Červenà by Louise Lyons

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Červenà by Louise LyonsČervenà by Louise Lyons
on July 22, 2016
Pages: 200
Format: eARC
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When Joel Jones finds homeless Russian Sasha outside his gay nightclub in Prague, he cannot find it in his heart to turn him away, so he offers him a home and a job as a dancer and stripper.

Despite a fifteen-year age gap, romance develops between them but is interrupted when Joel has to return to England for many weeks to deal with a death in the family.

Upon Joel’s return, he is horrified to discover his business partner, Karel, has gambled away the club’s money and put them all at risk. Joel buys him out of the club, but when Karel continues to gamble, the people he owes pursue Joel for the debt instead—and they’ll stop at nothing to get paid.

Suddenly Joel and those he cares about—especially Sasha—are in danger, and Joel finds himself with no choice but to seek the help of known criminal, Vincenc Jankovic. Ensuring a happy future for himself and Sasha will mean a struggle and some difficult decisions, but Joel is determined to protect what they’ve built together.
four-stars

Červenà
This one was a  heart warming story featuring two men who desperately needed love in their lives. It was well written story about new beginnings and the age difference never really detracted from their journey together.

37yr old Joel Jones owned a gay club, Cervena, with Karel Doubrava. It was a high-class nightclub where clients and dancers were treated with respect.
Sasha Filipov was a young 22 yr old Russian immigrant who needed a new lease in life and Joel graciously offered him employment. The working relationship blossomed to more but Joel’s partner presented a tough obstacle. The partnership became a tenuous arrangement and Joel knew that his values and goals were no longer aligned with Karel’s. Things got dangerous but love won in the end.

I liked both main characters, Joel and Sasha. Their chemistry felt authentic, sweet and endearing. It wasn’t rushed and it seemed healthy for both. Normally I don’t like boss and employee relationships but I like that the author didn’t create a power balance despite Joel being the boss. It was so encouraged with kindness and consideration Joel showed to those who worked for him. There was a healthy respect for the work boundaries. I was happy that Joel found love and eventually found freedom out of Karel’s mess. The amount of angst in the story was about right. There was genuine love, patience and acceptance. Sasha wasn’t looking for a sugar daddy nor was he afraid to stand up for himself. He worked hard and won the admiration of his coworkers. I hope the author turns this into a series because some of the other guys deserve a story too.

*Special Thanks to Dreamspinner Publishing

About Louise Lyons

Louise Lyons comes from a family of writers. Her mother has a number of poems published in poetry anthologies, her aunt wrote poems for the church, and her grandmother sparked her inspiration with tales of fantasy. Louise first ventured into writing short stories at the grand old age of eight, mostly about little girls and ponies. She branched into romance in her teens, and MM romance a few years later, but none of her work saw the light of day until she discovered FanFiction in her late twenties.

Posting stories based on some of her favorite movies, provoked a surprisingly positive response from readers. This gave Louise the confidence to submit some of her work to publishers, and made her take her writing “hobby” more seriously.

Louise lives in the UK, about an hour north of London, with a collection of tropical fish and tarantulas. She works in the insurance industry by day, and spends every spare minute writing. She is a keen horse-rider, and loves to run long-distance. Some of her best writing inspiration comes to her, when her feet are pounding the open road. She often races into the house afterward, and grabs pen and paper to make notes.

Louise has always been a bit of a tomboy, and one of her other great loves is cars and motorcycles. Her car and bike are her pride and joy, and she loves to exhibit the car at shows, and take off for long days out on the bike, with no one for company but herself.

Have a Hygge Holiday by B. Snow

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Series: Christmas in July
Release Date: July 24, 2016
Pages:  51 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Niall is having second thoughts about spending the holidays with Josh. If Josh’s sweet nature masks the fact that he’s a spineless pushover, Niall doesn’t want a long-term relationship with him. Guilt—an annoying voice in his head—agrees, telling him to end it before Josh gets hurt. But then Niall sees how Josh has turned his apartment into a cozy, inviting nest for winter, based on the Scandinavian tradition of hygge: curling up with good food, candles, music, hot drinks, family, and friends.

