Sacrifices (Release Day Party): Winners!

April 28, 2014

 

Sacrifices (A Jeff Woods Mystery) Release Day Party—Final Post

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Chris T. Kat here for the last time today. Thank you all so much for joining me. I hope you’ll give Sacrifices, the second Jeff Woods Mystery, a try.

I used random.org to help me draw two winners. Congrats to:

Sam

Susan

Please send me an e-mail at christi_kat25@yahoo.com and let me know the e-mail address that’s associated with your Dreamspinner Press account. I’ll contact the DSP team and they’ll put your copy of Sacrifices on your bookshelf.

If you’d like to get into touch with me, I’m always delighted to hear from you! Below are my contact information and places you can find me on the internet:

Blog: http://christikat.blogspot.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/christi_kat

GoodReads:http://www.goodreads.com/ChrisTKat

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ChrisTKat

Again, thank you all so much for a great chat!

Sacrifices (Release Day Party): Alex’s disabled brother, Sean

April 28, 2014

Sacrifices (A Jeff Woods Mystery) Release Day Party—Sean

This is going to be my last post before I draw the winners for an e-copy of Sacrifices, so make sure you enter. :)

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In the first Jeff Woods Mystery, Attachment Strings, Jeff struggles to understand Alex’s devotion to his little brother, Sean. Alex’s brother is disabled, and Jeff had a hard time getting over his prejudices. In Sacrifices, we see him dealing with Sean in a much more natural, relaxed way.

Jeff knows what to do with Sean, and tries his best to understand and interpret Sean’s signals. He’s not always successful, which irks him, to say the least. Still, he doesn’t give up and enjoys those mundane family moments with Alex and Sean—more than he ever imagined he would.

Some readers enjoy kids in their books, some don’t. I have no preference, but I tend to bring in children because I happen to like them. Comes in handy when you’re a teacher, right?

How about you? Do you like kids in your stories? Or do you want your books to be a “kid-free” zone? Or don’t you care either way? I’m curious. :)

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I’ll be giving away two eBook copies of Sacrifices to anyone who comments during the release party.

Here’s another excerpt (from chapter three):

Indeed, Alex put his hands on his hips when I waved the package. Whatever he said was drowned out by Sean’s cheerful screech, though. Sean frog-hopped toward me while I put my jacket on the hook. Alex followed, whispering, “You promised him a gift?”

No, I promised to help him build his farm and play with him.”

I don’t get why you needed to buy him something new, then?”

Faking offense, I answered, “How can we play farm without a plow horse? Come on, you have to admit it was very important for me to complete his collection.”

Alex fought against the smile on his face but eventually he gave in. “All right, all right.” He pressed a kiss on my cheek, then added softly, “Thank you.”

Sean watched us while he gurgled happily and bounced up and down. Only Alex’s quick reaction prevented him from toppling to the side and banging his head against the wall. I bent down to pick Sean up. He grappled for the package in my hand until I told him, “We’ll go to the living room, okay? You can open it there.”

Sean nodded reluctantly before resting his head on my shoulder. There, I gently helped him to the floor. We tore open the package, and Sean’s eyes lit up when he held the large horse in his hands.

Sacrifices (Release Day Party): Supporting Characters (&Buddy Cop Movies)

April 28, 2014

 

Sacrifices (A Jeff Woods Mystery) Release Day Party—Supporting Characters

 

In the first Jeff Woods Mystery, Attachment Strings, we not only meet Jeff, Alex, and Sean, but also Parker Trenkins. He’s Jeff’s partner on the force, and a real handful. Parker plays an important role in Sacrifices as well.

 

I love writing strong, supporting characters, and Parker was a fun character to write. I’m still considering giving him his own story. After all, he found his own lover, David, during the events in Attachment Strings, and is very much in love with him.

 

Parker seems rude, brash, and on occasion in dire need of a muzzle. However, there’s another side to him. He’s genuinely fond of Alex and Sean, and he’s always there when he’s needed. He’s a good friend to Jeff, even though his favorite sport consists of riling Jeff up to the point of either explosion or total surrender. The relationship between Jeff and Parker reminded one of my editors of buddy cop movies, and that’s exactly what I was going for. I happen to like those movies in which the characters tease the heck out of each other.

