Sunday, January 21, 2018

S.E.X. Spotlight & Giveaway~ Emjay Haze

Home is Where You Are Media Pack
Author: Emjay Haze
Publisher: DreamSpinner Press
Release Date: 1/26/18
Genre: m/m contemporary romance
Pages: 95
Part of the States of Love Series by DreamSpinner Press
Available for pre-sale

Home is Where You are

Blurb: For a chance at a future filled with love, he’ll have to face a painful past.

Eric, recently dumped by his boyfriend, is summoned home after his dad suffers a stroke. His family farm in rural Vermont holds memories he’d rather forget, but he—with his degree in agricultural business—is needed to clear up a predicament with the bank. In trying to forget the bad, Eric has also lost sight of the good: green meadows dotted with grass-fed dairy cows and the sugar maples that once produced the area’s finest maple syrup. With Eric’s help, they will again.

A captivating farmhand named Phil tempts Eric to give the countryside another chance, but before they can consider being together, Eric must move past more than his feelings for his ex-boyfriend—he’ll need to stand up to the ghosts that sent him running from the farm in the first place….


Something felt off. Drew’s car wasn’t in the driveway, yet the door was unlocked and the lights were on. Had they been broken into? Eric had only been gone a couple of hours at the gym. Eric carefully walked into their spacious living room and noticed two boxes, filled with Drew’s books, sitting on the floor next to the leather sofa.“What the...?” Not a break-in. Maybe a breakout?

“Hey, you’re back.” A man about Eric’s age, with a slight build and shock of blond hair, emerged out of his kitchen holding a bottle of beer from Eric’s refrigerator. The guy startled when he looked at Eric, like he was expecting someone else. Drew.

Eric glared at the intruder. “Who the hell are you?”

“Uh, um.” The guy looked around the room, shifting his feet. He seemed to come together as he walked over and reached out his hand. “I’m Sean. You must be Drew’s roommate.”

Roommate? That’s what Drew told him? Eric folded his arms and glared at the pixie, feeling a little better that he was making this guy squirm. “What’s going on, and who are you to Drew?” The guy shrank back. “Oh—

” Eric stared him down, enjoying his obvious discomfort.

“Babe!” A shout came from the front entrance, as the late afternoon sunlight flooded the room from the open door. Eric and Sean remained in their standoff as Drew bounded into the room. Since Drew never referred to Eric as “babe,” he must be talking to the twink.
“Oh, hey, Eric. So I have great news.” He brings a guy into their apartment, leaves him alone to do God knows what, and offers no explanation, but has great news?

This ought to be good.

“You know that promotion I was trying to get?” Drew was the golden boy at the bank where they worked in downtown Burlington. He’d been groomed for management, and Eric knew it was only a matter of time before Drew was made bank manager. He was tall, good-looking, and smart. He also had a sharp tongue and always knew exactly what to say in a room full of executives. Eric envied that about him. “I wasn’t going to say anything until Monday morning when it’s official, but...”

Eric blinked. “Did you get it?” What did that have to do with what was going on here?
“I’m moving to New York,” he announced.


 “They’ve made me account executive for the main branch. I’ll transfer my accounts to you over

the next couple of weeks.”

“I didn’t know you applied for a transfer.” How long had this been in the works, and when was he planning to tell Eric? That still didn’t explain why he was leaving the apartment now. He knew Eric would be gone.

“You know I’ve always loved the city.”

Yeah, our city. Okay, Burlington, Vermont wasn’t bustling like New York, but it had a spectacular view of the mountains. Their apartment was minutes from historic Church Street Mall and overlooked Lake Champlain. Eric loved looking out their massive picture window. Sometimes he swore he could see the mysterious legend, Champ, who had supposedly lived in the lake for thousands of years, diving under the water.

Drew moved away from Eric and stood next to Sean, who curled into him. Eric seethed. They looked too comfortable for this to be a new thing.

Eric folded his arms and frowned. “This seems really sudden.”

Drew shrugged. “Hey, babe?” He addressed the uncomfortable-looking twink again, who looked up at him with adoring eyes like a puppy whose owner just came home after a long day. Eric expected his tongue to hang out and an invisible tail to begin wagging. “Wait outside for me?”

“So who is that?” Eric asked once Sean was out of ear range.

“Sean.” Drew stood with his arms folded. He clearly didn’t want to explain the guy. Eric rolled his eyes.

“And who is he to you?”

“Eric, let’s not do this.” Drew sighed as though irritated by the questioning.

