Saturday, April 18, 2015

Just a friendly reminder to follow your dreams #dreambig #dowhatyoulove #newyorkpost

Recently I got the opportunity to quit my EDJ (evil day job) and take on writing full time. Well, I couldn't pass it up.

Yay for me, right? *whoop whoop and bouncing*

But OMG what a daunting feat…I’m so scared about falling on my well rounded assets.

What if I fail?
What if I can’t earn a proper living?
What if my kiddo starves because I was selfish and followed my dream?
What if my writing really isn’t good enough?
What if…
What if…

But I never stopped to ask myself “What if I succeed?” Holy shit! That’s a concept, right?

What if my attitude improves since I’m no longer stuck in a job I hate?
What if I now get more time with kiddo instead of splicing it between EDJ and being an author?
What if my kiddo learns…
to follow dreams from my example?
to smile more because mommy is?
to not be afraid of taking risks?
What if I succeed?

These short YouTube snippets by the New York Post dubbed Do What You Love are good reminders that I’m not alone in taking risks and putting myself out there…and they motivate me to continue to do what I love so I wanted to share them with you. :)



P.S. On a side note…there are many people that helped me not only make the decision to quit my EDJ and move away from the only home I ever knew to tackle my dreams—but helped me with the logistics of it, also.
I love each and every one of them and will forever be their number one fan/supporter/cheerleader/friend. In all reality they are my family, whether by blood, sweat or tears…and knowing they are in my life by choice and not demand makes everything I do possible. Thank you. <3

Friday, April 17, 2015

Book Blast: The Marrying Kind @PridePromo @jay_northcote #mmromance #bookcontest


The Marrying Kind
Owen & Nathan series – book 2
Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh
Publisher: Jay Northcote

We've got blurbage:
Nathan wants to put a ring on it, but is Owen the marrying kind?

Two years on from their first date, Owen and Nathan are living together and life is good—except they’re not on the same page about marriage.

A traditionalist at heart, Nathan wants it all: the wedding, the vows, and a pair of matching rings. Owen, on the other hand, believes marriage is old-fashioned and unnecessary. They don’t need a wedding to prove their commitment to each other. Love should be enough on its own.

All it takes is one moment of weakness on a night out to force the issue. Owen finds himself engaged after a half-drunk proposal, and Nathan’s enthusiasm sweeps him along. But as the big day approaches, the mounting tension finally combusts.

If he’s going to save their relationship, Owen will need to decide once and for all if he’s truly the marrying kind.

Pages or Words: 35,000 words
Categories: M/M Romance, Romance, Contemporary


And a sneak peek:
Nathan glanced surreptitiously at Owen sitting beside him as Jack and Simon spoke their vows. Jack’s voice was quiet but sure, and Simon’s rang out clearly over the assembled crowd.

Owen’s gaze was fixed on the couple, and his eyes were suspiciously bright. As Nathan watched, Owen cleared his throat and wiped what Nathan assumed was a tear out of the corner of his eye.

Nathan suppressed a smile and turned his attention back to the groom and groom. So much for Owen’s protests that he didn’t see the point in weddings and that they were outdated, pointless events that were stupid even for straight couples unless they were religious. Even if he didn’t believe in the principle of marriage—gay or otherwise—it was nice to see he wasn’t totally immune to the emotion of the occasion. Nathan was going to enjoy taking the piss out of Owen later. But in the meantime, he reached for Owen’s hand and squeezed. Owen squeezed back.

Nathan’s eyes were moist too by the time they’d finished. The part where the celebrant said “I now pronounce you husband and husband” really set him off. Simon looked so utterly radiant after he and Jack finally stopped kissing and turned to face the wedding guests, hand in hand. Jack was flushed and awkward compared to Simon. He obviously wasn’t happy being the centre of attention, unlike his new husband, but his smile was genuine and the joy rolled off both of them, touching everyone in the room.

Nathan sighed. Owen’s hand was still in his. Their fingers were tangled together casually—just like their lives. They’d been in a relationship for over two years now, living together for half of that, and Nathan had never been happier. But looking at Simon and Jack, he wanted more. He wanted that. But he was afraid to ask Owen, because he was pretty sure what his answer would be, and it wouldn’t be the one Nathan hoped for.

Find The Marrying Kind here:

About Jay Northcote: Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her husband, two children, and two cats.

She comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short story–just to see if she could–and found it rather addictive. She hasn’t stopped writing since.

