#10 Renae Kaye’s Blog Party – Thanks for coming

November 28, 2014

G’day, friends!  **waving madly**  It’s Renae Kaye here, coming to you from all the way in Perth, Western Australia.

Today is my release day of Safe In His Arms and I’ve celebrated today with a huge party!  **tiredly throws confetti**

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I want to thank you all for coming.  It has been a blast.  So before you head off, a couple of things:

(A) Have you bought the book?

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(Buy from Dreamspinner.  Buy from Amazon.)

Blurb:

In the late-night quiet of the caravan park shower room, Lon Taylor washes away the filth of the Western Australian mines. He’s not looking for anyone, but when Casey offers, Lon doesn’t turn him down.

Welcoming the young man in his big, hairy arms, Lon provides a safety to Casey that he has never known, and Casey wants to stay forever. Still reeling from the breakup of his family years ago, Lon’s not sure he’s ready for the responsibility of the comfort and security Casey craves.

But perhaps Lon can risk opening his heart again and hoping for a brighter future. Casey has some pretty big skeletons in his past to deal with.  And Lon wonders what Casey will do when he finds out how badly Lon failed at protecting the ones he loved eight years ago.

 

(B) Have you entered the competition by commenting on three separate posts and answering the question?

 

(C) If you’ve read the book, consider leaving a review on Amazon or one of the other sites.

As you must know, authors not only enjoy feedback, but reviews help sell more books.

(D)  Have you followed Renae on Facebook and Twitter?

How to contact Renae:

Email:  renaekaye@iinet.net.au

Website:  www.renaekaye.weebly.com

FB:  www.facebook.com/renae.kaye.9

Twitter:  @renaekkaye

 

Final question:  Did you have fun?  Did you answer yes to A, B, C & D above?

 

I’m offering TWO lucky party-goers a free eBook: reader’s choice of any of my books. 

To enter, you need to follow along on the blog and ANSWER the question given on THREE of the blog posts.  Each post has a question (and there’s 10 blogs – so it will be easy), and just comment after the blog within the next 24 hours, and you could win a copy of any of my books.  Your choice.

#8 Renae Kaye’s Blog Party – Australia Christmas

November 28, 2014

G’day, friends!  **waving madly**  It’s Renae Kaye here, coming to you from all the way in Perth, Western Australia.

Today is my release day of Safe In His Arms and I am celebrating with a huge party!  **throws confetti which is now nearly knee high**

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Blurb:

In the late-night quiet of the caravan park shower room, Lon Taylor washes away the filth of the Western Australian mines. He’s not looking for anyone, but when Casey offers, Lon doesn’t turn him down.

Welcoming the young man in his big, hairy arms, Lon provides a safety to Casey that he has never known, and Casey wants to stay forever. Still reeling from the breakup of his family years ago, Lon’s not sure he’s ready for the responsibility of the comfort and security Casey craves.

But perhaps Lon can risk opening his heart again and hoping for a brighter future. Casey has some pretty big skeletons in his past to deal with.  And Lon wonders what Casey will do when he finds out how badly Lon failed at protecting the ones he loved eight years ago.

(Buy from Dreamspinner.  Buy from Amazon.)

 

 

 

I’m offering TWO lucky party-goers a free eBook: reader’s choice of any of my books. 

To enter, you need to follow along on the blog and ANSWER the question given on THREE of the blog posts.  Each post has a question (and there’s 10 blogs – so it will be easy), and just comment after the blog within the next 24 hours, and you could win a copy of any of my books.  Your choice of which one. 

 

This book starts in late November and so follows Lon and Casey through Christmas, New Year and Australia Day.  And for those who are thinking of snowy white Christmas – STOP.  Christmas in Australia is the middle of summer.

Six white boomers:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItNMLUIsf_s

Christmas in the scrub: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0ca1eua-qo

Aussie 12 Days of Christmas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_4IlcGyosw

Yes – we have HOT summers.

Christmas for me means swimming pools, running through the sprinklers, BBQs and sunburn.

If you’ve been following along with the blogs you’ll realise I come from a large family.  Christmas is a HUGE gathering and lots of presents.  The swag under the Christmas tree is usually monstrous.

With such a large age gap between me and my older brothers and sisters, it meant that they started having their kids when I was a child.  My oldest niece is just 3 years younger than me.  By the time I was fifteen, I was an aunty fourteen times over.

Christmas therefore was great fun with the kids.  Mum and I would think up a creative idea each year to keep the stack of presents straight.  One year we decorated cardboard boxes with magazine pictures for each child.  Another year we sewed sacks with their name on the front.  Then the children would open their present and put it in the bag/box so it wouldn’t get mixed up with the other kids.  We have a great picture one year of 10 kids lined up with their boxes, all ready for Grandad to start handing out the gifts.

One of the most memorable Christmases was the year Mum bought all the kids (and me!) a water pistol.  Then while the adults organised lunch, 13yo me organised a water fight.  It went great, until my brother-in-law suggested the kids gang up on me and next thing I had ten of them chasing me.  Thanks, Mark.

