Harmony Ink Press, will be available.

I have plans for other books next year, but don't want to say what they are yet. I have a day job that takes a good chunk of my time so I can't write as fast as I'd like, and I don't want to make any promises I might not be able to keep. :)



Are you attending GRL this year or are there conventions fans will be able to hunt you down at next year?

I will not be able to attend GRL this year, unfortunately, and it's the first time in five years I won't be able to go, it just wasn't in the budget. I am scheduled to attend the Coastal Magic Convention in Daytona Beach in February, and I hope to be able to get back to GRL in 2018.



When writing a book, what part is the most important for you? That part you want the reader to sort of connect with you on?

I would hope the reader would find one character they can identify with, and want to see come out, if not happy, then at least in a different place than he started. I try to sprinkle a bit of humor throughout my stories, no matter the subject, and I would hope that sparks a reaction.



How can your reader’s follow you: FB, Twitter, Website?

Twitter: @hanksbooks or @authorrgthomas for my YA series

Facebook Pages:




Website: It's a work in progress, but has the majority of my books listed and buy links: http://hankedwardsbooks.blogspot.com/

My YA site can be found at www.townofsuperstition.com





FAST FIRE QUESTIONS:

Dogs or cats?

Cats! We have 2 of them. I do love dogs though, just don't have the yard for one.

Coffee or tea?

Tea!

Favorite color?

Orange

Best feel good movie?

Oh, so many. Tootsie is amazing and my go to movie to make me laugh.

Comedy or drama?

I love action movies, but comedy is a big draw for me.

Favorite holiday?

Thanksgiving! All the food with very little of the gift-giving stress.

Favorite place to write?

I've found a table in a hallway at work where I sit and write during my lunch hour. But my favorite place has to be the desk in my office at home.



Thank you, Hank, for talking with me. It’s been fun :D

Thank you! I loved the questions and the chance to share with you and your readers. :)




Giveaway

Hank will be gifting one person an ebook copy 
of his book Terror by Moonlight
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Contest will end September 29th 

A huge thank you to Hank for hanging out with us today!



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Friday, September 22, 2017

Release Day Review: Why I Love Bodyguards by T.A. Chase #Review #Giveaway




Author: T.A. Chase
Book: Why I Love Bodyguards 2nd Edition
Series: Why I Love #3
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Publication date: September 22, 2017
Length: 200 pages

Reviewed by Jenn


Synopsis

A Why I Love... Novel

Hilton Burke might be one of the most powerful men in the world, but he can’t get what he wants the most. Every time he sees Cathal McKinley, his head of security, Hilton wishes they could be more than just employer and employee. In fact, he might be in love with Cathal, even though they’ve never slept together.

Cathal McKinley accepts how much he wants his boss, but he’s pretty sure Hilton will never date him. They come from two different worlds. Now that he has to return to Sunburst, Montana, to deal with family problems, Cathal knows there is no chance for them to get together.

Hilton and Cathal spent years dancing around each other, but when Cathal needs help the most, Hilton comes to Montana to support him. Soon they’re struggling with children and an old friend who won’t take no for an answer. Finally admitting their love out loud might be the least of their worries.



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Review

This book is the third book in the Why I Love series, but can be read as a standalone.

Hilton Burke is one of the most powerful men in the world and also one of the loneliest. He has a not so secret crush on his head of security, Cathal McKinley. Cathal not so secretly returns that crush. Both men are afraid to make a move until a call from home sends Cathal back to last place he wants to go....Sunset, Montana.

Hilton will step up and come through for Cathal and his family in ways no one ever has before. Soon these two will stop dancing around what's been right in front of them all along.Two men without families will walk into a ready made one and learn that home may just be wherever the other is.

This was such a good read, the main characters are good men, who do the right thing, but still have some edge to them. The kids in this book come off realistic and fleshed out, which I always enjoy. There is heart and humor and a sense of sometimes you really can go home again!


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Random Review: Lavender by Xavier Axelson #Review #Goodreads





Author: Xavier Axelson
Book: Lavender
Publisher: JMS Books
Publication date: July 15, 2017
Length: 85 pages


Reviewed by Michael


Synopsis

Following the sudden death of his father, Lawrence "Law" Crow must not only comfort his bereaved mother, but also find the strength to continue running the family business, a local and beloved lavender farm in the mountains of northern California. At first, consumed with his own grief and struggling to find meaning in life, Law indulges in his vices, mainly by surrendering to his sexual urges with numerous men, all in a desperate battle to forget his pain and to end the emotional turmoil tearing him apart.

