Win a Riptide Gift Card!

The blog tour for the mmweretiger novel Forest of Thorns and Claws continues, and I have links to yesterday’s and today’s postings. By posting a comment to these blog tour stops, one lucky person will win a $15 Riptide gift card to purchase books on the publisher’s website!

 

So here’s the links:

May 16: My guest post on research for the book on The Novel Approach Reviews

May 16: On Top Down Under Book Reviews

May 16: Bayou Book Junkie

May 17: Guest post on Love Bytes Reviews–my hope for readers

May 17: Diverse Reader

May 17: Book Reviews and More by Kathy

May 17: My Fiction Nook

 

Buy the book at Riptide

 

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Cover Love and an Excerpt Available

There was a cover reveal last month, but there wasn’t a single comment on the post, and I feel like L.C. Chase deserves a lot more credit for the gorgeous cover she created for Book 2 of the Oddities series, Fraud Twice Felt.

So I’m featuring it on my blog here, along with a link to the excerpt that is now available on the book’s page over on Riptide.

Featuring prominently on the cover is rentboy turned private investigator, Elliot Leed:

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Read the first four chapters here–click the “Excerpt” tab

The release date is next month, May 29. I don’t have the final files yet, but if you’re a blogger and you’re interested in getting a review copy to read and review, comment here and I’ll make sure to send one. I’m busy writing guest posts for the promotional tour but I don’t know if they’ve asked for sign-ups yet.

Enjoy!

Blurb:

Three weeks after solving his old boyfriend’s murder, bounty hunter Derwin Bryant is trying to let go of the past and embrace his new life with Elliot Leed, a former rentboy and fellow Oddity. Elliot, meanwhile, is trying to adjust to working at Bob’s Bail Bonds and having a real relationship despite his strange power of Object Reading. Hanging over the couple is the fear that Roy Yoshiro, notorious gang lord, will make good on his threats to claim Elliot. If that happens, not even Derwin’s superhuman strength will be enough to protect the man he loves.

Their concerns are overshadowed when Derwin’s friend asks for help finding her missing son. It’s not long before the case takes Derwin and Elliot back to the crime-ridden underbelly of the city and straight into Yoshiro’s clutches. Two gangs are vying for power, and Derwin and Elliot get caught in the middle of their very public fight.

Derwin and Elliot must find a way to thwart both gangs’ plans and escape alive. This time, one misstep could spell disaster for all the inhabitants of Nis.

Latest News!

It’s official! I’ve signed the contract to have Riptide publish my weretiger mmromance, Forest of Thorns and Claws. If my editor and I can manage to rush through the line edits, then we’re tentatively releasing the book in March.This is a standalone book, set in Sumatra and highlights the plight of the Sumatran tiger.

 

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Also a reminder–there’s still a giveaway going on at Goodreads to win an autographed copy of my gay paranormal romantic suspense, Murder Once Seen (The Oddities Book One). Don’t miss out on entering!

Day 3 Blog Tour Stops

Just a quick post today to put up the links to today’s blog tour stops for the release of Murder Once Seen, and a reminder to followers that if you want to get in on the giveaway for a $20 Riptide gift card, be sure to post a comment to one of the blog tour stops!  Also, the giveaway of a signed copy of the book continues on Goodreads.

So far it seems that the playlists for Derwin and Elliot has been the most popular post that I wrote, and today I decided I need some more music for them for Book 3, so I’m updating my iTunes with some new songs.

Anyways, onto the blog tour:

December 14: Love Bytes Reviews (Guest Post: subplots)

December 14: Book Reviews and more by Kathy

December 14: Bayou Book Junkie

December 14: Wicken Faerie’s Tales and Reviews

 

Goodreads Giveaway

Villains You Love to Hate

I recently watched Suicide Squad, which I found to be a fun superhero movie, despite some criticisms of the editing. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Harly Quinn, the Joker’s little puppet and love interest, and I think Margot did an exceptional job at portraying the completely crazy villainess. Jared Leto was also fantastic as the Joker.

