Guest Blog: J. Scott Coatsworth – New Release

COVER-River-CityJ. Scott Coatsworth has a new queer magical realism book out:

A group of strangers meets at Ragazzi, an Italian restaurant, for a cooking lesson that will change them all. They quickly become intertwined in each other’s lives, and a bit of magic touches each of them.

Meet Dave, the consultant who lost his partner; Matteo and Diego, the couple who run the restaurant; recently-widowed Carmelina; Marcos, a web designer getting too old for hook-ups; Ben, a trans author writing the Great American Novel; teenager Marissa, kicked out for being bi; and Sam and Brad, a May-September couple who would never have gotten together without a little magic of their own.

Everyone in the River City has a secret, and sooner or later secrets always come out.

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Excerpt

Matteo stared out the restaurant window into the darkness of Folsom Boulevard. It was getting dark earlier as summer edged into fall. Streetlights flickered on as cars drifted by, looking for parking or making the trip out of Midtown toward home.

The sign on the window read “Ragazzi” (the boys), lettered in a beautiful golden script just two months old. Investing in this little restaurant his uncle had left to them when he’d passed away had been their ticket out of Italy. But now with each passing day, as seats sat empty and tomatoes, pasta, and garlic went uneaten, the worry was gnawing ever deeper into Matteo’s gut.

Behind him in the open, modernized kitchen, Diego was busy cooking—his mother’s lasagne, some fresh fish from San Francisco, and some of the newer Italian dishes they’d brought with them from Bologna. The smells of boiling sauce and fresh-cooked pasta that emanated from the kitchen were entrancing.

They’d sent the rest of the staff —Max and Justin—home for the evening. The three customers who had shown up so far didn’t justify the cost of keeping their waiter and busboy on hand.

Matteo stopped at the couple’s table in front of the other window. “Buona sera,” he said, smiling his brightest Italian smile.

“Hi,” the man said, smiling back at him. He was a gentleman in about his mid-fifties, wearing a golf shirt and floppy hat. “Kinda quiet tonight, huh?”

“It always gets busier later,” Matteo lied smoothly. “Pleasure to have you here. Can I get you anything else?”

“A little more wine, please?” the woman said, holding out her glass so the charm bracelet on her wrist jangled.

“Of course.” He bowed and ducked into the kitchen.

He gave Diego a quick peck on the cheek.

His husband and chef waved him off with a snort. “Più tardi. Sto preparando la cena.”

“I can see that. Dinner for a hundred, is it? It’s dead out there again tonight.”

Diego shot him a dirty look.

Matteo retrieved the bottle of wine from the case and returned to fill up his guests’ glasses. “What brings you in tonight?” Maybe they saw our ad.…

“Just walking by and we were hungry. I miss the old place though.… What was it called, honey?”

Her husband scratched his chin. “Little Italy, I think?”

“That’s it! It was the cutest place. Checkered tablecloths, those great Italian bottles with the melted wax… so Italian.”

Matteo groaned inside. “So glad you came in” was all he said with another smile.


Author Bio

J. Scott Coatsworth

Scott lives with his husband Mark in a little yellow bungalow in East Sacramento, with two pink flamingos by the front porch.

He spends his time between the here and now and the what could be. Indoctrinated into fantasy and sci fi by his mother at the tender age of nine, he devoured her library. But as he grew up, he wondered where the people like him were.

He decided it was time to create the kinds of stories he couldn’t find at Waldenbooks. If there weren’t gay characters in his favorite genres, he would remake them to his own ends.

His friends say Scott’s brain works a little differently – he sees relationships between things that others miss, and gets more done in a day than most folks manage in a week. He seeks to transform traditional sci fi, fantasy, and contemporary worlds into something unexpected.

He runs Queer Sci Fi and QueeRomance Ink with his husband Mark, sites that bring queer people together to promote and celebrate fiction that reflects their own reality.

Author Website: https://www.jscottcoatsworth.com

Author Facebook (Personal): https://www.facebook.com/jscottcoatsworth

Author Facebook (Author Page): https://www.facebook.com/jscottcoatsworthauthor/

Author Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/jscoatsworth

 

Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8392709.J_Scott_Coatsworth

 

Author QueeRomance Ink: https://www.queeromanceink.com/mbm-book-author/j-scott-coatsworth/

 

Author Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/J.-Scott-Coatsworth/e/B011AFO4OQ

 

LE Franks In Person:

Sac Pride June 10th – Queer Sacramento Authors Collective

Euro Pride Con Amsterdam  June 30th – July 1st 2018

GayRomLit Retreat – Portsmouth VA October 18th – 21st

www.lefranks.com 

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Rainbow Snippets & 6 Days to Get Lucky

So yesterday the re-release of my novel 6 Days to Get Lucky went live on Amazon & KU. To celebrate here are 6 sentences from it to tempt you:

For a split-second, I didn’t move, frozen like a bunny cornered by a cobra.

I blame his wet shirt and my damp apron for causing the friction that prevented me from slipping easily away from danger, but like everything else in my life lately, I seemed in need of perpetual damage control.

I felt someone large move up behind me, hot breath teasing my ear as the drawl I’d been dying to hear just moments before was now making my balls shrivel at being caught hung up like this.

“I didn’t realize you started having Wet T-shirt Tuesdays, Nicky. I can’t wait to see what you plan on givin’ the winner.”

