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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Shae Connor Unfortunate Son Blog Tour Post


Interview with Evan and Riley
By Shae Connor

For my penultimate Unfortunate Son blog tour post (I just wanted an excuse to use the word “penultimate”), J.P. Barnaby suggested that I throw a few questions at my main characters and see what they come up with. No rules. Just weirdness.

Me: Let’s start off simple. What’s your favorite color?
Evan: Blue. Riley’s is pink. And sparkly.
Riley: Blue, really? So predictable, honey. And yes, I do like pink, and sometimes sparkly, but you don’t have to make it sound like I live in a Barbie Dream House.
Evan: No, but you have at least four bottles of pink and sparkly nail polish in your bathroom.
Riley: Awww, I didn’t know you’d counted.
Evan: Well, after we knocked them all off the shelf last week…
Riley: I tried to tell you to watch out for that, but you were too busy tearing off my clothes.
Evan: Yeah, well… next question??

Me: I could’ve done with hearing more, but okay. Favorite food?
Evan: Easy. Pizza.
Riley: *sigh* I swear, he’d order it every night if I didn’t cook. Not that I have anything against pizza, but most of the time, I’d rather have seafood or roasted veggies.
Evan: Well, really, my favorite food is whatever Riley cooks. Except peas. I hate peas.
Riley: Now he’s just trying to butter me up.
Evan: Is it working?
Riley: … maybe.

Me: What’s the favorite place you’ve ever visited?
Riley: Now that’s easy. Paris. There’s just something about the City of Lights.
Evan: I didn’t know you’d been to Paris.
Riley: Just once, but I’d love to go back.
Evan: Maybe we’ll honeymoon there.
Riley: … is there something you haven’t told me?
Evan: *smile* Nope. Not a thing. Anyway, my favorite place is New York City, but I’ve never been to Paris, so that could always change.

Me: All right, then… do you want to get married? In general I mean.
Evan: I never really thought about it until recently. I mean, it wasn’t like I could anyway. But things are changing so fast, so yeah. Yeah, I think I’d like that. Someday.
Riley: When I was younger—I mean, a little kid—I was ringbearer in my cousin’s wedding. I wore a tiny little white tuxedo and everything. And I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I wanted to be wearing a real tuxedo, all grown up and standing in front of the preacher with the person I loved next to me.
Evan: *reaches out to squeeze Riley’s hand* You romantic.
Riley: *grins* Fair warning, though. I might want the colors to be blush and bashful.

Me: What is it with all the Steel Magnolias quotes anyway?
Evan: That’s Cory’s fault.
Riley: It isn’t like we hadn’t all seen the film. But Cory does particularly seem to enjoy quoting from it, and after their being friends so long, Evan picked up on that. Now we all seem to be doing it.
Evan: There are worse things to quote.

Me: Very true. So here’s something a little more personal. Riley, have you watched any of Evan’s films?
Riley: No. And no, I don’t plan to.

Me: Do you mind if I ask why not?
Riley: It’s nothing against them, you understand. I don’t have a problem with any of it. But I have the real thing in my bed every night. Why would I need a digital reproduction?

Me: Excellent point. Before we go, anything else you’d like your readers to know?
Evan: My favorite color isn’t really blue.
Riley: Why did you say it is?
Evan: I don’t know.
Riley: Well, then what is your favorite color?
Evan: Your hair in the sunlight.
Riley: Jesus. And you called me a romantic.
Evan: What can I say? You bring it out in me.
Riley: … excuse us. I think we need a little time alone to… discuss this topic in more… depth.

Me: Don’t let me stop you, boys!


Five years ago, Evan Day lost his lover in the Afghan sand, and in the fallout, he lost his military career and his family. With help from friends, he reinvented himself as porn star Trevor Hardball, but his scars are hidden, not healed. When Riley Yeats falls into Evan’s lap in a bar, he awakens a part of Evan he’d thought was dead and gone. Evan’s fascinated by the blond and twinky Riley, even though he’s the opposite of Evan’s usual type.

