I'm delighted to welcome author Wendy Rathbone to my blog to celebrate the release of her new book, Trust No Alpha! Below are the blurb and book links, as well as a special link to her Facebook Trust No Alpha Release Party. If you want to find out more about Wendy, AND meet some pretty cool authors doing games and giveaways, a trip to Wendyland is a must.
The Release Party Starts Saturday 15th February 8am EST on Wendyland
TRUST NO ALPHA - The Omega Misfits Book 1
It’s a world gone mad. The Alphas are out of control.
When you discover you’re not who you thought you were, the nightmare begins.
At age eighteen, life as he knows it is over for Kris. A secret to his nature he was not aware of has been revealed.
Now, kept as a prisoner in a locked room in the mansion of his wealthy father, Kris is at the mercy of Alpha laws and Alpha domination.
Things take a turn for the worse when his own litter mate threatens him, and his father starts behaving strangely around him.
Escape is his only hope. But where can he go in a world that allows him no rights?
Marked as a dangerous Alpha, and living a secluded life alone and unloved, Thorne still grieves for the mate whose death he feels responsible for.
Years have passed, and he refuses to even try to function in normal society.
One day he discovers a young man on his property, disheveled, desperate, and scared. He acts like a runaway Omega, but he doesn’t smell like one.
What is this boy? And why does Thorne feel an immediate need to protect him? To bond him? To make him his?
A non-shifter, Omegaverse love story of rescue, first time, fertility issues and an HEA. Standalone read. 65,500 words. (While Omegas are birth-fathers in this universe, there is no on-page mpreg in this book.)
Currently, I write all male/male romances. For many years it has been my first love, and is my focus.
If you are not sure which of my books to try first, pick a genre. If it's contemporary, you will enjoy The Foundling Trilogy: Rescue Me, Sacrifice Me, and Remember Me where a billionaire underworld businessman rescues an amnesiac man at sea.
If you love fantasy, The Imposter Prince and The Imposter King tell the story of a double for a prince who must continue in his role after the prince is secretly killed. How can it get worse? He falls for an enemy prince!
Or you might enjoy stories set in present day Earth where the owning of pleasure slaves is legal, in which case you can start with The Slave Palace.
All my books are available in Kindle Unlimited. Happy reading!
Basically, because people have been so fantastic and supportive of this promo, it is being extended by another two days to the 18th of February! So you have longer to decide which of these fabulous books you'd like to try out for $0.99 or less.
Book boyfriends; don't you just love them? They're hot, sexy. You can pick them up and put them down and they won't argue or want you to spend more time than you're willing to give. And in this case, they are cheap! But in the best sense of the word.
So whether you're celebrating Valentine's Day or wishing the whole thing would go away, this promotion is your chance to escape into a world of wonderful fiction, and fill your e-reader with the kind of men you only really meet between the covers of the book.
To do this, check out MM Book Buzz's awesome $0.99 or less deals. Going Down is in there too. Can you see it? The one with the yellow cover! And it's surrounded by some amazing authors, whether you want romance, action and adventure, the paranormal, shifters, or just good old-fashioned steamy sex, all books are $0.99 or less, which means you'll get a lot more for your money than you would with some wilting roses or environmentally unfriendly, packaged-up-to-the-hilt choccies.
Going Down is out on Amazon, and I'm working on the paperback version as we speak. Look out for the next post which give details of a special Valentine's Promotion, where you can pick up Going Down for $0.99 for the next five days! (PS: It IS for over 18's...)
Full of filth and high-octane frolics, Going Down is a work of pulp fiction, the first in Lady Jaguar's Pulp Reads series.
Tino Santini is offered the role of Personal Assistant to his wealthy CEO, after being trapped with him in an elevator just before Thanksgiving. It seems a night of scorching sex can do wonders for a flagging career.
Now his new boss wants more of Tino's talented mouth as well as his organisational skills. Neither of them expect their professional relationship and private arrangement to be anything other than business, until a personal tragedy means that Richard needs Tino more than ever.
Wealthy pansexual businessman, Richard Mason, seems to have it all, but a former female lover, a New York gangster and a murky past all threaten to destroy his chance of happiness.
