Friday, May 29, 2015

The Missing Planets Blog Tour! (+$25 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: The Missing Planets
Author: Hawk MacKinney 
Series: Cairns of Sanctuarie
Pages: 260
Date Published: 2014
Publisher: Sage Words Publishing
Format: Kindle
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours

Synopsis:
Planet Terato has become a member of the assembly of the Confederated League of Allied Star Systems. The Murian Outpost Terato once commanded by His Imperial Majesty’s Lord High Chamberlain Herklo Korvo XXXIV is now Teratoan staffed and under the command of Teratoan Eklam a’Qoc.

From the uncharted reaches between galaxies, attacks of extraordinary weaponry come against Terato and the Myr worlds of the Murians. Terminus Terato’s expanded link-portals and converter power modules are virtually useless. Power loss, defenses, communications and travel are totally disrupted. High Chamberlain Korvo’s unexpected return to Terminus on a mission for His Imperial Majesty leaves him stranded on Terato. Attacks grow more massive, more unpredictable; spread across the worlds of the League, as an isolated Terminus struggles among the shattered rubble and whispering remains of an ancient Polity of star-walkers.

Family and friends are lost, empires and civilizations in disarray, Terminus and Planet Terato almost defenseless. Desperate for answers, their worlds being overwhelmed by this remorseless aggressor, Eklam and Korvo reach across unexplored space in a despairing gamble and the last reserves of converter star-substrate, seeking one insignificant star system of gas giants and rocky inner planets for possible relics of the elusive Lantaraan Polity.
~Try an Excerpt!~
Ek never forgot the time Klara peeked over his shoulder; clutched his arm, “It was promised The Old Ones would return.”

“They don’t look like what I thought the Old Ones would look like,” he’d whispered to her. “Suppose they’re not the Old Ones. Where’d they come from? What are they?” Questions Ek had, with no idea there would be other times he’d ask the same kinds of questions—but with far more serious inferences.

The word spread. Many believed these off-worlders were the promised return of their ancients. As time passed, between chores and extra homework for his special classes there hadn’t been much chance to slip away; take the curved path to his overlook spot. Yet, when he did, boundless questions grew as Ek watched in the dusklit the off-worlders create what would become Outpost Terato.


His uncle was unbending, “Neither you nor Klara are to go anywhere near that abomination these off-worlders build out of the air,” his disapproval more severe with each passing dawnlit.
~Meet Hawk!~ 
With postgraduate degrees and faculty appointments in several medical universities, Hawk MacKinney has taught graduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem. In addition to professional articles and texts on chordate neuroembryology, Hawk has authored several works of fiction.

Hawk began writing mysteries for his school newspaper. His works of fiction, historical love stories, science fiction and mystery-thrillers are not genre-centered, but plot-character driven, and reflect his southwest upbringing in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. Moccasin Trace, a historical novel nominated for the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award, details the family bloodlines of his serial protagonist in the Craige Ingram Mystery Series. Vault of Secrets, the first book in the Ingram series, was followed by Nymrod Resurrection, Blood and Gold, and The Lady of Corpsewood Manor. All have received national attention.  Walking the Pet is Hawk’s latest release in the Ingram series. The first book in another mystery-thriller series is scheduled for release in 2015. The Bleikovat Event, the first volume in The Cairns of Sainctuarie science fiction series, was released in 2012. Its sequel, The Missing Planets, has just been released.
Hawk MacKinney will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Two Princes: The Biker and the Billionaire (+Giveaway!)

Title: Two Princes: The Biker and the Billionaire 
Author: Victoria Danann
Series: Sons of Sanctuary #1
Pages: N/A
Date Published: 2015
Publisher: 7th House Publishing
Format: Kindle
Genre: Romance
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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Synopsis:

Brigid was a graduate student at the University of Texas. She had no trouble getting her thesis approved, but finding a Hill Country motorcycle club willing to give her access to their lifestyle was looking impossible. Then she got a lead. A friend of a friend had a cousin with family ties to The Sons of Sanctuary. Perfect. Or was it? 