Casey and Lon’s Christmas starts off with a song, and a… **clears throat**

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Exclusive excerpt

CHRISTMAS MORNING started early. Mr. Perkins started in with the Christmas carols a little before 7:00 a.m. and managed to wake the whole park by singing “O Come All Ye Faithful” at the top of his voice. Casey groaned and rolled over, burying his face in Lon’s waist. Once again he’d lost his pillow during the middle of the night and ended up pushed down the bed.

Having his head halfway down the bed did have its advantages, though, he thought to himself as he reached out to cup Lon’s morning wood. Lon groaned and then laughed as they heard Mrs. Petersen yell from the van next door, “Oh, shut up, you old codger. Some people are trying to get some bloody sleep!”

Casey giggled and came up onto one elbow to get a firmer grip on Lon’s erection. “She’s one to talk, the bloody old leso.”

“What do you mean?” Lon asked grumpily.

“The two old birds, next door,” Casey explained. “All their moaning and groaning in the middle of the night. I’m sure they wake others up with their sexual shenanigans.”

Lon sat up and frowned at Casey, who was glad he really knew Lon because that frown was ferocious. “They’re not lesbians.”

“The hell they’re not. I hate to break it to you, Lon, but that caravan of theirs ain’t big enough for two beds. Of course they’re sleeping together.”

“They can’t be,” Lon growled.

Casey laughed at Lon’s innocence. “Why not?”

“Well, for a start their names are Mrs. Petersen and Mrs. Kowalski. They’ve been married.”

Snorting wasn’t exactly the most elegant noise, but Casey couldn’t help the one that came out of his nose. “What? Are you serious? Homosexuals have never been married and pretended to be straight before? What about Paul’s man?”

Lon’s face was a perfect look of disbelief. “But they’re too old to be having sex.”

This time it was Casey who looked incredulous. “They’re about the same age as my grandmother, and she still has sex. I don’t think there’s an age limit on the activity, Lon. Besides, haven’t you heard them groaning in the middle of the night?”

“I thought they were just old and it hurt to get up out of a chair or something.”

Casey laughed out loud. “Oh, baby. Let me refresh you as to what the sound of an orgasm is.”

He dropped his head to engulf Lon’s penis, proving his point rather rapidly and despite the not-quite-tuneful noise from Mr. Perkins.

Oh, come all ye faithful indeed.

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***laughing***  Church hymns can sound so dirty sometimes.

For me, Christmas lunch is cold meats, salads, icy drinks and lots of summery desserts.  Because Christmas is not Christmas without a pavlova.

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And for Christmas Day, the pav must have kiwi fruit and strawberries on it.  Or else it’s just not right.

My sister usually does prawns on the BBQ too.  She likes to wrap them in bacon and skewer them, something like this.

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Okay – here’s another confession for me.  I don’t eat “sea creatures.”  My husband laughs at me and tries to poison me with squid and mussels, but the only seafood I eat is white fish, tuna and very mild salmon.  You can keep your mud crabs, Moreton Bay bugs and scallops.  (I can see some saying what is a Moreton Bay bug? – sorry.  It’s a small lobster thingy).

Another aussie Christmas story from me?  This is a LOL moment.

I grew up on the edge of a swamp, and catching tadpoles was a great winter activity.  Sometimes we’d accidentally catch a gilgie or koonac.  A what????

A gilgie:

Gilgie Koonac

We had both in the swamp out the back.

One year I caught three and bought them to the house to show Mum.  I think I was about twelve.  Unbeknown to me, Mum kept them.  You see we had a swimming pool, but no one was using it, so Mum turned it into a giant pond.  She left it to go green, placed a bunch of logs and rocks in the bottom, and let the gilgies go.

They bred.

So one Christmas we sat there and caught 60 of them and cooked them up for lunch.  A real aussie delicacy.

 

So what’s your favourite Christmas food?

 

How to contact Renae:

Email:  renaekaye@iinet.net.au

Website:  www.renaekaye.weebly.com

FB:  www.facebook.com/renae.kaye.9

Twitter:  @renaekkaye

 

 

 

#7 Renae Kaye’s Blog Party – What am I currently writing?

November 28, 2014

G’day, friends!  **waving madly**  It’s Renae Kaye here, coming to you from all the way in Perth, Western Australia.

Today is my release day!  Safe In His Arms is now available.  Head over to the Dreamspinner site to pick up a copy.  **grabs the limp confetti and throws it up**

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Blurb:

In the late-night quiet of the caravan park shower room, Lon Taylor washes away the filth of the Western Australian mines. He’s not looking for anyone, but when Casey offers, Lon doesn’t turn him down.

Welcoming the young man in his big, hairy arms, Lon provides a safety to Casey that he has never known, and Casey wants to stay forever. Still reeling from the breakup of his family years ago, Lon’s not sure he’s ready for the responsibility of the comfort and security Casey craves.

But perhaps Lon can risk opening his heart again and hoping for a brighter future. Casey has some pretty big skeletons in his past to deal with.  And Lon wonders what Casey will do when he finds out how badly Lon failed at protecting the ones he loved eight years ago.

 

Thanks for coming along to my blog party.  You guys are munching through the food.  So I’ve whipped up some curried-egg sandwiches along with some more party pies.  Enjoy!