Niall decides to stay, telling himself he’ll discover the real Josh when the two of them are together for a week, but two become four when Niall’s Christmas-crazy parents show up on Josh’s doorstep, and four become five when Josh’s father arrives to celebrate the last night of Hanukkah. The two sets of parents clash over decorations, food, and public displays of affection. Their bickering drives Niall crazy, as does Josh’s calm acceptance. If something doesn’t change, Niall will walk away from all of it, including his future with Josh.

two-stars

I think the premise of the story was a good one, but the execution was lacking. I could not get over Niall’s guilt the entire book. It was seriously like another character. Every few paragraphs it was there. I didn’t understand how I was suppose to form an opinion on the relationship between Josh & Niall without the guilt. I still want to ask Niall; Why show up? It doesn’t make sense to me. He has all these reasons about why Josh won’t last long term, but you came to him. After I came to this conclusion I checked out of the story. It was a whole bunch of OTT things happening. From Niall’s clingy parents showing up to Josh’s father unexpected visited. Then it got weird. I really don’t understand the Hygge thing. It had cute moments, and I wanted to throttle Niall most of the short book, but I was bored. I didn’t see the connection. I don’t even think it’s a connection between the two people. I mean I spent majoirty of the book trying to dodge Niall’s guilt, trying not to throw up after the parents little extravaganza. I think Josh was better on his own, and should have kicked everyone to the curb.

About B. Snow

A west-coast transplant to Georgia. Love the heat, hate the mosquitoes.

I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan

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I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillanI Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan
on 2016-06-07
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting To Exhale is back with the inspiring story of a woman who shakes things up in her life to find greater meaningIn I Almost Forgot About You, Dr. Georgia Young's wonderful life--great friends, family, and successful career--aren't enough to keep her from feeling stuck and restless. When she decides to make some major changes in her life, including quitting her job as an optometrist and moving house, she finds herself on a wild journey that may or may not include a second chance at love. Georgia’s bravery reminds us that it’s never too late to become the person you want to be, and that taking chances, with your life and your heart, are always worthwhile.   Big-hearted, genuine, and universal, I Almost Forgot About You shows what can happen when you face your fears, take a chance, and open yourself up to life, love, and the possibility of a new direction. It’s everything you’ve always loved about Terry McMillan.From the Hardcover edition.
three-half-stars

I must admit, I was bored with this one. I was expecting entertaining drama but this quest to dig in the past didn’t hold my attention after awhile.

Dr. Georgia Young has reached 50 years of age and is now reflecting on her life thus far. She is doing well in her career, but her love life didn’t pan out the way she envisioned. She has been divorced twice and now she doesn’t have someone special in her life. Georgia decided to contact all her former flames to let them know what they meant to her and find out what about her (Georgia) they found attractive. Her quest was to learn more about herself.

In the beginning, I felt like this was the machinations of a lonely lady, testing old relationships to see if there was a spark still left. I quickly realized she was truly reflecting on her own weaknesses and strengths. Georgia was also trying to see herself from the eyes of those cared for her once upon a time. I actually found that strength impressive but I just never connected with her journey.
Georgia was open and honest about her past, and this one of the things that I love about Terry McMillan’s work. Strong heroines who just keep it real. The reader was shown the good, the bad and the ugly. In the end, Georgia was set up on a new path. I can’t say that I liked this new path either but I applaud her for taking that step.

*Special Thanks to Crown Publishing via Netgalley for the e-arc received in exchange for an honest review.

Resistance by Lillian Francis

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Series: Village Love, Book One
Release Date: July 7, 2016
Words: 53,600 • Format: eARC
Published By: Finally Love Press
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How long can you wait on a promise?
After his first night with Mal, Rick broke the habit of a lifetime and invited the sexy radiographer to spend the weekend in the sleepy English village he called home. Rick isn’t in denial but he’s afraid to reveal his sexuality in the close-knit community that has known him since he was a babe in arms.
 