Fuck me.

Excerpt from 6 Days To Get Lucky copyright 2018 LE Franks

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For the entire excerpt keep on reading!

Novel Blurb:

Mixologist Nick Valentine never thought love was in the cards, but after a scorching Valentine’s Day kiss from bouncer Davis “FatBoy” Newman, he’s beginning to think it’s possible. After four weeks of dry spell, Nick’s losing patience—it’s time FatBoy stop acting the gentleman and just throw him over the bar or Nick may just change his mind.

All FatBoy wants is a shot at winning Nick’s heart. As long as meddling bosses, an Irish hurling team and a bar riot don’t ruin his chances forever, he might just get lucky and take the man of his dreams, home.

Excerpt:

I’d been a bartender a lot longer than I’d known FatBoy, and in much seedier places than Frisson: places that kept sawdust on the floor to help soak up the blood, vomit, and spilled beer left in the wake of a typical weekend.

When I was bartending at twenty-one, I was smaller, less muscled than the clientele. It was harder to intimidate the drunks with my physical presence, and the places I worked didn’t employ beefy bouncers to keep the peace, so I developed numerous strategies to head off the worst of the altercations. Having the sheriff close you down at midnight just when the wallets had finally been pried wide open was akin to flushing half a week’s wages away, so I adapted.

Bar defense is a skill set, not unlike proverbial bicycle riding, which you just don’t forget. So when I hopped up on my bar and hosed down a bunch of angry Irishmen with water, it felt like just another rowdy Saturday night on the outskirts of town.

And just like that, silence fell.

Thirty faces stared at me in shock, and in the void, you could hear wet gasps and the sound of water making fat splats as it hit the floor.

Rory stood shuddering in front of me. He was soaked, looking like a large wet rat with his hair plastered to his head, making the point of his nose and chin more pronounced. While still wet, Corwyn had managed to avoid the same full body drenching as Rory—either he was lucky or he had the reflexes of a Formula One driver and had used Liam as a shield to avoid the bulk of the deluge. Fortunately for them, all the high-tech athletic gear they were wearing already seemed to be doing its job, wicking away most of the liquid. They’d dry fast.

Maybe I’d send them outside to run laps around the parking lot.

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Juan standing in wait, a mop in his left hand and Louisville slugger in his right. I guess Juan had worked in the same kind of bars I had.

Our chef Marco had joined him, standing at his shoulder, arms crossed over a nine-inch omelet pan. I wasn’t sure if he had plans on feeding the rabble to death or using their carcasses in the night’s specials, but he seemed particularly amused by the proceedings.

I glared, the water nozzle still clutched in my hand, and addressed them.

“Are you all done being assholes, or do you need to be run through the rinse cycle one more time? I’m assuming this isn’t what y’all meant by an exhibition, but maybe I’m wrong and this is how you normally behave at home…”

Juan moved in with the mop and a large stack of clean bar towels, tossing them to the men who dispersed to tables and stools, drying themselves off out of the line of fire as I waited for my apology. It looked like I might get one from each and every one of them. With their sheepish shuffling and lowered eyes, they resembled a group of chastised children rather than the aggressive angry men they’d been channeling a minute before.

As cute as some of them were, they either needed to settle down and go back to drinking peaceably or get the hell out of my bar. I wasn’t paid enough to babysit.

Corwyn alone was willing to look me in the eye, or at least in the direction of them as I stood above him actively ignoring the water droplets clinging to his bangs and dripping onto his cheeks and how they made me think of showers and naked wet skin…

“Ah, deepest apologies, Nick. We didn’t mean to disrespect your place here. Forgive us. Here… let me help ya down…”

His dimple was back, and when he reached up to me, it seemed safe enough to risk. Corwyn put his hands on my hips after guiding mine onto his shoulders and stepped back, muscling me off the bar and against the safety of his body.

He leaned back far enough to give me room to slide slowly down the front of his wet torso, avoiding barstools and hurlers alike.

I felt a shiver as I stuttered to a halt, eye to eye with the man. His were warm and liquid—full of invitation, the look hot enough to quick dry the bar itself. I swallowed, unable to look away. For a split-second, I didn’t move, frozen like a bunny cornered by a cobra.

I blame his wet shirt and my damp apron for causing the friction that prevented me from slipping easily away from danger, but like everything else in my life lately, I seemed in need of perpetual damage control.

I felt someone large move up behind me, hot breath teasing my ear as the drawl I’d been dying to hear just moments before was now making my balls shrivel at being caught hung up like this.

“I didn’t realize you started having Wet T-shirt Tuesdays, Nicky. I can’t wait to see what you plan on givin’ the winner.”

Fuck me.

 

Excerpt from 6 Days To Get Lucky copyright 2018 LE Franks

About The Author:

LE Franks is an author of Gay Romance fiction, living in the SF Bay Area surrounded by inspiration; and after years of ignoring the voices in her head, she’s now giving them free reign. Her stories are a unique mix of humor and drama with enough suspense to produce fast-paced action filled with emotion and passion, featuring characters that are quirky and complicated.

 

For the latest, check out her website for links to current works, news, and social media. www.lefranks.com

Buy Links:

Currently available exclusively on Amazon & Kindle Unlimited

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CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07B6NDVTB

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IT: https://www.amazon.it/dp/B07B6NDVTB

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Ethan Stone is Back to Thrill

1016533_281013018718550_1906241013_nIf there was ever a time to ditch your cell in a cookie jar, throw a quilt over the T.V., and curl up in front of a roaring fire with a good book – that time is now.