What Brigid wanted was information to prove a proposition. The last thing she had in mind was falling for one of the members of the club. Especially since she was a feminist academic out to prove that motorcycle clubs are organized according to the same structure as primitive tribal society. 

Brash was standing in line at the H.E.B. Market when his world tipped on its axis. While waiting his turn to check out, his gaze had wandered to the magazine display and settled on the new issue of “NOW”. The image on the cover, although GQ’d up in an insanely urbane way, was… him. 

After reading the article, Brash threw some stuff in a duffle and left his only home, a room at The Sons of Sanctuary clubhouse, with a vague explanation about needing a couple of days away. He left his truck at the Austin airport and caught a plane for New York, on a mission to find a mysterious guy walking around with his face. 
~Try an Excerpt!~
“Sir?” Brash Fornight gradually became aware that someone behind him in the grocery checkout line was trying to get his attention. “Sir?” He refocused and glanced behind him. The woman leaning on a cart overflowing with chip bags and cookie boxes nodded toward the cashier indicating that it was his turn to move forward. Brash looked her in the eye and had to give her props. Most people wouldn’t have the balls to try to herd a guy wearing Sons of Sanctuary MC leather.

The club employed a woman who cooked and did grocery shopping several times a week as part of her job description, but Brash didn’t like to explain his relentless craving for peanuts and he liked being teased about it even less. He didn’t know whether it was the Vitamin B or the fat or just because he liked the taste, but he couldn’t imagine going a day without them.

That’s how he came to be standing statue still In the grocery checkout line, being prompted by some woman with more nerve than sense. While he was waiting, his eyes drifted over the magazine display and settled on the cover of “NOW”, on the Most Eligible Bachelor edition no less. The debonair figure staring back was wearing Brash’s own face and body. He looked different with short hair and a four thousand dollar suit with the shirt fashionably open at the neckline, but the similarity was inescapable.

On impulse he grabbed the magazine and tossed it onto the conveyor belt with his week’s stash of peanuts.

He stuffed the bags into the saddlebags of his bike and roared toward home, nervously tapping his fingers on handlebars at red lights, riding on shoulders to keep from slowing down. He was anxious to get to the privacy of his own room and read about Branach St. Germaine.

Two beers, one jar of peanuts, and one “NOW” article later, Brash was sitting on the edge of his bed looking at the wall, seeing nothing but his own heavy thoughts. He pulled out his phone, looked up a website, and waited on hold for ten minutes to hear the time of the next flight from Austin to New York.

There was a flight to Newark in a little over three hours. He looked at his watch and calculated the time it would take to drive from Dripping Springs at that time of day. As he booked the flight, he stood up, walked to the small closet, grabbed a duffel bag, and began shoving stuff into it. Ten minutes later, he closed his door and locked it, threw the duffel over his shoulder, and headed straight for the office downstairs. He dropped the duffel on the hallway floor beside the closed door and knocked.

“Yeah?” Brash looked inside, glad that his dad was by himself, and stepped in. “What’s up?”

“I’m takin’ personal time, Pop. Gonna be gone for a couple of days.”

“What the hell is ‘personal time’?”

The gruffness made Brash smile. “It means I’m not gonna be here if you call and I’m not tellin’ you why.”

The Sons of Sanctuary President looked up at Brash, over the top of his readers, and narrowed his eyes. “You got a secret?”

“Everybody’s got secrets.”

Brandon Fornight studied his son for a minute. “True enough. Is it the kind of secret that could affect this club?”

Brash shook his head. “Don’t see how.”

“Well, then. See you… When did you say you’d be back?”

“I didn’t.”

“Bein’ purposefully vague, are you?”

Brash grinned. “That’s why they call it personal time. But I expect to be back Friday.”

“You gonna have your phone with you?” When Brash nodded, Bran looked back down at his ledger in a deliberately dismissive gesture. “Well, get outta here then.”

Brash parked his bike in the airplane hangar. The structure had already been on the property when the club had bought it and turned it into a compound twenty years earlier. They used part of it for vehicle maintenance and repair and part for parking.

Some of the guys who were working looked over and shot curious glances his way when Brash threw his duffel into his pickup and started it up, but it wasn’t their way to ask questions. The Sons figured that if somebody wanted you to know something, they’d tell you.