The sex is amazing but equally Mal loves lazy days spent in the garden at Slopy Bottom, and every precious moment he spends with Rick. For Mal the village quickly becomes an oasis of peace, far from the noise and grime of life in London, a slice of tranquillity with Rick at the heart. But Mal has defied his family and his religion to be true to himself, and there is no way can he join Rick in his self-built closet, no matter how comfortable it is…
 
Rick is afraid revealing the true nature of his relationship with Mal will change the way his neighbours see him. He adores these people, this village, and he can’t face the thought of losing everything over who he chooses to sleep with. When the alternative is giving up a man who has slotted perfectly into his life—a man who he might just love—it’s no choice at all. But, knowing what has to be done isn’t always as easy as putting it into practice.

two-half-stars

This was a first read for me by this author. I hadn’t read the novella, and I don’t really think I missed much but their initial meeting and getting together. I definitely think you can read this as a standalone. I think the story had alot of potential and certain areas I enjoyed tremendously. But the overall feeling of the story was that it was so slow. I’m all for a slow burn, but for it to be such a novella, I still felt everything was dragged on and on.

I get the not coming out because of living in a small community. Maybe it’s me being overprotective of Mal because all I’ve seen thus far is the compromise he makes to be with Rick. Being in love isn’t easy, and Mal gives up alot. Yes it’s because he loves Rick and likes what they are to each other. I think he brought up important facts to Rick about their relationship and what it means to one another. I do like Rick and understand where he came. I am happy with the resolution that both guys were happy to come up with. I think the story was okay, but it was really slow for me.

About Lillian Francis

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is a self-confessed geek who likes nothing more than settling down with a comic or a good book, except maybe writing. Given a notepad, pen, her Kindle, and an infinite supply of chocolate Hob Nobs and she can lose herself for weeks. Romance was never her reading matter of choice, so it came as a great surprise to all concerned, including herself, to discover a romance was exactly what she’d written, and not the rollicking spy adventure or cosy murder mystery she always assumed she’d write.

Falling for Santa Claus by C.J. Anthony

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falling-for-santa-clausFalling for Santa Claus by C. J. Anthony
Series: Christmas in July
Release Date: July 24, 2016
Pages: 52 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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When Jack Frost’s aunt dies and leaves him her house in the tiny town of Great Falls, Jack seizes the opportunity to escape the rat race of Chicago for the quaint village he loved as a child. On his first night he’s welcomed by a baseball bat and a trespassing warning from Nick St. James—longtime Great Falls resident and infamous curmudgeon.

Jack wants to give Nick the benefit of the doubt—he can’t deny his attraction to the big man—but after several run-ins with Nick’s grumpiness and closed-off heart, he’s ready to give up. Only after discovering the secret Nick’s been covering up for years does he vow to break through Nick’s walls to find the loving man hiding behind them.

three-half-stars

This was by far the best Christmas In July novella. I loved the whole Falling for Santa bit. Jack Frost & Nick St. James were amazing. I liked the fact that they were older guys (SN: Dude, this is not a 40+ guy on the cover for Jack Frost! Eww). I really enjoyed grumpy Nick!!! He made me laugh continuously by going out his way to stay away from Jack. He didn’t want to potentially fall for someone who wasn’t going to be around next year. I liked the two old ladies who tried to get Jack hooked up. I love the idea of the small community having a secret santa come around to bring children who are less fortunate toys every year. Why no one suspects grumpy Nick? I have the slightest clue. I liked the writing and the heat level was the right amount for this small novella. I wish it was longer, because I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to more from this author.

About C.J. Anthony

C. J. Anthony started reading and writing at an early age. She attributes her love of reading and romance to her mother who not only taught her to read but also made countless trips to the library lugging piles of books home for her to read. She loved getting lost in the people and places and adventures she found in books like the Little House on the Prairie series, Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, just to name a few. It wasn’t a far jump to start writing her own stories, early childhood tales about flower families and travelling to the moon with her best friend.

