Tuesday, January 27, 2015

um...a little late Story Orgy Monday!

Happy Belated Story Orgy Monday!

Come on…say it with me…week 4 of 2015 and my post #4 is here and up and (hopefully) fabulous! We won’t discuss how it might be a little late posting…*clears throat*

So on to my prompt, another scene from Chance at Trust

To give you a little background on this scene—

Em is prepared to walk out on the date that Joss and Penn deceived him on…

This week's prompt:  He knew they didn’t forgive him, but he was okay with that. (slightly altered for purpose of working with this scene)

And now for your reading pleasure…

Chance at Trust
copyright © 2015 Havan Fellows

Why would Penn bring him here?
Em was pretty sure he knew why. "I honestly believe you have the best of intentions here, Penn..." He folded the menu and placed it on the table in front of him, breathing deeply in through his nose, trying to gain his courage to make a dignified exit. "But you know what they say about good intentions. Thank you for"—Em thought about that scorching kiss at Joss's condo and mourned the loss of never having another—"thank you for a very sweet memory that I'll draw upon often."
Nodding, more to himself than Penn, Em pushed his seat back and stood to leave.
A steel like grip wrapped around Em's wrist, holding him in place.
"Whoa, am I being dumped?" Penn's brows furrowed together, his face expressing his bewilderment in the turn of events.
Em looked at the hand holding him before quickly glancing around the restaurant to make sure they didn't garner anyone's attention. He lowered his voice when replying, "No, not dumped per se. In order to be dumped we'd have to be an item to begin with."
Penn mimicked Em's movements and leaned in also, whispering right back, "Well, in order to become an item you would have to sit and enjoy dinner with me. Don't you ever get tired of running?"
"I don't run," Em gritted out between clenched teeth.
"That's obvious." Penn exaggeratingly tilted his head and glared at the now empty chair behind Em.
Noticing a patron at a nearby table glance over at them, Em fell back into his chair, but he didn't raise his voice any. "Why would you take a stranger to a restaurant where you are practically like family to the owners? This isn't a first date scenario."
Penn snorted, "Nothing about what we've done is following the standard operating procedures of dating. Your best friend had to choke you on a very tasty and flaky croissant just so I could get a date with you under a very loose interpretation of agreement. And did he really babysit you until I showed up so you wouldn't bolt?"
"Yes..." Em muttered softly.
Another chuckle washed over Em's senses, he could really get used to hearing that sound.
"Good thing I have a strong sense of self, or else I might think you didn't like me and didn't want to be on this date."
No, that's my problem, not yours...I don't have a strong sense of self, I don't believe you like me and want to be here...
No matter how pathetic Em was, he wouldn't vocalize his inner thoughts. Not to Penn, probably not even to Joss when he inevitably had a conversation with him later about how he chickened out in the middle of his date. If this really was a date, Penn did admit that nothing they'd done so far could be classified as real dating behavior. What if Em wasn't the one that Penn wanted to spend time with? What if this was some elaborate way to earn bonus points with Joss...that Em could understand.
"Whether I wanted this date or not wasn’t part of the equation. I suspect my good for nothing best friend whom I may never speak to again suspected that."
Penn nodded his head as if he understood. "He said he knew you wouldn’t forgive him, but he was oddly okay with that."
"You know Joss isn't here." Em hated how he couldn't raise his voice above a whisper, how his gaze refused to move from the miniscule black dot on the white table cloth that he studied. He hated how small and unsure he felt...he was tired of it. Tired of never being good enough for anyone.
No...he was tired of never being good enough for himself.
"God I hope not. No offense to you, but your best friend can be a bit to take. Small doses I might be able to handle, like saying hello to him when I swing by to pick you up on our second date...but anything more and I might have to find a real good psychiatrist. Please tell me refusing to invite him along isn't a deal breaker."
Did Em hear him correctly? He chanced a glance up and sure enough, Penn was still sitting across from him with a goofy smile that extended from his uptilted lips to his shining eyes. God, Em did like those gentle eyes.
"You don't want Joss here?"
"Why..." Penn shook his head as if confused by the turn of conversation. "Um, I want you here...him not so much."
"Oh." Em took a sip of water, purposely drawing out his action as long as he could to bide him time to think. He wanted to believe Penn, every aspect of his being wanted to believe those kind green eyes. None of his mannerisms seemed malicious, and why would they be? They'd only met this morning, why would Penn suddenly want to hurt Em? He didn't appear to be the type of man to take someone out with the sole purpose of crushing his self esteem.
Penn was nice.
Em could use some nice in his life.

