Holiday Weekend Tour: Dreamspinner Blog Stop!

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Join me at the Dreamspinner blog for another stop on the Holiday Weekend tour! I’m talking about the dance music in Holiday Weekend, come and join the conversation!

Follow the Tour and enter the Rafflecopter (12/15-12/30):

Dec. 15: Aisling Mancy

Dec. 16: Dreamspinner Blog

Dec. 19: All Romance eBooks Featured Author; The Novel Approach

Dec. 20: Hearts on Fire

Dec. 21: Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews

Dec. 23: Joyfully Jay

Dec. 27: MM Good Book Reviews

Dec. 29: Love Bytes

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Buchanan House Books are Weekend Reads!

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Join me today on the Dreamspinner blog where I’m talking about the playlist for Holiday Weekend!

The Buchanan House series is best read in order, so if you need to catch up to enjoy Holiday Weekend, I’ve got you covered. I’ve arranged to have books 1, 3, and 4 priced at .99 during release weekend! Buchanan House, Tiny House, and Safe House are this week’s Weekend Reads! Book #2 is always free at the Dreamspinner store, so that means you can grab the whole series for only $7.96, but only on release weekend, Dec. 16-18!

Follow the Tour and enter the Rafflecopter (12/15-12/30):

Dec. 15: Aisling Mancy

Dec. 16: Dreamspinner Blog

Dec. 19: All Romance eBooks Featured Author; The Novel Approach

Dec. 20: Hearts on Fire

Dec. 21: Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews

Dec. 23: Joyfully Jay

Dec. 27: MM Good Book Reviews

Dec. 29: Love Bytes

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Holiday Weekend Blog Tour Underway!

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Today is the first stop on my blog tour for Holiday Weekend, Buchanan House: Book Five! I’m super excited to share this book, I hope you enjoy Ryan and Glenn’s story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Follow the Tour and enter the Rafflecopter (12/15-12/30):

Dec. 15: Aisling Mancy

Dec. 16: Dreamspinner Blog

Dec. 19: All Romance eBooks Featured Author; The Novel Approach

Dec. 20: Hearts on Fire

Dec. 21: Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews

Dec. 23: Joyfully Jay

Dec. 27: MM Good Book Reviews

Dec. 29: Love Bytes

 

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A steamy snippet!

1RainbowSnippetsBiFlagI think I’ve recovered from walking and waiting on sheets of ice for two hours last night, so I’m going to post my last snippet from Holiday Weekend.

Why the last? Because next Friday—Dec. 16—is release day! Once Holiday Weekend has been released into the wild I’ll give those guys a rest (plus, including tour excerpts, I’ve reached the publisher’s word count limit and can’t share anything more).

 

This snippet doesn’t need much of an introduction;  the guys are at Ryan’s place and it’s morning. 🙂

 

Glenn woke about five minutes later and made an incoherent sound. When I turned, he was looking at me. He sat up fast, the sheet and blanket pooling in his lap. “Are you ironing my pants?”

“They were wrinkled.” My face heated, and I half expected Glenn to laugh, but he smiled.

 

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Six Anniversary Sentences!

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To celebrate the one year anniversary of Rainbow Snippets I’m going to share from last year’s Christmas story, Cascades.

This snippet doesn’t really need an intro, and it really is only six sentences~no creative punctuation for a change. 🙂

 

Why is it that when we hear the words we hope for, we don’t believe them? I wanted to believe them, to believe him. I wanted to take him by the arm and march us upstairs and show him how much I wanted him. But I couldn’t. Couldn’t move, couldn’t speak. I just sat there and stared.

 

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Exclusive Excerpt: The Sorcerer’s Guardian by Antonia Aquilante!

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Loriot hadn’t expected the summons to the princes’ study to go as it had. Or anything close to how it had. And from the expression on Savarin’s face, he hadn’t expected Prince Philip’s edict either.

“I don’t need you to come with me.” Savarin waited to speak until they were out of the study and far enough down the corridor to be out of earshot of the guards stationed near it.

“And nevertheless, I have to go with you.” Loriot couldn’t ignore an order from Prince Philip, even if he thought the action to be an ill-advised use of his time. Any of his guards could accompany Savarin and make sure no one snuck up on him. Loriot was needed in the palace in Jumelle, not haring off after Savarin on whatever his mission was. Loriot’s mission, every day, was to keep the princes and their family safe.

“I don’t need a minder or a protector.” Savarin didn’t raise his voice, but his tone was firm, one that probably intimidated all the lesser mortals the great sorcerer dealt with. Loriot wouldn’t be intimidated.

