Sunday, August 31, 2014

HAT PARTY PETS! Max and Trojan LOVE #LGBT Romance plus Amazon giftcard #GIVEAWAY!

If you're wondering...uh...what the what?! never fear! You've reached a new Sunday Special we're running called Hat Party Pets!

Each Sunday we're doing a short segment to bring you two lovely pets from two lovely LGBT authors. Almost as good as the ADORABLE concept of pets in hats is the fact that each month we're having a prize giveaway! <3 So check it on out and give these animals and their owners a bit of love!

-- Raine O'Tierney and Klaus J. Mousington, Dachshund


Klaus says: My guests today are Little Hoss and Trojan. As different as two animals can be but equally as awesome!

*~*~About Little Hoss~*~*

Rachel Sparks says: 7 years ago Matt had a kitten that was killed by a dog. So we looked in the paper and saw a lady giving away kittens. We went to go get one. He wanted the black and white kitten but it ran and hide. He felt something climbing his leg it was Little Hoss. So he said I will take this one. We know he had his own personality when he grabbed Matt's cheese puffs. 

Two years ago he had to be put on seizure medicine and has been doing great. When he goes to the vet, he refuses to get out of the cage. When they do get him out he slaps them. He rarely meows. When he does he sounds like he is saying No No or Matt. Sometimes says my Momma Momma.

He has two books out. 

Klaus wants to know....


     ...If Little Hoss were a fictional character, who would he be?

Rachel Sparks: The Doctor! <3

And what book is Little Hoss bringing us today...?



The Love They Had For Each Other Was Strong… 
~1867~ 

Adam Colbert took Jarrod Baker up on his offer to train him in the law end of ranching contracts. Adam always believed you could never have enough education. Jarrod felt something for Adam as soon as he saw him sneaking late into the lecture. As they grow closer together and their love grows stronger, family members and outsiders want to break them apart. Will their love last or will they be forced to choose? 





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*~*~About Trojan~*~*

Louise says: Trojan was born on January 13, 2006. I've had him since he was 7 weeks old and back then he was all cute and little, with wrinkly skin and huge feet. I got him from a Dobermann breeder in Wakefield in the UK and the first time I saw him, he was only 3 weeks old and he had 8 brothers and sisters. His parents (particularly his dad, named Solo) were huge, terrifying and very loud. I feared they might eat me before I got to see the puppies!

Trojan is one of the dopiest dogs you're ever likely to meet, and has a head like a brick. He walks around gawking at nothing, trips over his own feet and bumps into things. One time he head-butted my mother and gave her a black eye and on another occasion, he found a pair of her socks that she'd taken off and left in her shoes, and he ate them. We only discovered what happened to the missing socks when they reappeared in the garden - ewww!

One time, when he was about 6 months old, I took him to the park and let him off the lead. It had been raining and was very muddy. When I called him, he came running at full speed, ran straight into me and the pair of us fell into a heap in the mud. Bear in mind he weight about 80 pounds then! So we had to walk a mile and half home from the park, both covered in mud with lots of people staring at us.

Trojan is very vocal and makes a variety of strange whistles, grunts, groans and grumbles when he wants your attention, and they vary in tone and volume, depending on how much attention he gets!

Klaus wants to know....


     ...How would Trojan feel about being the Grand Marshal of a parade?

Grand marshall of a parade? I think he'd love the attention and he certainly likes to think of himself as being in charge. He also likes to be made a fuss of and is quite happy to pose for photos :)

And what book is Trojan bringing us today...?


Two competing gangs of car and drag racing enthusiasts with a shared history of pain and rivalry leading to outright hatred. Two men from opposite sides of the tracks, yet more in common than they’d like to admit.

Paul Appleton is a troubled man who has never been in a relationship, having lost everyone he cared for in his life. His mother died when he was very young and subsequently, he lost his brother and his best friend. Now Paul is convinced love will always end in tears. 

Greg was living on the streets after his parents died and was stabbed by a junkie, ending up in hospital. The Buchanans took Greg under their wing while doing charity work, and Greg joined their loving family when he was adopted. He and his siblings are also car enthusiasts with much more money and therefore better cars than Paul Appleton’s gang.

When they eventually find a connection, Paul fights his feelings and tries to convince himself his lover is only a temporary bit of fun, but Greg has other ideas.