Good thing Ethan Stone’s latest thriller has just arrived! 

Hacked Up

Ethan Stone
Stone Publishing
Feb 6, 2017

Seattle is being plagued by a string of gruesome murders. For Detective Peter Tao, it’s a career-making case, but he’s struggling to find a lead. How is the killer choosing his victims? What is he trying to prove?

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With a long list of suspects and nothing to connect them, Peter is more determined than ever to apprehend the murderer. Then Peter gets the one vital piece of evidence that ties everything together. Now he’ll have to look beyond the obvious to identify the killer before anyone else is murdered.

Solve the mystery in this fast-moving crime thriller by Ethan Stone.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34014434-hacked-up

https://www.amazon.com/Hacked-Up-Thriller-Ethan-Stone-ebook/dp/B01NBXY0UW/

 

hacked-up-cover_fb-banner-copyBio:

Romance on the Edge

Ethan Stone doesn’t write your typical boy meets boy stories. With a combination of love and suspense he makes his characters work hard for their HEAs. If they can survive what he puts them through, then they can survive anything. He enjoys Romance with an Edge.

Ethan has been reading mysteries and thrillers since he was young. He’s had a thing for guys in uniform for just as long. That may have influenced the stories he writes.

He’s a native Oregonian with two kids. One of whom has made him a grandfather three times over; even though he is way too young.

Readers can find Ethan online.

http://www.ethanjstone.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ethan.stone.54

Twitter: @ethanjstone

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/ethanjstone/

Tumblr: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/ethanstone

Email: ethanstone.nv@gmail.com

His books: http://www.ethanjstone.com/my-books

 

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The ‘Dirty Dozen’ blog hop | 12 Authors * 12 Days * 12 e-book #giveaway | Q&A with @hockeyguynyc – Mr. Jeff Adams himself.

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Yes, it’s that time of year again, time for the ‘Dirty Dozen’ blog hop & giveaway!

12 Authors * 12 Days * 12 E-book giveaway.

Today is Jeff Adams’ turn on the hot seat – read along for a glimpse into the inner workings of man & author, but be prepared to be amazed.

I was.

And I work here.

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P.S. Check out the rafflecopter link at the end of this post to enter our e-book giveaway of one book from each author. So if you’ve been  following along, welcome, but if this is your first stop, I recommend visiting each of the blogs – after all, forwarded is forearmed…

Now, without further ado…..

Dirty Dozen Blog Tour – Jeff Adams

Are you looking forward to GRL? I am!

It’s one of the things I look forward to each year because it’s a long weekend to get immersed in gay romance. I love meeting readers and finding out what they’re into. I love talking with other authors about this crazy, creative thing we all do.

This year, I’m excited to to do a couple things at GRL I’ve never done before too. I’m on a panel for the first time this year. Stephani Hecht, Wade Kelly and I will be talking about the importance of the research we do for our books (make sure to come see us, we’ve got groovy prizes!). I’m also taking part in the Fun Fair this year as part of ten authors presenting “Daring Author Trivia.” We’ve got games and prizes and it’s going to be a perfect way to spend Friday afternoon.

Also, if you’re attending, make sure you find me and enter your email address in either my phone or tablet. I’m going to giveaway a 7” Fire tablet with all my ebooks loaded. All you have to do is get your email address into my device and you’ll be eligible to win. I’ll be notifying the winner first thing Sunday morning so you can take the tablet home with you.

Let’s get on to these twelve questions, shall we!

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If you could spend the day with one of your characters, which one would it be, and why?
My answer to this is always the same. I’d hang with Simon from the Hat Trick series. Simon has always been near and dear to me since I first put him on the page. He’s always shown himself to be a good boyfriend, good friend and, over time, an amazing advocate and mentor for teens. He’s a cool guy and it’d be great to see a day in his life. Hopefully it’d be the start of a great friendship.

What are you working on currently and what’s it’s inspiration?
I’m writing the second book in a new young adult series (this series will actually debut a new pen name for me that will be exclusively YA). The Codename: Winger books follow the adventures of a young computer genius who works for a covert spy agency. In the first book (Tracker Hacker, due out in Fall 2017 from Harmony Ink), Theo is thrust into field work. In the second book (tentatively titled Schooled!), he discovers a threat to national security at a high school computer science competition.

The inspiration for the Winger series is a trio of things: the Disney cartoon series Kim Possible (all because I heard a ring tone from this show during GRL 2014), along with the shows Alias, CSI: Cyber and a touch Mr. Robot. Theo is proving to be a blast to write and I hope readers enjoy his adventures as he tries to balance high school, his boyfriend and being a secret agent.

If the lead character in your current novel were to read your other books, which one would be his/her favorite and why?
My most recent release is a novella called Make the Right Choice, which is a spin-off of the Hat Trick series and featuring a couple who got together in those books. I think both Matt and Leo would enjoy any of the books that feature hockey players, but I think the short Rivals would be a favorite because it features two hockey players who form a relationship and that would resonate with them.