Brash took a cab to a midtown hotel, wondering all the way why human beings would choose to live in such a place. As he slid his credit card across the hotel counter to the agent on duty, he glanced at the name, Brandon Fornight. It seemed unlikely that it was a coincidence that that the mysterious look-alike’s first name began with the same four letters. He ordered room service and pulled out his laptop.

Getting intel on the guy didn’t take advanced ops. Within an hour Brash knew where Brannach St. Germaine worked, what kind of car he drove, what kind of women he dated, who his tailor was, and where he liked to dine. There was no shortage of photos online, but the one that grabbed his attention wasn’t one of the many with starlets or debutantes on his arm. It was the one taken with his arm around his mother as they were arriving together for some red carpet fundraiser. Brash had an almost irresistible compulsion to reach up and touch her face on the screen in front of him.

The knock on the door signaled that room service had arrived. It cost a fortune, but looked and tasted like shit. So he closed the computer and went out for a walk to clear his head and find something edible.
~Meet Victoria!~ 
The Order of the Black Swan has won BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES TWO YEARS IN A ROW (2013, 2014). Reviewers Choice Awards, The Paranormal Romance Guild.



Victoria writes cross-genre with uniquely fresh perspectives on paranormal creatures, characters, and themes. She is making her debut into contemporary romance with publication of the SUMMER FIRE ultimate romance collection anthology with the intro to the Sons of Sanctuary MC series. The first novel of that will be released June 16, 2015

Victoria will be awarding a copy of the memoirs of Ash Armand, the celebrity who appears on the cover of Two Princes to 3 randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.

Hope Blog Tour! (+$10 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: Hope
Author: Sam Rook
Series: Knights of Av'lor #1
Pages: 302
Date Published: 2015
Publisher: Createspace
Format: Kindle
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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Synopsis:
The winged knights—magically altered humans—are the only ones defending the portal from Av'lor to Earth. With defeat imminent, they find an unlikely source of hope in software engineer, Kathryn.


Kathryn doubts her life could get any worse after the death of her mother and daughter. She realizes her mistake after she arrives on Av'lor with only part of her house and hungry creatures looking for their next meal. Once the knights bring her under their protection, she discovers their angry commander is far from welcoming.

Sir Lanclor, Commander of the Knighthood, lives with the curse of betrayal. While the treachery occurred lifetimes before, few see past his guarded shell to the grim man beneath. Barely holding the Knighthood together, his grip tightens when Kathryn joins their ranks. Her stubbornness and surprising strength not only energizes the knights, but also makes Sir Lanclor question his self-imposed isolation.

With the approach of an invading army, Kathryn and Sir Lanclor must find a way to end centuries of war and save two worlds.

~Try an Excerpt!~
"That reminds me. The Ball of Remembrance is coming up in a few weeks. We should go together."

"A ball? You mean with dancing and stuff?" Kathryn remembered some of the best times in her life on a dance floor.

"Yes. Don’t sound so surprised. In the middle of a war, this is one of the few times we can relieve stress. You have to go. There’ll be dancing, singing, drinking and a ton of food. Everyone tends to relax their guard a little, maybe get a little…friendly, if you know what I mean?" Elena’s smile was infectious.

"Wait. They’re not going to be having sex on the dance floor, are they?"

"Kate, men of Av’lor aren’t like that. They’ll at least take us someplace private." Elena’s laugh made Kathryn smile and eventually join in.

"I think it would be a little awkward. I don’t know what any of the other knights look like beneath their armor. What if I hooked up with someone I work with every day? That would make things a little strained during drill the next day." An officer would be even more awkward. Sir Garrent or Sir Lanclor. Even worse, what if it was Jakara? Knife training would have a whole new meaning.


"Oh, rank is suspended for the one day and it’s pretty anonymous. Everyone’s wings will be the same color. License to party." Elena laughed and started thrusting her hips towards the bathtub with a sponge in one hand and a bottle of cleaner in the other. 
~Meet Sam!~ 
Sam Rook lives in Vermont with her husband and two children. Her passion for fantasy novels began in high school with her desire to write following shortly thereafter. Software engineer by day, fantasy author by night, she strives to give her readers a chance to enjoy worlds that transport them away from the stress of everyday life.