The Rush Hour series and the Die Hard series come to mind (and yep, I wrote fan fiction in the Live Free or Die Hard fandom…).

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What are your favorite buddy cop movies?

 

I’ll be giving away two eBook copies of Sacrifices to anyone who comments during the release party.

 

 

Here’s another excerpt (from chapter two):

 

You’re here to ditch your frustration?”

 

Parker’s scowl deepened, and a strand of his black hair fell onto his forehead. When he pushed it away, I feared he’d tear it out. He dragged on his cigarette, blew out the smoke, and then said, “I think some of the others know about me and David.”

 

I stiffened. “So?”

 

So? What am I going to do? Look what happened to you!”

 

For the first time, I realized Parker’s hands were trembling. Great. First I held my trembling boyfriend in my arms, and now I was watching my friend—probably my best friend—shaking. I loved Monday mornings; each new one topped the last in awkwardness, embarrassment, or pain.

 

What are you referring to, precisely? That I’m no longer a cop? That certain people won’t talk to me anymore out of fear they’ll be contaminated with gay cooties?”

 

Gay cooties?” Parker echoed.

 

Never heard that term?”

 

I… never mind. I just thought—” He ran his hands through his hair, then gazed at the cigarette in his hand.

 

You thought what? That I could give you advice on how to deal with it?” I snorted. I sounded bitter, even to my own ears.

 

Parker lifted his gaze from his smoke to my face; a harried expression stained his features. Tonelessly, he said, “David wants me to come out and leave the police. He got a job offer at a university in Washington DC and wants me to go with him.”

 

He what? Seriously?” I floundered. “Well, congratulations to David. Do you think he’ll take the job?”

 

He wants to. He’d earn more money, and he’s originally from that area. David’s parents still live there.” Parker shrugged, a helpless gesture somehow. “I’m kind of confused where I’d fit into his new life.”

 

Have you talked?”

 

That drew a lopsided smile from Parker. “Have you met David?”

 

I snickered.

 

Parker threw the stub on the ground, stamped on it, and zipped up his jacket. “Yes, we did talk. He needs to take or decline the offer by next Monday, so he told me to come to a decision by Sunday. Thing is, he won’t take the job if I stay here, and that’s….”

 

It sucks,” I offered.

 

It does. Big time. Apparently, David’s serious about the job offer, but he’s more serious about me. It’s freaky. We had a—” Parker faltered for a moment, obviously searching for the right words. “—discussion.”

 

Discussion, eh?”

 

Did I see a blush rise on his cheeks? How odd.

 

Of the lengthy variety.”

 

Wheee!”

 

Parker punched my left shoulder lightly. “Idiot.”

 

Likewise.”

 

I should have known you’d be no help.”

 

Smiling, I said, “I know.”

 

Next time I’m going to call you. Saves me the trouble of having to see your face.”

 

Hey, no insults so early in the morning!”

 

Parker didn’t look happy, but at least he didn’t look as if he’d clock the next guy he met.

 

Sacrifices (Release Day Party): Writing a Series

April 28, 2014

 

Sacrifices (A Jeff Woods Mystery) Release Day Party—Writing a Series

Chris T. Kat still on the DSP blog, talking about my new release, Sacrifices (A Jeff Woods Mystery). When I wrote the first Jeff Woods story, I knew this would become a series. For a while, I struggled with the decision on how many books the series should entail, but eventually settled on three. The third and last book is written, and I just submitted it. :)

Writing a series is always a risk because many readers want stories in which the main characters fall in love. In a series, you usually get past that stage in the first book, so how do you keep things fresh in further volumes?

 

Jeff and Alex know in Sacrifices they’re in love with each other, but neither of them feels very secure in their relationship. Jeff has made the decision to go for it, while Alex is unsure whether he can trust Jeff. For Alex, who is very young, it’s the first real relationship he’s been in and that scares him. Does that mean he has to give up some of his independence? What about Sean? Does Jeff only tolerate him? These are all questions running wild in Alex’s mind. Add to that stress caused by the Church of Virtue, and a sudden lack of money, and you have trouble in the making.

 

Do you like to read series with recurring main characters? Why or why not?