A really good villain is one that you can’t help loving, even if they’re really, really bad. Maybe it’s because you have some understanding about why they became the way they are, or maybe their personality is just so infectious that you can’t help liking them. Or maybe they have awesome powers and they’re just plain cool. (We all loved Darth Vader long before we knew anything about his past. In fact, learning his past diminished some of his coolness, I think.)

Maybe it’s that allure of power that draws us towards certain villains. Maybe it’s the cool clothing. Villains tend not to care what anyone thinks of them. They’re supreme in their self-confidence. That can be attractive.

Or maybe they do things we only wish we could. The Joker loves to wreak mayhem, particularly on stuffy rich folk. Hannibal Lector eats whatever–and whomever–he wants. Voldemort is practically worshiped by his followers. And Lucifer gives you everything you desire . . . then takes your soul.

So anyways, I enjoyed Suicide Squad because it brought together a lot of evil, selfish villains, gave each of them a weakness, and put them in a situation where they had to decide between being selfish or doing something good for once. I liked it, and I wanted to take Harly Quinn home even though she’d most likely kill me.

And that brings me to the writing of my latest book, Fraud Twice Felt (Book 2 of the Oddities). I’m writing the climax, which has a lot of characters moving around and a lot of action. I have a villain that appeared in the first book that I’ve come to adore, but I need to somehow resolve his story arc in order for my heroes to move forward to the next book. This villain is charming, suave, but also vicious, like a snake. I’m thinking of making him even cooler to really up the stakes in the climax. (Can’t say how–it would be a major spoiler.)

And then? I probably should kill him, because otherwise everyone knows he’ll continue to be a threat out there, unresolved. But I’m finding I don’t want to kill him!

-Sigh.- And that’s the dilemma of loving your villain.

 

 

Psst! It’s official…

I just wanted to make a quick announcement, now that the contract is signed.

I’m going to be a Riptide author!!

Riptide Publishing will be releasing the first two books of the Oddities series, currently entitled MURDER ONE and FRAUD AND EXTORTION, featuring bounty hunter Derwin Bryant and rentboy Elliot Leed. We’re looking at an early fall 2016 release, hopefully!

I’m so excited!!!

So yes, this means I’d better get moving on the second book….it’s currently at 22,000 words, need to get it to 90k.

 

Book Review: Life Lessons, by Kaje Harper

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Book: Life Lessons (#1)

Author: Kaje Harper

Publisher: MLR Press

Genre: Gay Romantic Suspense

Heat Level: Medium

I found a mystery/suspense series in gay romance that I like! And not only is the writing good. I like the characters, which is one of the most important things in a romance novel. I see that Kaje has a few more books in this series, so I may have to check them out.

I say this because I’ve been reading some of the other highly popular mystery m/m novels lately, including the “Cut and Run” series by Abigail Roux. Now don’t get me wrong–the first book was pretty decent. But I didn’t really like the characters, so I’m not really pulled into reading any more of the series. And that’s not to say she doesn’t have good characters They’re just not appealing to me personally.

Meanwhile, Kaje has what I confess is my favorite type of pairing–a sensitive younger man with a hardened older man with emotional issues. On top of that, she starts the book off with a bang–a murder, to be precise. There’s threats, danger, even a hostage situation. What more could you ask for?

Well the “more” is that things are not resolved by the ending. Sure, the murder mystery has been solved. Bad guy caught. Things are okay–for now. But there’s ample signs of trouble to come, particularly since the older fellow, Jared, wants to stay in the closet.

I’ve learned from personal experience that this is NOT a good idea. I tried being in the closet for a long time, but once I was with a long time partner that I wanted to grow old with, hiding and lying became like a cancer, eating away at things. It damaged things between me and my parents (who are STILL adjusting to things, five years later) and my daughter, who should have felt comfortable with things a lot sooner.

So I have high expectations for the next book!  There are obviously more ‘life lessons’ to learn.