The fun is never over with just one turn – we are the Story Orgytm remember *big grin* – so head on over to the next pleasure blog and enjoy multiples with us . . .

Lee Brazil's story: click here
Hank Edwards' story: click here

Friday, January 23, 2015

When Amanda C. Stone was a virgin @amandastonebks @PridePromo #bookcontest

The Adventures of Cole and Perry
Amanda C. Stone

A little while ago while promoting my holiday book with writing partner Lee Brazil, I had the privilege of playing with Amanda on her blog. She interviewed us and let me tell you...she had us going some. So when I heard she had—not only a new release—but her first release I screamed

"Oh my god you popped your cherry! You've got to come on my blog and talk about how you lost your virginity..."

Okay sure...I'm not that forward and I was referring to her writing virginity...but a girl can dream, right? So let me welcome Amanda C. Stone. I only hope I showed her a good time like she did me...*winks*

How did Cole & Perry's story come to you? Was it a long slow seduction in your mind or did they pile drive it to you all at once?
*cough* Um…
*innocent expression* What…some people get the beginning, middle and end all in one thrust and some tend to need it fed to them in bits and pieces…*winks*
Havan, you win at the interview game. Just so you know. The idea for The Anniversary slowly crept in. It was definitely a long, slow, love making for that idea to fully form. However, once I finally had that idea down on paper, The Threesome came in hard and fast, followed by The Wedding. I had to force The Fight into submission a little bit. The Baby had some trouble in its delivery, but came out healthy and happy in the end. The story that was a surprise addition to the adventure was The House. It popped up out of nowhere.

If you had to turn the experience of publishing your first book into an erotic novel…what would you title it?
The Nervous Virgin
*whispers* not any more...haha

Pick five words to describe The Adventures of Cole and Perry to us.
Not precisely what you expect.

So come on...you can tell us...who's your favorite...Cole or Perry?
But that’s like picking which kind of cake I like best! How can you only choose one?!
Honest, we won't tell them...
Perry is still a bit of an enigma to me. When authors say their characters “talk” to them, it’s true. However Perry has been mostly silent through the whole process of the book. There’s only been a handful of times when he’s put his contribution in. Now Cole. I love that man dearly but sometimes he just won’t stop. He may be tall with huge muscles, but he is a teddy bear on the inside.

What one scene in this book gave you the hardest time to write and why?
All of the stories had their challenges. But I think the one that was the hardest and I had to force the most was The Fight. I had a hard time feeling the emotions Cole was feeling. Plus writing it in a way that made the ending possible was extremely hard to do.

Now…just because I like to hit 'em hard and fast…here are a few quickies for us to get to know Cole and Perry better... :)
*snort* Hard and fast. Got it.

Most likely to get down and dirty in public…
Perry. Hands down he would show Cole off and let everyone know that Cole is his and prove it in the most carnal of ways.

Most likely to wear a fedora and rock it…
Perry. He’s got that sexy accountant look going on and could wear a fedora to work and not think twice about it. Plus he knows Cole would think it’s sexy and do it for that reason as well.

Most likely to be found barefoot…
Cole. He has a major shoe fetish and owns more pairs than all of their friends combined. But when he’s at home, he’s barefoot. Home is the place to relax.

Most likely to have a rope fetish…
*dying laughing* Oh God. Perry so does but he’s afraid Cole won’t like it. Secretly Cole wants to try that with Perry but hasn’t gotten the courage to say anything yet.

Most likely to get body art (tattoo)…
Neither. They’re not the tattoo kind of guys. Now piercings is a whole other story. Perry has considered suggesting Cole get pierced in a few places.