 

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Remember that I’ll be giving away two eBook copies of Sacrifices to anyone who comments during the release party.

 

 

Here’s an excerpt from Chapter Two:

 

Somehow I survived the day. Even though I’d worked here for two months now, I hadn’t grown accustomed to the bustling, hectic activity. Sure, the station had been busy too, but that had been different. Here it was all talk about stuff I really didn’t give a shit about.

 

Anyway, I had done my work for today. I’d compiled information about criminal activity in and around Atlantic City, which included a couple of robberies, an attempted rape, an attempted murder, a few brawls, and a missing person. I had my own talk show once a week, telling an interested audience all about what crimes were happening in their city. Astonishingly, the show was a huge success. Most people believed what I said because I’d been a cop. Sometimes there were huge controversies, though these were usually about me as a person rather than what I had to say.

 

For some people, I was a hero—for rescuing Sean and Alex, for having been a cop, for being outed and standing by my man, or whatever other reason. For some people, I was scum for exactly the same reasons. There’s just no pleasing everyone.

 

The members of the Church of Virtue definitely didn’t like me. They didn’t like a lot of people, especially gays. At least there had been no parade of Church members chanting in front of the station and waving stupid posters. On the other hand, they never appeared on Mondays. Maybe they actually needed to work somewhere too?

 

But—there always seemed to be a but—I’d received another letter from them in which they berated me for consciously misleading the public and forcing my gay ways on them. I’d read the letter three times. I always read them several times, each time hoping they’d make sense in a way I could understand. So far, comprehension eluded me.

 

It was early afternoon when I printed out what I wanted to talk about tomorrow. After reading through it and marking important details, I eyed the clock. I still needed to check and verify some facts, which translated into calling Parker.

 

Leaning back in my chair, I rolled my head from side to side, trying to get rid of the cricks. I sighed when the tension in my shoulders eased, then picked up the phone and dialed. “Hey, Alex, it’s me. How’d it go with Sean?”

 

Not bad. What did you bribe him with?”

 

Not going to tell you,” I sing-songed.

 

Why not?” Alex sure sounded exasperated.

 

Because it’s my secret.”

 

Alex snorted. “Any other reason for calling me? He’ll be back in about an hour and I need to get some stuff done around here.”

 

What stuff?”

 

Oh, the exciting stuff: cleaning the bathroom, vacuuming, and so on. Other guys my age go diving, hang out in bars, or whatever, but hey, I gotta clean the bathroom. Yay me!”

 

I chuckled. “Poor you.”

 

Thanks for your sympathy.”

 

You’re welcome. Any luck today?”

 

The silence that greeted me from the other end of the line told me all I needed to know. Eventually, Alex answered in a subdued voice, “No. No luck today.”

 

You’ll find a new job,” I said, ignoring the guilt about using a platitude.

 

If you say so.”

 

Give it time, Alex.”

 

I am giving it time!” His voice rose and I braced myself. Nothing came forth, other than harsh breathing.

 

Alex?”

 

I’m not going to flip, don’t worry.”

 

Before I had time to process what I was saying, the words were out of my mouth. “Oh, good!”

 

Alex suddenly laughed. “It’s that bad?”

 

That’s a trick question, right?”

 

Well, no matter what you say I’ll be pissed off, so… yep.”

 

Then I’ll go with saying nothing.”

 

That’ll piss me off even more.”

 

Imp.”

 

Alex laughed again. “Hey, insulting me might piss me off even worse.”

 

I met Parker this morning. He invited us for dinner in two days. I said we’d be there.”

 

You really need to work on your subtly-changing-the-topic skill,” Alex replied.

 

I’d rather work on you tonight.”

 

Geez, that was bad.” Despite the rebuff, I heard the smile in his voice. Mission accomplished.

Sacrifices (Release Day Party) — An Unlikeable Character?

April 28, 2014

Sacrifices (A Jeff Woods Mystery) Release Day Party—An Unlikeable Character?

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Hi! This is Chris T. Kat again, still talking about my new release Sacrifices (A Jeff Woods Mystery). As I said before, Sacrifices is the sequel to Attachment Strings. The first book received some strong reactions, especially regarding the main character, Jeff Woods.