Find Jay here:

Tour Dates & Stops: April 17, 2015
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Book Blast: A Good Family Man @PridePromo @ThiannaDurston #CorbinsBend #rafflecopter #coverreveal


Author Name: Thianna Durston

Book Name: A Good Family Man
Series: Corbin’s Bend
Book: Season Three, Book 8 (This is the first M/M book of the series)

Release Date: August 6, 2015

Blurb:
Jack Carmichael’s natural instinct is to take care of people. In his job as a U.S. Marshal, he has done that for 25 years. Unfortunately, being married to his job has left his love life in tatters. Now classified unfit for duty, he retires and comes home to Colorado to figure things out. Dominant and used to taking control like his brother Brent, he has never been interested in spanking. Until a cute Nurse Practitioner catches his attention.
Josh Martin feels lucky. He's not only accepted into Corbin's Bend, but he'll be working at the brand new Corbin's Bend Medical Clinic as its only Nurse Practitioner. At thirty-two, he figures this is his last-ditch attempt at finding a dominant partner who isn't abusive. He finds more than his share of dominant men in Corbin's Bend, not the least of which are the Carmichael brothers. Brent's dominance is both comforting and unnerving, Jack's turns him on.
Josh is unlike any submissive male Jack has encountered and when the younger man asks him out, he decides to give it a go. One day of fun turns into two, three...until Jack, with more failed relationships than he can count in his past and unsure he can be the head of house Josh needs, leaves, burying himself once again in work. Forced to see the error of his decision, he puts aside the worries that have plagued him for months and returns to Corbin’s Bend. To become the good family man he wants to be, he has to earn back Josh’s trust and truly take on a role he’s never considered before: head of a loving discipline household.



Pages or Words: 150 pages

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

Excerpt:
Hell, the man was good looking as it was, but with what he was wearing, he should be illegal. He looked like one of those sexy cowboy posters dressed in dark black jeans with a dark red button down shirt and a cowboy hat on. No, he couldn’t fault them, but he could show them who Jack was with.
Hopping out of his car and locking it, he quickly strode forward just as three women who looked to be headed toward Phil’s paused and stalked toward Jack. “I’m here!” he called to get his date’s notice. As Jack turned to look at him, a wonderfully feral smile that was also somehow warm crossed the man’s face and he straightened up and took a step toward him. Instantly all three women pouted, though none of them walked away yet.
Josh paused as Jack’s eyes travelled down his body, his feral smile increasing. A whooshing filled his ears as his heartbeat took off and at this moment, Josh hoped the man would devour him then and there. Fuck Phil’s. He had lube.

About the author:
Thianna likes to say she’s eclectic, fun, and just a bit naughty. She can also add, subtract, multiply, and divide in her head, but if people ask her to do it at parties, she isn’t impressed. While she would love to say there wasn’t a genre she had read that she didn’t enjoy, it would be a lie. For some reason, she keeps skipping to the ends of mystery books to find out who done it.
The creator and acquisition editor for the Corbin’s Bend Romance series, she wants to know: Who else wants to be safe, secure, and spanked in Colorado?

Under the name Thianna Durston, she writes M/M romance. Under Thianna D., she writes M/F romance.


Where to find the author:
Thianna’s Website - http://mm.thiannad.com/
Thianna’s Blog - http://blog.thiannad.com/
Facebook Author Page - https://www.facebook.com/ThiannaDurstonAuthor
Twitter - https://twitter.com/ThiannaDurston
Google+ - https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ThiannaDurston


Publisher: Blushing Books
Cover Artist: Anthony Walsh

Tour Dates & Stops:
Parker Williams, Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents, BFD Book Blog, Foxylutely Book Reviews, Decadent Delights, Elisa - My Reviews and Ramblings, Molly Lolly, Bayou Book Junkie, Rainbow Gold Reviews, Bike Book Reviews, Divine Magazine, Carly’s Book Reviews, Love Bytes, The Hat Party, Inked Rainbow Reads, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, MM Good Book Reviews, Havan Fellows, Velvet Panic, Because Two Men Are Better Than One, Multitasking Mommas, Wicked Faerie's Tales and Reviews, Fallen Angel Reviews, 3 Chicks After Dark, Sinfully Addicted to All Male Romance, Amanda C. Stone, LeAnn’s Book Reviews, Iyana Jenna, Chris McHart, Andrew Q. Gordon