Then Evan’s family reappears his life, and Evan soon learns Riley has his own family-inflicted wounds—ones that make it hard for him to be there for Evan. A disastrous confrontation between Evan and his parents leaves Evan’s mother injured and Evan overcome by anger and fear. Losing his tenuous hold on his emotional control, Evan makes one bad decision after another, but maybe his final fall will be the wake-up call Evan needs to set things right—with his parents, and with Riley.​



Shae Connor lives in Atlanta, where she’s a lackadaisical government worker for a living and writes sweet-hot romance under the cover of night. She’s been making things up for as long as she can remember, but it took her a long time to figure out that maybe she should try writing them down. She’s conned several companies into publishing her work and adds a new notch on her bedpost each time another story is unleashed onto an unsuspecting universe.

A member of the Romance Writers of America and the Rainbow Writers chapter, Shae was first published in 2010 and has a lineup of short stories, novellas, and novels available from Dreamspinner Press, Wilde City Press, MLR Press, and Amber Allure.

Shae is part Jersey, part Irish, and all Southern, which explains why she never shuts up. When she’s not chained to her laptop, she enjoys cooking, traveling, watching baseball, and reading voraciously, and she’s an annual volunteer for the Dragon Con on-site publication, the Daily Dragon. You can find her hanging out on Twitter most any time @shaeconnor, but for the more direct route, you can email her at shaeconnorwrites@gmail.com or visit her website at shaeconnorwrites.com.




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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Missouri Dalton Curse on the Mountain Tour


Well, it’s the last day of the tour folks. I hope you’ve all had a wonderful time! I must say thank you very much to all of my wonderful hosts. You have been amazing!

Right now I’m working on the sequel to this, so with any luck you’ll be seeing it before the end of 2015. I always knew there would be a follow up book to A Curse on the Mountain, as I had one started already before I did the big rewrite which is the heart of what you are all getting to read now.

This world has a lot of room to work in, and while I know there will be a book two, I don’t know about beyond that. It’s a big world—so who knows? I wish you all a wonderful new year and I hope you enjoy the book. 


Blurb:
In the cursed city of Var Eldore, perched on a mountaintop surrounded by a frigid swamp, the rain never stops. Former pleasure slave Myr lives in hiding, trying to stay a step ahead of his captor. But there’s more to Myr than he realizes, and destiny has other plans for him. Soon, he counts soldiers, spies, nobles, and wizards among his allies. Their goal is to oppose the king and those who perpetuate slavery, and fight for the freedom of their land. As they uncover secrets and conspiracies, each more tangled than the last, Myr also discovers he has unique abilities to aid their cause—the Redeemers.


As the strength of the Redeemers grows, so does the number of enemies they must face. Each member of their alliance has his or her own demons to battle, and Myr must confront the truth about himself and become the leader they need. Alongside his lover Ryall and the people who have become his family—as well as some unlikely friends—Myr and the Redeemers must prepare for war. If they fall, the city in the rain will follow.

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 It's the last day of the blog tour and I'm giving away the biggest prize! Today, those of you who comment on this post will be entered to win a few things:

1) Copy of the Night Wars Backlist Anthology (in ebook format of your choice)
2)You will get naming rights to a character in the sequel
3) A commissioned piece of artwork (the original to be mailed to you)
4) A signed bookplate, and a print of the cover art. 

Author Bio:
Missouri Dalton is a writer of horror/paranormal contemporary fantasy and alternate historical novels.

Missouri was raised mainly in transit, slowed down to finish school in one place and was then determined to be as nomadic as possible, if only because that's how things just worked out. 

She uses writing as an escape from her own neurosi and currently lives with her dear friend Sophia.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Amanda C. Stone The Adventures of Cole and Perry Cover Reveal



Well today we are doing double duty since we have a cover reveal to pimp today as well! 

So without further ado let me hand the reins over to.....