“Do what? Are you breaking up with me?”

“We’re not boyfriends.” Then what were they? They’d been sleeping together for the past year. But that’s all they did. Humiliation seeped into his gut as he realized the truth. Their relationship was a sham.

“And you and that guy are?” Eric felt his face warm. What the fuck. This day sucked.

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Hi Evelise,

Thank you so much for having me.

  1. Is there a genre you haven’t written in that you would love to write?
I used to love to read spy novels and my favorite author was Robert Ludlum.  His books were so intelligent and interesting. I think it would be a lot of fun to write a book like that.  I can’t promise the main character wouldn’t be a gay man, but the story wouldn’t really be about that, it would just be a part of him.

  1. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I think I always wanted to be a writer, but didn’t really know how to start. I took a novel writing workshop from writer’s digest probably thirty years ago, before I had kids and really knew nothing.  I learned so much from writing fanfiction and then getting a degree in creative writing that

  1. Do you have any pets? If you could choose any pet you want, fictional or real, what would you choose?
I have a year-old, seventy-five-pound mutt named Max who’s the love of my life, lol. A cat named Tux, who stays outside most of the time because of Max, a gecko and tank full of tropical ocean fish. I used to be totally a cat person, but our last dog Toby, biggest sweetheart ever, and Max have worn me down.

  1. Who is your favorite character in a book/story you have written and why?
I can’t answer that. It’s like picking your favorite child. I love all of my guys equally 😊.
However, there are some minor characters that I absolutely loved writing. In this story, there was Darla, the bartender, and Donny. They’re both really cool and I could definitely be friends with them. In my book scheduled to come out later this year, After Hours, Andrea is my favorite besides my boys Alex and Nick.  She’s a hoot and I enjoyed writing her a lot. She’s feisty and has a great sense of humor.

  1. What’s your writing process like? Are you a plotter, a pantser, or both?
I’m definitely a pantser. I try making a general outline, but don’t usually get very far, because I don’t know where the story is going yet. I’ve gotten better, but I really just like writing and seeing where stuff will go. I love when my characters surprise me.

  1. Why did you decide to write Gay Romance?
About 9 years ago, I started reading fanfiction based off a celeb, and it was all m/m stories. I fell in love with the genre and wrote fanfic myself for years when I decided to get one of my stories published. I’ve been writing gay romance ever since.

  1. What are you currently working on? What can we expect from you in the future?
I have a three-book series I’m working on right now, called After Hours.  The first is in editing and I’m currently writing the second one. 

  1. If you were stranded on a desert island, besides food and water, what could you not live without?
My phone and laptop, definitely.  I need both, lol.  I spend way too much time on my phone playing games, but the laptop is an extension of me. It’s where I write.

  1. How do you come up with ideas for your stories?
Usually driving in the car, lol. There’s one road that’s near my house and it’s tree-lined.  Not sure if that’s why, but that seems to be where ideas just pop into my head and I’ll think, that would be a great story. I have to quickly write them down, though, or I’ll forget them.

  1. Out of any characters you've written, who are you most like?
I don’t think I’m like any of my characters, lol.  But, I think traits that either I am like, or I wish I was like, pop into some of my characters, especially the secondary ones.

  1. What's the biggest challenge you face when writing?
Getting started. Focusing. I get easily distracted. My phone’s sitting right there open to my favorite game, email’s open on my desktop, etc.  Sometimes, I close all my browsers and put the phone away so I can concentrate.  Once I get going though, it’s on.

Author Bio:

Emjay Haze is a Pennsylvania girl living in a Virginia world, growing up in the Philadelphia suburbs and moving to Northern Virginia to follow her now husband of twenty-plus years. She has two kids in college, a year-old puppy named Max, a black-and-white cat named Tux, a gecko named Rex, a yellow tang called Reggie, and we hear the eels are coming this week.

The family pastime is baseball, specifically the Nationals. She’s also a huge Redskins fans and loves classic rock. Emjay graduated with a degree in Creative Writing in 2015 after realizing it was the only thing she really wanted to do.

She has a wide and diverse work history in the fields of travel, hotel management, high-tech communications, web development, real estate, and the nonprofit health care industry where she has held positions such as travel agent, hotel concierge, web programmer, Realtor, account manager, and many, many others, giving her a varied and unique set of experiences that she draws upon in her stories and characters.