When I wrote that character, I realized I was taking a big risk since he comes across as rude, judgmental, and prejudiced. He has a very hard time dealing with Alex’s younger and disabled brother, Sean. I based Jeff Woods on people I met, and the way they reacted to disabled children. I work as a Special Ed teacher, so, yeah, some reactions make you question your faith in humanity. Not all, of course, but people who’ve never met a severely disabled child often can’t school their features (or they don’t want to), and it’s hard work to show them that no one is defined by his disability.

Jeff has learned that the hard way in Attachment Strings. In Sacrifices, he’s still working on some of his prejudices, but he’s lost the fear that underlined his actions in the first book. All three are doing their best on becoming a family. It’s a tough undertaking, though.

I come from a patchwork family myself, so I know how much work from everyone has to go into creating a new family. What are your experiences?

Remember that I’ll be giving away two e-book copies of Sacrifices to anyone who comments during the release party.

Here’s an excerpt from Chapter One:

After wishing Sean a good day at school, which he answered with a sullen look, I made my way over to Alex. He got up from his chair and threw himself into my open arms.

I held him tight, felt him tremble slightly. He whispered, “I don’t want him to make a fuss when the school bus arrives. I can’t handle this shit anymore.”

He was almost sobbing the last sentence. Sean had given him hell since school had started. We both understood Sean’s refusal, but St. Christopherus School was the only one available for him.

Sean never wanted to get on his school bus, which he showed everyone in no uncertain terms. He screamed and cried and thrashed around in his wheelchair so violently that he’d managed to flip the wheelchair onto its side on several occasions.

His new bus driver, an elderly woman named Patricia Cornell, was an incredibly patient person. Somehow she always convinced Sean she’d take care of him and got him on the bus. By the time the bus left, Alex was either crying or close to tears. I’d witnessed all of this several times in the past weeks and generally sat with Alex afterward while he tried to compose himself.

Today he’d be on his own.

Tightening my grip, I whispered back, “He’ll get over it eventually. His therapist said as much.”

Alex snorted. “Yeah, Burnes also said he’d get over his nightmares eventually. Do you see that happening? Because I damn well don’t.”

His trembles increased and fast puffs of breath tickled my throat. Not a good sign. Helplessly, I murmured his name.

Sean whistled sharply, obviously not happy about being excluded from the conversation. Alex jumped in my arms and tried to push away from me. I held on, keeping him crushed to my chest.

Jeff, I need—”

No, you don’t,” I cut him off. “Sean will survive not being the center of your attention for a moment. Relax.”

Relax?” Alex snapped, again struggling to get free from me.

Lifting him off his feet, I carried him over to his chair, plonked down on it, and settled him on my lap, all the while ignoring his protests. “Hush now, I’m in charge here.”

No, you’re not.”

But yes, of course I am. Who else could be in charge here other than me?”

Sean laughed from the other side of the table. I winked at him. Alex finally stopped struggling and leaned against me instead.

How about me?” he asked.

You?” I countered, doing my best to sound sufficiently horrified.

Alex bumped a fist against my chest, smiling a bit. “Yes.”

Well, for one, I like to be in charge and you don’t.”

That’s not true!”

Don’t interrupt me,” I said. The corners of my mouth curved upward, even though I tried to keep a straight face. “I’m having a really good daydream right now.”

Really? What’s it about?”

Oh, just that you’re acknowledging my awesomeness and—”

All right, all right, you’re awesome and in charge and I was short of having a meltdown. Yet again.” He sighed.

Hah! I knew someday you’d say it!”

Yeah, yeah, don’t let it go to your head. We don’t want you to be distracted while you’re on your way to work,” Alex muttered.

And that was the real problem, or at least part of it. Alex feared something could happen to me—on my way to work, at work, on my way back, anywhere.

I couldn’t blame him. Resting my cheek on top of his head, I pulled him closer to me. Alex shuddered, then trailed a finger over my shirt, tracing the large scar hidden under it.