Available from Dreamspinner Press (ebook) | Dreamspinner Press (Paperback)


*~*~SEPTEMBER'S HAT PARTY PETS GIVEAWAY~*~*

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

PUBLISHER INTERVIEW: Bottom Drawer Publications plus #Giveaway!

Today we're talking to the lovely ladies from Bottom Drawer Publications. BDP is celebrating their second anniversary and in addition to lovely hats and a fantabulous interview, they've also brought info on a special they are running on their website as well as a giveaway! Check it out!

Hello ladies and welcome to The Hat Party! <3 Thank you so much for subjecting yourself to the RANDOMNESS that is a Raine O'Tierney interview! Please don your best hats, and let's get started!



(The story behind the series of photos is that it was taken at a photobooth during the after party for a local Indie Authors Convention in Australia we attended earlier in the year . . . maybe after a few drinks.)

Describe yourself using a literary quote.

Suz:
“Oh! Do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch.”
Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

Sam:
“If by my life or death I can protect you, I will.”

If you could go back and speak to your 13-year-old self, what would you say?

Suz: Rethink wearing legwarmers next year, be firmer with your mum and say no when she tries to set you up with her best friend’s son, and ask out Brad in a few years (he is really into you which was a shame since he left it to the 10 year school reunion to tell you and you were married . . . you know you want to)

Sam: Love hard, be honest and loyal, and be true to yourself. And cherish your mother—every day.

Sing me a song!

Suz: I love to sing, but you know it’s not good when your own children cover their ears . . . but if I have to, I’ll sing my favourite song of the moment – Demons by Imagine Dragons

Sam: The song I belt out harder than any other, at any time, is “Last Goodbye” by Jeff Buckley . . . that face, that voice . . . sigh!

Tell me your zombie apocalypse survival plan.

Suz: Hide out at the Winchester!

Sam: Really? Zombies! Could we maybe have a vampire apocalypse . . .?

Name a book you read and re-read and re-read and re-read for comfort!

Suz: I don’t really go back and re-read too many books, too many new ones out there to explore. But I have always had a soft spot for my childhood favourites like the Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton and I’ve read the Harry Potter series over and over to my children . . . okay maybe kept going long after they were asleep.

Sam: Like Suz, I rarely re-read. Who has the time, for one, plus there are too many new journeys waiting for me. But if I’m genre specific, and honest, I have three authors I go back to over and over, even if I only re-read a few pages of any of their books at a time—okay, that is usually my intent, but then I find myself reading the whole damned thing again. The three are like chalk and cheese in style, but each attracts me in different ways: in how they form a sentence, or create a scene, a character, a sex scene . . . I go for the pure love of their writing, and for the research—because I personally find them brilliant—and they are (in no particular order—that depends on my mood and the day): Aleksandr Voinov, Josh Lanyon, and Mary Calmes. Cliché, maybe. But these guys are popular for a reason. If I had to pick a favourite fav, I would say it is Aleks Voinov’s Dark Soul series—gritty but brilliant. Love it!

A genre-specific virus has attacked you, rendering you INCAPABLE of writing reviews for your chosen genre. What do you read now?!

Suz: my next favourite – I am a very eclectic reader.

Sam: So. Let me get this straight. I can’t write reviews, but it didn’t say I can’t still read in the genre. Seems like I now have time to fit in another book a week. I enjoy Goodreads, but que sera and all that. ;)

What food do you consider to be your arch nemesis?

Suz: Anchovies! I love them but they are evil.

Sam: White bread. It is evil . . . but soooo delish.

Your thoughts on libraries: GO!

Suz: Heaven

Sam: Rarely get to one these days—pity.

Worst mistake you’ve made in your career and what you’ve learned from it?

Suz:  Leaving a really good job to move across the globe for love . . . And getting ditched at the other end. Lesson learned: hmmm probably not much.

Sam: I wouldn’t say I have made mistakes, just had stages. All of them learnt from.

And finally, for THE most important question of all: what kinds of dachshunds are the BEST kinds of dachshunds?

Suz:  There’s more than one type? Guess I’m more of a cat person . . .

Sam:  One of my close friends has a dachshund that runs circuits on a track it’s made for itself in the yard, a bit like cows do, following the same path. I look at it as it’s going around and around, over and over, and think, stupid dog. So in conclusion: “Smart ones!”

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Happy Birthday, Bottom Drawer Publication!

This weekend is our 2nd birthday, so all of the books in our digital shop will be half price for 3 days August 30-Sept 1 to celebrate. Enter the code bdpparty to get 50% off our entire catalogue.