Sam Rook will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn commenter via Rafflecopter. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

REVIEW: Love Caters All (+Giveaway!)

Title: Love Caters All 
Author: Nicci Carrera
Series: Lobster Cove
Pages: 201
Date Published: 2014
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Format: Kindle
Genre: Romance
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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Synopsis:
When hard-driving CEO Rick Nordan arrives in Lobster Cove under strict orders from the family doctor to take a break, he discovers the rental house comes with a family attached, including one sexy dynamo of a caterer. She's nothing like his ex-fiancee who wouldn't sign a pre-nup, but maybe that means she's the real deal and not a gold digger.

Maya Cruz wants life for her widowed mother to get easier by renting out her house during the summer. But teaching Mama business means explaining Rick isn't a "guest," he's a "customer." And the first thing Mama does is invite Rick to join their family activities. Having Rick around wouldn't be so bad if Maya didn't find him so attractive. The last time she fell for a vacationing millionaire, she had her heart broken.

She swore off his type, and he's not looking, but this might be a recipe for love.

~My Thoughts~
Love Caters All is a straight-up, guilty pleasure romance read. While not quite a bodice-ripper, it stacks up there with the conventional idea of a smutty romance read-and I love it! The sultry romance scenes were definitely sensuous but didn't delve into "OMG what am I reading, my eyes are burning!" territory. 

The two leads were great together. Rick is your perfect Fortune 500 CEO, complete with a sad look at love due to some gold diggers in his past. Maya is the put-upon daughter, trying to make life for her mother easier by helping bring in some extra income. Maya isn't naive about this richie-rich though...she's already had her heart broken by the last guy with a cool million who blew into town and then out again before she could blink. Still, Rick is hard to resist and soon he and Maya find out that it's hard enough to find love when you aren't packing two day's worth of baggage from your last relationship. 

The family dynamics between Mama and Maya were the best! I could practically hear my own mother's voice creeping in and trying to play matchmaker! It was awesome. Food kept coming up, making me starving by the end...so keep a tasty sandwich or slice of cake on hand as you read...you won't regret it! 

~Try an Excerpt!~

“Doc made me unplug. Ordered me to read books. Even went so far as to write out a prescription.” Rick reached in his pocket.

She took the paper he’d retrieved and read it. Sure enough, their website and the words, No electronics, read a book were scrawled on an Rx sheet in Doc’s handwriting. She handed back the note. “I’d recognize Doc’s penmanship anywhere.”

“Penmanship!” Rick grinned. “You can see from Doc’s chicken scratch, if I had to rely on the Internet for entertainment I’d be out of luck. It’s old-fashioned bound-paper for me this week.”

“I love books. In our library, you’ll find the classics, westerns, and some spicy romance.” Maya thought she’d just toss the last genre in there to see how he’d react. He grinned. Her stomach fluttered. This man was nothing like the conceited ass she’d dated last summer. Both men might be rich, but they were so different. “History, biography, and a Bible.”

“Will there be a quiz?”

“Only on the romance.” His laugh was so sensuous she could roll in it.

“I really need to dry the floor. I’ll get a rag. Excuse me.”

Mama passed her at the hall closet. “We should invite Mr. Nordan to our party tomorrow.”


Oh no. Rick was going to meet the gorgeous twins before Maya even had a single date with him.
~Meet Nicci!~

Nicci Carrera lives to write contemporary and spicy love stories with sassy heroines and sexy heroes. Nicci believes the perfect man makes lots of bread…the kind you eat hot from the oven with butter. She lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, and yes, he bakes all their bread. When not at her keyboard writing a romance, in the kitchen, or curled up with a book, Nicci enjoys photography and long walks. 


About Lobster Cove:
Lobster Cove is a fictional small town on the coast of Maine, near Bar Harbor. It is quaint and quirky with a colorful history, a friendly population of charming residents, and a vibrant tourist business. It is home to research scientists and small shop owners, grumpy cops and sassy chefs. Back in the day, it was a bustling fishing town and home to many immigrants, from both the state cabins and the lowest decks.