Sacrifices (A Jeff Woods Mystery) Release Day Party

April 28, 2014

 

Sacrifices (A Jeff Woods Mystery) Release Day Party

Hi! I’m Chris T. Kat, and I’m here with you today to celebrate the release of my latest book Sacrifices (A Jeff Woods Mystery). Sacrifices is the sequel to Attachment Strings, in which you are introduced to the main characters, Jeff Woods and Alex Fisher. Sacrifices can be read as a standalone book, but it’ll probably be more satisfying if you’ve read the first book.

You can get Sacrifices in eBook here. It’s also available in paperback, and the first ten copies sold directly from the Dreamspinner website have been autographed by me. :)

I look forward to spending the day with you all. To get us all started, here’s the blurb:

When he was outed on the local news, Jeff Woods gave up his dream job as a detective to become an on-air radio personality. The sacrifice was worth it to keep Alex and Sean in his life, but Alex lost his job, too. Jeff can tell Alex worries he’s pressuring Jeff too much, first with Sean and now the lack of money, but he has no idea what that will lead Alex to do. Desperate times bring out the stupidity in some people, and when Jeff discovers Alex is in over his head in a situation he can’t handle, he needs all his self-control to stay calm.

Life is not easy with the Church of Virtue still spouting venom wherever they go, homophobes at the police department, a gangster who wants Alex in the worst possible way, and a bed that barely holds one grown man, much less two (and a child), but Jeff is there to stay for good, and he’ll do what it takes to make Alex believe him.

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Sooo, is anyone intrigued by Jeff’s change of career? Any ideas how this will impact Jeff and Alex’s relationship? Let’s not forget Alex’s little brother, Sean, who is dealing with his own demons after what happened to him in Attachment Strings.

I’d love to hear what you think!

I should probably mention that I’ll give away two eBook copies of Sacrifices to anyone who comments during the release party.

New Releases: April 25th, 2014

April 25, 2014

Foolish Me by Tinnean

 

When Will returns to an empty apartment, he wonders if Theo really wants to be found. But Will always gets his man.


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Giving up a life as rent boy Sweetcheeks for his lover, William Matheson, was an easy decision for Theo Bascopolis. But years of selling his body and the lingering pain from being thrown out by his father leave Theo worried that Wills, who’s always had his family’s acceptance, can’t truly love him. Life has taught him love isn’t for rent boys, and he’s having a hard time tearing down the walls he built around his emotions and trusting that Wills sees beyond his past.

 

Despite Wills’s reassurances, he leaves for an extended assignment with no contact, giving Theo too much time to think about the future. A message arrives, and as far as Theo is concerned, it proves him right. Maybe it’s too late to protect his heart, but he’s not going to hang around waiting for Matheson to stomp all over it. Theo runs, breaking all ties to his former lover.

 

When Wills returns to an empty apartment and no sign of his lover, he wonders whether Theo really wants to be found and if they are meant to be together after all. But they’ve been through too much, and Wills always gets his man.

 

Length: Novel (350p.) | Genre:  Contemporary | Release Date: April 25, 2014

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-826-1) | Buy as Paperback ($17.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-825-4)

 

 

 

Off Stage: In the Wings by Jaime Samms

 

Vance knows Lenny is the sub for him. But Len’s temper leads him to hurt Vance, and both men realize they need help with Len’s issues.

Off Stage: Book Two

 

Lenny Stevens was the lead guitarist of the up-and-coming grunge band Firefly until he crossed the line with the band’s lead singer. Now he’s faced with the impossible task of rebuilding his life without the music that had kept him together. Struggling with his fear and rage, he creates the same damaging patterns in his relationship with his lover, Vance Ashcroft.

 

Vance knows that Lenny is the submissive meant for him. He is convinced he can save Lenny from his demons and puts faith in his ability. But when Len’s temper leads to him physically hurting Vance and destroying property, both men realize Len’s issues are too big for them to work through alone.

 

Seeking the help of the people who know Len best, Vance invites his former bandmates to the ranch for Len’s belated birthday party. Together, they try to create a safe haven for Len to come apart and, hopefully, rearrange himself into a man who can live with his past and create a future worth having.

 

Length: Novel (326p.) | Genre:  Contemporary, BDSM | Release Date: April 25, 2014

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-828-5) | Buy as Paperback ($17.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-827-8)

 

 

 

Spring Affair by B.G. Thomas

 

Spring is a time for rebirth. Long-buried feelings surface when Max befriends Sloan. Can the two men find happiness and a new beginning?

