Tuesday, March 11, 2014

You Couldn't Make This Stuff Up - Bed Bugs at the Library?

There's been a lot of talk about bed bugs lately. A Health Canada fact sheet says they can be found almost anywhere, including high-end hotels, cruise ships and resorts. Gross, but considering how resourceful these critters seem to be, and how much we travel these days, I guess that's not entirely surprising.

And now bed bugs seem to be turning up in unexpected places; like libraries. Now that is surprising.

My local library hasn't reported a problem so far, but libraries in Vancouver BC, Toronto Ontario, and plenty in-between, have faced problems and taken steps such as replacing cloth covered chairs with plastic or replacing carpet with vinyl flooring to combat these pesky pests, who seem to be difficult to get rid of once they've moved in.



Hmm, I'm thinking bedbugs are another reason to enjoy a good ebook.



News Source: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/vancouver-libraries-still-battling-bed-bug-problem/article6345953/

Health Canada fact sheet: http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/bed-bugs

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Vicktor Alexander - In the Beginning Blog Tour and Giveaway

Today, fellow author Vicktor Alexander's stopping by to showcase his new paranormal romance, The Beginning. Check it out, and don't forget the giveaway at the bottom of the post. 





Archí̱ (Taken from The Real Holy Bible)

1. At the beginning of creation the Supreme Beings created seven men, crafted of the dirt, the air, and the very breath of the Holy Ones. 2. These seven men chose for themselves a mate. 3. One each. Adam chose Eve, a woman whose envious nature and thirst for knowledge of all things led to all seven men and their mates being cursed. 4. It became known as the Great Disobedience and cause all seven men to be cast out of Paradise and cursed. 5. The greatest curse of all fell upon Adam and his chosen mate, as the men forgot that they were able to give birth and the women forgot that they were able impregnate their mates. 6. Though the other men’s curses were just as severe, the requirement to hide their true natures from Adam and Eve’s descendants, and the driving need to search for their mates, without the assurance of ever finding them, it was far and away Adam and Eve whose curse was the harshest.
7. This is the history of the world. 8. The laws, governing bodies, and other information needed to understand a world that we all live in but that few, if any of us, are fully aware of. 9. This is the truth. 10. This is reality.

In The Beginning Ronny finds a book titled, The Real Holy Bible, and contained within it is the true story of creation, the history of man, the history of the world and of paranormals. The above is a portion of that Bible.

When I started writing the book I asked myself if I wanted to write an actual Bible. After I woke up just from thinking about it, I realized that I could write portions of it to either include in the series, or just for me to refer back to as I wrote. It essentially became a part of the world building Bible and I forgot about putting it into the book, but I always thought it was cool and I never actually forgot about it. There were certain things I’d written that, to me, sounded as if they could have come from a Bible, and still I had nowhere to put them in the book and so, I saved them, knowing that the opportunity would present itself. And it did. With all of you, during this tour, which I’m very happy about.

When the Great Disobedience happened, there were many curses that were given. Eve and all female humans would suffer pain during childbirth and have a monthly cycle (yes, ladies, according to the Bible, you can blame Eve for that). And because of Adam’s disobedience “sin and death would enter the world and man would be forced to work the land.” One of the things that also happened, but few, if any, pastors talk about is the fact that the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve were no longer able to communicate with animals. Remember how Eve and Adam spoke to the serpent in the garden and it didn’t shock either one of them?

So in the Sons of Adam series, the curses that came down upon Adam’s brothers is that they would have to hide their true identity (the fact that they could shift, that they had magic, that they had an affinity with nature, etc.) from the sons of Adam, or the humans. They would also struggle to find their true mates, some of them would die without ever finding them. The men would forget that they could become pregnant and the women would forget that they could impregnate their partners.

That’s a pretty harsh sentence don’t you think?