Most likely to eat food in bed…
Cole would try it. However Perry would pitch a fit. Crumbs are not fun.

Most likely to be silly and break out into a song and dance number…
Cole. He’s goofy like that and doesn’t care what others think too much.

Most likely to find a stray animal and bring it home…
Most would assume Cole since he’s the one with the soft heart. But truly it would be Perry. He doesn’t like seeing anyone lost and hurt.

Most likely to go commando...
Cole does on a regular basis.

Most likely to blow off plans and talk the other into staying in bed all day…
Perry’s the one that wants to do it the most. But he also feels like he needs to be the responsible one. Cole understands that Perry needs those kinds of days so he’ll suggest it and make Perry feel good about not having to be the one that suggested they slack off.

Most likely to have a sweet tooth…
Cole. Anything that is remotely sweet and it’s his new favorite food.

In a silly battle of wills…most likely to refrain from…um…pleasuring themselves the longest…
No, no, no. You’ve got that backwards. Perry will be the one to keep Cole from self pleasure. However Cole will make a comment about how it’s easy for Perry to suggest it when he can do it whenever he wants. Which of course goads Perry into abstaining at the same time. Then it becomes a battle on who holds out the longest; Cole from begging, or Perry from throwing the whole idea away and getting down to the fun stuff.

Cole's favorite color?
The color of Perry’s eyes.

Perry's favorite flavor of ice cream?
Orange crème.

Cole's favorite alcoholic beverage?
He’s a beer kind of guy.

Perry's favorite movie?
Under penalty of death you will not tell anyone that it’s When Harry Met Sally

Cole's favorite guilty pleasure song?
Cole is a huge Miley fan. Party in the USA? Heck yeah!

Perry's favorite place to be kissed?
Adam’s apple. When Cole pays extra special attention there, fun times are had.

And now that we know more about your boys...I think we are ready to dig into The Adventures of Cole and Perry...

It all started when Cole met Perry in a bar. Over three years they had some exciting adventures, and misadventures. The six stories included in this book are all about their journey from bar to wedding.
The Anniversary
Another cancellation of plans by his boyfriend forces Cole out to the neighborhood bar. Not long after arriving he meets Perry. Even as exciting as Perry is, he's unsure how the night will end.
The Fight
Cole and Perry are struggling to make time for each other and constantly at each other’s throats. A fight to the death will decide who is right or wrong in their arguments. But Cole really doesn't want to shoot Perry.
The Threesome
Deciding they want to spice up things in the bedroom, Perry wants to have a one-time threesome. Cole's nervous and doesn't want to ask any of their friends to join them. Perry finds the perfect solution.
The House
After two and a half years together, Cole and Perry want to buy a house. Once they find the perfect house, they get to spend their first morning together in their new space. Perry will have to help Cole decide which room is his favorite.
The Baby
Both Cole and Perry are exhausted. Taking care of a three month old is hard when she's up all night and is always hungry. If only they could find where they put the bottle warmer.
The Wedding
Cole is ready to make his commitment to Perry life-long. After careful planning, they created the perfect event. What could possibly go wrong? If only Cole didn't ask the same question.

Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Humor, M/M Romance, Romance

Buy The Adventures of Cole and Perry here:
ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-theadventuresofcoleandperry-1727626-145.html
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SC6RNLS
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24515208-the-adventures-of-cole-and-perry

Where to find Amanda:
Website   http://www.amandastonebooks.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/amandastonebooks
Twitter https://twitter.com/amandastonebks
Newsletter Signup http://eepurl.com/ZF60L
Email: amandastonebooks@gmail.com

Stalk Amanda all around the internet this month and learn more about her and her boys while upping your chances to win!

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Book Blast: What's in a Name @PridePromo #mustread #bookcontest

About Pat Henshaw:
Born in the Heartland of Nebraska, Pat Henshaw has made America hers by living in Texas, Colorado, Northern Virginia, and Northern California.  She has found joy in visiting Mexico, Canada, Europe, Nicaragua, Thailand, and Egypt, and relishes trips to Rome, Italy, and Eugene, Oregon, to see family.