 

I’m only a newbie author, so my backlist isn’t huge, but if you haven’t read my other books, perhaps check them out while you’re over there?

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(Link to Dreamspinner)

 

Everyone wants to know what I’m working on now?  Too many things at the same time.  Truthfully, I need to focus, because I’m not getting anything finished.

I’m currently editing another story which should be out in March 2015.  It’s called Shawn’s Law and is crazy, zany, silly, stupid, funny ßyou get the picture.  Yes – it is one of those books you shouldn’t pick up unless you have a sense of humour.  **wink**

In April 2014 I released Loving Jay.  One of my most frequently asked questions is: will there be a sequel?  At this moment, no.  I’m not shutting the door permanently, but just at this moment, I can’t see a sequel.

BUT, I am writing a story where Liam and Jay feature.  This is the story of Kee, who is a friend of Jay’s and is back on the dating scene after taking a year’s break because his boyfriend was… unkind.  Kee hasn’t met Liam before, so is very eager to make sure Liam isn’t unkind to Jay.

I’ve just written a very amusing scene where Liam is being VERY mean to Jay – by withholding a blow job…  Okay, you’ve twisted my arm.  I’ll show it to you.  And this scene is too funny to keep a secret.  It’s from Kee’s point of view.

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“Tim just messaged me.  He told me you were doing leather bears and funky shit last night!  Is it true?  Details!”

I dropped my astonished forehead into my despairing hand.  “Jamie…”

“So did you really fuck three leather bears last night?”

Before I could reply, Jamie gasped in shock and I heard a door slam on his end of the phone.  In the background, I could make out a voice that was saying, “James Bell!  Didn’t I tell you not to ring the man?  So what do you do the moment my back is turned?”  I laughed as I realized it was Liam, and he was growling at poor Jamie.

The conversation became muffled but I could make it out.  “You said you were going to get milk!” Jamie cried in a whiny voice.

“And you said you were not going to ring poor Kee and ask him for details,” came Liam’s rebuttal.

“You tricked me!” accused Jamie.  “You weren’t going for milk.  You lied!”

“I made a bet with myself that you would ring him.  I promised myself that I would give you the most fantastic blow job if I was wrong about you.  But no!  You had to be on the phone to Kee, and now you forfeited your prize.”

“No!”  Jamie was wailing in horror now.  I had to stop and lean against a tree as my laughter threatened to trip me.  I loved the peek into my friend’s new love life.

There were some more muffled sounds and then Liam’s voice came on the line, loud and clear.  “Hello?  Kee?”

I had to swallow several times before I could answer.  “Hey.”  The word came out strangled through the laughter.

“Look – I’m sorry about that.  I told Jay not to ring you.”  Liam was apologetic and sincere.  I liked him.

I snorted a few more times, trying to control my vocal chords.  “Yes.  I heard that.”

That stopped him in his tracks.  “Oh.”  There was an embarrassed pause.  “So I guess you heard the other bit too then?”

My mirth was a loud thing, and I guffawed a few more times.  “I understand that Jamie isn’t getting a blow job today?”

Luckily Liam had a sense of humour.  “No.  Poor darling.  He’s in the bathroom sulking now.  I might have to do something drastic to get him out.  The Dockers start in twenty minutes and I’m trying to teach him the rules.”

“Football?” I asked in astonishment.  “You’re teaching Jamie football?”

This time the chuckle was more loving.  “Yeah.  The things we do for love, huh?”

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**Renae’s heart melts**

But as well as this story, I also have a spinoff from The Blinding Light.  Yes, many people want to know more of Patrick’s and Jake’s story.  But then someone said to me, “What about Davo’s story?”

I stopped.  Davo?  Davo whose idea of a pickup line is, “Are you a bottom? Yes? Hi, my name’s Dave.”

Surely he couldn’t be a hero in a story?  He would need a very special man…  **zing**

And my mind went crazy with a storyline.  So I’ve created someone very, very special for Davo.  And of course, Davo gets to babysit.

These are the two books I’m focussing on now – but by no means the only books I have in the pipeline.  Now if I could just find five more hours a day…

 

What would be your favourite Renae Kaye spin off?  Which secondary character has caught your eye?

 

I’m offering TWO lucky party-goers a free eBook: reader’s choice of any of my books. 

To enter, you need to follow along on the blog and ANSWER the question given on THREE of the blog posts.  Each post has a question (and there’s 10 blogs – so it will be easy), and just comment after the blog within the next 24 hours, and you could win a copy of any of my books.  Your choice of which one.

 

How to contact Renae:

Email:  renaekaye@iinet.net.au

Website:  www.renaekaye.weebly.com

FB:  www.facebook.com/renae.kaye.9

Twitter:  @renaekkaye

#5 Renae Kaye’s Blog Party – Finding a life balance

November 28, 2014

G’day, friends!  **waving madly**  It’s Renae Kaye here, coming to you from all the way in Perth, Western Australia.

It is scary in some respects that this is my fifth release for the year – and my first release only came out April.  So now I have Safe In His Arms released making #5.  **kicks the piles of confetti lying around**

Celebration

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Some people have asked me “How did you do it?  How did you find time?  How could you do all of this as well as be a mummy?”