If all of your MCs were thrown into a strange and dangerous world where survival relies on ingenuity, creativity, common sense who would come out on top?
Simon and Alex from Hat Trick would do pretty well because they’re smart guys and they always look for solutions to make things work out. The rest of my current characters are pretty much normal guys with normal jobs. It’d be interesting to see what would happen if they were suddenly in the middle of a disaster movie. Diego from A Sound Beginning has some project management and creativity going for him so that would help. Jake from Adventures of Jake #1 would probably try to adopt the superhero persona he portrays at work. The character that would blow them all out of the water is Theo from the upcoming Codename: Winger books. He problem solves at a high level and he’d be able to leverage technology and his secret agent skills to save the day.

What musician or album do you think people should listen to as they read your work because it fits the soul of your words (either a specific title or your writing in general)?
I listen to such a mix of music. Often I write with a weird shuffle of Broadway show tunes, rock, dance and pop songs so it’s hard for me to pin it down.

There’ve been a couple of times I’ve pinned certain songs to stories. For the first Hat Trick there were some key tunes that played into the writing (you can see my original blog post on this here). When The Dancer and Sexy Big Man came out in 2010 I published a playlist for the story (you can see my original blog post from Dreamspinner Press here). Dancer and Sexy Big Man has been revised and re-released as Dancing for Him (the ebook is free on my website and there’s also a paperback available on Amazon and other outlets) and I should probably do a new blog post to cover the additional music in the new scenes.

If you could be one of your characters and live their life, who would it be and why?
Simon from Hat Trick. I admire social workers that work with young people. It’s not easy to be a teen these days, and I know many social workers who take situations and turn them—and the young person—around. Plus Simon’s got a wonderful man in his life just like I do.

If you could be a fruit, any fruit, which would you be and why?
An apple. It’s such a tasty and versatile fruit that it’d a great choice.

What is the thing you enjoy most about gatherings like GRL?
Talking to readers about books! I could talk books all day and it’s always fun to get recommendations. Networking with other writers and talking about author related things is also a great time.

What is the most vivid romantic moment from any film that has lingered the longest and meant the most to you…. and why?
It’s romantic, but it’s also very sad. At the end of Brokeback Mountain when Ennis reveals that he’s got the shirts he and Jack wore their first summer hanging in his closet, together, after all those years. It represents what they were never able to have. It’s romantic and crushing at the same time. I know it’s not an HEA, but it says so much about love that it resonates so much for me.

If you could take any fictional couple or character (television, movies, real-life, books) and add them to one of your books, who would it be and why?
I would love to have Graham and Rikker from Sarina Bowen’s The Understatement of the Year guest star in the Hat Trick universe. I envision them as fierce competitors on the ice against Simon and Alex, but the four would quickly become best of friends off. They’d swap stories about being out on their college teams. Simon and Alex would no doubt get the guys to be guest coaches for the Rainbow High youth team. And Rikker would get the guys up to Burlington too to check out the place he calls home.

What kind of quirky habits do you have before or during the time you write?
I don’t think I’ve got any. When it’s writing time, it’s about turning off Facebook, email and such so I can set the timer and do word sprints. Sometimes those happen with music and sometimes they don’t. But I can’t think of any actual quirks.

When you write, do your characters hijack the story, or do you keep a tight grip on the reins?
When I started writing I was very much a pantser. These days, however, I tend to plot things out chapter to chapter. It doesn’t mean the characters don’t go in unexpected directions sometimes but it happens less often now. When characters go rouge, it’s usually fun though since it means I didn’t explore some ideas before I locked my plot down. It only gets to be gnarly if I’m pushing against a deadline. Luckily, the project manger in me doesn’t usually let deadlines get away from me.

That’s it for me. Feel free to leave comments below or ask me questions and I’ll come back and respond over the next few days. And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Dirty Dozen blog tour! Hope to see you at GRL.

Featured Book
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Simon Roberts and Alex Miller could never have known that from the moment of their first kiss that they were embarking on the love of a lifetime. The Hat Trick Box Set is their story, as told by Simon, from their senior year of high school through college graduation and beyond.

This box set includes all 6 stories in 1 ebook download!

The box set includes Hat Trick, Hat Trick Overtime: A Classic Winter’s Night, Hat Trick 2: Playing the Rebound, Hat Trick Overtime: Summer Camp, Hat Trick 3: Penalty Shot and Hat Trick Overtime: Reunion.

Buy Links:
All Romance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-hattrickseriesboxset-2041460-166.html
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Hat-Trick-Hockey-Romance-Books-ebook/dp/B01AKRWOQK/
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Bio

jeff_headshot-booklaunchJeff’s written stories since he was in middle school and became a gay romance writer in 2009 when his first short stories were published. Since then he’s written several more shorts and novels, including some in the young adult genre, and he plans to keep writing as long as wonderful readers keeping picking up his books.

Jeff lives in rural Northern California with his husband of twenty years, Will. Some of his favorite things include the musicals Rent and [title of show], the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins hockey teams, and the reality TV competition So You Think You Can Dance. If forced to pick his favorite book it would be a tie between Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and David Levithan’s Every Day. Jeff is also the co-host of Jeff & Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast.

Website: http://www.jeffadamswrites.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJeffAdams
Twitter: https://twitter.com/hockeyguynyc
Jeff & Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast: http://www.BigGayFictionPodcast.com

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5th of July – a 6 Days Holiday Coda.

Happy Independence Day!

 

5th of July

A 6 Days Holiday Coda – follows on the heels of 6 Days to Get Lucky

 

“What are you doing?” FatBoy’s breath behind my ear sent chills up my spine.