But when a stunningly handsome and passionate Spanish soccer player named Garbi suddenly crosses his path, Law discovers light in the possibility of love. Does Garbi have the ability to heal Law's shattered heart, provide him with purpose, and help him fully embrace the joy of living once again amidst the beautiful and fragrant lavender fields?



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Review

Grief can make people do things they wouldn’t normally do.  Some people lose themselves in drugs and alcohol, some to deep depression, and some to sex.  The latter is the case for Lawrence after the death of his father.

Lawrence and his parents own and operate a lavender farm, and have done so for years.  Lawrence’s father dies suddenly from a heart attack, throwing the surviving members of his family into chaos.  His father's wishes were to be cremated and his ashes spread, but Lawrence and his mother can’t bring themselves to do it.  Lawrence carries a sense of guilt because of this, which just intensifies his anger over his father’s sudden death.  When his mother leaves, he spirals deeper into despair.

Anger and guilt can be a toxic combination, driving even the strongest individuals into a deep state of dispair.  Lawrence’s only real outlet are his sexual conquests.  And I mean conquests almost literally.  He is emotionally unattached from the men he sleeps with, seeing them more as a temporary fix rather than actual people.  A band-aid, if you will, used to heal a broken bone.

It’s not until he meets Garbi that his stance begins to soften.  They meet quite by accident in the most random of ways.  Something I hadn’t seen in a book before.  In fact, there was quite a bit in this book that I hadn’t seen.  Some of it refreshing, some of it not so much.





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Blog Tour: Bad Boy's Bard by EJ Russell ~ Guest Post #Review #Giveaway






Author: EJ Russell
Book: Bad Boy's Bard
Series: Fae Out Of Water #3
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Cover Artist: Lou Harper
Publication Date: September 18, 2017
Length: 301 pages


Reviewed by Meredith


Synopsis

As far as rock star Gareth Kendrick, the last true bard in Faerie, is concerned, the only good Unseelie is . . . well . . . there’s no such thing. Two centuries ago, an Unseelie lord abducted Gareth’s human lover, Niall, and Gareth has neither forgotten nor forgiven.

Niall O’Tierney, half-human son of the Unseelie King, had never lost a wager until the day he swore to rid the Seelie court of its bard. That bet cost him everything: his freedom, his family—and his heart. When he’s suddenly face-to-face with Gareth at the ceremony to join the Seelie and Unseelie realms, Niall does the only thing inhumanly possible: he fakes amnesia. Not his finest hour, perhaps, but he never revealed his Unseelie heritage, and to tell the truth now would be to risk Gareth’s revulsion—far harder to bear than two hundred years of imprisonment.

Then a new threat to Gareth’s life arises, and he and Niall stage a mad escape into the Outer World, only to discover the fate of all fae resting on their shoulders. But before they can save the realm, they have to tackle something really tough: mending their own broken relationship


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During the initial revision of any book, I invariably end up cutting a lot of material as I try to fit my chaotic first draft into a state that won’t make my editor’s eyes cross. The knottier the plot or character problem, the more words I tend to spew while trying to resolve it. In Bad Boy’s Bard, one of the issues I had to resolve was how to make Niall able to converse in modern English, and navigate the Outer World with reasonable facility, when he hadn’t seen the outside of the underworld forge since the Georgian era.

In this deleted scene between Niall and his brother Eamon (soon to be crowned King of the converged Faerie courts), I explored one option (as well as hinted at some of Niall’s other past escapades—plus gave a shout-out to one of my favorite Suzanne Brockmann books).

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Eamon has tracked Niall down where he’s hiding in the Keep kitchen. Eamon speaks first.

“You’ve got the chancellor as nervous as feral cat. He keeps startling at every noise and looking over his shoulder more than he looks where he’s walking.”

“Me? I haven’t done anything.”

“Exactly. But he expects you to. You would have before—“

“Perhaps.” Niall shut down the rictus of grief that threatened to ambush his face and grinned instead. A travesty of his old expression, perhaps, but he couldn’t be bothered to care. “But I’m on the injured reserve list.”

“‘Injured reserve’? Where did you learn that term?”

Niall held up his book. “Research.”

Eamon squinted at the title. “Hot Target? Is that an archery text?”

