Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Tour: The Summoned Ones

Darryl A. Woods
Adult Epic Fantasy

Can a group of college-aged friends from a small Kentucky town actually be the Summoned Ones of prophecy, called to a strange world filled with magic and devastated by war? Can they save the lives of the desperate inhabitants and help them defeat a wicked tyrant? Their epic journey will push them to the limits of their endurance. This unlikely group will discover truths about themselves and experience another world beyond their imagination.

During their journey, they will explore this new world, discover new talents and previously hidden abilities, develop friendships with people they couldn’t have dreamed possible, and will be forced to take actions they would have never considered in any less dire circumstances.

Guest Post: Kristoffer Gair

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Keeping It All Straight
Kristoffer Gair, author of Falling Awake III: Requiem

Falling Awake III: Requiem could have had a blooper reel if it was a movie. I’m not sure you can make a blooper reel from the printed word, but holy smoke did I have some blunders while writing this one! See, here’s the thing. Writing a novella is fine, and writing a second book that has to follow information set forth in the novella is fine since the second book happens to be a prequel. But moving forward again and having to keep straight events from the novella AND a prequel? It’s enough to make your eyes cross and forget to dot your I’s on the page.

Let’s start with something simple. The character of Alex Shao. Likes I said, simple, right?
You’d think so, right up until one of my editors pointed out I’d been spelling his last name as Shoa. And Tam Dinh? There were a few Tam Dihn flubs. Heck, Frank Margason became something else altogether. Another editor had an issue with Tam’s name being too close to his father’s name, Nam. Tam and Nam. Then there was the Shao’s dog, Bao. Bao Shao. Okay, I changed Bao, but I still love that name for a dog and I kept Tam and Nam.

A big, big, big issue I came across happened around the middle of the story when Alex takes Daniel downtown to see the AIDS quilt. There’s a conversation that takes place between them and Alex talks about having seen David Bowie in concert the previous year in Chicago, and just what that experience meant to him. It turns out I misread an online article and David Bowie didn’t play a show in Chicago at the time the book took place. He hadn’t played Chicago in a very long time. Well, crap. So I chose the Sting and Peter Gabriel concert…up until an editor mentioned someone Alex’s age would listen to more age-appropriate artists than my ancient ass would. I went with Adele. I listen to Adele. I just hope I’m allowed to.

The villains in the story proved problematic because several of them have come back from previous lives, lives that were explored in Falling Awake II: Revenant. Try keeping their personalities straight along with their age in relation to the age of the protagonists. I suspect if someone wants to know why the book is so bloody long, it’s because I needed to keep everything clear in my head, which could only be accomplished by writing it out in detail.

I’m still miffed about that David Bowie blunder. Alex has a poignant bit of dialogue about the experience and it just would have sounded so much better talking about Bowie due to the man’s legacy. Oh, well. Win some, lose some.

Oh, here’s something else. I originally had Daniel, Tam, and Alex living on a dead-end street. I chose Eagle Lane because a very good friend of ours, Marianne Labahn, lived on Eagle Lane. Eagle Lane isn’t a dead-end street and I knew that. It just didn’t occur to me until after I’d referenced it being that way in the story. Thank God I didn’t write the book using a typewriter. Can you imagine having to go back and retype an entire chapter because you’ve made a blunder like that?

Eye colors changed, hair color changed, clothing changed… This is why I will probably never write another book this length again. Or, if I do, everybody will look exactly alike, so then I won’t have to worry about all those other potentially confusing details. Because that’s a sane decision!

My editors help me look sane and like I know what I’m talking about. The truth, however, is amusingly far from.

About the Author  
Kristoffer Gair grew up in Fraser, MI and is a graduate of Grand Valley State University. He is the author of 7 novels—some written under the pseudonym Kage Alan—been a part of 6 anthologies, and currently lives in a suburb of Detroit.

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Tour: Falling Awake III


Book Title: Falling Awake III: Requiem

Author: Kristoffer Gair

Publisher: Self-Published

Cover Artist: Kris Norris

Genre/s: M/M Suspense, occult

Trope/s: Love can conquer all.

Themes: Reincarnation, friendship, sacrifice, love

Heat Rating: 1 flame

Length: 149 000 words 

There are two prior books, Falling Awake and Falling Awake II: Revenant.