Nicci will be awarding a print copy of Love Caters All, US only (a digital copy if an international winner), to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Rite of Summer Blog Tour! (+$20 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: Rite of Summer
Author: Tess Bowery
Series: Treading the Boards #1
Pages: N/A
Date Published: 2015
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Format: Kindle
Genre: MM Romance
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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Synopsis:
There are terrors worse than stage fright. Like falling in love.

Violinist Stephen Ashbrook is passionate about three things—his music, the excitement of life in London, and his lover, Evander Cade. It’s too bad that Evander only loves himself. A house party at their patron’s beautiful country estate seems like a chance for Stephen to remember who he is, when he’s not trying to live up to someone else’s harsh expectations.

Joshua Beaufort, a painter whose works are very much in demand among the right sort of people, has no expectations about this party at all. Until, that is, he finds out who else is on the guest list. Joshua swore off love long ago, but has been infatuated with Stephen since seeing his brilliant performance at Vauxhall. Now he has the chance to meet the object of his lust face to face—and more.

But changing an open relationship to a triad is a lot more complicated than it seems, and while Evander’s trying to climb the social ladder, Stephen’s trying to climb Joshua. When the dust settles, only two will remain standing…when they’re not flat on their backs.

Warning: Contents under pressure. Contains three men, two beds, one erotic piercing, and the hottest six weeks of summer the nineteenth century has ever seen.

~My Thoughts~
Well, Tess Bowery certainly know's how to grab your attention. How could she not with an opening line of:

"There were few things in the world as perfect as Evander’s prick."

The writing style Tess uses was reminescent of classical English, but with flairs and little details that made it easily comprehensible by us modern day speakers :) Her words and styling rolled off the tongue and bounced around the ears, making reading this book almost lyrical in it's descriptions and characters. A definite win for style Tess! 

But the style is easily explained, when you simply look to the professions of two of the book's characters. Evander, the aforemetioned well-endowed gentleman, is an affluent composer-pulling sounds and melodies from thin air to accompany the emotions and meanings of life. While Stephan is the violinist who brings Evander's music to life, dazzling duke, king, and country with his proficiency and the way his violin makes the music lift off the pages in dancing lyricism. Yet not all is perfect with these two, despite their partnership. Evander is vain and thinks only of himself, leaving his love-Stephan-behind as he strives to please his patron. Stephan is strong-armed into accompanying Evander and Coventry, the patron, into the countryside for 6 weeks of a hunting party-gathering, meaning that Stephan is to be cooped up in a house with about two dozen of the gentry to please at all hours. 

The Real romance picks up at the Coventry's country home, when Stephan runs into another favored artist, Joshua, though his particular flavor of the arts tends towards painting rather than music. Yet the two have white-hot chemistry and it may be a much better match than Stephan had before...despite his fondness for a few of Evander's body parts... 

As you can tell, this is truly a NSFW novel of epic proportions *giggles*...There are some truly steamy scenes in her of the M/M and MMM persuasion, so if that's not something you can handle you may need something a little softer. While the romance, and subsequent encounters, are the main course, the character development and storyline are delicious hors-d'oeuvres as well, and shouldn't be ignored. I enjoyed reading Rite of summer for all of its aspects and would gladly read something new from Tess in the future!

~Research Strategies for Historical Novels~
There’s something intoxicating about stories set in the past. When we’re removed from a time period we don’t think of the problems that come with no indoor plumbing, or the realities of social and financial inequalities. We imagine instead the rustle of silk skirts, the warm golden flicker of candlelight, and satin-gloved hands brushing intoxicatingly against one another during a slow, intimate dance. We come to these time periods – the middle ages, the Tudors, the Regency – with notions gleaned from television miniseries and other modern books, and that’s the kind of thing that can trip us up when writing a book with an historical setting.

To start, when I’m planning a new book, I like to hit the library first. I’ll grab a couple of general books about the region, the time period and the specific people and places that will matter to my characters. It’s even better if it’s a diary or something written by someone alive at the time. That’s where I’ll get details about daily life and general concerns that my characters might have to deal with.
Online sources like archive.org and Gutenberg.org are great for finding free copies of books that are in the public domain, which will include piles of autobiographies and older sources about some of our favourite time periods.