Blurb:
It all started when Cole met Perry in a bar. Over three years they had some exciting adventures, and misadventures. The six stories included in this book are all about their journey from bar to wedding.

The Anniversary
Another cancellation of plans by his boyfriend forces Cole out to the neighborhood bar. Not long after arriving he meets Perry. Even as exciting as Perry is, he's unsure how the night will end.


The Fight
Cole and Perry are struggling to make time for each other and constantly at each other’s throats. A fight to the death will decide who is right or wrong in their arguments. But Cole really doesn't want to shoot Perry.


The Threesome
Deciding they want to spice up things in the bedroom, Perry wants to have a one-time threesome. Cole's nervous and doesn't want to ask any of their friends to join them. Perry finds the perfect solution.


The House
After two and a half years together, Cole and Perry want to buy a house. Once they find the perfect house, they get to spend their first morning together in their new space. Perry will have to help Cole decide which room is his favorite.


The Baby
Both Cole and Perry are exhausted. Taking care of a three month old is hard when she's up all night and is always hungry. If only they could find where they put the bottle warmer.


The Wedding
Cole is ready to make his commitment to Perry life-long. After careful planning, they created the perfect event. What could possibly go wrong? If only Cole didn't ask the same question.



Excerpt:
“Cole. I have a surprise for you. I want you to close your eyes and keep them closed until I tell you to open them.”



Cole looked up from his magazine at the doorway Perry’s voice drifted in from. He put the magazine on his nightstand and closed his eyes.

“They’re closed,” he called out. He wasn’t sure where Perry was in their apartment, but he sounded close.

Rustling and a strange squeaking noise reached his ears. Cole furrowed his brows trying to figure out what Perry was up to and what he was hearing.

“Okay. Go ahead and open your eyes.”

Cole popped his eyes open. He closed them and then re-opened them again. Nope, he still was seeing what was in front of him.

“Perry. Why is there--?”

Perry cut him off before Cole could finish his thought.

“So, we had talked about fantasies and things like that. I told you this was mine. So I’d like to introduce you to Freddy. Freddy, I’d like to introduce you to my boyfriend, Cole.”

Cole smiled at how nervous Perry was. His boyfriend was adorable trying to be brave with his ideas.

“Nice to meet you, um, Freddy. Perry, where did you meet Freddy?”

Perry had a small smile on his face that showed Cole he appreciated he was alright with what was happening.

“Online. I found Freddy on some website. Can’t remember the name now.”

Cole was stunned. His boyfriend didn’t go to those types of websites for any reason. Just meant Perry wanted to have the threesome and was willing to do it without asking one of their friends. Cole was so happy Perry had found a way to have his fantasy.


About Amanda C. Stone:
Armed with her Batman notebook, fourth grade Amanda C. Stone was ready to start writing stories about unicorns, family members, and her imaginary friends Pink Amanda and Blue Amanda. Today, Amanda is armed with a new notebook, along with a laptop, and a never-ending supply of caffeine. Her stories are about all kinds of things, but the most important aspect is people falling in love.


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Blog Tour Stop: CANNING THE CENTER by Tara Lain



Hey Everyone! It's Thursday so you know what that means here on The Purple Fantasy Den Thursday Pimping!! 

Today we will hand the blog over to Miss Tara Lain so let's see what you got lady!





Canning The Center
(Long Pass Chronicles, #2)
By Tara Lain

Blurb:
Six foot seven inch, 300 pound Jamal Jones loves football, so when he finds out the ultra-conservative owner of his new pro football team fired their current center because he’s gay, bisexual Jamal decides to stay in the closet and hang with the females. 

Then, at a small drag show, he comes face-to-face with his sexual fantasy in the form of Trixie LaRue, a drag queen so exquisitely convincing she scrambles Jamal’s hormones -- and his resolve to nurse his straight side.

Trevor Landry, aka Trixie LaRue, hides more than his genitals. A mathematician so brilliant he can’t be measured, Trevor disguises his astronomical IQ and his quirk for women’s clothes behind his act as a gay activist undergrad at Southern California University.