Emjay fell in love with the m/m romance genre after discovering the world of fanfiction several years ago and hasn’t looked back. Her family keeps asking when she’ll write something they can read, but she’s still having too much fun with her boys. Her goal is to broaden the minds of those who might not normally pick up a gay romance because it’s more about the person than the sexuality. She’ll take you on a roller-coaster journey, but you’ll always get a happy ending.

Twitter: @emjayhaze

2018 ©Evelise Archer All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All names, characters, locations, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, or have been used fictionally. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, locales, or events is entirely coincidental. No portion of this work may be transmitted or reproduced in any form, or by any means, without permission in writing from the author.

Friday, January 12, 2018

S.E.X. Cover Reveal~ Dead Fall by Meredith Russell

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Cover Design: Meredith Russell

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Since the events in Chicago, Devin and Noah dare to believe that a future is possible, and there is hope. For them and humanity.

Noah struggles to find his place at Devin’s side. Stricken with survivor’s guilt and a driving need to make a difference, Noah leaves his lover to investigate the only lead he has to stop the undead. Himself.

Devin has fought to stay sane in a world of horror for too long and his one shining light is Noah. When Noah heads off on some misguided venture to search for answers, Devin knows he can’t bear to be the one left behind again.

They are two men who have nothing, and everything, to lose.

Author Bio

Meredith Russell lives in the heart of England. An avid fan of many story genres, she enjoys nothing less than a happy ending. She believes in heroes and romance and strives to reflect this in her writing. Sharing her imagination and passion for stories and characters is a dream Meredith is excited to turn into reality.


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2018 ©Evelise Archer All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All names, characters, locations, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, or have been used fictionally. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, locales, or events is entirely coincidental. No portion of this work may be transmitted or reproduced in any form, or by any means, without permission in writing from the author.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

S.E.X. Review~ Tied to Home by Silvia Violet

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Length: 49,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Meredith Russell


Luke Sumner has spent his whole life being coddled, after nearly dying as an infant. At twenty-one, he is more than ready to break free from his restricted world. He hasn't told anyone he's gay, and he's only just admitted his kinkier needs to himself, but he hopes to work up the courage to say something to the older man who has captured his attention.

Since moving back to Ames Bridge, Jack Lawrence has been consumed with running a successful bed-and-breakfast. He hasn’t considered making time for relationships until he starts flirting with Luke each week at the farmers' market. By the end of the summer, Jack is wondering where the spark between them could go.

When Luke finally ventures into a club where he can fulfill his desires, he unexpectedly runs into Jack, and they discover they're a perfect match in the bedroom. With each hot encounter, more tender feelings surface, but between the age gap, not being out in Ames Bridge, and Luke’s need to come into his own, do they dare be more to each other?

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Every time Jack stopped at the Sumner stand, Luke became a tongue-tied mess. Luke doubted today would be any different. He couldn’t take his eyes off Jack as he examined the berries Cal had for sale. His long-fingered hands gently cradled each basket as he searched for the best one. The gray pants he had on clung to his ass and his muscular thighs, and his deep-blue shirt would bring out the color of his beautiful eyes.

Jack looked his way, and Luke quickly dropped his gaze, praying Jack hadn’t seen him.

For all Luke knew, Jack was straight as an arrow and would be disgusted if he realized Luke fantasized about him. But he’d seen Jack assessing other men in a way most straight men didn’t. The fact that Luke had noticed meant he’d spent far too much time watching a man who probably thought of him as a kid. Why did he always crush on older men who were out of his league?

When Jack crossed the grassy area between the rows of booths, Luke’s mouth went dry and his pulse pounded in his head.

“How’s the afternoon going?” Jack asked.

“Um…fine. It’s…uh…hot.”

“It is. It shouldn’t be this hot so far into September.”

“Right. It…um…shouldn’t.” Great. He was making a fool of himself.

“How’s your corn?”

The change of subject threw Luke at first. “Oh…um…it’s still producing. We’ve got some beautiful ears right here.” He pointed to his left where he’d placed the corn in bushel baskets. Produce was a safe subject. He could talk produce in his sleep.

“Great. I’ll take some. I’ve got a recipe for a Mexican casserole I want to try.”

“For your guests?”

Jack nodded.

“You…um…you seem to like choosing recipes for them.”

“Cooking for people has become my favorite part of running the inn, which has really surprised me.”


“Before I decided I wanted to run my own inn, I was, at best, a mediocre cook. I knew I wouldn’t be able to hire anyone to cook for me, though, so I started watching videos and practicing, and now I’m quite good, or at least the guests think so.”