Once I start writing, I’ll often run into small details that either I think I know – all men wore cutaway coats in 1815, right? – or that I have no earthly idea about (what did women use during their periods?). I have a choice there: I can either rewrite the previous section so that the Thing I Don’t Know doesn’t come up after all, or I can go fact-hunting.

I have to admit that I’m a bit obsessive about detail, and I once spent a good hour digging up information on what colours of upholstery were the height of fashion in 1811. On the plus side, anything from the 1700s forward can generally be found, given enough time! Women’s magazines began printing in that century, as did men’s magazines, and pdfs of those are freely available online.
Reading through a copy of The Gentlemen’s Magazine will give you a sense not only of what was being advertised in that month, but what was going on politically, what sense of humour were like, and so on. Even better, women’s magazines like Ladies Mercury had fashion plates and, later, paper patterns for home sewers.

Once we get into the Victorian era, erotica itself starts to be published in these periodicals, and some of it would give modern-day pornography a real run for its money! Editions of The Pearl, a Victorian erotic fiction magazine, are kicking around the web as free pdfs (but be careful – they are most definitely not safe for work, or for the bondage-and-sadism averse).
We’re very lucky in the modern day to have access to huge amounts of information at our fingertips. I turn to sites like the Jane Austen Centre (http://www.janeausten.co.uk/) and Jane Austen’s World (https://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com) for quick answers to minor questions like light fixtures, or the daily cost of keeping a horse. There are hundreds, if not thousands, more of these little gems all across the internet, focused on different time periods and regions.
Look for a website with sources – ones that can give references to where they found their information, rather than those that repeat the same muddled ‘history’ that we get on television dramas and in movies.
There’s so much out there, and so much of it available without ever leaving our computers, that research is much more like a treasure hunt than the slog through dusty archives that it used to be.
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Come by www.tessbowery.com on June 2nd,  7 pm Eastern Time, to join me in the chatroom for the release party! I’ll have giveaways and prizes as well as interviews and a social hour. I look forward to seeing everyone!
~Try an Excerpt!~
“It is a massive house, you know,” Evander began as though delivering a confidence. “With galleries and gardens that extend for miles. Coventry described it to me once. We will have hours of uninterrupted leisure.”

He dug his foot down further and pressed it, firm and strong, against the front of Stephen’s trousers. “We’ll kiss and we’ll swive,” Evander sang, putting lyrics to the tune he had been humming before, his eyes alight and his smile infectiously lascivious. He was utterly ridiculous, and delightful, and Stephen could not help but laugh as his body began to respond to Evander’s excitement. “Behind we will drive, and we will contrive, new ways for lechery,” Evander finished his bawdy chorus by tangling one hand in Stephen’s hair and using it to pull his head back. Stephen’s breath caught with the spike of desire, his throat exposed to the press of Evander’s lips.

“Alright!” Stephen laughed breathlessly. “I’ve agreed already, I need no bribe to convince me further.”


“Oh, but you do,” Evander said, letting go of his hair and slinking his hand down to replace the press of his foot. “We shall make a game of it, defiling his house in as many ways and places as please us. Think of the thrill!” The man was insane, the suggestion as distractingly tempting as almost all of his ideas were. If one servant saw them, though, in the wrong place at the wrong time- Evander’s social climbing would end rather abruptly. As would their lives.
~Meet Tess!~ 
Tess has been a fan of historical fiction since learning the Greek and Roman myths at her mother's knee. Now let loose on a computer, she's spinning her own tales of romance and passion in a slightly more modern setting. Her work in the performing arts has led to a passion for the theatre and dance in all its forms, and been the inspiration for her current books. Tess lives on the east coast, with her partner of fifteen years and two cats who should have been named 'Writer's Block' and 'Get Off the Keyboard, Dammit.'


Tess can be found reblogging over on tessbowery.tumblr.com, twittering at @TessBowery, and talking about writing in general and her books specifically over at www.tessbowery.com. 
Tess will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.


Two Worlds, Two Men Blog Tour!