To Trevor, Jamal is the answer to a dream -- a man who can love and accept both his personas. When he discovers Jamal’s future is threatened if he’s seen with a guy, Trevor becomes Trixie to let Jamal pass as straight. But Trevor risks his position every time he puts on a dress. Is there a closet big enough to hold a football pro and a drag queen? 



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Excerpt



Trevor stuck out a hand. “My name’s Trevor. Pleased to meet you.”

Jamal reached out to take the offered handshake and—whoops! In one gentle pull on Trevor’s arm that clearly required no effort on Jamal’s part, Trevor was up against that huge chest. “I’m Jamal. I don’t mean to be presumptuous. Just tell me to stop. But if I don’t kiss you again soon, I’m a dead man.”

Trevor smiled up into those dark brown eyes. “I would never want to be accused of murder.”

Such full, full lips. They moved slowly down, down to Trevor’s. The first touch sent a flash like lightning through every nerve, and he shivered.

Jamal pulled back. “Cold?”

“Quite the contrary.” He wrapped his arms tightly around the bunny’s neck.

Invitation delivered. Jamal’s mouth closed over Trevor’s. Those lips were just as soft as they looked, but not as silky as the tongue that slipped into his mouth. Oh my, a girl could get drunk on this sweetness. Trevor opened and received, allowing exploration—and sharing it. His poor abused cock, which had spent a couple of hours locked between his asscheeks, wanted to stretch in a whole new direction. Sweet God, he hadn’t throbbed like this in ages. One leg crawled up Jamal’s ass all by itself—and it was a long way up. Too far to get his bulge anywhere near its rightful companion. His eyes popped open. “Well, damn. Not much chance of sexing you up unless we’re lying down.”

Jamal chuckled. “Oh no, sweet thing, there are advantages to all these muscles.”

He picked Trevor up under the butt. Yes! Contact.

Trevor looked into those melted chocolate eyes. “I am estimating your equipment fully matches in size the other proportions of your body?” He wrapped his legs around Jamal’s surprisingly narrow waist.

Instead of getting all peacocky like he had the right to, Jamal kind of blushed. “Yeah. Sorry.”

“Surely you jest.”

He grinned, but he was breathing hard. “So you don’t mind big all over?”

“Not one little bit.”

Jamal rode Trev up and down against his cock. Oh God, that felt so good. Trevor never had decent sex because he had this reputation to uphold, and Trixie never had sex at all. Jesus, that added up to one crappy sex life. But the bunny was like a world in the middle. With Jamal, for the first time, he got to be both Trevor and Trixie and that was whole and perfect and hot! “You might want to stop unless you would enjoy watching me wash these jeans.”

“Better yet, how about I take you out and we get to know each other before I quit football and take up fucking you full time?”

Who could laugh at a time like this? But he still did. He hugged that big, muscular frame tight and rubbed his cock against Jamal’s huge bulge until they were both gasping. “No. No, I think you better write the resignation letter.”

“Deal. But I could take us out for root beer floats first.”

Trevor stopped. “I love root beer.”

Jamal held him still, their cocks still squashed in bliss. “You’re kidding. No one likes root beer but me.”

“I do. It’s my favorite.”

“There’s this diner—”


“Okay, fuck sex. I need a root beer float and a hamburger.”

Character Bio:

This book is the love story of a very unlikely pair – a football hero and a drag queen!

Trevor Landry aka Trixie LaRue

Age – 21
Profession – student of mathematics; actually a mathematical genius who can far exceed his professors in brilliance but he hides his talents; moonlights as a drag queen at a small club
Height – 5’10”
Weight – a lady never reveals her weight
Hair – pale blond and long
Eyes – turquoise blue
Nicknames – Trev or Trix
Personal style – very fashionable, especially in women’s clothes
Hooked on – drag and root beer
Family – mother who is in a care home due to Alzheimer’s; one brother, Rance, from whom he is estranged but who begrudgingly pays for his mother’s care
Greatest loves – Jamal, drag, and advanced mathematics
Personality characteristics – secretive, slow to trust, full of self doubt, but appears forthright and self-assured
Greatest challenge – believing in himself and trusting others

About the Author

Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 23. Her best­selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soul­mate husband and her soul­mate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!