“I bet you are.” Heat filled Luke’s face as he realized how breathless his words sounded.

“You should stop by the inn for breakfast sometime.”

“Oh, um…” Luke’s heart pounded.

“Since your family supplies so much of the food, it only makes sense for you to see how it gets used. And I like to show off my skills because I—”

“Worked hard for them.” They said the words at the same time.

“I know that feeling,” Luke said.

Jack smiled. “I guess you do.”

Unlike most people, especially anyone older than Luke, Jack didn’t patronize him. He simply acknowledged that Luke had worked hard for opportunities a lot of people took for granted.

“Call me if you want to stop by one morning.”

Luke would love a chance to spend more time with Jack, but he also knew he wouldn’t have the nerve to call. If he let Jack feed him a delicious breakfast, he’d be even more of a wreck around him than usual, or, even worse, he might lose his mind altogether, follow Jack into the kitchen, and try to seduce him right there.

Author Bio

Silvia Violet writes fun, sexy stories that will leave you smiling and satisfied. She has a thing for characters who are in need of comfort and enjoys helping them surrender to love even when they doubt it exists. Silvia's stories include sizzling contemporaries, paranormals, and historicals. When she needs a break from listening to the voices in her head, she spends time baking, taking long walks, curling up with her favorite books, and spending time with her family.


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I thoroughly enjoyed Tied to Home by Silvia Violet. The third in her Ames Bridge series, Luke and Jack were characters with large presence and overflowing personalities. The BDSM D/s book was adventurous and captivating. 

Much younger than Jack, Luke yearned to give himself to Jack- mind, body, and soul. He craved to be controlled and loved and was tenacious in his quest. Together the men oozed sexuality and sexual chemistry. I adored them.

Ms. Violet created wonderfully written characters in a well-developed world. The secondary characters too, added depth and substance to Ames Bridge. 

A wonderful story by a talented author.

Definite S.E.X.
A five handcuff review

2018 ©Evelise Archer All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All names, characters, locations, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, or have been used fictionally. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, locales, or events is entirely coincidental. No portion of this work may be transmitted or reproduced in any form, or by any means, without permission in writing from the author.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

S.E.X. Audiobook Review~ To Touch You by Cardeno C.

"His name is Salvatore Rossi. He's a vampire. And he's my true mate."
By not relying on anyone except himself, Salvatore Rossi escaped a dead-end existence and reached the height of corporate success. But just when he has everything he always wanted, fate throws Salvatore a challenge he can't solve alone, and a young wolf-shifter comes to his rescue.
Since childhood, Yoram Smith's family was certain he would grow to become alpha and save their beloved pack from its slow demise. When the time comes for a new leader, Yoram is forced to juggle his duty to care for a splintering pack with his duty to care for an absent mate, and his own strength suffers. Being turned into a vampire didn't alter Salvatore's life philosophy: If you don't rely on anyone, nobody can let you down. But when the boy who saved his life becomes a man who needs his help, the icy vampire must find his humanity.

To Touch You by Cardeno C. has brought the Mate series to a close and this book was well worth the wait. Yoram and Salvatore were a special couple, meeting for the first time when Yoram was seven years old, the young wolf knew his destined true mate was the man his uncles needed to save.

As a child, Yoram was devilishly adorable, and through Cardeno C’s writing the precocious wolf shifter lit the pages with his straight forward sense of right and love. Salvatore, his destined mate, and turned vampire was in need of love and companionship which he found in the adult Yoram- who waited twenty years to unite with the man.

The flow of the storyline paralleled the other books in the series, with many of the main characters graces the pages of To Touch You. Ethan and Miguel are an integral part of Yoram and Sal’s life and added depth to the overall arc of the series.

Cardeno C never bores me with her witty writing and charm. To Touch You was a wonderful culmination to a very well developed and written series.

Narrator Charles David was fantastic! His voice delivered a beautiful rendition of To Touch You. I imagined the bright little boy meeting his mate for the first time- his new friend. Salvatore’s impeccable character and slightly holier than though attitude made me chuckle. Mr. David made the words leap from the previous written pages, as I closed my eyes and visited their chosen town. A tale worth the listen.

Definite S.E.X.
A five handcuff review

2017 ©Evelise Archer All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All names, characters, locations, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, or have been used fictionally. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, locales, or events is entirely coincidental. No portion of this work may be transmitted or reproduced in any form, or by any means, without permission in writing from the author.