Title: Two Worlds, Two Men 
Author: Joy Frawley
Series: N/A
Pages: M/A
Date Published: October 15th 2014
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing
Format: Kindle
Genre: Romance
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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Synopsis:
Jocelyn and Neely are having a perfectly pleasant dinner at the Sheep Heid Inn when it happens: Jocelyn suddenly finds herself sitting across the table, not from Neely, but a strange man dressed in medieval garb. This man is no apparition. His eyes, the deepest brown, clearly look on her in intimacy; his touch causes her pulse to rise. Jocelyn realizes two things: from his clothes, he is clearly an aristocrat, and that she, Jocelyn Stewart, seems to be in some sort of romantic relationship with him! Minutes later Jocelyn returns to Neely, in the present day, weak and terrified.

Together they begin to unravel the forgotten past and find themselves facing the reality of medieval Scotland: A strange world steeped in folklore and superstition; where life begins and often ends with the sword. As Jocelyn travels back to medieval times she learns that the man she keeps seeing is no other than Sir Colin Campbell of the powerful Campbell Clan. When Jocelyn is with Colin, she wants never to leave his side; then she returns to the present and cannot imagine herself with anyone but Neely. Jocelyn struggles with a choice. Which man will gain her heart when both offer such different love? She is in love with two different men in two different worlds.

~Character Interview~
Two Worlds Two Men is a time travel romance where Jocelyn Stewart travels from present day Edinburgh to medieval Scotland. She encounters Neely Cochlin in modern day Edinburgh and immediately the sparks between them fly. Neely’s presence draws Jocelyn in like a magnet and leaves her wondering what lies beneath his charm besides a sexy body. Once Jocelyn leaves the present she comes face to face with Sir Colin Campbell in medieval Scotland. Jocelyn finds herself enamored with Colin’s strange affection for her. An affection that was long ago forgotten along with the world she once called home with Colin as her lover.

First, I would like to thank all the character of Two Worlds Two Men for being here today. The question I want to present each of you is what would you buy with a $1000.00?
Jocelyn, what would you do with a $1000.00 if given the opportunity to spend it any way you’d like?
For starters, let me say that is it extremely exhausting juggling two worlds and two men! I would invest in a pair of good walking boots because I am constantly on my feet and pushing myself to the limits trying to figure out what to do next. This time travel is a lot of hard work so it’s important I’m comfortable. I would also purchase a couple good hats to keep the elements at bay when I’m in medieval Scotland. That place is damp and often chilly so I would frequently find my hair mired down in rain or the occasional snow. No woman should be subjected to the cold and bitter wind of riding bareback in the Highlands, but it was a fact of life back in that period of time so I would basically buy whatever items I could to keep me warm and able to maintain the physical challenges my time travel requires of me. A long thick cloak can go a long way to keep a lady feeling like a lady and not an animal.

Colin, what would you do with a $1000.00 if you were given it to spend?
A sum of $1000.00 is a large portion of wealth and as a clan leader I am required to maintain a stronghold on the investments I am in charge of. A strong defense keeps my lands protected and an enlarged territory allows Clan Campbell to grow. I would use the funds to strengthen security of my current lands and acquire more surrounding me.

Neely, how about you? What’s your thoughts on being given $1000.00 to spend any way you’d like?
Boy, Colin, you’re a real ladies man aren’t you? Wow. Buy more land and more guards! Hell, that’s every woman’s dream isn’t it? But hey, every bloke for himself, right? First off, let me say that a good scotch makes everything better in life. So, I would purchase myself a case of Scotland’s finest and buy the biggest fattest juiciest steaks I could find and have one hell of a bloody good party! This way Jocelyn could warm up her lovely bones with my scotch and keep up her strength with a good hearty meal of red meat. Now that, my friend, is how you impress a woman.
Neely sits back in his chair satisfied till he hears Colin groan and notes Jocelyn rolling her eyes.
“What? Why are you two groaning and rolling your eyes at me? I thought I gave a great answer! It was sure better than buying guards and increasing security. You tell me one woman who wants that for Christmas? Just one!”
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Jocelyn looked around for the driver who was supposed to be waiting for her arrival with a sign. She had hired someone to pick her up because, as an American and first-time visitor to Scotland, she had figured it would be less stressful.