Writing, however, quickly fell by the wayside as she grew up and turned to other creative pursuits. Recently she was inspired to try writing again, this time with beautiful men in love speaking to her and wanting their stories to be told. C. J. has always been a hopeless romantic, believing in true love and soul mates, and HEAs even if there is a little angst and pain along the way–life is never perfect, after all, but everyone deserves a happy ending and someone there to catch them when they fall.

When she’s not writing—or trying to find time to write—she spends most of her time juggling a day job and freelance design work on the side, enjoying music, movies, spending time with friends and, of course, reading.

Alex’s Law by Jayce Ellis

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Series:  Christmas in July
Release Date: July 23, 2016
Pages: 53 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Alex Corrigan is in love with his boss, Judge Lawson Daniels, and thinks those feelings are returned. That assumption is sorely tested two days before the court holiday party they’re organizing together, when the venue calls and cancels, followed by a snafu with the caterer. Alex could handle that, but after an intimate dinner followed by a decidedly unromantic e-mail, he’s left wondering about the future of his employment as well as his relationship with the debonair older man.

Law can’t wait to see his clerk again. But Alex is cold and distant in the light of day, and Law doesn’t understand. The party looms in the background, but Law’s excitement is turning to dread. On top of that, someone is sabotaging them, trying to get Alex fired and drive Law off the bench. If there’s any chance for a happy holiday for Alex and Law, they’ll have to find out who.

three-stars

This was my first read by this author and I liked it. It was a nice age-gap, employer-employee love story. Alex is in love with his boss. They work well together. Law is a mild tempered man, and he doesn’t outwardly show that he’s interested in Alex because he doesn’t want to cross the line. I do like how possessive Alex gets at time regarding Law. It was a slight OTT mystery aspect of the story. It was super obvious, so I think the author could have left it out and let the guys come together naturally. I still enjoyed it. Because of that slight miscommunication hiccup they were mad at each other. Ugh this does not make me happy. I cannot stand that miscommunication trope. Not when these are two people who work side by side all the time and know each other. I would have been suspicions if I was Alex and I would have asked. I’m sure they have the certain type of relationship where questions are warranted. All in all I did like the holiday aspect in my story. I’m loving these mini Christmas in July novellas. I look forward to more from this author.

About Jayce Ellis

I’m a lawyer, and a writer. That’s all.

Wait, what? You want more? Are you sure… I’ll give you a few minutes to think about that.

Still want to know more about me? Well fine, if you insist. I’m originally from the glorious, lovely state of California. Sunshine and balmy weather. I wanted to be two things when I was little: an author, and a lawyer. Amazing how that works, isn’t it?

So I did the law thing first, traveling clear across the country to our nation’s capitol, where I reside today with my boyfriend and two turtles (I swear, the turtles are infinitely more fascinating that I am). I still practice, and I enjoy what I do. I don’t enjoy the business part of it, but I love helping people and I like to think that I help people through difficult individual situations.

I thought I couldn’t practice and write, but a friend of mine did it. She’s doing amazingly well, writing what she loves. If she could do it, so could I. So here I am, now trying to balance a writing life with practicing law with not losing my sanity.

Why romance? Because it’s in my heart. I love romances, all of them. Just about every sub-genre has something for everyone, even if they’re not all my cup of tea. I love watching people walk through their lives and find the person they’re meant to be with. It soothes something in me. So I write what I love, and I hope you enjoy what I write.

Release Blitz – Blow Down by J.L. Merrow

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Series: The Plumber’s Mate, Book Four
Release Date: July 12, 2016
Pages: 249 • Format: eARC
Published By: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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Death is what happens while you’re making other plans.