“Watching.” I replied quietly, trying not to betray the arrival of my man as I leaned against the portico entrance at the back of Frisson. We stood in deep shadow, sheltered by the building. The rest of the parking lot was pitch black except for the glow of a few scattered votive candles, feebly fighting back the night.

“Is that Blake?” FatBoy rested his chin on my shoulder, settling a hand on my hip, one long finger discretely pointing to a lean figure looming over a handful of kitchen staff and most of the bus boys, twenty feet away.

“Yep, thus the “watching”. I think he bought out Joe’s Fireworks stand and brought it all back for the staff to play with.”

FatBoy gave a low whistle and I resisted the urge to snuggle back into him when he pressed his lips against my neck.

“You’re back early. How was the picnic, and your Gran?” FatBoy was about eight hours ahead of schedule, not that I was complaining. As I spoke, I kept my eyes fixed on the mayhem unfolding before me while FatBoy slipped his finger under the waistband of my jeans finding skin.

He slowly rubbed a circle, his voice a low rumble that sent heat rushing through me. “Her fried chicken is always worth the drive, but the fireworks were ahead of schedule so I didn’t need to stay late.”

“Really?”

“She was spitting nails over something my father said in court last week—so she lit him up and smacked him down before we finished our pie. I snuck out while he was in the den sulking.”

One finger became two, became three.

“Speaking of which… I brought you a piece.”

I barely noticed what he was saying until FatBoy snaked the other hand around, offering me a foil covered plate.

“Is it Cherry? I love cherry.”

He gave a quiet laugh.”No, pecan. I keep forgetting you’re an alien transplant to the South… we harvest the nuts from our trees—it’s tradition.”

“Nuts are good…” I tried not to sound disappointed. “…But cherry is very patriotic.”

“Pie is very patriotic. Apple pie is very American. Pecan pie is very traditional. So don’t look a gift pie in the mouth, Nicky, or it might disappear…”

I was about to launch into a dissertation on the merits of stone fruit pies over ever other type, when a loud whoosh erupted.

“Oh fuck!” It was Juan stumbling backwards, dragging a busboy in each hand as he went.

“Back! Back!” Blake was on his feet, laughing as everyone scrambled out of range of the lit Roman candle, spinning wildly on its side across the parking lot.

Juan and Carlos chased after it, kicking it between them, away from the line of parked cars, in a parody of soccer. They danced around it until the firework sputtered and died.

“He’s already caught his pants on fire twice.” I nodded toward Juan as he came jogging up, victorious. I offered him the fire extinguisher and he waved it away, giggling.

“Hey Davis. Happy 4th!”

FatBoy abruptly stepped clear of me. “It’s the 5th, actually—3:00 am to be precise, and time for all the little firebugs to go to bed.”

Juan paused, looking back at what was left of the fireworks, then he turned to me with a salute, ignoring FatBoy—he knew which one of us to keep happy. “Aye! Aye! Captain!”

He sprinted away yelling. “Last call! Light ‘em if you got ‘em.” In the mad scramble that ensued, I handed FatBoy the extinguisher. “You’re gonna need this.”

I tried hard not to smirk at the blue eyes widening in alarm. “Wait! Where are you going?”

“Home, to do my patriotic duty…” I lifted the pie plate to show him. “Figure you have half an hour before I get to the last bite…that is if you plan on getting any.”

I strolled away, laughing.

Behind me FatBoy was already stepping into the parking lot, shouting orders over Blake’s protests.

As I drove away I gave FatBoy fifteen minutes, tops, before he was at my door—barely enough time to stop for whipped cream.

It was going to be a very happy 5th of July.

by LE Franks

© 2016

 

 

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Late Knight with Morticia

After many months of negotiating with her attorney, we’re pleased1016533_281013018718550_1906241013_n to present the deepest, darkest secrets of… 

Morticia K.* Knight. 

What is the strangest thing you’ve ever put in yours (or anyone else’s) nose?

Does it count if I took out a plastic bead that my four-year-old had lodged in one of her nostrils? Otherwise, I’d have to say a gnat. But I didn’t exactly put it there. It felt the need to fly up my nose right as I inhaled. I imagine that must’ve been an epic wind tunnel for it.

 

What’s your all-time favorite article of clothing, and do you still have it?

It was a genuine 1920’s long, red chiffon robe embroidered with dragons made out of silver threads. I have no idea what happened to it and am really bummed about it.

 

What is the earliest book you remember, and who read it to you?

I do believe it was the Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham book. None of us from that era were able to escape it’s acid trip clutches. And it was probably my Mom who read it to me. I doubt Dad would’ve signed up for that ride. After the Seuss books, I remember Ramona the Pest. She was my hero.

 

If you can have any production car in the world to drive, what would it be and where would you go?

I would get a KIA Soul so I could wear a hamster suit and drive around town waving at people while bumping loud electronic trance music. This town needs to be livened up a bit.

 

What is your favorite vegetable, and why?

Onions. Because I like to make people cry.

 

What’s your favorite line from your latest release?

“Aubrey was openly aroused, performing and singing with Bryan’s taste still in his mouth, the feel of Bryan’s steeled length still imprinted on him from only moments before.”

However, a close second would be:   “You swallow like a champ.”