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Sloan McKenna is going through a tough time. His beloved mother has recently passed away, leaving him her house and beautiful garden. But should he keep the house? Sell it? To make matters worse, he’s in love with one of his best friends, Asher, a man who can’t (or won’t) love him back.

 

Sloan’s neighbor, Max Turner, is married to an ambitious woman with far-reaching dreams, including moving the family to France. But Max is happy teaching at the local college and living in their nice, quiet town. Then he discovers his fourteen-year-old son is not only gay, but out and proud as well. That throws him into complete disarray, for more than one reason….

 

When Max’s wife leaves on a two-month business trip to Paris, circumstances throw the two men together. As they become friends, Sloan finds himself falling in love with Max, who is completely unavailable… just like Asher. As for Max, he is discovering that both his son’s coming out and his new friendship with Sloan are stirring up feelings he thought buried long ago. Spring is a time for rebirth—Is there any way the two men can find happiness and a new beginning?

 

Length: Novel (350p.) | Genre:  Contemporary | Release Date: April 25, 2014

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-872-8) | Buy as Paperback ($17.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-871-1)

Harmony Ink New Release: April 24, 2014

April 24, 2014

Hunters by A.M. Burns

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Thom is a small Bigfoot who gets to attend school, though he’s not expected to do much. That changes when he finds Ben in the forest. Hunters by A.M. Burns, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

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Bigfoot hunters prowl the forests of Cripple Creek, Colorado. That doesn’t sit well with Thom Woodmen—a Bigfoot—albeit the runt of his family. Being the smallest has advantages; Thom, in disguise, gets to attend high school, and he’s not expected to accomplish much in life. All that changes when he comes across a distressed human in the forest.

Ben Steele is new to Cripple Creek High School, and after a harrowing experience in the woods near his new home, he quickly falls in with Thom Woodmen and his circle of friends. So what if they like to hang out with nature? Ben’s got nothing better to do. Trouble is, Ben can’t seem to stay out of it—trouble, that is.

However, in saving young Ben’s life, Thom inadvertently kick-starts a bonding process that’ll change both their lives forever. With the support of family and friends, Thom learns to accept bonding with the human boy. But with the danger overrunning Cripple Creek lately, Thom may be cut down before he can confess his secret and his love.

Length: Novel (180p.) | Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Paranormal, Other Paranormal, Young Adult, Gay | Release Date: April 24, 2014

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62798-943-5) | Buy as a paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62798-942-8)

New Releases: April 23rd, 2014

April 23, 2014

The Uncertain Customer by Pearl Love

 

Sir Wallace Church comes to Devon Wilcox’s rescue, and tempts him with high-class entertainment at a mysterious boy brothel.

Devon Wilcox, the privileged fifth son of a viscount, has everything a man could want … except being gay in a time when such deviant behavior could land him in prison. He tries to console himself with the denizens of society’s underbelly, but frequently ends up the victim of those who’d rather take advantage of his desperation. Fortunately, his best friend and secret object of infatuation, Sir Wallace Church, comes to his rescue. Wallace tempts him with the promise of high-class entertainment at a mysterious boy brothel called “The Garden.” Situated in the heart of mid-Victorian London, The Garden offers an array of choice morsels, beautiful young men named after flowers. There, Wilcox finds not only the perfect bed partner for the evening, but the chance to gain his most ardent heart’s desire.

 

Length: Novella (80p.) | Genre: Historical: European, MMM or more | Release Date: April 23, 2014

Buy as eBook ($3.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-635-9)

 

 

 

The Winter Lord by Jaye Edgerton

 

Erik seeks an end to the cold in his world, but doesn’t expect a Winter-cursed fey lord who wants him as his champion and bedmate.

When Erik, a human scholar and amateur mage, sets out to find Alfheim, the legendary home of the light-elves, he has nothing to lose. His village suffers under a mysterious Unending Winter, and his lover died in a hunting accident while trying to find food. Erik wants to find a way to end the cold, but he doesn’t expect a beautiful but Winter-cursed fey lord who wants him for his champion—and his bedmate.

