Happy Valentine’s Day Sale!

All Romance eBooks is having a 50% off sale in honor of the holiday!

Look for the crown icon and get some hot reads for half price, including my debut novella!

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Comfort and Joy by Charley Descoteaux

How much love does it take to heal the wounds of hate?

Sam and Charlie have been together over a decade, and their commitment to each other has only grown stronger through the years. But love is not always easy, and eighteen months after a violent assault, their fairy-tale relationship is still struggling. Charlie can’t shake the lingering fear of attracting more violence by displaying affection, and is angry at himself for not getting past it. Sam would do anything to help Charlie feel better—if only he knew what that was.

The century-old farmhouse in Northwest Oregon is the perfect place to spend the holidays with Sam’s family, but it was their refuge after the attack, and it still holds painful memories of those difficult first months. Christmas should be a joyful time, but even being surrounded by people who love him isn’t enough to make Charlie feel safe. He could try to keep to himself, but even if Sam agreed to give him the space he needs, Sam’s warm and loving family might not. And even though they agreed not to exchange gifts, Sam has a surprise up his sleeve that he hopes will make everything merry and bright. But he may end up more surprised than Charlie before the week is out…

My book cover links to ARe, and a steamy excerpt!

Don’t forget, half price means you can buy twice as many books.  That’s what I did!

And the chocolate and gift card go to . . .

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Your Amazon gift card should be in your Inbox, and your chocolate will ship tomorrow for delivery on Friday!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by and answered my question, and extra-special thanks with a cherry on top to Carrie Ann Ryan for hosting another wonderful hop!

I have a lot to celebrate so check my calendar or Like my Facebook Author Page to get updates on future hops and giveaways.

Click the pic to get to Carrie Ann Ryan’s bloghop site–sign up for a future hop, or just mark your calendar so you can hop around the tubes and maybe win some cool prizes!

Valentine’s Day Blog Hop!

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and to celebrate, over 300 bloggers are going to be talking about hot men and why we love them.  But that’s not all!  We’ll be hosting giveaways, because what would Valentine’s Day be without gifts?

Because Romance fans like to do things up big, we have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH and EVERY blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

 My giveaway is a $5 Amazon gift card and a chocolate bar from the wonderful Portland company, Moonstruck Chocolates! 

Their candy is To Die For, so I know you’ll love it!

Be sure to answer the question at the end of my post and leave your e-mail address to be entered for my prize and the Grand Prizes!  The first two Grand Prizes are International, but the Swag Pack and my giveaway are US only.

I had so much fun on the holiday hops, I’m back for Valentine’s Day.  Even though I love love (and chocolate!), V-Day isn’t a holiday I usually celebrate.  Maybe because I’m single, but that’s beside the point.  😉

Heartbreakers.  I have a fragile heart for a tough old broad, so it’s not easy for me to gauge what makes a heartbreaker in general terms.  Personally, I love a bad boy—they’re unpredictable and reckless and if you follow one you’re sure to get something you didn’t see coming.  I followed one for a while, he helped me misspend most of my youth and I still appreciate a surprise, as rare as they are.  As long as the thing you get isn’t a motorcycle crash at 75mph or a doctor with a serious expression saying “please sit down” when you already are—you’ll probably make it through your association with the bad boy-heartbreaker okay.

Even with my very breakable heart, I love heart -wrenching fiction.  My absolute favorites are stories that wring my heart out like a soggy kitchen sponge and leave me breathless.  Like true surprises in life, these books are rare.  Any author who can make me feel this way becomes an instant auto-buy; I’ll even pre-order if possible, so I can savor the anticipation of falling in love with characters I’m practically begging to break my heart.  So I guess it’s not a surprise that many of my stories deal with heart-wrenching themes.  Do I cry when I write?  Sometimes.  Not all of my stories are this intense, but I do hope at least once to make a reader feel the same way I do right before I add a new author to my auto-buy list.

My debut novella, Comfort and Joy, takes-on a heavy theme—recovering from violence—but I hope it’s as uplifting as it is heart-wrenching.

Which do you, as a reader, like better:  books that make you cry or books that make you laugh?

Leave me an answer in the comments, along with your e-mail address, for an entry in both drawings!

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Comfort and Joy by Charley Descoteaux

How much love does it take to heal the wounds of hate?

Sam and Charlie have been together over a decade, and their commitment to each other has only grown stronger through the years. But love isn’t always easy, and eighteen months after a violent assault, their fairy-tale relationship is still struggling. Charlie can’t shake the lingering fear of attracting more violence by displaying affection, and he’s angry at himself for not getting past it. Sam would do anything to help Charlie feel better—if only he knew what that was.