The last thing newly engaged plumber Tom Paretski needs is to stumble over another dead body. He’s got enough on his mind already as the reality of his impending marriage sinks in. Not only is his family situation complicated, his heroism at a pub fire made him a local celebrity. Now everyone and their uncle wants a piece of his psychic talents.

Hired to find a missing necklace, Tom and his fiancé, private investigator Phil Morrison, wind up trying to unmask a killer—and there’s no shortage of suspects, up to and including the local bishop himself.

As Tom and Phil try to uncover the truth, they find themselves pulled in all directions by the conflicting pressures of their families and their own desires. But the murderer they’re up against is a ruthless schemer who won’t hesitate to kill again. If Tom and Phil aren’t careful, their love—and all their plans for the future—could be blown down like a house of straw.

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Contains a bishop of questionable Christian charity, a necklace of questionable taste, and a plumber of questionable nationality who may be running out of time.


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About J.L. Merrow

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JL Merrow is that rare beast, and English person who refuses to drink tea. She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again. Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one-handed whilst holding a glass of champagne.

She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance and and mysteries, and is frequently accused of humour. Her novel Slam! won the 2013 Rainbow Award for Best LGBT Romantic Comedy and her novella Muscling Through and novel Relief Valve were both EPIC Awards Finalists.

JL Merrow is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, International Thriller Writers, Verulam Writers’ Circle and the UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet organising team.

Diary Dates by T.J. Masters

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diary-datesDiary Dates by T.J. Masters
Series: Christmas in July
Release Date: July 23, 2016
Pages: 52 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
Purchase Link:
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Postgraduate student Andrew Chin arrives in London not only to study, but to explore life away from his traditional family in Singapore. His adventure begins at the airport, where he finds the diary of a wealthy British businessman and endeavors to return it.

James Howard is twice Andrew’s age, and he’s not used to selfless youngsters. Despite a rocky first meeting, the two develop an unlikely friendship as James introduces Andrew to the city. James is looking forward to the festivities leading up to Christmas in London and maybe a celebration with Andrew. But will a nasty bout of the flu ruin their romantic holiday?

Not if Andrew has anything to say about it.

three-stars

I enjoyed this story alot for the amount of pages that we were given. It was a cute novella. Definitely a slow burn between the two. It was more friends to lovers then expected. Andrew moves to London from China wanting to experience everything great about it and go to school. He is such a kind soul, and you get that right from the beginning when he finds a diary of some sort. His decision to locate the owner tells you the kind of person he is. I liked that he seemed so shy and timid around abrasive and bold James. It’s kind of a facade for James because he is a successful business man, and expects everyone who comes in contact with him in some regard to want something from him. Well Andrew didn’t and I think it blew James away. This started a really sweet friendship between the two. I loved seeing them go on their outings together and experience different things. This was a breath of fresh air and I felt like them being together was very organic to the soul. This was a first for me by this author and I really enjoyed it. Looking for more from this author.

About T. J. Masters

T.J. Masters is a fifty-six-year-old author and life coach living in Hertfordshire just to the north of London, England. T.J. has shared thirty years of suburban life with his civil partner Ian, and they enjoy the love and support of T.J’s large Irish family who all live nearby. In 2009 T.J. took early retirement from a thirty-three-year school teaching career and decided to follow a new path. After qualifying as a life coach, T.J. found that he was coaching a couple of authors who were going through the process of giving birth to the book which “had always been inside them.” This rekindled T.J’s long-held desire to write and get published.

With a lifelong passion for books, learning, and the sharing of knowledge, T.J. woke up to the realization that he had stories to tell, books to write, and less than half a lifetime left to do it in. As for the kind of books he is writing… well, let’s just say that he decided to channel over thirty years of experience in the gay BDSM lifestyle into a genre where it would be most appreciated!