“Prince Philip believes otherwise, and though I believe I’m needed here to ensure the safety of the royal family, I cannot disobey his order.” Even if he wanted to. He would do his duty to the prince. “The prince has made up his mind. There’s little sense in arguing with him about it.”

He didn’t add that Savarin had tried and hadn’t gotten far. He didn’t need to—the disgruntled look in Savarin’s eye told Loriot he realized that quite well.

“It’ll be a waste of your time. I can protect myself quite well should I need to. But I doubt I’ll need to, I’ve traveled in Tournai for years and never had trouble.”

“Prince Philip wasn’t downplaying the danger of bandits. There have been several attacks and sightings recently. The army is searching for them, but they can’t be everywhere at once.”

“And I can take care of myself, as I said. I don’t need you along to protect me.”

As Savarin spoke, Loriot found himself being pushed inexorably backward. But Savarin wasn’t touching him; no one was touching him. And still the unseen force pushed. Panic scraped along his nerves, and his hand twitched toward his sword, but a twitch was all he could manage. His arms were bound tight to his sides, his legs tied as well. He forced his breathing to remain even, ignored his pounding heart. He knew what this was—Savarin proving a point—and he wasn’t going to allow himself to react to it. His back collided with the wall, the force of the magic holding him against the plaster. He could think of more appealing situations in which to be pushed up against a wall, but he didn’t say that either, not to Savarin.

“Yes, fine. I see your point. You can take care of yourself, but if someone takes you unaware while you’re involved in one of your spells or not paying attention to your surroundings, they could slit your throat before you realize anyone is there. All the power in the world won’t help you then.” Loriot stared hard at Savarin, both because he wanted to get his message across clearly and because he refused to show the instinctive fear that shot through him at the magic being used against him. Even if that magic was only being used to make a point.

 

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Savarin, the most powerful sorcerer in Tournai, has honed his Talent through years of study and made magic his life. Among the wealthy and noble circles he moves in, no one would suspect the handsome, refined, and arrogant sorcerer’s humble beginnings, which is how Savarin prefers it. Tournai’s princes task Savarin with studying and strengthening the spells that protect the principality from magical attack. They are complex, centuries old, and exactly the type of puzzle Savarin is eager to solve. To his annoyance, the princes insist Loriot accompanies him.

Loriot worked his way up the ranks of the royal guard to captain and takes pride in his service. He must obey the princes’ orders to protect Savarin, despite believing his skills would be best used elsewhere. And despite his wariness of magic. UnTalented himself, he has learned not only the benefits of magic but also its potential for harm—and how to counter it. Loriot and Savarin clash during their journey, but there’s another reason for the tension between them, and passion develops into feelings neither expected. But Savarin must still fortify Tournai’s magical barrier, and his only solution endangers both him and the royal family.

 

About the Author:

Antonia Aquilante has been making up stories for as long as she can remember, and at the age of twelve, decided she would be a writer when she grew up. After many years and a few career detours, she has returned to that original plan. Her stories have changed over the years, but one thing has remained consistent – they all end in happily ever after.

She has a fondness for travel (and a long list of places she wants to visit and revisit), taking photos, family history, fabulous shoes, baking treats which she shares with friends and family, and of course reading. She usually has at least two books started at once and never goes anywhere without her Kindle. Though she is a convert to ebooks, she still loves paper books the best, and there are a couple thousand of them residing in her home with her.

Born and raised in New Jersey, she is living there again after years in Washington, DC, and North Carolina for school and work. She enjoys being back in the Garden State but admits to being tempted every so often to run away from home and live in Italy.

She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the New Jersey Romance Writers, and the Rainbow Romance Writers.

 

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M/M Fantasy Romance

Series: Chronicles of Tournai

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Anne Cain

Release Date: November 28, 2016

 

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#RainbowSnippets anniversary & an invitation!

RS5medThe one year anniversary of the Rainbow Snippets Facebook group is (loosely) next week. Yay for a year of queer snippetting!

First, I want to thank everyone for joining, participating, and telling your friends about the group. I didn’t think it would take off like it has and am grateful and a little verklempt by the turnout. You guys rock. ❤

I’ve been thinking about plans and goals for 2017 lately, and how to grow our networks and careers while deepening our feeling of community. Along with that, I’ve been trying to figure out how to use my blogs more (plural because I’m starting the pseudonym Charli Coty to, eventually, replace this one). Over the past couple of weeks I’ve tried to blog something (anything!) other than promo once per week. Even that much has been difficult. Maybe a little friendly motivation will help.