 

Lord Therial is an elemental creature, tied to the land, and the elves of his kingdom revere him like a spoiled but rightful ruler. A spell cast by a rival fey locks him and his little corner of Alfheim into a perpetual Winter that seems connected to the one afflicting Erik’s home. If Erik fails to defeat the enemy, both realms will remain trapped forever.

 

Length: Novella (78p.) | Genre: High Fantasy, Mythology | Release Date: April 23, 2014

Buy as eBook ($3.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-665-6)

 

 

 

Wood, Screws, & Nails by Piper Vaughn & Kade Boehme

 

When Aaron’s son Julian flakes on helping his dad remodel a house, Aaron and Malachi discover a mutual attraction that’s hard to resist.

Aaron Costa’s summer was all planned. Despite having to remodel the family lake house, it would be a vacation of sorts, and he had every intention of enjoying it—until the friend who was supposed to help him got injured and left him in a lurch. He decides to take the opportunity to bond with his son and hires Julian and his roommate, Malachi, to assist.

 

As a broke college student, Malachi could use the money, and spending the summer with Aaron for eye candy sounds like a dream. “Look but don’t touch” becomes his motto. But when Julian starts flaking on his responsibilities and Malachi and Aaron are forced to spend long hours alone together, their mutual attraction is impossible to resist.

 

Aaron can’t fight the temptation sexy Malachi presents. But more than their age difference stands in their way, not the least of which is Aaron’s semi-closeted status and the fact that he’s never openly discussed his sexuality with his son. He has no idea how Julian will react when he learns his father is not only gay, he’s also dating his best friend.

 

Length: Novella (176p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance | Release Date: April 23, 2014

Buy as eBook ($5.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-801-8)

My Hockey Dream Team

April 22, 2014

Closing Time…One last call for alcohol so finish your whiskey or beer… Closing time…

What a day! Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by, whether you commented or not. I hope everyone had a good time and I really hope you find the time to read Picks & Pucks. I should mention I also wrote a short story called The Magic Broom. Lots of winter sports, including curling. Because curling is fun and all the cool kids curl. There’s another lovely novel I wrote called Echoes of Us, which is about making it in the music business. It’s a swell, angst story. Give it a shot. End Advertising segment.

For my final post of the evening, I’ve decided to create my dream hockey team. Current players only. It turned into a partial dream team because I got lost on several team websites looking at pictures of players…erm, maybe I shouldn’t have admitted that part.

Jonathan Toews #19 Captain of the Chicago Blackhawks Center

Zach Parise #11 Captain of the Minnesota Wild Left Wing

Matt Frattin  #23 Columbus Bluejackets Right Wing

Patrick Kane #88 Chicago Blackhawks Right Wing

Sidney Crosby #87 Pittsburgh Penguins Center

TJ Oshie #74 St. Louis Blues Right Wing

Zdeno Chara #33 Captain of the Boston Bruins Defense

Cam Fowler #4 Anaheim Ducks Defense

Niklas Kronwall #55 Detroit Red Wings Defense

Henrik Lundqvist #30 New York Rangers Goalie (The commercial with him and the Rhino is so freaking COOL)

This was a hard task, because I tend to gravitate to players I’ve seen play, and by that I mean, former University of North Dakota players. For example, Jonathan Toews, TJ Oshie, Matt Frattin, Zach Parise… I could easily have added Chris Porter, Travis Zajac, Brian Lee (he drove me crazy when he was at UND), Corban Knight (although he was sent back down…boo) Drew Stafford, Chris Vandevelde.

Fav players? Tell me… Also I’ve been informed that like Toews and Kane, Crosby and Malkin come as a set. Guess I need to add Geno to my dream team.

I’ll announce the winners in around midnight my time, if I don’t fall asleep first…Thanks for the fun

More about me:

Teegan Loy began writing a long time ago. Notebooks filled with ideas were stacked around the house. One day, she sat down with renewed ambition and something fantastic happened: she completed a story. Now most of her time is spent writing, but she takes occasional breaks to go to the movies, where she imagines her stories on the big screen. She also enjoys watching hockey, filling her iPod with music, and driving her daughter around town to various activities.

You can find Teegan at

Twitter: @teeganloy

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Blog: http://teeganloy.wordpress.com

Xo, Teegan