But Adam, Asilion, Atolium, Avus, Axilum, Azon, and Awheybus’s guilt prevented them from speaking to the Supreme Being, their father and creator for a long time and as such their children and their children’s children began to draw away from him. And as such they were unaware that the laws and restrictions that they [the paranormals] put upon themselves with their laws were preventing them from discovering their own truths because the Supreme Being in his infinite wisdom created them all in a certain direction:

Déf̱teros(Taken from The Real Holy Bible)

1. At the Creation only Adam chose a woman as his mate, his brothers all chose to mate with men. 2. This set a precedent for many matings following. 3. The descendants of Adam chose heterosexuality as the norm, whereas those who descended of Asilion, Atolium, Avus, Axilum, Azon, and Awheybus tended to mate with men, or the women mated with other women.
4. However, the death of the ancestors of the shifter race and their mates caused many to feel as though the Supreme Being was bringing judgment, by way of his sister-in-law, Judgment, to punish them for their same-sex pairings. 5. And while there were those who had to mate with men in order to continue their line, for others the practice of homosexuality was outlawed. 6. More than that anyone caught engaging in such an action was immediately put to death. 7. This is where the stoning of homosexuals in Biblical times came into play, for it was not the Sons of Adam who started casting the first stone but the sons of Adam’s brothers who had done so.
8. Homosexuality continued, however, though only in secret and even those whose mate was a male, much less a male descended of Adam, those matings were never completed for the Elders had instilled a deep fear within the entire paranormal community that the moment someone mated someone of the same sex it would bring destruction to their world.

Ronny and Cole are not going to have an easy time of it, and there’s so much more for Ronny to discover as he continues to read more of The Real Holy Bible.
Since we’re talking ancient history here, in the comments below tell me what you think is the most interesting event to have happened in history.

Blurb:

Ronny Parker has always been aware that there was more to life outside of his Harlem apartment. When he goes to work one morning at Starbucks, he finds himself coming face to face with a reality that he was not prepared for. He finds himself the eyewitness to a fight between two shifters, a wolf and a lion, one of which bites Ronny and calls him “mate.” When Ronny wakes up the next morning, he finds himself thrust into a world neither his family, nor his teachers, ever taught him about and he does the only thing he can do. He starts to investigate.

Cole Tronk has been taught from an early age that he is never to mate a human, never reveal his true nature to a human, and that he cannot be gay. But when he gets into a fight with his oldest friend outside of a Starbucks and finds himself smelling the most intoxicating scent ever, he throws all of those rules out of the window. Before long, Cole and his mate, Ronny, are on the run from the governing body of the paranormals, humans who have now discovered that paranormals, magicks, and supernaturals exist, and someone from Ronny’s past who is determined to kill them both.

Along the way, Cole and Ronny meet up with a group of paranormals, magicks, and supernaturals who are also gay, and who are researching the true history of the world and creation. What they find will not only change their lives, but the entire world and the future. Will Ronny and Cole’s mating survive all of these obstacles? When a millennia-old lie comes back to bite them in the ass, will Ronny and Cole be able to deal with the consequences?




The Beginning is now available from Rooster & Pig Publishing: http://www.roosterandpigpublishing.com/new-releases and will soon be available from third-party sellers online.



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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Stage Fright - Now Available in Paperback Format



A lot's happened since the last time I made a blog entry. My second novel, Single Use Only, was released by Loose Id, I self-published my previously released short story, Right Street, Wrong House and now…Stage Fright, my first full-length novel, is available in print.

I received my author copies just the other day and it felt like Christmas had come early. I love ebooks, the ease and convenience of buying a book from home and being able to read it in seconds, but there's nothing like holding a book in your hands. And now, if you want to get your mitts on your own glossy, paperback copy of Stage Fright you can. :)

Available at: Amazon

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up and a Short Story

A couple of weeks ago I visited Seattle and took part in the first ever Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up. 

The event, hosted by Old Growth Northwest was the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest and focused on LGBTQ romance fiction. 



The half day meet-up took place at the amazing Seattle Public Library where authors, publishers, editors and cover artists, took part in discussion panels and met with readers. 