People can also join our members club to get a permanent 10% discount on any purchase and get access to regular giveaways and notice of new releases. You can join on our website home page.


Second Chances


We all know what it’s like to lose out in love … but what if you get a second chance at happiness? Will you grab it, or run?

Non-Negotiable by T. D. Green
Jacob Kerns is due a promotion, but his ambitions are at risk when he learns his next contract will be handled by Alexander Corey, his ex. Jake tries to put personal feelings aside to do his job, but Alex won't let him. Will they find love again or is the whole thing non-negotiable?

Heart of Glass by L. J. Harris
When Zack Doherty comes to Australia on a working holiday, he is uncharacteristically forward in pushing Heath Connors, a man he barely knows, for a date. Heath, who has only recently begun to live life his way, wonders if Zack will be the one to mend his heart of glass.

Better Together by DaNay Smith
Greyson Welles followed Dominic Nash to Baltimore for his dream job, putting his own on hold. Dominic can see that Greyson's unhappy, but never expects him to turn down his proposal and return to New York. Will Greyson be gone forever or will he decide they're better together?

Dirty Martini by Bette Browne
When Daniel Fletcher runs into his ex with the man he caught him in bed with, vodka seems like the answer. Nathan Smith is used to men drowning their sorrows at the bar he tends, so the connection he feels to one is unusual.  Will a means to forget turn into something more?

Notice to Appear by C. C. Lorenz
Josh Campbell is handed a notice to appear in court for a traffic offence, but his humiliation is complete when he comes face to face with his schoolboy crush, Carter Sullivan, in the court room. Could this be the start of something with Carter now that age is not an issue.
Available from: 

BDP (50% off) | Amazon | B&N | Apple iBooks | All Romance | Kobo


About the Publisher:

Bottom Drawer Publications (BDP) is an Australian publisher who publishes romance—het, M/M, and F/F—in all genres. All e-books are available from our online shop and also from the main electronic bookstores: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBook Store, All Romance, Kobo, and Smashwords—with more to come. Our e-book formats are: mobi, ePub, and PDF.

All novel-length books are available in print and can be purchased from the same online stores.

At Bottom Drawer Publications we don’t believe there to be a definable difference between M/F, M/M, or F/F relationships. We are an inclusive publisher. Romance is romance, and love is love to us. The only categorizing we make is for alternative relationships, such as those involving BDSM, ménage a trois, and polyamory.

Submissions are currently closed to new authors but will reopen in September 2014. For more information please visit our FAQ page here:





*~*~GIVEAWAY TIME!~*~*

Bottom Drawer Publications is offering 2 e-book copies of The Truth about Riley by Henrietta Clarke to two people who leave comments. Make sure you include your email address! Contest will run until September 3rd @ 11:59 PM CDT.

Riley Aylworth’s life has been completely devoid of intimate contact since a fire three years ago left him with horrific facial scarring, so when he finds an ad for a phone sex service, he decides to give it a call. Except that the number is not a phone sex service—it’s the revenge Cameron Kirkwood’s ex-boyfriend took on the uptight advertising executive after Cam forgot their anniversary and accidentally put him in the hospital. Needless to say, after thirty-nine disturbing calls seeking phone sex, Cameron is at the end of his tether and yells at his fortieth caller. What he doesn’t expect is for Riley to hit redial and yell right back.

The argument helps both Cameron and Riley vent about their issues, and when they’ve calmed down, they decide to exchange numbers and talk again. From this decision springs a friendship that, over time, grows into a gentle romance—all over the phone, because Riley is too scared to meet Cam in person. Showing a potential boyfriend his disfigured face is the fastest way to get rejected, right? Even a month of scorching hot phone sex can’t change his mind, no matter how hard Cam tries to persuade him that with their phone chemistry, the sex would be so much better in person.

Meanwhile, Cam is haunted by the scarred blond he seems to be seeing everywhere, and Riley can’t get the handsome brunet who always seems happy to see him out of his mind. It’s a shock to both men to realise that the guy they’re falling for over the phone is also the man who brightens their day with just a smile; but it’s one thing to let a stranger smile at you and quite another to let him close enough to see into your soul. If Riley can’t break down the walls in his mind and believe that Cameron loves him in spite of his scars, their relationship may be doomed before they’ve even had a chance to kiss.

Friday, August 29, 2014

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: Susan Mac Nicol's Love and Punishment plus #Giveaway!