 

If you could have any historical figure tied up in your basement waiting to be spanked – who would it be?

There are soooooo many who deserve to be spanked – Hitler, Judas Iscariot, Vlad the Impaler, Justin Bieber…

But it ended up being a toss-up between Emil Frey, the inventor of the Velveeta cheese product and Doyle Harden, the pioneer of 1970’s velvet paintings. They both deserve a spanking AND a caning.

“What” *whack* “were” *whack* “you” *whack* “thinking?!?!?!” *whack, whack, whack*.

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*Kink
Thank you Morticia!

Keep reading for more on her new release Rockin’ It Forever 

& her AWESOME GIVE AWAY!!!!!! 

**No Biebers were harmed in the writing of this blog post.

 

Bryan and Aubrey’s story continues in Rockin’ it Forever


Can the touch of a rock god last forever?


 

Music journalist Bryan Gallagher’s life has completely changed in an unexpected way. Not only has he snagged a dream assignment as the memoirist to alternative music’s rock superstar Aubrey King, but he’s also promised to give the beautiful and enigmatic musician a chance for them to forge a relationship. It’s all very overwhelming for Bryan since, up until he spent a sexually charged day and night with Aubrey, Bryan has never even dreamed of being with a man.
Aubrey is completely smitten with the boyishly handsome, young rock writer, Bryan. After their instant spark grows into something more, Aubrey is desperate to keep Bryan by his side for always. He’s promised Bryan that their love is for real, that Bryan isn’t simply one of his rock star conquests.
Their road isn’t an easy one, though. Despite their deepening bond and growing need for each other, other factors intrude. Neither Aubrey nor Bryan is ready to come out, and their relationship needs to remain a carefully guarded secret. In addition, Aubrey has to answer to the demands of his profession and Bryan has to traverse the shifting waters between his personal and business relationship with his famous lover.
Then a secret is revealed and everything in their joint world implodes. When a love is so strong that two men can barely take a breath without thinking of the other, will that be enough to bridge the loss of trust? The only way they can rock their love forever is if Aubrey can reach Bryan before it’s too late.

Buy links: Amazon | Pride Publishing


Early response to Rockin’ it Forever…
 
“This book has it all: rocker musicians, incredible sexual chemistry, struggles with being in the closet, doubts regarding the relationship, intense feelings, and the amazing HEA with a forever kind of love.”

 

Excerpt from Rockin’ it Forever…
 
Aubrey Fucking King.
Bryan hid what he was certain would be a goofy grin behind his fingers. He didn’t need the older woman in the seat next to him on the plane to think he’d lost his entire mind. But the mutual masturbation with Aubrey in the shower that morning was emblazoned in his memory. Their inability to keep their hands off each other had left Bryan with precious little time to get to his hotel, grab his things then make it to the airport without missing his flight. Being trapped on the airplane for his journey from the west to the east coast was the first chance he’d had to relax and dwell on the previous couple of days filled with utter craziness. However, his immediate thoughts had landed on the visual of their slickened cocks rubbing together.
It was difficult to decide which event had him more thrilled, confused, elated, freaked out or stunned—that he’d had sex with his rock star idol or that he’d had sex with a man. He shook his head, unable to help himself.
“I’m sorry, but it’s inflight rules.”
Bryan jerked his chin up. “Huh?”
The flight attendant pointed at his laptop. “I said, you need to stow that for takeoff.”
“Oh! Sorry, I…uh, of course.”
His cheeks heated as if the pretty blonde attendant had any idea what sort of filthy thoughts had been drifting through his mind. She was the sort of woman he’d always been drawn to—confident, attractive, feminine. Another thought tried to wriggle its way into his ponderings, but he preferred putting it off for the time being. Everything had been so heated, so urgent between him and Aubrey—it had barely allowed him a moment to process the emerging lust and connection they now shared.
That was all real, right?
He idly played with the collar of his long-sleeved cotton shirt that was made up of a block plaid pattern in varying shades of blues and greens. Aubrey had commented on the colors, had said he liked the way Bryan’s lighter hair and deep blue eyes contrasted with them. Bryan allowed his fingers to travel under the fabric, to run across his clavicle. He couldn’t feel it—feel them—but he knew they were there. The marks Aubrey had sucked up on his skin. Then there’d been the rather prominent one Aubrey had asked Bryan to put on him so that everyone would know that Bryan was the one to whom Aubrey belonged.
It was silly, really, but it’d also been very sweet. People might surmise that Aubrey had been with someone, but they would have no idea it was rock journalist Bryan Gallagher. Bryan attempted to tamp down yet another unsettling thought and realized he was going to run out of space to hide from everything in his mind in an awfully short time.
No one will know because Aubrey won’t tell anyone he was with a man. But then again, neither will I.
 


 



 


M/M Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys hot stories of men loving men forever after. They can be men in uniform, Doms and subs, rock stars or bikers – but they’re all searching for the one (or two!) who was meant only for them.



When not indulging in her passion for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She is currently working on more installments of Sin City Uniforms and The Hampton Road Club, as well as the follow-up to Bryan and Aubrey’s story from Rockin’ the Alternative.