The topics were interesting, the discussions lively and the swag was sweet. Some of my favorite goodies were the man-shaped tootsie rolls Anne Tenino gave out and the naughty word fridge magnets. I got to meet some of my online friends, in person, for the first time and I made some new friends too.

Everyone enjoyed the subsequent happy hour and meet and greet at the Hotel Monaco and it was great to see readers chatting with some of their favorite authors. A few authors did readings too. I wasn't quite that brave, but maybe next year. The date's September 13, 2014, so mark your calendars.

Prior to the meet some attending authors wrote stories, which were posted on the group's Goodreads site. I wrote Perfect Weekend, a flash fiction piece. I'm posting it below, but check out the above link to see more stories. 

Hope to see you at the meet-up next year. 


Perfect Weekend

“Look, a whale!” Jon pointed, leaning over the ferry’s railing and craning his neck.
Steve’s stomach stopped trying to turn itself inside out long enough for him to grip Jon by the back of his raincoat, though in Steve’s current state of abject misery he wasn’t sure he’d have enough strength to stop his boyfriend going overboard.
Jon wriggled excitedly in his grasp. “Look.”
The downpour obscured everything, even the islands off to their left. Was it portside or starboard? He didn’t know. Didn’t care. He’d never be on a boat again if he had his way. “Where?”
“You missed it.” Jon straightened and turned to look at him. Jon’s blond hair stuck to his forehead and he blinked rain out of his eyes. “Are you feeling any better?”  
“Some.” The fresh air helped. So did being outside, away from the steamy, and not in a good way, cabin with its noise and heat: All those sweating bodies, children, dogs. Nothing smelled worse than wet dog, except maybe several wet dogs.
“You don’t have to stay out here. Go back inside where it’s warm,” Steve said.
“I’d rather be with you.” Jon bit his lip. “I wanted our first anniversary to be perfect. A romantic weekend in the woods, a cabin, a real fire, no one around for miles. I’m so sorry. I didn’t know you’d get seasick.”
“It’s not your fault. I’ve never been on a boat before.” Steve nudged Jon with his shoulder. “Guess Caribbean cruises are out though.”
Jon smiled at him. “We’ll just have to fly somewhere next year.”
“I’ll be fine once I’m off this damn ferry.” He hoped.
“The cabin has a hot tub.” Jon bounced with excitement. “We can sit out under the stars and smooch.”
He liked the smooching idea. He’d kiss Jon every chance he got, but sitting outside in the middle of the woods once the sun went down… He bet they’d be a mosquito buffet.
But Jon wouldn’t know that. He’d admitted the closest he’d been to camping was making out with a guy in a park ranger costume at a Halloween party. He was in for a shock, but that was Jon, impulsive and optimistic. He’d made the effort to surprise Steve and Steve didn’t want to disappoint him.
Steve had quietly cancelled the reservations at their favorite Italian restaurant, prepared to put up with bugs and poison ivy if it made Jon happy.
“We’ll be back on dry land soon,” Jon said. Water dripped off his nose. “Well, land anyway.”
****
The docking process seemed to take forever. The ferry shuddered and groaned as it rubbed up against the dock.
Steve doubted he’d ever want to have sex again. He sat in the car taking shallow breaths as Jon chattered away about walks on the beach. They’d be on the island soon. They would find the cabin and Steve could lie down until his seasickness passed. Then maybe he’d try to convince Jon a nice quiet soak in the hot tub would be more fun than running around poking at clumps of seaweed.
Steve navigated as Jon drove. By the time they got to the cabin the rain had eased to a drizzle
“This can’t be right.” Jon stared at the abandoned shack huddled at the end of the potholed lane. “It’s supposed to be rustic chic, but this is…”
“A dump,” Steve said.
“We must have turned off too soon.”
“The directions were clear.”
Jon turned in his seat, his face reflecting his disappointment. “What should we do?”
Steve shook the key out of the envelope. “Let’s check it out.”
The lock resisted, but gave way as Steve wrestled with it. This was the place.
The cabin was one big room. Steve explored, his hopes for a romantic weekend disappearing, along with his nausea.
The stone fireplace looked useable, but he couldn’t say the same for the battered stove or coffeemaker. He’d had better stuff in his starving student days. He aimed a kick at the lumpy couch.
“Steve.” Jon stood beside a brass double bed tucked in a corner. Even empty the middle sagged. “Where’s the bathroom?”
“Probably out back.”
“Outside?” Jon sat abruptly, as if his legs had given out.
“It’s okay babe. We’ll start a fire, warm the place up. Then maybe check out the hot tub?”
Jon tried to smile. “I forgot about that.”
The hot tub was a disappointment. When they brushed all the pine needles off the lid, the tub was empty. Well maybe not entirely empty, something had used it for a home, if the nest of needles and fluff was anything to go by.
Jon dropped onto the back steps; his shoulders slumped almost as much as the roof. “This place sucks.”
“It’s not so bad.” Steve sat beside him. “The woods are beautiful.” He stretched out and picked a handful of blackberries from the brambles encroaching on the porch. “We’re away from the city, just you and me.”
“Can you eat those?” Jon eyed the blackberries, a thin line of worry between his blue eyes. “They’re growing wild.”
Steve popped one into his mouth, relishing the tart taste as it burst over his taste buds, reminding him of summers past, the dusty heat and sunny days of his boyhood. “Just think of them as organic.”
He touched a blackberry to his boyfriend’s lips and watched as Jon chewed and his eyes widened. “That’s good.”
“You like that?” Steve asked.
 Jon opened up for him and Steve fed him another and another, watching the delicate pink of Jon’s tongue stain purple with blackberry juice. His mouth looked ripe, luscious.
Steve helped himself to a kiss, licking his way into Jon’s mouth, tasting, teasing. Mm, so sweet. Everything he needed for a perfect weekend, right here in his arms.
“You’re feeling better.” Jon’s cheeks were flushed, his eyes bright.
“Much better.” Steve stood and held out his hand. “Let’s go inside and I’ll show you how good I feel.”