Alongside this passion for books and writing, T.J. also found an outlet for his inner geek and has become a great advocate for social media in various forms. Blogging has become a great outlet for T.J’s many interests including the writerly ones. The author has a website where he blogs regularly and he loves to interact with his readers and followers a

Guest Post: C. J. Anthony

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Oh My Shelves welcomes author C.J. Anthony to the blog with her new release – Falling for Santa Claus releasing July 24, 2016 from Dreamspinner Press – and to share with us an excerpt from the book and… a giveaway! Don’t miss how to enter at the end of the blog post!

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Hi, I’m C. J. Anthony and I’d like to thank Oh My Shelves for hosting me today. I’m here to talk about my new novella with Dreamspinner Press coming out July 24th called Falling for Santa Claus

*record scratching noise* Back up, wait…did I just say Santa Claus? But it’s July, you’re thinking. Santa Claus comes in December with all that cold and snow right? Not in July when it’s shorts and T-shirt weather and ice cream and sunshine and all the good stuff we look forward to all year, right? Well, yes, that’s true…but hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little Christmas in July!

This is the second stop on my blog tour. I hope you’ll prop your feet up, grab some ice cold lemonade or ice tea, turn that AC up to it’s coldest setting and blast it while you follow along. You’ll get to find out more about the story, why I wrote it and also a little side story about what Jack, Nick and the other residents of Great Falls are up to this summer. At the end of the tour, I’ll be choosing two winners from all the comments on all of the blogs (which means every time you comment on a different blog, you get another entry!) and they’ll receive a special Christmas in July gift from Santa himself. Blog links are listed below.

It’s been a four months since the ending of the book, let’s stop in at Mabel’s Diner and see what’s cooking in Great Falls…

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Mabel cursed at the shrill ring of the phone, wondering who in the world was calling her diner so early. She’d just opened and her only customers were the usual early-birds—Wilma, Beatrice and Connie, the three spinster McCoy sisters who always did their daily power walk around the town at 5 am sharp, followed by coffee and breakfast at Mabel’s. Then there was Herb, George and Stanley, three of the local farmers who gathered at Mabel’s every morning to discuss farming and solve the world’s problems while they were at it.

“Mabel’s Diner, this is Mabel. Make it snappy, I got home fries burnin’ on the grill.”

“Mabel. It’s Flo.” Flo was whispering as if the phone was being tapped.

“Hey sweetie, you gotta speak up. Or better yet call me later, hun, the rush is gonna hit soon.”

“I just saw Jackie.”

Getting irritated at her old friend, Mabel sighed. “Yeah, so?”

“I just ran into him on our street…”

“At this hour of the morning?”present

“Yeah, I had to take the Miss Pansy out for her morning poop, cause you know she gets really cranky if I wait too long. Not that I blame her, poor thing, I get cranky too—”

“Flo!” Mabel chided.

“Anyway, Jackie was walking up the street toward his house and he seemed in a real hurry. He didn’t even stop to chat when I called out to him, just waved and scurried into the house.”

Mabel nestled the phone receiver in the crook of her neck and grabbed the spatula to flip some pancakes “Well, maybe he was just—”

“He was coming from the direction of Nick’s house!” Flo rasped.

Mabel threw down the spatula and ducked behind the freezer for more privacy.

“Last week, Jeannie said he came rushing into the library, hair still wet and wearing the same clothes he had on the day before…and they were wrinkled, like they’d been slept in.” Mabel whispered.

“Or they’d been thrown to the floor in a mad rush to get naked and have hot monkey sex.”

“Flo!” Mabel cried out, while peeking her head around the freezer to see if anyone heard her.

“What? I wish I had someone to have hot monkey sex with.”

Mabel sighed exasperatedly and fanned herself. “Will you focus and stop talking about hot monkey sex!”

“Mrs. Glassman had Nick over to fix her toilet and she said he was whistling. Whistling! And he gave her a smile when he left. A smile, Mabel!”

“Oh my God. Something secret is definitely going on with those two.”

“But why are they hiding?” Flo asked.

“I don’t know, but I think I know how we can get them out of the closet, so to speak. Flo, bring over the calendar and the books tonight. It’s time we start plans for the First Annual Great Falls Pride Parade!”