That’s a very hard question – and it is a multifaceted answer as well.  There is not just one thing that has allowed me to do this, and without some rearrangement of my time for next year, I doubt I will be able to do this again.

Firstly, a little background on me.  I’m a stay-at-home Mummy of two children.  They are 7 and 5 at the moment, and good kids.  I mean it.  They may drive me mad sometimes, they may interrupt my sleep most nights, but I adore them.  Before I was a Mummy, I worked in various offices around the place in administration and finance roles, which I gladly gave up to raise my children.

In January 2013, I was at home with my oldest attending full-time school, my youngest still too young to go to school.  I had this wicked idea to write a novel.  It went rather smoothly.  I had a couple of hours (if you count up the ten minute chunks) during the day while my daughter was playing, then another couple of hours after the kids went to bed.  It took my 16 weeks to write my first book (unpublished m/f), 12 weeks for the second (Loving Jay), and 8 weeks for the third (The Blinding Light).

It was when I was finishing up writing my third novel that the acceptance of Loving Jay came through.

LovingJay_postcard_front_DSPAs you can see – I was writing for a long time before I realised I would be a published writer.  Once I double-checked it wasn’t simply a mistake on Dreamspinner’s behalf, I comprehended I would have to do something about being out there on social media.

So the first thing I must stress, is that being able to publish five stories in one year requires a long spell previous to that year, where you have nothing else to do.

My next novel The Shearing Gun was written in 6 weeks, and I was finished just after Christmas 2013.  Two weeks later, I received my first lot of editing for Loving Jay.

So the second thing I must say about publishing so many during 2014, is that I wrote most of it before I had to be bogged down in the editing process.

I hear a lot of writers tell new authors not to read reviews.  As one author recently said, (and I’m sorry I can’t remember who it was), “Nothing dries up your creativity and inspiration like reading a bad review.”  I would like to expand on this and say that editing also dries that muddy pool of creativity like a midday sun in summer.

Safe In His Arms was written in the first three months of 2014.  Bear Chasing was written in March/April.  Then Loving Jay was released in April 2014.  Before this release, only a handful of people knew I existed.  I admit I love interacting with readers and reviewers and other authors, but it does chew your time.  Now days I spend time on the email responding to publisher emails, reader emails and deleting the junk mail.  I spend time updating my website, and daily on FB and twitter.  I have blogs a write, other writers I champion, those who wish to publish to help and give advice to.  Of course I could dump all this – but I don’t want to and this is a conscious choice of mine.BlindingLight[The]_postcard_front_DSP

The time between January 2013 and November 2014 has also seen a lot of changes in my life.  The biggest thing is my daughter started school – two-and-a-half days a week.  I thought this would give me more time, but it doesn’t really.  I still have clothes to wash and housework to do.  I’ve also (madly!) taken in a couple more pets, volunteered to sit on the School Council, volunteered in the kids’ classrooms and helped my mother adjust to widowhood.

I therefore say, the reason I managed to publish five stories in one year is a combination of enthusiasm, time and not having other commitments.

My publishing outlook for 2015 is looking a little light due to this exploding in my face.  Writing, edits, promotion and releases have clashed and I find I’m working so many hours in the day that the other stuff gets left – the important stuff like cooking dinner and getting the washing of the line.

But I would love to assure you all that I am still writing – and the stories are getting louder and louder in my head because I haven’t had time to write them down.  But there will be a little gap in the middle of the year where I was overwhelmed with edits and promos so I didn’t write.

ShearingGun[The]_postcard_front_DSPMy aim for next year is to be more conscientious of my time.  Plan, plan, plan.  Make sure you keep up with the blog party to find out what I have planned.

What would be your first choice of Renae Kaye spin-off?  Which of my stories needs updating do you think?

 

I’m offering TWO lucky party-goers a free eBook: reader’s choice of any of my books. 

To enter, you need to follow along on the blog and ANSWER the question given on THREE of the blog posts.  Each post has a question (and there’s 10 blogs – so it will be easy), and just comment after the blog within the next 24 hours, and you could win a copy of any of my books.  Your choice.

#4 Renae Kaye’s Blog Party – Music and character inspiration

November 28, 2014

G’day, friends!  **waving madly**  It’s Renae Kaye here, coming to you from all the way in Perth, Western Australia.

 

I can’t believe I forgot the music!  You can’t have a party without music.  So I’ve picked out a couple of classic Australian tracks that will get you in an Aussie kind of mood.

Down under – Men At Work:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfR9iY5y94s

Beds are burning – Midnight Oil: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejorQVy3m8E

Weather with you – Crowded House:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ag8XcMG1EX4

Forever Now – Cold Chisel:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hhnp3td-UHU

Treaty – Yothu Yindi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7cbkxn4G8U

True Blue – John Williamson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceWKrsJX9N4

I am Australian – The Seekers:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjkrjYitgeA
(not the best version I’ve heard, but the video is rather beautiful with images)

 

Now that you have some music playing, I’ll introduce you to my latest novel: Safe In His Arms.  If this is the first blog post you’ve caught, scroll back on the Dreamspinner blog site to catch my other blogs and grab a drink and an excerpt from my book.  **throws more confetti**

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As you may’ve guessed, I’m an Australian.  I hail from Perth – which is the west coast of the continent and a bloody long way away from Sydney, Melbourne and all the other capital cities.  Check out this map to get an idea.