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Friday, December 19, 2014

Freaky Friday w/LM Brown



It's Freaky Friday! And you know what that means....

The Purple Fantasy Den has once again been taken hostage by a fellow author to have their way with. And today's kidnapper is none other than LM Brown who is here to talk about the end of her Heavenly Sins trilogy: Between Life & Death.


So here she is... LM!


-backs up, hands raised- Okay, okay. I'm going.





Hello everyone.  First of all, thank you for having me here today to talk about the final book in my Heavenly Sins trilogy.  It has been a long time in coming, but it is finally available for those who want to read the conclusion of Tristan, Mac and Alastor’s story.

First of all, I have to warn that this blog post contains spoilers for the previous two books in the series.  I’m sorry, I do try to avoid putting spoilers in my blog posts, but for this book there is very little I can say about it that won’t reveal at least one spoiler.  It won’t reveal any major spoilers for the final instalment of the trilogy however.

Today I am going to talk a little about some of the research I did when creating my world of angels and demons and give you a few little facts that you may not have known about my characters and world that never made it into the books.

First of all, the angels.  Although they are not all shown, I decided to go the traditional route when it came to the archangels and that is why there are fifteen of them.  Now, I was going to include a link to the main angels site I used for a lot of my research, but when I went there today it was sadly gone.  I will link to some others below. 

First of all Raphael.  Did you know he was the archangel of healing?  This is why he was chosen to be Mac’s mentor since Mac is, as those who have read the series so far will know, a healer himself.  It was Mac’s vocation in life and he continues to heal after becoming an angel.

Raphael is also the patron of Guardian Angels, something which comes into play in Between Life & Death

He is also, in my series at least, an angel who makes mistakes, and who proves that even angels sometimes get things wrong. 

The other archangel who plays a pivotal role in the series is Michael.  The sometimes disputed leader of the archangels, in my series he is very much the leader, although he does not tend to throw his weight around too much.  He presides of patience, mercy, motivation and repentance – amongst other things – which as readers will discover, is again, rather fitting for him.

Finally there is Machidiel (Mac) himself.  Machidiel was the angel of courage – and no one who has read the first book in my series can surely doubt my Mac’s courage.  The original Machidiel’s main task was to help people who lack the necessary courage to express their love to others.  Hmm, Alastor perhaps? 

The angels weren’t the only ones I went to some lengths to research when it came to the names and personalities of the characters in my stories. 

First some of the secondary characters.

Nybbas – whose name I can never spell – my fingers always want to type Nybaas for some reason – is a demon who is said to manage visions and dreams.  This obviously plays a huge part in the second instalment of the Heavenly Sins series.  That is where the similarities between my Nybbas and the original end though.

Alastor’s maker had a name change when the series was re-released.  He is now Aka Manah.  The reason behind this was because when I began the series I did not see him playing such a large role in the series.  He was merely going to be mentioned.  Unfortunately, pushy characters are the bane of my life and he insisted on a larger role.  The meaning of his new name has various translations, most of which are similar to “evil mind”, “evil thinking” etc.  As a master manipulator of the mind, it seemed quite fitting.

Lawrence is not a demonic name.  He is the lowest of the low and not one of the original demons.  Like Tristan he was made into a demon by another incubus.  He takes any name that will let him fit into the place where he is preying on his victims.  He would no doubt find it amusing that he has taken a Saint’s name – albeit with a modern spelling.

Irdu Lili and Ardat Lili were the names of an Incubus and Succubus, and are often portrayed as part of a trio of demons.  For the purposes of my series I stuck to just the two of them.  I did take liberty with their descriptions and personalities for the purpose of the story.