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Are Jack and Nick really having hot monkey sex? Check out Falling for Santa Claus to find out.

 


falling-for-santa-clausFalling for Santa Claus by C. J. Anthony
Series: Christmas in July
Release Date: July 24, 2016
Pages: 52 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
Purchase Link:
Dreamspinner  • Amazon   ARe   B&N  Kobo

When Jack Frost’s aunt dies and leaves him her house in the tiny town of Great Falls, Jack seizes the opportunity to escape the rat race of Chicago for the quaint village he loved as a child. On his first night he’s welcomed by a baseball bat and a trespassing warning from Nick St. James—longtime Great Falls resident and infamous curmudgeon.

Jack wants to give Nick the benefit of the doubt—he can’t deny his attraction to the big man—but after several run-ins with Nick’s grumpiness and closed-off heart, he’s ready to give up. Only after discovering the secret Nick’s been covering up for years does he vow to break through Nick’s walls to find the loving man hiding behind them.


Don’t forget to comment (and leave a contact email) below for an entry to win a special Christmas gift!

And keep following the tour to find out what happens at the Great Falls Pride Parade.***

 

Follow the rest of the tour:

July 17 – MM Good Book Reviews

July 21 –  Oh My Shelves

July 24 – Divine Magazine

July 24 – Love Bytes

July 25 – Bayou Book Junkie

July 28 – Dreamspinner Press Blog

July 29 – Prism Book Alliance

 

About C.J. Anthony

C. J. Anthony started reading and writing at an early age. She attributes her love of reading and romance to her mother who not only taught her to read but also made countless trips to the library lugging piles of books home for her to read. She loved getting lost in the people and places and adventures she found in books like the Little House on the Prairie series, Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, just to name a few. It wasn’t a far jump to start writing her own stories, early childhood tales about flower families and travelling to the moon with her best friend.

Writing, however, quickly fell by the wayside as she grew up and turned to other creative pursuits. Recently she was inspired to try writing again, this time with beautiful men in love speaking to her and wanting their stories to be told. C. J. has always been a hopeless romantic, believing in true love and soul mates, and HEAs even if there is a little angst and pain along the way–life is never perfect, after all, but everyone deserves a happy ending and someone there to catch them when they fall.

When she’s not writing—or trying to find time to write—she spends most of her time juggling a day job and freelance design work on the side, enjoying music, movies, spending time with friends and, of course, reading.

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Book Blitz – Alpha’s Redemption by DC Juris

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Author: DC Juris

Title: Alpha’s Redemption

Series Title and Number: Alpha/omega Verse #3

Publisher: Torquere Press

Cover Artist: Kristin Norris

Release Date: July 27 2016

Heat Level: 5

Pairing: male/male alien

Length: 17,651

Genre:Gay Romance, Science Fiction, Alternate Universe, Aliens

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Synopsis

Tondreau has spent the last four years helping raise Cadajen’s terminally ill daughter, Linea. Though not mates, they’ve carved out a happy life with each other. It all comes crashing down when Linea’s health takes a turn for the worst. Together, they must face the hardest decision of their lives. Will it tear them apart? And can Tondreau put aside his fears and be the Alpha Cadajen needs him to be? .

Excerpt

Tondreau faced him, shaking his head. “You love her, and you show her that love every day, every chance you get.” He frowned, his brow furrowed. “Do you know how many of us walk through life without love? How many of us would give almost anything for four years of love?”

Cadajen had expected the first half of the statement. But the second half… “You’re not without love.”

Tondreau’s frown deepened and he shrugged. “I didn’t mean me, specifically.”

“But you’re not. You have to know that. Linea and I both love you. You must be able to smell it on us, at least.”

The Malorcian shuffled his papers, shoved them into his bag. “Should I bring home something for dinner, or did you have a plan?”

Cadajen couldn’t help but sigh and shake his head. “It never fails to amaze me.”