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So my books are all set in Australia, and more importantly, in Western Australia.  Safe In His Arms is set in Fremantle, which is the port city of Perth.  You will have noticed it refers to Lon being a miner in the blurb – and I hate to be misleading about this – but the book is not set in the mines.  In Perth, we have an extremely large contingent of our workforce employed as FIFO (Fly In Fly Out).  Around 60,000 workers are flown to the desert for shifts ranging from 3 weeks to 6 weeks long.  There are over 400 mines in WA, and Lon works at one up near the town of Newman.

Newman

In Perth, FIFO is a way of life.  People ask me why did I pick such an unusual job, but sadly, the truth is, it’s not unusual.  There are good and bad things about FIFO, but usually it is the bad things that are reported on.  Suicide and depression is one.  I know the mining companies and the government are working hard to try to change the culture of FIFO camps to try to curb the mental health issues, but like anything, it is a work in progress.

I’m often asked, as an author, what inspires my characters.  For me, it comes from a variety of sources.

My first novel, Loving Jay and my short story, Bear Chasing were both inspired by people I know.

Jay was inspired by a friend of mine who is very similar to Jay – the makeup, the clothes, the attitude.  I took this as a base and expanded it a little.  I put in the mile-a-minute talking, the daahlings and made my character eight years older, but otherwise that base remained.  I had the thought: What if there was a straight guy who didn’t realise he was gay until he met this glittery peacock and was enchanted?  And voila!  Loving Jay was born.

For Bear Chasing, I have to admit I was inspired by my neighbours who are a group of large men all living together **wink**  I think they are all friends, but you know writers – they can turn a papercut into a three-part tragedy.  Or they can turn roommates into a nightly orgy.  **chuckles**

Other books of mine are inspired by a situation.  With The Blinding Light, I wondered about a blind guy who was driven mad by the smell of his new housekeeper.  From that thought I created the characters of Patrick and Jake.  I envisioned what sort of man would take a job as a housekeeper, but not take any of that crap that the fussy blind man would dish out, and Jake was born.

For Safe In His Arms, I have to admit I went for the story rather than the character. I love The Twink and The Bear pairings in M/M.  I’m into opposites attract – which can be shown by the characters I’ve written about so far.  So I picked the physical bodies of my characters.  The idea of hooking up for anonymous sex in the shower room came from nowhere, but the characters grew from there.

Where could this shower room be?  A caravan park.  How would you ensure privacy? Make it late at night.  Why would Lon be in the shower late at night?  His flight was delayed from the mines.  Why would Casey be in the shower room late at night?  He couldn’t sleep, and demons are chasing him.

Why is Lon living in a caravan park? What demons does Casey have? What ensures their attraction to each other?  <– Those questions you’re just going to have to read the book to find out.

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(Link here to the Dreamspinner site to buy Renae’s other books)

Question: What Australian songs should I be playing?

I’m offering TWO lucky party-goers a free eBook: reader’s choice of any of my books. 

To enter, you need to follow along on the blog and ANSWER the question given on THREE of the blog posts.  Each post has a question (and there’s 10 blogs – so it will be easy), and just comment after the blog within the next 24 hours, and you could win a copy of any of my books.  Your choice of which one.

How to contact Renae:

Email:  renaekaye@iinet.net.au

Website:  www.renaekaye.weebly.com

FB:  www.facebook.com/renae.kaye.9

Twitter:  @renaekkaye

#3 Renae Kaye’s Blog Party – Excerpt and one-night stands

November 28, 2014

G’day, friends!  **waving madly**  It’s Renae Kaye here, coming to you from all the way in Perth, Western Australia.

To celebrate the release of my new book, Safe In His Arms, I am partying hard on this blog.  **throws more confetti, although it is getting ankle deep**

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Now – don’t forget to comment below.  I’m hanging around and chatting, so drop a comment for me.

I’m offering TWO lucky party-goers a free eBook: reader’s choice of any of my books. 

To enter, you need to follow along on the blog and ANSWER the question given on THREE of the blog posts.  Each post has a question (and there’s 10 blogs – so it will be easy), and just comment after the blog within the next 24 hours, and you could win a copy of any of my books.  Your choice of which one.

I guess since this party is well underway, I’d better show you guys about my book.

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Blurb:

In the late-night quiet of the caravan park shower room, Lon Taylor washes away the filth of the Western Australian mines. He’s not looking for anyone, but when Casey offers, Lon doesn’t turn him down.

Welcoming the young man in his big, hairy arms, Lon provides a safety to Casey that he has never known, and Casey wants to stay forever. Still reeling from the breakup of his family years ago, Lon’s not sure he’s ready for the responsibility of the comfort and security Casey craves.

But perhaps Lon can risk opening his heart again and hoping for a brighter future. Casey has some pretty big skeletons in his past to deal with.  And Lon wonders what Casey will do when he finds out how badly Lon failed at protecting the ones he loved eight years ago.