Tino is the sensible employee who gets stuck with Richard in the elevator, but a bottle of cognac, some donuts and an indecent proposal send him on a hedonistic journey of sex, murder and possibly love.
This was originally a standalone short story on Wattpad - basically an excuse for two guys to have hot sex in an elevator, but due to reader demand, I've extended it to a full-length erotic fiction novel. This Amazon publication has bonus content not found on the Wattpad edition.
Author's Note: Richard Mason first appeared in Jayne Lockwood's novel, Closer Than Blood. Whilst some elements of that story are mentioned in this book, this is not a sequel.
I'm delighted to feature Eliot Parker on this blog to celebrate the release of his collection of short stories, Snapshots. I was given a copy of the book in exchange for an honest and fair review, and you can find out what I thought of it below!
Eliot Parker is the author of six books, most recently Snapshots. His novel Code for Murder was named a 2018 Finalist for Genre Fiction by American Book Fest, and he recently received the Thriller Writing Award by the National Association of Book Editors (NABE) for all of his novels. He hosts the podcast Now, Appalachia and teaches English at the University of Mississippi. Learn more about him at www.eliotparker.com.
Blurb for Snapshots
Eudora Welty’s quote “A good snapshot keeps a moment from going away” is a theme that permeates all of the stories in Eliot Parker’s collection of short stories, Snapshots.
These stories are set in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. In the plots of the stories, the makeup of the characters is more interesting and important than the circumstances that the characters find themselves trying to manage. Each protagonist finds themselves in a complicated set of personal and professional relationships. By their nature, relationships are complicated. The protagonists in these stories are shaped by their backgrounds, life experiences, and expectations of other people. Conflicts arise for these protagonists when decisions and choices made by others alter the expectations and circumstances expected by the protagonists.
In each of these stories, the lives, values, and beliefs held by the characters are deconstructed and each of them face a new reality brought on by an experience or situation that forces them to reexamine who they are and who they need to become. Each of these characters occupy a variety of professional spaces: cops, a rich, successful couple, convicted criminals, and others grieving the loss of a loved one and grieving the absence of love.
I received this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. 3.5 stars, rounded up because of the lovingly-crafted sense of place.
This book is a mixed bag to be sure, with the paranormal sitting uneasily with family strife in a collection of short stories dealing with the human condition, and how people react to circumstances they find themselves in and why they do it. There is a strong theme of how different people cope with grief throughout the book, although not in every story.
The "how" people react is obvious in each story, not because it's predictable, but because the storytelling is good and it's obvious a lot of research has gone into the various professions of the protagonists. The "why" is less so, especially in the case of the woman realising a woman she doesn't know is sexting another man. Her actions seem spiteful, and we don't know enough about either woman to know whether her actions arise out of jealousy or what the state of the other woman's marriage is like. There is something missing, a small detail that would make a huge difference to the impact of the tale. The dialogue is good though, and I could almost imagine being in the midst of a baseball game whilst little dramas are being played out all around.
So the writing, the descriptions, the set-building were great. What I didn't enjoy so much was that feeling that I had missed something in some of the stories. Hub2000 was one. I just didn't get it although I fully accept it might just have been me. Some of the characters had terrible things happen to them but there didn't seem to be a reason for it. I had to read more than once, hoping to pick up a detail I'd missed that would have tied the story together, but I didn't find it. Maybe that was the point, but I couldn't help feeling that some of the tales just needed one small tweak to round them off.
My favourite story was Reflections, and thought that was one of the best, as a young man seeking comfort whilst grieving for his father has an odd encounter in a graveyard. Also, Old Lady, was about a woman still getting over the death of her husband and is not quite ready to move on. The characters were lovely in that, especially the little girl trying to make her smile.
The oddest of the collection was Princess, ostensibly about a missing dog. If the modus operandi was to induce a sense of panic in the reader, it certainly did that, so it was nice to have an uplifting story at the end of the collection. And Special Needs was downright sinister, simply because it felt so horribly realistic.
The quality of the writing is excellent and the sense of never knowing what is coming next is terrific. Definitely a book I would be happy to dip into again.