Book Name: Love & Punishment
Author Name: Susan Mac Nicol
Cover Artist: Boroughs Publishing Group
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group

Blurb(s): On the search for a serial killer, Detective Anthony Parglietto and Flynn Parker learn that every man must make a choice: to kill, to live, to love.
FROM DARKNESS AND LIGHT

Someone is leaving a trail of bodies throughout London, and Detective Anthony Parglietto is determined to end the violence. Then he’ll return to the man he loves.

Tough, street-savvy, and used to dealing with lowlifes, Flynn Parker is the last person Anthony thinks he has to protect. Then the Bow-Tie Killer strikes close to home and the world turns upside down. Right is wrong, black is white, and a policeman might become a monster. But in the name of love, justice must be served. In the name of love, pain can be endured. In the name of love, a man can taste the very essence that defines him.


Excerpt:
Flynn watched Anthony as he sat with his hands between his legs, looking down at the floor. He looked far too big for the chair, Flynn thought inconsequentially. His shoulders were hunched over and his long legs looked uncomfortably contorted. The crown of his head, that thick spot of jet black hair that Flynn loved to run his hands through, was shot through with strands of silver. Anthony's normally olive complexion was paler than usual and there was a nervous tic in his jaw as he clenched it. Anthony must have felt Flynn's gaze as he looked up at him, his eyes anxious. Flynn quickly averted his gaze.
“Don’t do that,” Anthony said quietly, regarding him with a narrowing of his hazel eyes.
“Do what?” Flynn muttered, knowing full well what he was referring to.
“Look away. Why can’t you look at me?”
"It's nothing," Flynn said hoarsely as he picked at the covers with nervous fingers.

About the Author:

Susan Mac Nicol was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom. At the age of eight, her family moved to Johannesburg, South Africa where she stayed for nearly thirty years before arriving back in the UK in December 2000. Currently, She lives in the rural village of Bocking, in Essex, with her family.

Sue is a PAN (Published Author’s Network) member of Romance Writers of America and a member of the Romantic Novelists Association in the UK. Also, she is a member of a rather unique writing group, called the Talliston Writer’s Circle, which in itself has a story all of its own to tell. She has written nine novels, two novellas and a screenplay since February 2012 and clearly believes in keeping herself busy. She has found herself wanting to stay in the sub-genre that is M/M Romance so more can definitely be expected.

Her plan is to keep writing as long as her muse sits upon her shoulder. Her dream is to make enough money to give up the day job and get that big old house in the English countryside overlooking a river, where she can write all day and continue to indulge her passion for telling stories.

Author Contact:
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

INTERVIEW: A. Morell plus #Scavengerhunt!

The gorgeous A. Morell returns to us again with her striking ensemble! (I want to steal  that hat right off her head <3) Make sure you check out her birthday bash scavenger hunt for your chance to win a copy of Puncture Wounds!

Hello A and welcome to The Hat Party! <3 Thank you so much for subjecting yourself to the RANDOMNESS that is a Raine O'Tierney interview! Please don your best hat, and let's get started!

So happy to be here again! 8D




Tell us about a time you had someone do you a great kindness.

Hm... that's tough. Not because no one's ever done me a great kindness, but because sometimes the smallest kindnesses have had the greatest impact on me. One I'll never forget was when I was ten years old. I had saved up money doing extra chores around the house to buy a real (“real”) Cardcaptor Sakura Clow Book toy that was just like the one from the anime, which at the time was the most amazing thing I'd seen in my life (still a great series, in my opinion). It was something like $9.95. I rode my bike all the way downtown to Blockbuster, my $10 in hand, and proudly walked up to the register with my purchase all by myself.

I didn't know about sales tax at the time.

I still don't know how much it was exactly, but I do remember the total came to $10.25, and I didn't even have a single extra quarter on me. I was completely crestfallen. Just as I was consigning myself to having to leave empty-handed, the young man behind the counter just told me to go ahead and take it, throwing in the extra quarter himself and making my whole summer. I've never forgotten it, and I still have that book to this day.


You’ve been given the opportunity to go back in time and give your 13-year-old self a message. What do you say?

You'll carry this with you the rest of your life, but you'll be stronger for it.


What food do you consider your arch nemesis?

Food and I get along quite well, so it depends on how one defines “nemesis” here. If it's one I can't stand, I'll say oysters. I'm sorry, it's the texture! Blurgh. If it's one that constantly betrays the love I have for it, probably cake.