I've written a couple of other flash pieces about Jon and Steve before. Click Skinny Jeans and Cops and Rubbers to read them.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Cover Reveal for Single Use Only



It's here. The gorgeous cover for my upcoming release Single Use Only. That's Chris (in the shirt) and Mike, two of my characters from Stage Fright, which released in January this year. I'm really excited about Single Use Only. I hope you will be too.  


Mike is tired of the hook-up scene, Chris hasn’t even been to a real gay bar, but when the two men meet they discover they have much more in common than a mutual friend.

Blurb:

Mike Strenton is tired of the hook-up scene. All the men he meets in the Las Vegas gay bars are interested in only one thing and only one night. Been there done that. About to turn thirty-eight, Mike avoids casual sex until his need for contact is too great to ignore. He secretly longs to meet someone who sees beyond his laugh lines and broad shoulders to the sensitive lover underneath. A man who will choose him rather than the early morning walk of shame.

Twenty-seven year old Chris Bennington has never even been to a gay bar though he’s into men as well as women. He sees the funny side of just about everything, even his first time with Mike. Chris wants a lover who doesn’t have a problem with his quirky sense of humor, his inability to cook or his bisexuality and he thinks Mike fits the bill. All he has to do is convince the big guy he’s not just sticking around for breakfast.


Click here for an excerpt. 

Available October 1, 2013 at Loose Id

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Single Use Only - Coming Soon


(Unofficial) Blurb for Single Use Only


I just finished writing the blurb for my next novel, Single Use Only. It's being published by Loose Id and is scheduled for release October 1, 2013. I can hardly wait to see the cover.


Single Use Only shares the same Las Vegas setting as my earlier release, Stage Fright, but this time the story focuses on Jesse's friends Mike and Chris.

Gotta love Vegas

Premise: 

Mike’s tired of the hook-up scene, Chris hasn’t been to a real gay bar, but when the two men meet they discover they have much more in common than a mutual friend.