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He will turn what is into what can be.


They targeted him before he was ever born. They will hunt him. They will execute anyone around him. They will rip his innocence away, corrupt him, and twist him into an instrument of terror. He will give the world reason to fear, fear the unknown, and he will do this lifetime after lifetime after lifetime.

Except this time, Daniel Davis hasn’t come back alone.

Four souls have returned with him, would-be protectors who’ve vowed to shield him from this fate. If they succeed, Daniel will turn what is into what can be. And if they fail, his light will dim and fade…forever.

Blitz: The Scholar’s Heart

Title: The Scholar’s Heart
Series: Chronicles of Tournai, Book Three
Author: Antonia Aquilante
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: July 13, 2020
Heat Level: 3 - Some Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 108082
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy, LGBTQIA+, Romance, fantasy, family-drama, suspense, gay, bi, court intrigue, kidnapping, abduction of a baby, friends to lovers, hurt/comfort, magic users, cat shifters

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Though he is the youngest son of a royal duke, Etan is a scholar at heart, happiest in a library surrounded by his books. He contentedly juggles his work for the prince’s government with his studies of the history and legends of Tournai, a subject of particular interest to him because he shares the secret magical Talent that runs in the royal bloodline. However, Etan’s peaceful world turns upside down when his best friend—the man he secretly loves—unexpectedly marries someone else.

Tristan is the oldest son of a wealthy merchant, raised to shoulder responsibility for the family business one day. That day comes far sooner than anticipated, and he makes a deathbed promise to his father to marry the woman his father chose and become head of the company and family. Tristan values his friendship with Etan and has always been attracted to him, but he can’t forsake his duty to his father, even if it means giving up the possibility of having Etan as a lover.

A year later, Tristan is a widower with an infant daughter and a mother who demands he marry again quickly—something Tristan resists. Circumstances throw Etan and Tristan together again, but even as they succumb to the desires they’ve always harbored, Etan battles his feelings, wary of being cast aside once more. When the unimaginable happens, Etan and Tristan must come together and support each other through the ordeal…and maybe beyond.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Tour: Winning the Game of Work


Welcome to the blog tour for Winning the Game of Work, by Terry Boyle McDougall! Today I have an excerpt from the book, and a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card!


Winning the Game of Work: Career Happiness and Success
on Your Own Terms
Publication Date: April 10, 2020
Genre: Non-Fiction/ Career Coaching Guide

You can be happier and more successful when you learn to play the game of work. If you’re not currently satisfied in your career, it could be because you’re playing by the wrong rules. In Winning the Game of Work, Terry Boyle McDougall shares the rules she learned from wise mentors and coaches, as well as the lessons she learned the hard way. She entered the workplace as an ambitious “go-getter” and was confused about why she wasn’t advancing at the pace she expected. She learned that being smart and working hard aren’t enough. The reward for developing a strategy for the game of work is success and happiness with less stress and duress. This book will help you: * Get recognized for your value on the job * Develop and appreciate your unique “superpowers” at work * Cope with a bad boss without burning out or getting fired * Get the promotion you deserve * Deliver more impact on the job with some simple hacks * And more… Winning the Game of Work is the essential guidebook to help you develop your unique skills as a “player.” Now is the time to see the whole field, make the savvy moves and win the game of work on your own terms!

Blitz: Sweet Revenge

Title: Sweet Revenge
Author: Tilly Keyes
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: July 13, 2020
Heat Level: 3 - Some Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 42200
Genre: Contemporary, LGBTQIA+, Revenge, friends to lovers, pastry chef, slow burn

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Riley’s not the scared, weak boy of years ago.

Strong, handsome, wealthy, and successful, he should be happy, but he’s not. He’s still tormented by the memory of the bullies of his school years, the cruelty he was subjected to. There’s only one way to silence those reverberating memories, and that’s revenge.

But while seeking it, he finds peace in the small village where he befriends Zac, the cake maker. Zac’s the first friend Riley’s had in decades, boyish and fun and, without a doubt, sweet. Feelings grow toward the cake maker, but his need for revenge still hovers in his mind.

When he discovers Zac secret, he wonders if revenge is really worth it with Zac in the crossfire.