Mm, cake...


Describe yourself using a literary quote.

“Girls aren't very good at keeping maps in their brains", said Edmund, "That's because we've got something in them", replied Lucy.”


You have 200 (more) words—Make. Me. Swoon. (PLEASE!)

Ford had thought his first vision of Brandon—demeanor cold, guns blazing, aim unfaltering—had been the sexiest thing he'd ever seen. But with Brandon seated delicately in the center of the bed, vulnerable in nothing but the bed sheets, he stood corrected.

It had a lot to do with Ford having been with him through every step of this precarious journey, but Ford felt in every fiber of his being that had this been their first time meeting, he'd have been just as robbed of breath.

The sight of skin untouched by love before him; the nervous fingers that gently twisted the sheets; the slight bow of the head that he understood now to be a sign of trust.

Ford moved closer, perched beside him. With a gentle nudge to his chin, Brandon's eyes shut briefly before he lifted them to meet Ford's.

"Your hair's getting long," Ford whispered. He tucked some behind Brandon's left ear, exposing the long scar over his discoloured eye.

Ford felt heat flush under his fingertips. A heartbeat later, Brandon let the sheets fall. His face tilted up, his silent demand for a kiss.

Ford had never denied him anything; he wasn't about to start now.


What makes you inexplicably happy?

Cute stationary. And in a similar vein, cute packaging.


Sing us a song!

Beeees, they'll buzz, kids'll blow dandelion fuzz, and I'll be doing whatever snow does in sumMERRR--*bricked*


Biggest mistake you’ve made in your writing career and what you’ve learned from it.

My career's still kind of a baby, so hopefully there won't be a huge mistake waiting for me, but it's always a risk when you're learning as you go. So far I can only say what I learned from one of my earliest (unpublished) works is to never write something just for the sake of making it different, and to instead just write whatever the story calls for in order to find its best form.

And finally, you’ve just inherited a dachshund farm. What do you do now?

Roll in the giant piles of wiggly puppy love, obviously.


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James is at the end of a long crusade for vengeance against the vampire clan that destroyed everything he held dear. He has Ren, the final and most dangerous of them all, cornered at last in London. But victory remains just out of reach when Ren sets a feral vampire on James and makes his escape. With no other leads, James is forced to take in the feral until he can use its connection to its sire to track down Ren. But in caring for the vampire, James sees they might not all be the monsters he thought them to be. Faced with an ugly truth, his quest for revenge becomes a war for retribution, and the discovery of what it truly means to be human.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

Ooh bonus questions!

*What inspired you to write Puncture Wounds?

I have a thing for imagining my characters as vampires. This began partially as just me indulging myself in an alternate universe, and partially ironing out some details for the future with a certain vampire character near and dear to my heart. Of course, in writing Puncture Wounds, it became quite its own thing, and turned out a lot darker than I imagined. Not that I have a problem with that.

*Is there anything special you’d like us to know about your book?

If you've read my other one, Change of Fortune, you may recognize the main characters a bit... like I said, I do enjoy alternate universes.


*What are your hopes for this title?

For the title itself, I just hope that it sticks with someone. For myself, I hope that it serves to inspire me to try for that first novel-length title.

James is at the end of a long crusade for vengeance against the vampire clan that destroyed everything he held dear. He has Ren, the final and most dangerous of them all, cornered at last in London. But victory remains just out of reach when Ren sets a feral vampire on James and makes his escape. With no other leads, James is forced to take in the feral until he can use its connection to its sire to track down Ren. But in caring for the vampire, James sees they might not all be the monsters he thought them to be. Faced with an ugly truth, his quest for revenge becomes a war for retribution, and the discovery of what it truly means to be human.

For an exclusive preview of Puncture Wounds, hop over to my BirthdayBash! Join the scavenger hunt for a chance to win a free copy on release day!

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And treat yourself to a free summer read!





About the Author: 

A. Morell has been writing for fun for the past decade. She once dreamed of being a professional chef—now she knows better and is taking a stab at becoming an author. Without so much as a Creative Writing 101 class under her belt it's a bit of a stab in the dark, but she is comfortable flying by the seat of her pants.

She enjoys food, baseball, classics, word games, tattoos, shoes, handbags, escapism, and creating characters. She is averse to over-used words, spiders, zombies, tardiness, camping, and people who misquote movie lines and lyrics. She has one cat.