She didn’t see the driver anywhere; then, just as she started feeling nervous, she saw a man holding a sign with her name on it. And what a man he was! He was broad shouldered, strong and had dark brown hair with reddish tints. He exuded masculinity like some cologne, and even across the airport, she thought she could smell it. Smoothing her unruly hair, she started to walk over to him.

The man, seeing her approach him, took a step toward her. “Are you, Jocelyn?”

When he spoke her name, she found herself frozen in place unable to respond. She’d heard this voice before; she knew this voice. This man spoke her name exactly like the dream she had had all those years ago! She had been stirred awake in bed by a voice of a man, who spoke her name with a Scottish accent. His voice was gentle and low; as if he wanted to gain her attention, but not cause her alarm. Jocelyn had clutched the sheets to her chest and stared out into the darkness of her bedroom almost feeling his intimate presence beside her. She lifted her hand up to her ear having sworn his warm breath had brushed her skin. Jocelyn remembered she had turned her head, anxiously, toward the pillow next to her and almost thought she would be looking into the eyes of a stranger; yet she had not been frightened. This man, his voice, somehow comforted her.


Now, she stood in the airport and caught her breath as she faced the man before her. Her eyes searched his face for something; though what it was she wasn’t sure. Jocelyn felt her heart beating so fast she was certain the man could hear it as memories flooded her mind of that night so long ago when he or someone spoke her name in the darkness. Was that the reason for her vacation to Scotland? Was she unconsciously trying to find the man?
~Meet Joy!~ 
Joy Frawley is an author and writer of the upcoming romance novella; Two Worlds, Two Men due to release on October 2014 by Resplendence Publishing. Joy lives in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan relishing in living the life of the classic “townie” with her two dogs Piggs and Diggs.
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from "A Season in Gemini" by Victoria Danann 

Garland pulled up in front of her building, grabbed the rolling suitcase with essential stuff, smiled at Max, the doorman, and gave him the car keys so that he could have the car parked in a two thousand dollars per month garage spot nearby. She might not use it again for weeks, or even months, but it was nice to know she could.

“I’m home!” She took a deep breath and called out to anyone who might be in the flat. Since it was Sunday that would probably be either her father or no one.

She walked the length of the kitchen and beyond to a small, but elegant and sunny breakfast room that overlooked Central Park and was rarely seen by anyone other than the two living St. Germaines and staff.

“I say, ‘I’m home!’”, she repeated as she flopped into a chair opposite where her dad was having coffee and reading the paper.

David St. Germaine looked over the top of the Wall Street Journal. “So I see.”

“Wow. Welcome home.”

He slid a section of the Sunday Times toward where she sat across the glass top table. “I second the ‘wow’.”

Before looking down at whatever he wanted her to see, she could tell that he was the farthest thing from happy. When she’d seen him two days before at graduation, he’d been delighted. He and his date for the day. Garland didn’t remember her name. There was no point. Her father rarely saw women more than once.

On the cusp of fifty, he was still handsome, with a little silver above his ears and a tan that never faded completely because he made a point of sailing twice a month, when weather and business permitted. He’d been referred to as ‘eligible bachelor’ in the, ahem, society pages more than once, but Garland doubted the veracity of that claim. Since her mother’s death, he hadn’t given anyone reason to think he was ‘eligible’.

Garland tore her eyes away from his scowl, not his most attractive expression, to look at the paper in front of her. The front and center color image was none other than herself wearing a short sparkly dress that had ridden far too high as she fell backwards spilling a colorful beverage when she went sprawling into the laps of laughing friends.

The headline read, “Germane Enterprises Princess Out on the Town. Daddy’s little girl lets her hair down and her skirt up.”

As she stared at the page, her father said, “Nice dress,” in a tone dripping with sarcasm.

Without looking up, she said quietly, “We were just having some fun. We just graduated…”

“How many times have I told you that what you do reflects on me? And, by extension, on Germane Enterprises?”

She met his glare. “Thousands.”


“That’s right! Thousands. You would think a girl capable of graduating Dartmouth summa cum laude would get it after mere dozens of times.”
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