“Hardly. It’s what they call a romantic suspense novel.”

“Really? I’d think that you’d look for more . . . more scholarly tomes to help you learn about the changes in the Outer World.”

“Nothing is better than popular entertainment for that. I learned that from Will Shakespeare.”

“He was a bad influence on you.”

“Will? Why do you say that?”

“It wasn’t until you joined his company that you started to openly defy Father.”

It hadn’t been Will who’d done that. It had been Niall’s inability to save Kit Marlowe. If he hadn’t provoked that tavern brawl . . .

“Never mind.” Niall set the book aside. “The chancellor isn’t the only one who’s acting like a skittish mare. Are you certain your advisors are on board with the Convergence?”

“They don’t have much choice. It’s the Convergence or death by entropy.”

“In case you hadn’t noticed, Unseelie fae aren’t famous for our strategic forethought. In the past, we’d be the ones urging entropy.” Hells, Niall would have been at the front of the pack, pulling every prank in his arsenal to hasten the downfall. But that was when his father had been King. His brother was a better man altogether. A better man than the Unseelie court deserved.

“Yet strangely, when faced with their own demise,” Eamon said, his tone drier than the herbs hanging from the rafters, “they show remarkable ability to change their tunes.”

“Are you counting on that? Their self-interest?”

He shrugged. “It’s one of the tenets. We look out for ourselves before any other.”

“Then what are you doing, working for the good of all?” Niall scooted his stool closer to the fire. “You’d better watch out, or they’ll believe those old rumors that you’re a Seelie changeling.”

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As it turned out, I abandoned this line of “research” for Niall in favor of a different “modernization” method. What is it, you ask? Ah, that would be telling… ;-)





 Review

Throughout this series we have seen glimpses of Gareth, the one true Bard. His story was revealed piece by piece but in this one we get the entire tale.

Gareth is the last of the Kendrick brothers. I don’t know what this means for the series, if it ends, or there’s spin-offs or what but I can say if the author ended it here that would bring it full circle.

I don’t want to give away any spoilers because there’s a lot revealed in this. We see all the characters in play here. David, Bryce, the Kendrick brothers, Eamon… the list goes on. There’s a finality to all of it as every secret is told. Every tear shed has served it’s purpose and the Kendrick brothers have all found love.

These are not standalones at all. We are following one large story arc so you need to start with book one (Cutie and the Beast).

There’s suspense, and heartbreak, a haunting feeling as we follow Gareth and Niall’s story. I can’t imagine what two hundred years of thinking something false does to a person when the truth slams you in the face.

The whole series is wonderful for sure and I’d recommend this to anyone who is a fan of fantasy, magic, myth, and legend.

The only issue I had at all, and this was with each one, was the stubbornness of the fae. Because they were like that, they lacked communication. Every time their “partner “would say, “We need to talk.” They’d be like, “Not now. Now let’s just be happy.” Then the truth would come out and they would have a fit and I’d sit here like OMG they tried to tell you. That’s just me though but it was frustrating.

Overall this is a great book and a wonderful series. Give it a go!







About the Fae Out of Water Series

Once upon a time, there were three brothers, nobles of the Seelie Court of Faerie, who set out to seek their fortunes. The eldest—

Scratch that. Rrrrrewind.

Nowadays, when tales are told in 140 character bursts on tiny LED screens, rather than spun out by the glow of a midnight campfire, even Faerie’s elite have to get with the program.

The Kendrick brothers have traded longbow for briefcase, battle steed for Harley, and enchanted harp for electric guitar.  But while they’re finding their feet in the modern world, instead of finding their fortunes, they stumble straight into love.

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 About the Author


E.J. Russell holds a BA and an MFA in theater, so naturally she’s spent the last three decades as a financial manager, database designer, and business-intelligence consultant. After her twin sons left for college and she no longer spent half her waking hours ferrying them to dance class, she returned to her childhood love of writing fiction. Now she wonders why she ever thought an empty nest meant leisure.

E.J. lives in rural Oregon with her curmudgeonly husband, the only man on the planet who cares less about sports than she does. She enjoys visits from her wonderful adult children, and indulges in good books, red wine, and the occasional hyperbole.

Connect with E.J.:
Website: ejrussell.com




 Giveaway

To celebrate the release of all three books in the Fae Out of Water series, one lucky winner across all three tours will receive a GRAND PRIZE of a $50 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 23, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the Bad Boy’s Bard tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!