 

 

Follow the tour…


Rockin’ it Forever tour
schedule…
June 14th
La Quette – Spotlight only
3 Chicks After Dark
Spotlight only w/Excerpt
June 15th
Bike Book Reviews – Review
w/Spotlight
Molly Lolly – Spotlight
only
June 16th
Gay Book Reviews – Review
w/Spotlight
June 17th
Divine Magazine
Spotlight w/Character Bio Bryan
June 18th
MM Book Escape – Spotlight
only
Foxylutely – Review
w/Exclusive Excerpt 4
June 19th
LE Franks – Spotlight w/LE’s
quirky Author Q&A
June 20th
The Novel Approach
Spotlight only w/Character Bio Aubrey
June 21st
Purple Rose Teahouse
Spotlight only w/Exclusive Excerpt 3
V’s Reads – Review w/PG 13
Excerpt
June 22nd
Wicked Fairy Tales andReviews – Review w/Excerpt
June 23rd
Happily Ever Chapter –
Spotlight only w/Excerpt
Cathy Brockman – Review
w/Playlist
June 24th
Jessie G Books – Review
w/Author top 10 favorite rock bands
GGR – Spotlight
June 25th
TTC Books and more
Review w/Dream Cast
June 26th
The O’Raven Chronicles
Spotlight only
June 27th
Love Bytes – The Making of
a Fictional Rock Star
June 28th
AE Via – Spotlight
w/Q&A part 2
June 29th
MM Good Book Reviews
Review w/Exclusive Excerpt 2
Prism Book Alliance
Spotlight only w/Q&A part 3
June 30th
Bayou Book Junkie – Review
w/Exclusive Excerpt 1
AO Chika Book Blog
Review w/Excerpt

 

This is a tour wide giveaway for a gift basket worthy of a Rock God!

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The chance of a lifetime and the touch of a rock god are offered to music journalist Bryan Gallagher on the same day. Embracing one is easy, but resisting the other is harder than he’d anticipated—especially since Bryan has never been with a man.

It could be his dream assignment. Aubrey King, the legendary god of alternative rock music, has requested to meet with journalist and writer Bryan about penning the star’s memoir. Aubrey and his dark, angsty songs are the reason Bryan was inspired to become a leading rock journalist. His obsession for his career has alienated the women in his life, but Bryan doesn’t care. What really matters to him is the music.

Aubrey King has been out of the music scene for almost ten years—ever since his alternative rock band, Falling in Stereo, broke up. Questions about his sexual preferences have always surrounded him, and now that he’s ready to make a solo comeback, he wants to tell his story, his way. He’s followed journalist Bryan Gallagher’s career for a while and believes that Bryan’s obvious passion for music mirrors his own. He loves his writing style, but is also enraptured by the boyishly handsome writer.

Brian finds pushing his fanboy nervousness aside is difficult when Aubrey finally stands before him. He’s amazed at how little Aubrey has changed—his intense gaze, his unique style and his still youthful looks epitomise the star he’s always been. But Aubrey’s vulnerability when he sings and shares the deeply personal lyrics of a new song triggers something in Bryan that he never knew was there. The need to give himself to Aubrey, to let the rock god do to him what he’s never before desired a man to do.

Buy links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon AU | Amazon DE
Pride Publishing | ARe

M/M Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys hot stories of men loving men forever after. They can be men in uniform, Doms and subs, rock stars or bikers – but they’re all searching for the one (or two!) who was meant only for them.

When not indulging in her passion for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She is currently working on more installments of Sin City Uniforms and The Hampton Road Club, as well as the follow-up to Bryan and Aubrey’s story from Rockin’ the Alternative.

Author links: Website || Facebook || Twitter || Goodreads || Amazon
Rockin’ It Pinterest page

Bryan and Aubrey’s story continues in Rockin’ it Forever

Can the touch of a rock god last forever?

Music journalist Bryan Gallagher’s life has completely changed in an unexpected way. Not only has he snagged a dream assignment as the memoirist to alternative music’s rock superstar Aubrey King, but he’s also promised to give the beautiful and enigmatic musician a chance for them to forge a relationship. It’s all very overwhelming for Bryan since, up until he spent a sexually charged day and night with Aubrey, Bryan has never even dreamed of being with a man.
Aubrey is completely smitten with the boyishly handsome, young rock writer, Bryan. After their instant spark grows into something more, Aubrey is desperate to keep Bryan by his side for always. He’s promised Bryan that their love is for real, that Bryan isn’t simply one of his rock star conquests.
Their road isn’t an easy one, though. Despite their deepening bond and growing need for each other, other factors intrude. Neither Aubrey nor Bryan is ready to come out, and their relationship needs to remain a carefully guarded secret. In addition, Aubrey has to answer to the demands of his profession and Bryan has to traverse the shifting waters between his personal and business relationship with his famous lover.
Then a secret is revealed and everything in their joint world implodes. When a love is so strong that two men can barely take a breath without thinking of the other, will that be enough to bridge the loss of trust? The only way they can rock their love forever is if Aubrey can reach Bryan before it’s too late.

Pre-order now on Amazon

This is a tour wide giveaway beginning with the Sale Blitz, running until the end of the Rockin’ It Forever Release/Review tour.

A little something different for this one, Knight will be doing 2 giveaways per week starting with the Sale Blitz, ending the week before the RR tour. That is 6 small giveaways, 2 per week over 3 weeks, and then there is the Grand Prize Rock & Roll gift basket that will be given out at the end of both tours.

Up first for the first week of giveaways for 2 lucky peeps is an exclusive coffee mug with Morticia’s official Author logo on it! Who wouldn’t want to drink their morning java with these two sexy studs?!

