Torque Release Day #Giveaway!

Torque CoverIt felt like this one took forever, but it’s finally out in the wilds–Torque is released today and available at Samhain Publishing and all the usual distributors!

As part of the celebration i’m giving away a copy of Torque to a random commenter on this post. Since Torque takes place in a wrecking yard, tell me about the dirtiest place (literally or figuratively ;)) you’ve ever visited. I have to go back to work tomorrow so I’ll give away the copy of Torque at 5 p.m. Pacific Time today!

The lovely folks at Pride Promotions have arranged a tour, starting today of course, in which i talk about the book and give away a $20 Gift card. The tour will have weekly stops through April 12 and the contest is open until April 19. I’ll post each week’s schedule on Tuesdays — hope to see you there!

 

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New Year, new logo!

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Hello lovelies and Happy New Year!

Welcome to my first Rainbow Snippet of 2016. After you read (and maybe leave a comment) don’t forget to click the link to visit the Rainbow Snippets group on Facebook. You’ll find more links to great LGBTQ+ fiction, and maybe a new-to-you story or author.

If you’ve been to my place before you might notice I’ve done some redecorating. My upcoming release, Torque, is the reason—and also the story I’m snippeting from today. First the snippet, then the explanation. Here is the first paragraph of Chapter One; it’s a little more than 6 sentences, but you can stop there if you want to. 🙂

 

Mick crossed City Dump Road and figured he was in the right place. He’d been driving most of the night, wandering steadily north and west after leaving downtown Portland. He’d almost driven through Portland and out the other side, looking for a place that might pay him in cash. And a place where it wouldn’t matter if the Bug quit on him. She’d left him stranded a time or two on the way north, but she’d been chugging away since 1972 so it wasn’t unexpected. That was one thing Mick could handle: mechanical problems. The old girl would need a lot of help to get all the way to Alaska. No reason to hurry, though. Nobody waited up there for him to pull into their driveway. Nobody waited for him to call and say, “I made Oregon fine, how are things up there?”

Thanks for reading!

I might go back to posting from Kyle’s story next week, because I still need encouragement to meet that deadline. 🙂 I couldn’t sit on my colorful new logo any longer! In Torque one of the love interests identifies as female so I that means i can’t use my old banners anymore – Regular Guys. Hot Romance. – even though I really liked them. The lovely AJ Corza outdid herself again and made the lovely rainbow rose banners i’ve plastered all over my webspaces. The dirty diamond plate-background is for Bell’s Auto Wrecking, where most of Torque takes place.

Thanks for making it this far! Don’t forget to head back to Rainbow Snippets group to enjoy more LGBTQ+ fiction!

 

Torque CoverTorque is available for pre-order through ARe and AMZ. Release day is February 23, 2016.

Sometimes letting things get complicated is the best way to figure it all out.

Mick Randall is on the run, from the biker culture he grew up in and his impossible vision of love. Alaska should be far enough to escape his old life—until he rolls into a wrecking yard and gets lost in a pair of pale, bottle-green eyes.

Scotty Bell has spent years learning to channel his fiery temper into the heat of a welding torch. His sexual heat has always been slower to ignite, but one look at Mick rouses confusion alongside desire. In all his life, he’s only been attracted to one other person—his best friend, Mercy Taylor.

Mick lands a temporary job at the yard, and finds an uneasy crash pad at Scotty’s place…where the ragged ends of his emotions get tangled up in Scotty and Mercy’s relationship.

But when Mick hears a Harley engine from his past bearing down on him, his first instinct is to go back to the half-life he’d been living. Lest his secrets destroy the only two people who’ve ever made him feel whole.

Warning: Contains references to abuse, subversive ideas about sexual identity and gender expression, and a free-range bisexual on a mission.

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A tease from Torque!

Torque CoverThe first edited excerpt from my upcoming Samhain release is up at All Romance eBooks! I’m super excited about this story–it’s a bit different than the Romances i’ve had published so far but full of all the angst and love and sexytimes you’d expect.

This story is also the reason i took down my lovely black and orange banners. The amazingly talented AJ Corza has made me a beautiful new logo and i’ll start showing it off in January. Since that will be cause for a celebration, stay tuned for news of a giveaway.

Meanwhile, you can check out the excerpt here, and if you like it pre-orders are possible now through ARe and on January 24 on the Samhain web site.

A twist to an object…

Hola Snippetteers!

I’ve been MIA lately, the combination of the DJ being extra-Evil and many author duties has been brutal. That condition should continue at least through June but who needs sleep, right? 😉 Hopefully I’ll be able to participate in Snippet Sunday regularly again—I missed everyone!

Before I get to the snippet I have two announcements. The witch story (Jeffrey and Michael)—The Pinch of the Game—will go up for pre-order on May 22nd! I have a cover reveal planned, with a Rafflecopter giveaway, so stop by here or Facebook for a link. This cover is a beaut!

The book formerly known as the wrecking yard romance has a new title, Torque, and is scheduled for release in February of 2016 by Samhain! I’m over the moon about this, so i’m sharing a bit from Torque today.

In this snippet, Mick (MC#1) is hanging out with Scotty (MC#2) at his place. After pizza, movies, and beer, this is what happens.

 

He thought for a second that Scott leaned toward him once or twice, in a way that was a little more than friendly, but it had to be the beer. Mick Randall wasn’t a stranger to self-medicating with alcohol but before he found Bell’s he hadn’t had a lot of money to spare, and lately he hadn’t had the time. Together, those circumstances had turned him into a lightweight.