The parade of demons who come to pay homage to Tristan at the start of Between Life & Death are all demons I ran across while online. When it comes to descriptions I have tried to stick to the research when it comes to these, though, like the angels, I might have taken a few liberties when it came to personalities. 

Lucifer – better not forget him – should be fairly obviously the most famous demon of all.  For the purposes of my story I have stuck with the classic history for him, in that he was a fallen angel.  Whether a third of the angels fell with him to become the rest of the demon army, is left open for the readers to decide, or not, since it isn’t really important to this particular story.

Finally, there is Alastor himself.  The demon Alastor has its origins in both Roman and Greek mythology.  I took a small amount of the myths from each to create my Alastor.  My Alastor, like the Greek version was once mortal.  In the Roman mythology Alastor was the evil genius of the household and incited people to commit sins including murder. 

Of all the characters in the trilogy, Mac and Alastor are definitely the two who I have taken the most liberties with when it comes to their characters compared to those they are based upon.

I hope you enjoy my take on the world of angels and demons, and that you have enjoyed reading a little (or a lot since this got quite long) about the research that went into creating the Heavenly Sins trilogy.

Heavenly H



Resource links

And – of course – Wikipedia which is sometimes my second home.





With one of his lovers imprisoned in the Underworld, Mac has no choice except to go where most angels fear to tread.

With Tristan imprisoned in the Underworld, the ménage is broken. Angels are forbidden to enter the demonic domain and while Mac has been breaking rules in recent months, he doesn’t have the power to enter the Underworld.

Alastor is still unsure about his position in the relationship following recent revelations, but he cannot walk away when he is the only real link between his two lovers. Splitting his time between Mac and Tristan, he hopes they can soon find a way to reunite the two men in his life.

As time moves on, Alastor realizes he is struggling to satisfy Tristan’s thirst for sex. His lover needs more than he can give him and craves Mac in his bed.

Mac still believes he can complete his mission to save his two lovers, but with one of them out of his reach, it is going to be far from easy.

During their time together they have made plenty of enemies, including one who would seek to separate them forever, even if it means biding his time until Alastor and Tristan are at their most vulnerable, when even the love of an angel can’t save them.


Excerpt

Lucifer continued to poke around the room while Tristan did his best to ignore him. Eventually he stepped into the path of the demon and glared at him. “Are you done?”

“You really shouldn’t be so rude to me,” Lucifer chided. “I’m here to help you.”

“Help me?” Tristan shook his head and rolled his eyes. “Help me, he says.”

“Who else is suitably qualified to guide you through your first days as our new king?”

“What makes you think I need your help?”

Lucifer smiled, clearly unfazed by Tristan’s attitude. “Even now the throne room is filling up with the leaders of each of the factions of demons, all here to bow down before you and swear their loyalty.”

“You’re joking.”

“Well, most of them will probably want to kill you and take your place, if truth be told, but they generally wait until after the banquet is over.”

Tristan dropped into one of the soft leather chairs. “This is going to be a disaster.”

“Not if you let me guide you.”

“Why are you so keen to help me? What difference does it make to you who’s king?”

“I don’t care who sits on the throne, but I do like to ensure our new kings are settled in as soon as possible. That way I can turn my attention back to more pleasurable activities.”

Tristan cast a glance toward the wall where the entrance to his rooms had been. “How do I even get out into the throne room again?”

“Just walk toward the entrance and imagine the doorway opening for you.”

Tristan took a step forward and the entrance began to form. The most powerful demons in the Underworld congregated just on the other side of the wall. Shit!


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L.M. Brown lives in England, in a quaint little village time doesn't seem to have touched. No, wait a minute—that's the retirement biography. Right now, she is in England in a medium sized town no one has ever heard of, so she won't bore you with the details. Keeping her company are numerous sexy men. She just wishes they weren't all inside her head.

L.M. believes there is nothing hotter or sweeter than two men in love with each other… unless it is three.

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