Blurb:

Mike Strenton is tired of the hook-up scene. All the men he meets in the Las Vegas gay bars are interested in only one thing and only one night. Been there done that. About to turn thirty-eight, Mike avoids casual sex until his need for contact is too great to ignore. He secretly longs to meet someone who sees beyond his laugh lines and broad shoulders to the sensitive lover underneath. A man who’ll choose him over the early morning walk of shame.

Twenty-seven year old Chris Bennington has never even been to a gay bar though he’s into men as well as women. He sees the funny side of just about everything, even his first time with Mike. Chris wants a lover who doesn’t have a problem with his quirky sense of humor, his inability to cook or his bisexuality and he thinks Mike fits the bill. All he has to do is convince the big guy he’s not just sticking around for breakfast.

Loose Id


I loved writing Mike and Chris's story. They're a couple of special guys who deserve their happy ending and I was glad to make that happen.





Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Kayelle Allen's New Release - Keeper of My Pleasure

I'm doing a bit of a shout out for Kayelle Allen today. She's written that rare beastie, a M/F BDSM story…with a male sub. Keeper of My Pleasure is out today. 

Why did I write a male submission story? It's a genre I enjoy reading but can rarely find. I also write male/male romance, which I originally began writing for the same reason. Now, it's available everywhere. The hero in Keeper of My Pleasure, Koo Ayakura, is no weakling. He plays sports. He's a college graduate. He can handle anything his mistress throws his way, with grace and strength. There is nothing weak about a submissive partner. The sub must be able to trust the dominant, and that is not an easy thing to do. A good D/s relationship might be one of the hardest types to maintain. It requires constant adjustment, and the willingness to change. There must be trust between the partners, and that only comes after proving worth, because trust without reason is little more than hope. 



Keeper of My Pleasure
By Kayelle Allen
Rai trusts Koo to submit. To keep him, she must trust her heart.
A Romantica® BDSM erotic romance from Ellora's Cave
This book is in the Taboo line -- one of the Ellora's Cave Quickies

A recent college graduate, Koo hires Rai as his attorney after thieves total his car and then dare to sue him. She wins, and takes him out to celebrate. Dinner leads to the hottest sex in his life, and a long-term relationship as her submissive. He adores the way she makes him feel, and the way she makes him burn. He longs to show her he has more to offer. He has a heart, and it's hers, if only she'll let him give it.
A successful attorney in her late thirties, Rai has a penchant for handsome young men with long hair. Koo, her newest client, becomes more than her usual boy toy. He likes being tied up and whipped, and he yields the way she'd always dreamed. But he has a future ahead of him, and she's a jaded lawyer. He wants sex, not love. Right? He wouldn't stay with her forever. She trusts him to submit. To keep Koo, Rai is going to have trust her heart.

Inside Scoop: Our hero willingly submits to his Dom lady love and all her toys in their BDSM play, including whips and bindings and more.
Word count: 7170
Genre: BDSM Romance
ISBN: 9781419946592
Author: Kayelle Allen
Editor: Victoria Reese
Cover art: Ellora's Cave
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Trailer for Keeper of My Pleasure http://youtu.be/pXmsf8gb6DI
Music is "Road Adventure" from iStockPhoto, used with permission.

Inside Peek: Keeper of My Pleasure This free, illustrated eBook provides insight about the book, its characters, and its creation. When you click the link, it will either offer you a download, or open in a new window, depending on your settings. To read it, you need Adobe Reader, available free. http://is.gd/meet_Rai_and_Koo


About the Author
Kayelle Allen is a multi-published, EPIC Award winning author. She writes Contemporary Romance, Gay Romance, Erotic Science Fiction Romance, Mainstream Fantasy, BDSM, and non-fiction. She likes to attend Science Fiction conventions, and has been a speaker at DragonCon, Outlantacon, and Gaylaxicon. Kayelle is the founder of the author-mentoring group Marketing for Romance Writers, and manages the successful Romance Lives Forever blog. She is a US Navy Veteran, and founded the graphics and eBook conversion company The Author's Secret. Kayelle is married to her personal hero, and makes her home in the southeast.

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