When I started this pen name in 2012 I was fairly active on @MondayBlogs. For those of you not familiar, it’s another no-pressure group that RTs blog links. I dipped a toe back into those waters last week and felt like I was the only queer at the party. It wasn’t a horrible experience, but it made me wish for a similar space for people like me. So, I’m thinking of starting something like that for queer content and contributors.

To that end, I’ve set up the Twitter account @QueerBlogWed and the hashtag #QueerBlogWed

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Why Wednesday? Because I’m bisexual and Wednesday is the middle of the week just like my 3 is in the middle of the Kinsey scale. I’m not saying I’m a perfect 3, but I had to choose a day and this felt right. To be honest, no matter what day I chose it would still be a challenge to come up with something to talk about every week.

Every group needs rules, so this is what I came up with: post to your blog on Wednesday and share on Twitter using the #QueerBlogWed hashtag and/or @QueerBlogWed. No promo, just like here in #RainbowSnippets. Your posts don’t have to be long, just a few paragraphs that aren’t BUY MY BOOK. All the social media experts say to engage on a personal level and grow your network through genuine interactions—that’s my vision for @QueerBlogWed, a space that’s by, for, and about everyone under the rainbow.

Just like in the Rainbow Snippets group no sign-up is necessary and we’re all free to participate when it works for us, and take weeks off when it doesn’t.

Who knows, maybe it’ll take off and we can all meet new bloggers and Tweeps, and have a little fun. Maybe queers outside the genres we write in will join us–everyone under the rainbow is welcome, not only authors.

Maybe the best part is you won’t have to wait for me to get started in the morning! Whenever Wednesday starts in your time zone, that’s when you can startblogging and tweeting about queer lit, queer politics, writing, cooking, your vacation, or anything else your heart desires to blog about.

Consider this your invitation to join #QueerBlogWed on November 30th.

What do you think? Any comments, questions, and suggestions are welcome.

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A “wonderful” little snippet…

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Hello Snippetteers! I hope you’re enjoying the weekend!

Today’s snippet is from Holiday Weekend, which will be released in three weeks! It’s from Glenn’s point of view and is pretty racy. I think it speaks for itself pretty well. It’s seven sentences, but you can stop at six if you’d like. 😉

 

Before he could draw things out any longer—maybe long enough for me to lose my nerve and quit—I dove forward and crushed my mouth onto his. His soft, warm mouth felt even better than I expected. Every time, the feelings that came with kissing Ryan seemed to grow, to magnify exponentially. If anyone had asked me to, I don’t think I could have fully described it.

Bone-meltingly wonderful.

Our height difference didn’t make it any easier, but I rocked my body lower along Ryan’s until I was straddling his dick. I couldn’t bring myself to stop kissing him long enough to suck him off after all.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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#ReleaseDay Heartifact by Aisling Mancy is out!

Happy Thanksgiving!

If you’re looking for a good weekend read, check out Aisling Mancy’s new release Heartifact. Net proceeds benefit The Trevor Project!

HEARTIFACT IS OUT!

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The net proceeds of this book benefit those kids. 

Net proceeds benefit the The Trevor Project in the US,

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About Heartifact

Harper Kidd is a highly respected marine archaeologist. Yet, with the economy in a slump, he’s trapped working in an oil company’s exploration division. Now, at the ripe age of thirty, Harp is disgusted with his employer’s damage to the undersea world he loves, tired of his ATM-card-filching ex, and tormented by beautiful dreams of an undersea lover. It’s time for a change and when his best friend, Stick, pleads with him to assist on a deep-sea dig in the Mediterranean, he jumps at the chance.

Harper’s sprits are high when they discover the ruins of an ancient civilization, and soar to the heavens when they discover a statue of an ancient pelora, a mysterious hybrid creature said to mediate between the worlds of reality and fantasy—and the very lover who holds the starring role in his dreams.

When the crew discovers the site is teeming with unexploded ordnance from the conflicts in the Middle East, and the excavation turns deadly, Harper must choose between saving his best friend and saving the pelora he’s fallen in love with.

Read an excerpt on Love Bytes Reviews!

 

About Aisling Mancy

Ash is an author who lives, most of the time, on the West Coast of the United States. Ash writes mystery thrillers, fantasy, science fiction, romance, and fiction for gay young adults as C. Kennedy.

Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, Ash doesn’t conform, doesn’t fit in, is epic awkward, and lives to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Ash contemplates such weighty questions as If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from? When not writing, Ash can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much-maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary. Ash does respond to emails because, after all, it is all about you, the reader.

 

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