Pat has spent her life surrounded by words:  Teaching English composition at the junior college level; writing book reviews for newspapers, magazines, and websites; helping students find information as a librarian; and promoting PBS television programs.

Two of her fondest memories are touching time when she put her hands on the pyramids and experiencing pure whimsy when she interviewed Caroll Spinney (Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch).  Her triumphs are raising two incredible daughters who daily amaze her with their power and compassion.  Her supportive husband keeps her grounded in reality when she threatens to drift away writing fiction.

Find Pat here:
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Book website http://whatsinanamenovella.blogspot.com
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What's in a Name
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: AngstyD

We've got blurbage:
Barista Jimmy Patterson thinks it's a good idea to get rip-roaring drunk on his birthday after he’s dumped by his boyfriend. When the burly owner of Stonewall’s Bar rescues Jimmy, the night starts to look up.

Now Jimmy just wants to know the bartender's first name since he's worn a different name tag every time Jimmy's seen him. "Guy" Stone gives Jimmy seven guesses, one for each night he takes Jimmy out on a date.

While Jimmy’s trying to come up with his name, he's distracted by the destruction of his coffee shop and what looks more and more like a hate crime.

Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance

And a sneak peek:
Stonewall [Saloon] was chaos when I got there. Guy and another bartender were mixing drinks as fast as they could. I squeezed in at the end of the bar near the hatchway and sat on an abandoned stool there.

I didn’t think Guy had seen me come in, so when there was a lull in the frenetic pace and he was nearly within arm’s reach, I called out, “What’s a guy gotta do to get a drink in this place?”

Guy looked up, grinned at me, and yelled back, “Fuck the bartender.”

A slim man sitting next to me perked up, gave Guy the once-over, and yelled, “Okay!”

Guy’s startled gaze met mine, and we broke out laughing.

The man next to me sighed and slumped over his beer. “I knew it was too good to be true,” he mumbled.

I patted him on the shoulder.

“Maybe next time,” I commiserated with him.

“Right,” he answered glumly.

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Tour Date: 1/21/15

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Monday, January 19, 2015

ehhh it's Monday...oooh it's Story Orgy Monday!

Happy Story Orgy Monday!

Can we welcome me to our #3 Story Orgy Monday in 2015? Yeah...I'm tooting my own horn but you know...if you want something done right buy better batteries *winks*

On a slightly seriouser note (is seriouser an actual word because I gotta admit, my spellcheck ain't loving it...it hates "gotta" "spellcheck" and "ain't" also, just for full disclosure lol) here's another snippet from my work in progress: Chance at Trust. BTW—I can't believe how well this prompt fit with my story...lmao...love Joss!

To give you a little background on this scene—

Thanks to a nuisance best friend (Joss) and dry croissant Em pseudo-agreed to go out with Penn...so Penn is now picking up Em and well, yeah *sighs*