The century-old farmhouse in Northwest Oregon is the perfect place to spend the holidays with Sam’s family, but it was their refuge after the attack, and it still holds painful memories of those difficult first months. Christmas should be a joyful time, but even being surrounded by people who love him isn’t enough to make Charlie feel safe. He could try to keep to himself, but even if Sam agreed to give him the space he needs, Sam’s warm and loving family might not. And even though they agreed not to exchange gifts, Sam has a surprise up his sleeve that he hopes will make everything merry and bright. But he may end up more surprised than Charlie before the week is out…

Buy Links:  Amazon US, All Romance eBooks, Kobo

Don’t forget to hop on back to Carrie Ann’s site to visit another blogger, for more giveaways and more entries for the Grand Prizes!

Final Six Sentence Sunday or And now for something completely different!

6SentenceSundayWell, not completely different, but it’s a side of Comfort and Joy I haven’t posted about before.

This bit is from a scene that takes place shortly after Sam and Charlie arrive at Sam’s family home.  They’re upstairs in the room Sam’s sister Frannie is sharing with her infant son, Marc.  Sam has just changed Marc’s diaper and the baby is standing on his lap and doing that cute jumpy-bouncy thing babies do.

“He’s so beautiful.” Charlie reached out his hand and Marc stopped bouncing to grab for it.

“He’ll be a heartbreaker for sure.”

Frannie, one of eleven, rolled her eyes but was smiling as she walked up onto her bed, sat down cross-legged, and leaned her back against the wall. “He really doesn’t look all that much like you did as a baby.”

“Photographic evidence proves otherwise.” Sam kissed Marc’s neck and the baby giggled, his bones seeming to turn into limp strings in a heartbeat.

Thanks for reading!  Don’t forget to click on the banner up top and enjoy more from the last Six Sentence Sunday!

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A moment to reflect

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Last year I worked up the courage to submit a story in a new genre – M/M Erotic Romance.  My debut M/M Erotic Romance novella was released on December 17 so I thought, it being January and all, I’d take a moment to reflect.  It’s a good habit to get into – taking a moment to appreciate how far we’ve come, even (especially?) when we’re still not quite where we’d like to be.

Last August I volunteered my way into a writer’s conference and found the kick in the pants I’d been looking for to get serious about writing again.  I’d been unemployed for almost two months and a lot had happened in that relatively short time (but I won’t bore you with that here).  So I wrote Comfort and Joy, and after only one rejection signed a contract with Etopia Press!  That was super exciting, and prompted me to venture into the wild world of social media.  I never thought I’d do that, but a few months later I’m on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and seven (yes, 7!) Yahoo groups!  I’m not the most talkative gal out there, but I’m there.

Strangely enough, I owe a lot of this new activity to one of my favorite characters, Charlie Price.  He’s one of the main characters in Comfort and Joy and we’ve worked through our pain together to a good end.  A large part of the inspiration for him was my recovery from an accident which, over the course of about two years, involved a lot of trips to many different specialists and all the emotions that go along with daily physical pain.  The experience changed the way I see the world, and myself.  Not the least of which seems to be expecting more and more, and more quickly to boot!

I’ll keep myself from going on to goals for the coming year.  I’m having too much fun basking in my successes just now, and the sweet feeling that we can never really know where we’ll end up when we take that first step.

What highlights from 2012 are you taking the time to appreciate?

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Six more sentences from Comfort and Joy!

6SentenceSundayIt’s been a few weeks so it’s time Sam and Charlie made another appearance on 6SS.

 

We’re in Charlie’s head here, the morning after the boys arrive at Sam’s family home.  Sam’s oldest sister, Frannie, surprises them in the bathroom and snaps a picture while they’re shaving.  She directs another pose or two, and the line below is hers.

“Do I have to do all the work here? You know the shot I want.”

Sam put his razor down and took Charlie in his arms. Normally Charlie loved it when he did that: whisked him into his arms, bent him backward at just the right angle and planted a Hollywood ending kiss on his lips. So why did he feel like pushing away and running into a dark room for a good cry? Sam had made it to the “going in for the kiss” part when he stopped and let Charlie up, giving him a quick peck on the lips instead.

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Find out what happens next in Comfort and Joy, available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and All Romance eBooks!

And the winner is . . .

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The winner of a copy of Comfort and Joy is Debby!  Thanks for stopping by my interview and leaving a comment, it was wonderful to meet you!

Thanks to everyone who visited Romance Lives Forever yesterday — you should go back today.  One of my favorite authors is there, Tara Lain!

 

Interview and giveaway!

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Today I’m very happy to be a guest on the Romance Lives Forever blog. I’m talking about writing and what kind of store I would be, and giving away a copy of my debut novella with Etopia Press, Comfort and Joy. Come by and say hello!

While you’re there be sure and check out the site. Maybe you’ll find a new author — I do every time I peek in. 🙂

New Year’s Blog Hop!!