 

So who is ready for an excerpt?  There’s an excerpt on the Dreamspinner website for you to check out, but here is another if you really, really need it!

 

Excerpt

It had been a long, long slog to try and change his attraction to older men. That was the worst thing that Margaret had fucked up with. She told him that his lust for bigger, older males was because he was looking for a father figure. Someone to replace the man who had meant so much to him and whom he’d tried so hard to please.

Yeah, right.

Casey shook his head at that way of thinking. Did Margaret truly believe that he wanted another man in his life who would tell him what to do, beat him purple if he displeased him, threaten him, and take advantage of him? Did Margaret really think that someone who had been forced to suck dick would do it voluntarily if it weren’t already a part of their genetic makeup?

Margaret had been all prune-mouthed and prudish when he pointed out the type of man that got his heart rate tripping. When she finally accepted that perhaps he could be gay, she warned him away from blokes like Lon. As a result Casey had never slept—in a bed—with someone as beautiful as the man beside him.

And he’d never felt so safe.

Morning arrived too soon for his liking. His bladder insisted it was time to get up, but he wanted to remain with Lon. They’d moved during the night. Lon was on his back still, but with his arms flung wide, taking up the entire width of the bed.

Casey had migrated down until his back was curved into Lon’s side, his head resting on the mattress, below Lon’s armpit. Casey snuck a quick look at his watch and marveled that it was 8:00 a.m. and he’d slept for at least eight hours straight. A record for him.

Lon slept on, so Casey carefully twisted around until he faced the large, muscled body of his hero. The man was literally covered with fur. The black stuff started on his shoulders and covered his entire chest all the way down. For some people it was a turn off, making them reach for the wax strip or razor, but to Casey it was gorgeous. It was a reminder of Lon’s masculinity. He wasn’t a pretty boy or a youth. Lon was man—all man— starting at the scratchy stubble on his chin and spreading everywhere. Lon was a bear. There was no doubt about it.

Some guys defined a bear as someone overweight with a hairy, tubby belly. But there was not an ounce of spare flesh on Lon. He was pure, pure muscle.

Casey sat up quietly, careful not to disturb the sleeping giant, and stared at Lon’s biggest and best feature. His cock was sleeping gently on one large, hairy thigh, and Casey looked his fill while he could. It was a darker color than the skin surrounding it, with large veins visible. Casey remembered the feel of it in his mouth and blushed. Had he really dropped to his knees in a shower room and sucked off a stranger’s gigantic erection?

Casey’s own erection was making itself known, reacting to memories and visual stimulation. He wondered what it would be like to have the right to touch that cock whenever he felt like, to curl up in bed every night with someone like Lon, to have the man at his side permanently?

Even if Casey were ready for a relationship, it wouldn’t be someone like Lon. Someone like Lon wouldn’t choose someone like Casey for a boyfriend. Lon deserved someone much better.

He crept off the bed and gathered his clothes, quickly stepping into them without waking Lon. As he did, a photograph caught his eye, displayed in a plain, black frame and hung on the wall above the microwave. There weren’t any other pictures or photographs in the van that Casey could see, so this one had to be special in some way. It was Lon—a younger Lon without the beard, but still recognizable. He wasn’t as pumped in the photograph, but he still had muscles on display in the tank top and shorts he was wearing. His arm was slung around the neck of another guy, their heads together, grinning at the camera as they stood on some beach on a bright day. The look of happiness and love in Lon’s eyes was magical.

Casey moved closer and stared at the other man—the one that Lon obviously loved to pieces. They were of similar age in the photo—about mid-to-late twenties. The other man was thin and had darker skin—perhaps of Aboriginal heritage? He had bright white teeth with caring brown eyes and his arm was encircling Lon’s waist.

Casey wondered where this man was today. If Lon still displayed their photo together, then he was someone special. An old boyfriend Lon still desired? Who dumped who? Maybe they were still in a relationship together, but just not in the open.

Unable to admit to the lump of disappointment that had formed in his stomach, Casey gave the hunk on the bed one more glance and snuck out, gently closing the door behind him. He was grateful to Lon for providing eight hours of peace, but he knew it couldn’t last.

 

 

Interested??  **hint – buy buy buy**

(Link to Dreamspinner.  Link to Amazon.)

So now I want to know some funny stories from you guys.  Tell me, how did you sneak away from your one-night stand?

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Email:  renaekaye@iinet.net.au

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#2 Renae Kaye’s Blog Party – have a drink and some food

November 28, 2014

G’day, friends!  **waving madly**  It’s Renae Kaye here, coming to you from all the way in Perth, Western Australia.

I’m celebrating the release of my new novel, Safe In His Arms.  We are now live and my nerves are fried.  I really need a drink.  Now since it is MY party, I get to plan the drinks and the food.  **throws more confetti**

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Here’s where it gets embarrassing.  Because I have to confess something to you all.  I’ll whisper it…  I don’t drink alcohol.

**GASP**

I know, I know.

Terrible.

Atrocious!

What was I thinking?

No – it’s not any of those reasons you immediately thought of.  I don’t abstain for religious reasons or because of previous problems with alcohol.  The real reason is more… boring.  You see, from my observations, people drink for three reasons:
- They enjoy the taste.
- They wish to loosen up or have fun and alcohol helps.
- Peer pressure or expectations to drink.