“What?”

“You Alphas. You’re supposed to be so strong and brave, but the simple things throw you.”

“Love isn’t simple,” Tondreau countered.

“It’s the simplest thing in the universe. It’s all the mating and linking that complicates it, but that’s on us. We scramble it up. You shouldn’t be afraid of love.”

“I’m not,” he refuted. “The scrambling it up part concerns me, though.”

“I don’t think we’d scramble it up.”

“There are things you don’t know about me.”

“Nothing that would change how I feel.”

Red shimmered faintly at the edges of Tondreau’s irises, his Alpha instincts responding to the words.

Cadajen reached out but stopped short, frowning at the material of Tondreau’s long sleeved coat. Wasn’t that just so metaphorical? There was always a barrier between them, wasn’t there? Not physical, like the clothing — they’d been naked with each other hundreds of times. He knew Tondreau’s body as well as he knew his own. But they’d never been bare together, had they? Well, Tondreau hadn’t. There was always something. Some deep dark secret Tondreau feared to reveal and it kept him just out of Cadajen’s reach.

He looked back up. The red was receding now. Cadajen wanted nothing more than to rip his glove off and press his hand to Tondreau’s skin, chase that fleeting emotion, catch it to him and hold it close. Prove himself worthy to Tondreau. Without truly thinking it through, he stepped forward into Tondreau’s space. They were close; close enough to feel the warmth of each other’s breath, the heat of each other’s bodies, and their lips… Cadajen leaned in a tiny bit closer and stopped when Tondreau tensed. He looked up then and his heart shuddered. “Am… am I wrong?”

Seconds ticked between them, the question hung in the air, and just when Cadajen was certain he’d made a mistake, Tondreau sighed softly. “You’re not wrong.”

Cadajen reached for him.

Tondreau stepped back. “We can’t.”

“Why?” Cadajen barely recognized the voice as his own as the word forced its way out his throat. He knew he sounded like a petulant child, but he couldn’t help it. His omega instincts screamed at him to make Tondreau understand, to beg if he had to. “You said I wasn’t wrong.”

“Daj…” Tondreau sighed again, heavy this time, and raked his fingers through his hair. “You’re not…”

“Don’t you dare say I’m not worthy.” Not that. Anything but that.

Tondreau’s eyes widened and the red threatened again. “I’d never say that. That’s not… It’s me who isn’t worthy. You don’t understand.”

“Then explain it to me,” he pleaded. “We’ve known each other for seven years. You’ve helped me raise my child. We practically live together. I love you. I’m in love with you. Don’t tell me you didn’t know. And don’t tell me you don’t feel the same. Don’t lie to me like that.”

“I’d never lie to you.” He opened his mouth to continue, but the alarm on his pager interrupted him. He glanced down at it.

Cadajen recognized the alert as the ‘if you don’t leave now, you’re really, really going to be late‘ tone. They’d set it up years ago, after Tondreau had lingered too long with Linea a few mornings in a row, and the Academy had slapped his wrists for it. He laid his gloved hand on Tondreau’s arm. “Go. It’s all right. But we’re going to finish this conversation. Promise me. You owe me an explanation.”

Tondreau nodded. He stepped close quickly, pressed a chaste kiss to Cadajen’s cheek, and fled, no doubt grateful for the reprieve.

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Romance author, sci-fi fan club Captain, cosplayer, reigning Queen of Monkeyland, and random menace. Yep, we’re talking about DC Juris. She’s a cupcake-making, football-watching, rubber-duck-collecting, drag-show loving, full-of-fabulous-with-a-capital-F kinda gal. She’s also an ordained minister and an amateur photographer. She lives in Upstate New York with her husband, three dogs, and three cats. When she’s not writing, you can find her in her favorite chair watching Star Trek and Supernatural repeats on Netflix, or surfing the web for porn. Er…research. Surfing the web for research. She may speak softly but she lives and loves loudly. Just ask the neighbors. ::wink::

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