I'm just a bowl full of help aren't I? lol

This week's prompt:  That's what the fortune cookie said…

And now for your reading pleasure…

Chance at Trust
copyright © 2015 Havan Fellows

Em blinked...did he just agree to go to dinner with this guy? Penn gave him an easy out, something he'd been trying to get from Joss all freaking day and when it is finally handed to him he denies it?
Penn smiled and a huge crack came from inside Em's chest.
He couldn't let that happen, couldn't let his walls tumble so easily thanks to a handsome face smiling at him.
Um...you've had plenty of handsome men smile at you...nothing had ever thawed before...
Yeah but those others weren't really smiling at him, they were just smiling and happened to look his way. Why would they smile at him? Why did Penn smile at him now? Oh god, did he expect sex?
Of course he does, he's a man.
That wasn't a prerequisite to expecting sex. Em knew this for a fact because Joss's twin sister Josie had the same serial "dating" habits as her brother. They even compared notches on the bedpost—and there was a time in their early twenties when they actually made very interesting wagers on their extracurricular activities.
But what if Penn did expect sex? What would Em do then? He couldn't...he wasn't ready...
"Hey. An Italian dinner shouldn't cause your brain to overload." Penn nudged him to look up with two fingers under his chin. "That's all I'm asking for tonight, a simple meal with good food, fine wine, and you."
Em nodded, those two fingers now caressing his jaw, working their way around and up his neck until the whole huge hand cupped the side of his face.
The dark look in Penn's eyes told Em what he planned to do next, the slight lean forward cemented his assumptions.
He was going to kiss Em.
Em knew he should step back or shake his head no. Hell, doing both wouldn't be considered overkill would it?
God, he hadn't kissed anyone since David. Sure Joss kissed him all the time, on the lips even, but they were nothing more than pecks to reassure Em of his place in Joss's life. He was pretty sure Penn didn't have just a peck in mind.
This wouldn't be a simple gesture between friends, it would be more. But how could it be if they weren't even friends yet. Could they jump that milestone and go straight to the kissing.
Lips touched his, softly, just as light and airy as when Joss kissed him, but the meaning behind them scorched Em's entire being.
He shook with emotion, not sure which one took precedence, fear or need. He didn't pull away, he stayed and when Penn's lips stroked over his again for another taste he allowed that too. Then Penn's moist tongue joined the party, the tip tracing Em's lips, tapping at them in a playful manner and Em had no choice but to open up and receive him in. But Penn didn't sink in immediately to explore the new territory. He danced about Em's lips, tickling them with that talented muscle, driving Em's need up to match his until out of sheer necessity Em darted forward, his tongue tackling Penn's and rolling over it.
"Hold that pose..." The shuttering click of a camera on a phone interrupted the kiss and Em jerked his head back, even though his body remained pressed against Penn's.
Wait. When did he try to so thoroughly climb up Penn? Oh my god it was evident Penn enjoyed him being this close. Em stepped back quickly. He could feel the heat invade his cheeks as he looked at his best friend.
"Did you just take a picture of us?" Sometimes Em wondered exactly what Joss was thinking.
"Hell yes I did. Posting it on Facebook right now"—his thumbs moved over the screen rapidly—"people dig man on man action, and you two know how to heat the place up."
"Send me a copy?"
Joss nodded without raising his head. "Gotcha covered, Penn, on its way in a sec." He continued tapping.
Em rolled his eyes. "Don't encourage him."
All his anxiety about the situation seemed to dissipate when Penn again massaged his cheek with those slightly calloused fingertips. "It isn't every day you get your first kiss documented so perfectly. Can't blame me for taking advantage of it."
A chirp emanated from Penn's pocket and he dug his phone out. "Great photography."
"Yeah, I'm getting good at it. I'd show you my practice shots but I'd have to get waivers from my subjects."
"Um..." Em looked from Penn's phone to Joss's and realized that they must've talked about more than coffee at Bean There Drank That. "You two set me up!"
"That's what the fortune cookie said. Now don't you guys have a date to get on? Thanks to that little horndog show you did I need a couple minutes of privacy, so unless you want to watch me yank my wank I suggest you two skadoodle pronto."
"Something tells me you can handle that on your own." Penn placed his big palm on the small of Em's back and gently coaxed him toward the door.
Knowing his best friend penchant for ratcheting up the what the fuck factor when he got into one of his quirky moods, Em eagerly allowed Penn to guide him to the door.
Unfortunately, they didn't walk quick enough.
"Now remember, have him home no later than midnight, not too much dairy because he gets a little gassy and absolutely no getting him drunk and taking advantage of him. He'll never enjoy it if he's drunk."
"Midnight? I don't see that happening." Penn opened the door and ushered Em out of the apartment. "Now since we both have dates, me with Em and you with your hand, we'll say good-bye."
Em's snort was so unexpected, even to himself, that he giggled immediately afterwards.
"And yet you're still gracing me with your presence. Go on, out with you, my hand is itching for some action."

The fun is never over with just one turn – we are the Story Orgytm remember *big grin* – so head on over to the next pleasure blog and enjoy multiples with us . . .

Lee Brazil's story: click here
Hank Edwards' story: click here