For me
- I enjoy soft drink more than alcohol (and it’s cheaper).
- I don’t need alcohol to get on the dance floor. Feed me sugar and I’ll party hard!
- I don’t conform.  Can’t you tell?  I write m/m for goodness sake!

As a teen, I tried it.  (Legal age is 18 in Australia).  But it never clicked with me, so I was happy to stick to the Coke and be the designated driver.

So, for this Blog Party – you get to choose your drink.  Comment below and tell me what your favourite alcoholic beverage is.  I’m running the bar, and I have all sorts of alcohol – and it’s all free.  So jump in, and tell me what drink I can get you.

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Now, for the more important aspect of this Blog Party – FOOD.  I’m treating you to a good old-fashioned Aussie BBQ.  We’re doing food my way.  So, come on over, and I’ll tell you what we have.

Coming off the barbie is a truckload of beef sausages which we are shoving into white hotdog buns, adding barbequed onion rings and slathering with tomato sauce.  If you go to any Aussie BBQ over summer, you can be guaranteed of a sausage sizzle.

On the table we have bowls of chips – “potato crisps” to some.  There’s chicken flavour, original flavour, and sour cream and chives.  I also have Doritos (yum!) because I love them.

For those a little more refined, we have a cheese platter with a selection of Australian cheeses and feta.  There are crackers and four different dips.

I’ve also made up a fruit platter, and since it’s nearly summer, it has watermelon, rockmelon and honeydew melon on it, as well as kiwi fruit, strawberries, nectarine (they’ve just come into season) and grapes.

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Coming out of the oven now are party pies and sausage rolls – which you can dip in the tomato sauce – and also mini spring rolls – which you can dip in the sweet chilli sauce.

Taa-dah!  All the aspects of an Aussie BBQ and party rolled into one.  A little later I’ll bring out some more food.  Be watching.

 

One thing I try to do in my stories is bring the mundane of the character’s lives into the plot.  To me, it is usual, but I try to give others a taste of what it is like to Australian, or even what it is like to be in Perth.  In Safe In His Arms, you will follow Lon and Casey through Christmas, which is something most people above the equator will be shocked at – because it is SUMMER.

Theoretically you may realise that we have Christmas in summer, but to experience it, I’ve been told it’s a real shock to the system.  I’ve English friends who say it just doesn’t “feel” like Christmas without the snow.  I sympathise and offer them an ice-drink.

So I’ve tried to bring a little of Australian culture to my books.  Vegemite on toast for breakfast.  Beer, water or coke in the fridge.  Steak and veg for dinner.  All of this is normal for me, and I don’t know how weird it is to readers.

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One question I’ve had from a reviewer, is what is a caravan park? – is it like a trailer park in the US?  **hesitates** I’m not quite sure what a trailer park is, to be honest, so I will explain to you about Australian caravan parks and how they run, so that you get the picture.

A caravan to an Australian is what US calls a trailer – a house on wheels.  They are popular in Oz – more than the RV (which we’re more inclined to call a campervan) and camper-trailers.

Most tourist towns will have at least two caravan parks.  There will be set bays where you can back in your caravan or campervan and hook up to electricity.  There will also be camping grounds for those with tents.  Public washing facilities (toilets and showers) are used by all.  The bigger parks will have a laundry too.  The tourist parks will often have other facilities to use like a pool, a gaming room, bike rental and a small shop.

The bigger towns will have “chalets” to rent within the caravan park.  This is my favourite way of taking a holiday.  You rent a tiny cottage/cabin/chalet within the grounds.  They come in all sizes, from two person, up to twelve people.

In a lot of caravan parks, you will have a section that is for permanent stayers.  They can be chalets or vans, but this is the permanent home of these people, who rent their accommodation by the week.  You will find that the permanents will be grouped together in one section, but as a whole, the caravan park is a mixture of permanents and temporaries.  We don’t have parks in Western Australia that are dedicated to permanent caravans.  These days, with housing being so hard to find in Perth, you will have all sorts of people in caravan parks as permanents – but mostly it will be the ones who can’t afford houses.  The elderly, the disabled and the disadvantaged.

In Safe In His Arms, both Lon and Casey are permanent residents.  Lon, because he is wary of a permanent home/house due to a family tragedy, so he feels better in the small, casual caravan that he is not emotionally attached to.  Whereas Casey has moved interstate to make a fresh start, away from his abuser, and is staying with his grandmother who lives at the park.

The first scene takes place in the public showers of the park.  Late at night  **letting your imagination fire**

If you can’t wait any longer, here is the link to read the full scene.

(Link to Dreamspinner site and click “expand”)

Now, don’t forget to comment with your alcoholic drink of choice, and let me know if you’re confused about something “those Aussies” do.  **throws more confetti**

Celebration

I’m offering TWO lucky party-goers a free eBook: reader’s choice of any of my books. 

To enter, you need to follow along on the blog and ANSWER the question given on THREE of the blog posts.  Each post has a question (and there’s 10 blogs – so it will be easy), and just comment after the blog within the next 24 hours, and you could win a copy of any of my books.  Your choice of which one.