Mick wasn’t capable of walking in a straight line by the time he hit the can, but it didn’t matter. Four beers was plenty and he’d take the other two out of Scott’s fridge the next day and remember not to bring more. If he wanted a drink, he wouldn’t have to drive far. When he left the bathroom his thoughts centered on that warm, happy feeling, and what he could get up to the next day. Before he knew what was happening, Scott had him backed against the wall, both hands spread across his chest.

 

Thanks for reading!

Don’t forget to visit the other snippets. Click all the links at the Snippet Sunday FB group.

 Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Guest Author: AM Arthur!

 AM Arthur is visiting today. Please help me make her feel welcome!

Thanks for visiting, AM! 🙂

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What inspired The Truth as He Knows It?

A photo that I stumbled across on Tumblr. It’s this gorgeous photograph of two men hugging. The embrace is so intimate. Very much an “I want to hold you until all of the hurt goes away” kind of hugs. It smacked my muses upside down and I had to know who these two men were. Why were they hugging like that? What had hurt the dark-haired man so badly? All of the pieces started falling into place very quickly after that.

 

What was the hardest thing about writing this book?

The emotional roller coaster I put Shane through. The book in general was incredibly easy to write. It kind of poured out of my brain over twenty-three days. I’ve never written anything that quickly in my life. But the emotions were difficult. Shane carries a lot of guilt for things he’s done, some of which weren’t really his fault. But he blames himself and shoulders the burden. He goes through a lot of the different stages of grief, but I hope he comes out a much happier, positive man in the end.

 

How would you describe this book to someone who has not read any of your books?

My elevator pitch is “hot cop meets sexy stripper.” But a reader might need a little bit more than that. It’s an emotional romance novel of self-forgiveness and the power of real love to overcome any obstacle.

 

What are you working on now?

At the moment I am about 1/3 of the way into writing Restoration #3 for Carina Press. It’s sometimes crazy to think I’m on book three and book one doesn’t release until March. After that, I’ll either be getting back to a standalone novel for Samhain, or new idea I started fiddling with last fall. We’ll see.

 

What book are you reading now?

I am about ¾ finished with Bad Influence by K.A. Mitchell. She’s one of my favorite m/m authors, and I love her Bad in Baltimore series. I hope to finish this soon, then jump over to Three the Hard Way by Sydney Croft. So many books, so little time.

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Excerpt:

“I want to see you again,” Shane said.

Noel grinned, flashing those dimples. “I’d like that too. My work schedule is pretty weird, though. I’m first shift, which is eleven at night to seven in the morning, five days, starting tomorrow.”

Shane worked that one around. It gave them daytime hours, and evenings on Wednesday and Thursday. He worked at the deli tomorrow, and Saturday was off the table. Probably Sunday too, for good measure. “When do you sleep?”

“Usually when I first get home, from about eight to two or three. Sometimes longer, depending on the night.”

“So you’re usually free dinnertime until like ten?”

“Pretty much.” Noel cracked an unexpected yawn. “Sorry, my schedule is a little off after spending the day with Tristan. I try to keep similar sleep times on my days off so I don’t get too screwed up.”

Shane stood, surprised. “How long have you been awake?”

“About thirty hours.”

“Shit, why didn’t you tell me that?”

“Because I wanted to do this tonight. I’ve been thinking about you all week, and I’m glad I saw you at Mineo’s today. Really glad.”

“Me too.” Shane draped his arms around Noel’s waist. “And since this has been a fantastic night, I’m going to go before you pass out from exhaustion.”

“Do you want to get together tomorrow?”

He considered it for about two seconds. “My weekend’s pretty booked with work and stuff. Monday? We could maybe go out for real this time?”

“Sounds good. I’ll call you when I get up Monday and we can hammer out the details.”

“Okay.”

Shane collected his clothes and dressed, taking his time because Noel was watching. The opposite of a striptease, and Shane kind of loved the novelty of it. He meant his good-night kiss to be soft, quick, but Noel held him tight and devoured his mouth until Shane was breathless and half-hard. God, he could kiss Noel for hours and not get tired of it. But he saw the fatigue in Noel’s eyes, and it was time to leave.

“See you soon,” Shane said. “And thanks for dinner.”

“You’re welcome, cowboy.”

Shane strolled back to his car with a bounce in his step, positive he’d never be able to hear the word “cowboy” again without thinking of Noel Carlson.

 

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Buy Truth As He Knows It:

Samhain: https://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/5326/the-truth-as-he-knows-it

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Truth-He-Knows-Perspectives-ebook/dp/B00ODW2IEM/ref=la_B00IQ2YGJU_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1413411985&sr=1-4

 

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Author Bio:

A.M. Arthur was born and raised in the same kind of small town that she likes to write about, a stone’s throw from both beach resorts and generational farmland. She’s been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long, in a losing battle to make the fictional voices stop. She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance hadn’t been coined yet back then) with her later discovery of and subsequent love affair with m/m romance stories.

When not exorcising the voices in her head, she toils away in a retail job that tests her patience and gives her lots of story fodder. She can also be found in her kitchen, pretending she’s an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments.

Where to find A.M. Arthur:

Contact her at am_arthur@yahoo.com with your cooking tips (or book comments). You can also find her online (http://amarthur.blogspot.com/), as well as on Twitter (http://twitter.com/am_arthur), Tumblr (http://www.tumblr.com/blog/am-arthur), and Facebook (A.m. Arthur). A.M. Arthur’s work is available from Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, Dreamspinner Press, and Musa Publishing.

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Cover Artist: Lyn Taylor

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