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Also, the Twitter message will change weekly. The Rafflecopter is set up where you can share daily via Twitter, so that gets you 5 entry points daily, if you chose to share daily. And let’s not forget the change your facebook image option. Again, it will change from the Rockin’ the Alternative image to Rockin’ it Forever as the tours change out.

{To see the weekly giveaways – 2 giveaways each week for this week, next week and the week after for a total of 6 small giveaways – visit Morticia Knight’s site. There is a list of all the blogs participating in the blitz where you can visit and comment for additional entries into these giveaways, as well as a new post each week with that weeks giveaway items. You can also see the weekly giveaway images here at TTC Books and more. The winners will be chosen via rafflecopter}

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The chance of a lifetime and the touch of a rock god are offered to music journalist Bryan Gallagher on the same day. Embracing one is easy, but resisting the other is harder than he’d anticipated—especially since Bryan has never been with a man. 

 

 

It could be his dream assignment. Aubrey King, the legendary god of alternative rock music, has requested to meet with journalist and writer Bryan about penning the star’s memoir. Aubrey and his dark, angsty songs are the reason Bryan was inspired to become a leading rock journalist. His obsession for his career has alienated the women in his life, but Bryan doesn’t care. What really matters to him is the music. 

 

Aubrey King has been out of the music scene for almost ten years—ever since his alternative rock band, Falling in Stereo, broke up. Questions about his sexual preferences have always surrounded him, and now that he’s ready to make a solo comeback, he wants to tell his story, his way. He’s followed journalist Bryan Gallagher’s career for a while and believes that Bryan’s obvious passion for music mirrors his own. He loves his writing style, but is also enraptured by the boyishly handsome writer. 
Brian finds pushing his fanboy nervousness aside is difficult when Aubrey finally stands before him. He’s amazed at how little Aubrey has changed—his intense gaze, his unique style and his still youthful looks epitomise the star he’s always been. But Aubrey’s vulnerability when he sings and shares the deeply personal lyrics of a new song triggers something in Bryan that he never knew was there. The need to give himself to Aubrey, to let the rock god do to him what he’s never before desired a man to do.

 

 


 

 

M/M Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys hot stories of men loving men forever after. They can be men in uniform, Doms and subs, rock stars or bikers – but they’re all searching for the one (or two!) who was meant only for them.

When not indulging in her passion for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She is currently working on more installments of Sin City Uniforms and The Hampton Road Club, as well as the follow-up to Bryan and Aubrey’s story from Rockin’ the Alternative.


Author links: Website || Facebook || Twitter || Goodreads || Amazon

 

 

Bryan and Aubrey’s story continues in Rockin’ it Forever

 

Can the touch of a rock god last forever?

 

Music journalist Bryan Gallagher’s life has completely changed in an unexpected way. Not only has he snagged a dream assignment as the memoirist to alternative music’s rock superstar Aubrey King, but he’s also promised to give the beautiful and enigmatic musician a chance for them to forge a relationship. It’s all very overwhelming for Bryan since, up until he spent a sexually charged day and night with Aubrey, Bryan has never even dreamed of being with a man.
Aubrey is completely smitten with the boyishly handsome, young rock writer, Bryan. After their instant spark grows into something more, Aubrey is desperate to keep Bryan by his side for always. He’s promised Bryan that their love is for real, that Bryan isn’t simply one of his rock star conquests.

 

Their road isn’t an easy one, though. Despite their deepening bond and growing need for each other, other factors intrude. Neither Aubrey nor Bryan is ready to come out, and their relationship needs to remain a carefully guarded secret. In addition, Aubrey has to answer to the demands of his profession and Bryan has to traverse the shifting waters between his personal and business relationship with his famous lover.

 

Then a secret is revealed and everything in their joint world implodes. When a love is so strong that two men can barely take a breath without thinking of the other, will that be enough to bridge the loss of trust? The only way they can rock their love forever is if Aubrey can reach Bryan before it’s too late.

 

Pre-order now on Amazon

 

 

This is a tour wide giveaway beginning with the Sale Blitz, running until the end of the Rockin’ It Forever Release/Review tour. 
A little something different for this one, Knight will be doing 2 giveaways per week starting with the Sale Blitz, ending the week before the RR tour. That is 6 small giveaways, 2 per week over 3 weeks, and then there is the Grand Prize Rock & Roll gift basket that will be given out at the end of both tours.
Up first for the first week of giveaways for 2 lucky peeps is an exclusive coffee mug with Morticia’s official Author logo on it! Who wouldn’t want to drink their morning java with these two sexy studs?!
 

 

 

Also, the Twitter message will change weekly. The Rafflecopter is set up where you can share daily via Twitter, so that gets you 5 entry points daily, if you chose to share daily. And let’s not forget the change your facebook image option. Again, it will change from the Rockin’ the Alternative image to Rockin’ it Forever as the tours change out. 
{To see the weekly giveaways – 2 giveaways each week for this week, next week and the week after for a total of 6 small giveaways – visit Morticia Knight’s site. There is a list of all the blogs participating in the blitz where you can visit and comment for additional entries into these giveaways, as well as a new post each week with that weeks giveaway items. You can also see the weekly giveaway images here at TTC Books and more. The winners will be chosen via rafflecopter}
Good luck everyone! 

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