 

How to contact Renae:

Email:  renaekaye@iinet.net.au

Website:  www.renaekaye.weebly.com

FB:  www.facebook.com/renae.kaye.9

Twitter:  @renaekkaye

The winner of an eBook copy of Tethered Pair

November 23, 2014

Congratulations Sula! I’ll be sending you an email.

 

Thank you to everyone who came, enjoyed and participated.

 

Happy Reading,

 

Elizabeth Noble

Keeping the Romance Alive

November 21, 2014

Elizabeth Noble here, and I’m back for my final post of the day. I’d like to give a very hearty thank you to everyone who has stopped by today. Remember, to be entered into a drawing for a free eBook of Tethered Pair simply comment on any of today’s Release Party Posts. If you’re the winner Dreamspinner Press will have your book placed on your bookshelf after it is released on November 26, 2014.

HoldingHandsShadowSome of my favorite characters are established characters. The story of how two men meet and fall in love is nice, but what I really enjoy is watching them keep their love-and romance-alive. That becomes a challenge when writing a longer series. Any marriage goes through ups and downs, and the marriage between two men is no different. Different things happen during their lives that influence their relationship.

Todd and Nick are no different. Now that Todd and Nick’s story is farther along and more developed it’s been fun and interesting to explore their lives as a couple. They’ve learned a lot about one another, they know each other in that way that only comes with time spent with your partner. They’ve become comfortable with each other and that allows me to add a whole new dimension to their characters and relationship. Throughout Tethered Pair we see the love and comfort they have for one another. To me that’s the most romantic sort of romance.

Recently I took part in a blog hop focusing on the positive of sex. Sex is as much a part of loving relationships as other shared experiences between couples. Sometimes things don’t always go so smoothly and in Tethered Pair Todd and Nick learn to deal with broken beds and interruptions.

Here is one last excerpt. This one has some spice to it!

 

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Nick walked to the doorway of the bedroom, looking inside. “So, we look there for him?”

 
“I think so. It’s the most logical place.” Todd closed the distance between them, slipped one arm around Nick’s waist, and ran the other hand up his young mate’s spine to twine his fingers in Nick’s hair. “We’ve got some time to kill.”

 
Licking along Nick’s neck to the corner of his mouth, Todd planted what were at first soft, gentle kisses, each one becoming more assertive than the one before. When Nick arched his back and pressed closer, moaning softly, Todd intensified his grip on Nick’s waist, holding him tight. Walking them into the bedroom, Todd gave Nick a playful shove and dumped him backward onto the bed.

 
Nick laughed softly, grabbed Todd’s belt, and tugged Todd down on top of him. He stretched his neck, returning Todd’s kisses with ones just as aggressive. “There was talk of tying,” Nick said softly between kisses. He rolled his hips up, grinding his groin against Todd’s.

 
“Yeah, there was.” Todd sat up, straddling Nick and pulling him to a sitting position. In one quick move, Todd grabbed Nick’s shirt and yanked it up and over his head, wrapping it around Nick’s wrists.images
Nick flopped back onto the mattress and groaned more loudly when Todd pounced.

A loud and rude pounding on the door accompanied Heidi’s voice. “Ruger! I know you two are in there. We have work to do.”

 
Todd blew out a breath and pushed off Nick far enough that he could rub at his forehead and groan. Looking down at Nick, Todd sighed. “Is she kidding?”

 
Beneath him, Todd felt Nick’s body tremble, and a chuckle rolled up from his belly. “I don’t think so.”

 
“I’m not going away,” Heidi called through the door, and there was more pounding.

 
“We could let her watch,” Nick said and shrugged.

 

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Thank you again for joining me and helping me celebrate the release of Tethered Pair!

Riverboats!

November 21, 2014

I’m Elizabeth Noble and I’m here today talking about my upcoming release, Tethered Pair (book #5 of Sentries).TetheredPairFS

I love finding new and interesting locations to set the Sentries stories in. So far in the series they’ve covered a good bit of North America and in this book they’re heading to the rivers on a high stakes gambling riverboat. There was lots of fun things I could add to the main plot. We find out that Todd Ruger loved a series of books as a young boy that was centered around a riverboat gambler, so of course he wants to reenact some of his favorite parts and be like his favorite character.

Neither Todd, nor Nick have ever been on a riverboat before, so their trip on the Annabelle is more than a mission, it’s one new experience after another. Their mission lands them on a riverboat, undercover as a gambler and his slave, to ferret out and stop weapons dealers. Little do they know those weapons dealers are demons!

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One of my favorite parts of writing this book was creating situations and places, unraveling a story that mostly takes place on a riverboat. Of course, there are a variety of people for them to interact with and Todd finally makes good on his threat-er promise- that Nick learn to dance!

Todd loves riverboats and he’s not really on vacation, but its exciting for him anyway. What sort of vacation travel do you like? Boats, trains, pack mule?

I’ll leave the contest open until Sunday morning. Nov 23. Everyone commenting will be entered in a chance to win an eBook copy of Tethered Pair. The book will be placed on the winner’s Dreamspinner bookshelf after its release date of Nov. 26, 2014.