Another year is over! Can you believe it? Well we authors, readers, and bloggers sure can’t. And to celebrate the New Year with bang, we’re going crazy and sending out so many prizes, fun parties, experiences, and other goodies, that it’s a bit scary. Each author has a favorite New Year memory, book, idea, or way to party and we’re going to show you! Can’t wait to see you January 1st – 6th!

And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways, each hosted by that Author or Blogger.

But that’s not all….

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

 Now what are those prizes?

 1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $300 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

 I’ll be giving away two $5 gift cards to Amazon or All Romance eBooks – winner’s choice! Just answer my question and leave your e-mail address for entries to my contest and for chances at the Grand Prizes! All prizes except the swag pack are International!  🙂

Happy New Year!

The holidays are a time to get together with family and friends, to celebrate the ties that bind us all together.  I don’t have a large family, and we’re spread out far and wide, but the branch I’ve always identified with the most has an origin story, so I thought I’d share some of it with you.

My grandmother’s grandmother was born in Quebec in the mid-nineteenth century, and to protect the guilty (me) I’ll call her Marie.  For reasons I doubt anyone really knows (although many have speculated), Marie didn’t want to stay in Quebec.  So, strong French Canadian woman that she was, she walked away from it.  Literally.  She ended up in village in Upstate New York, where some of her descendants still live (which is the only reason I’m not naming it—to spare them the knowledge that another of her descendants is a shameless smut-pusher ;)).  She ended up working for a Mohawk family—which, if she was anything at all like me, amused her greatly—and married one of the sons.

By the time my Grammie was raising my mom and her siblings, speaking French in this village meant you were from the wrong side of the tracks.  Since she’d descended from Marie, Grammie’s only choices were to keep her children from learning French or personally smack down everyone who called them trash.  Even though I’m sure she could’ve managed it quite well (as a few Catholic school nuns could attest) she just didn’t have the time, so they were only allowed to speak English.

One of the main characters in my novella Comfort and Joy, Sam, is part Mohawk, but he and much of his family actually look it.  I’m pretty sure the only place I show any of my Mohawk blood is on my face—my nose to be precise—so I didn’t write much about Sam’s family for a long time, except through the eyes of his blond and blue-eyed mother.  But the older I get the less I care whether someone thinks I have the right to tell a particular story.  It also took me many years to accept my Mohawk nose but now I dig it, partly because my Grammie had one just like it but also because it ties me to Marie.  I love my badass ancestor—she could’ve stayed where she was and made the best of whatever situation she found herself in, but she made her own way.  And so, with ever-changing levels of success, am I.

That’s my origin story, what’s yours?

This isn’t Sam’s origin story, but it’s shorter and much sexier.

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How much love does it take to heal the wounds of hate?

Sam and Charlie have been together over a decade, and their commitment to each other has only grown stronger through the years. But love isn’t always easy, and eighteen months after a violent assault, their fairy-tale relationship is still struggling. Charlie can’t shake the lingering fear of attracting more violence by displaying affection, and he’s angry at himself for not getting past it. Sam would do anything to help Charlie feel better—if only he knew what that was.

The century-old farmhouse in Northwest Oregon is the perfect place to spend the holidays with Sam’s family, but it was their refuge after the attack, and it still holds painful memories of those difficult first months. Christmas should be a joyful time, but even being surrounded by people who love him isn’t enough to make Charlie feel safe. He could try to keep to himself, but even if Sam agreed to give him the space he needs, Sam’s warm and loving family might not. And even though they agreed not to exchange gifts, Sam has a surprise up his sleeve that he hopes will make everything merry and bright. But he may end up more surprised than Charlie before the week is out…

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure and comment for a chance at all the fabulous prizes and the click the pic below to keep hopping! #2013Hop

Happy New Year!

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Comfort and Joy on Six Sentence Sunday!

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It’s the last Sunday of 2012!  Since I can’t decide which snippet to post I’m going with the steamy one.  If you’re not of legal age in your country, please click the banner now and return to the list.

I hope you enjoy this little peek into Sam and Charlie’s bedroom.

Sam took Charlie’s cock in his hand and gently licked around the tip. Charlie’s breath caught and held, and as Sam slowly took him deeper he heard one of his favorite sounds—the oh that said Charlie was thoroughly enjoying the attention.

After a few slow deep strokes, he pulled Charlie’s right leg up and over his shoulder. Sam had done it so many times over the past year to keep his foot elevated that he didn’t even realize he was doing it. He did think about how tense Charlie had been all day, so he worked even more slowly and tenderly than usual, running the tip of his tongue around the pink head, kissing a slow line down and back up the shaft as he gently massaged Charlie’s balls. He loved sucking Charlie’s cock so much that even though it was cold in the room, Sam soon felt heat radiating between their bodies.

Don’t forget to click the banner to return to the list of awesome authors participating in the final 6SS of 2012.

Happy New Year!