Blitz: Demon Bound

Title: Demon Bound
Author: Chris Cannon
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: January 6th, 2019
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
When a summoning goes awry, suddenly booknerd Meena’s summer job becomes something drastically different. Instead of cleaning eccentric Carol’s house, she’s bound to a demon as his soul-collector. Soon Meena discovers that the boring, pageant-obsessed, bonfire-loving town that she’s never fit in to is a hotbed for soul-sucking demons, demon-hunting witches, and vampires who just wanna have fun… And then she comes into her own powers.
Could things get any stranger? Good thing she meets new guy Jake—who gets her and still hangs around.
When Jake’s mom sends him off to his Aunt Zelda’s for the summer, he thought he’d be bored. But nothing is what it seems in this town. His aunt isn’t just odd, she’s a witch who fights demons and tries to maintain the magical balance of the town. Jake should get the hell out of there and, he would leave, except for bad-ass newbie witch Meena, who looks at him like he matters.
He never counted on sticking around, but Meena’s bound to a demon who wants to destroy her soul—and Jake’s finally found someone worth fighting for.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Blitz: Out on the Serve

Title: Out on the Serve
Series: Out in College, Book 7
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Lane Hayes
Release Date: July 10
Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 55K
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Bisexual, Friends to Lovers, College romance, Athletes, Volleyball, Humor

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Roommates to friends to lovers… 


I need a roommate fast. Even a temporary one. Beggars can’t be choosers. Going pro after graduation has been intense, and time is precious. Thankfully, Braden seems cool. He’s a little quirky…and very sexy. Of course, I would never get involved with a roommate. That’s a bad idea. Isn’t it?


Moving to Long Beach seems like a no brainer. It’ll be a perfect chance to wind down before grad school and a nice respite from my folks. Plus, my new roommate is a great guy. A little messy, but sweet. Gotta admit, I like him more than I should. And we’re off to a strange start when a mutual friend hooks me up with his ex. Elliot’s the one I want, but going from friends to lovers is a risk. We could end up out on the serve…or we could win it all. 

Tour: Captive Hearts

Behind the Mask 
Captive Hearts Book 1 
by Abbi Cook 
Genre: Dark Mafia Romance 

I’m a bad man. I never said I was anything else. 

I shouldn’t want the beautiful brunette who lives in that suburban cul-de-sac, but one glance and I can’t think of anything else but taking her. The innocence in her dark eyes tells me she has no idea what life in my world is like. 

But she’s going to find out. 

I control everything around me, and that includes Kaia now. At first, she’ll beg for her freedom, but it won’t take long before she’s begging for something else. 

Her world has changed. She’s mine now. 


Publisher's Note: Behind The Mask contains themes which may be disturbing to some readers. 

Friday, July 10, 2020

Check It Out: The Portolan

The Portolan by  Lauren Hall Ruddell
(Redoubtable #1)
Historical Fantasy

In the mid-1500s, the ‘witch craze’ was beginning to sweep across Europe. Hundreds of trials had already been conducted and hundreds of people executed for witchcraft in Germany, England, and Scotland by the year that the story begins, 1546 AD. Many thousands of more victims were to come in the following decades. Would Ireland soon succumb?

In The Portolan, the heroine, Gale Butler, begins her life journey as the pampered and well-educated daughter of a prosperous Galway merchant. She is a budding cartographer and sea-farer, joined in her early sailing adventures by her best friend and future pirate queen Granuaile (Grace/Grainne) O’Malley, of County Mayo.

Gale, aged 18, embarks on a series of journeys, only some of which are voluntary. She finds help and hindrance in unexpected ways and places. A druidic arts trained mentor, a mystical horse, and a troubled but skilled, honest, and handsome man at arms employed by the O’Flaherty clan assist her, while a seemingly impossible task is laid upon her by a fairy woman. Enemies abound and unseen evil begins to dog her heels, yet despite the plots and perils at hand, a romance begins to build and life-long friendships with some of the premier intellects and inventors of the age are forged.

Set in Western Ireland, the tale is a mix of historical fact, plausible fiction, and just a touch of mysticism. Ann Chambers meets Diana Gabaldon in this story of women who push against society's boundaries of religion, politics, and gender.