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Love You Senseless

I was very excited (obviously) about the recent release of my new series called Men In London. The first book is called ‘Love You Senseless’ and there’s a little bit about it below, along with my gorgeous cover.

This is my Pinterest board for the book.

 One of London’s up-and-coming chefs, Eddie Tripp has just the right recipe to drive tragedy from the mind of Gideon Kent—and leave him senseless with desire.

THE MEN OF LONDON

From Soho to Norwich, there’s no escaping love.

A TASTE OF FOREVER

An award-winning chef with his own restaurant and an inexhaustible passion, Gideon Kent once had everything. Then came tragedy. It stole more than Gideon’s home. He hasn’t cooked since.

Until Eddie Tripp. Fun-loving and vivacious, the Norfolk redhead’s a real up-and-comer in Gideon’s kitchen—and other places. Slim where Gideon’s broad, easy-going where Gideon is growly, he and Gideon seem polar opposites, and yet Eddie conjures flavors that would tempt anyone with a taste for perfection. The sauce of love is already simmering, and this pair is about to dine on the most delicious dish they’ve ever prepared. Because Eddie’s been Gideon’s missing ingredient all along.

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Book Trailer Love You Senseless if you fancy a great tune, some real romantic images and to see Eddie and Gideon being all lovey dovey..

I’ve give you the links in case you fancy a further peek..it’s also available on All Romance E-books and Smashwords and of course my publishers site – Boroughs Publishing Group

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Love You Senseless Amazon US

I’m currently just over 40 000 words in the second book, which is Taylor’s story. You’ll meet him in Book 1 along with Leslie. And it seems that everyone is waiting for Leslie’s story ; he seems to be fairly popular :)

I have two Book Review blog tours coming up for Love You Senseless in November. One is with Will Parkinson from Pride Promotions (we just had a book blast with him, which was fun, you can see the posts here : Book Blast ) and another tour is being run by Scott Burkett from GGR Promo Group – GGR Promo Group.

Tour dates

Pride Promotions – Nov 3 – Nov 28

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GGR Promo Group – Nov 24 – Dec 5

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Please pop along on the tour and say hello. It would be lovely to see you all ! And if you don’t, well, that’s okay too. Instead you can take a look at my Man Candy board on the left and drool a little at the gorgeous and sexy images..

 

 

 

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Interview with Author and Poet Joey Renee -by James Landrith

My friend James Landrith recently asked me if I’d showcase a young and upcoming author and poet on my blog. Of course, I said yes, because that’s what friends are for :)  James had met this young woman and was very impressed with her writing and character so he decided to interview her.

The interview is below, and it’s a really lovely thing to read, with a lot of personal insights and observations from Joey. So, without further ado, here she is, talking to James….

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James: I’d like to open up by asking you a few questions for the readers. Can you tell us about yourself and your background?

Joey: I was born and raised in Washington DC. I grew up in South East and Northeast where I attended public schools. I grew up with four sisters in a house where my parents were together, they still are. We weren’t rich or anything in fact now that I’m much older I realize that we were more than likely poor but my parents did a fantastic job of keeping that out of our sights. They taught me love and survival. I’m most appreciative of that. I am second to the youngest and have always been very protective of the people I love. I began writing at 11. That was the age I began writing poetry but my relationship with the written word began much earlier in life. I always loved reading and being read to. I always was the kid with their hand up ready to read aloud to the class. Whenever the teacher or my mom would read to us I’d be the kid interacting and smiling from ear to ear with excitement.

James:  From speaking with you on a few occasions, I know you are passionate about writing. Can you tell me what inspired you to become a writer?

Joey:  A lot of things aided in the idea to become a writer but what made me decide to make it a career was an incident that happened one night I was upset. I always would write poetry to express myself so I was ritual. So I sat at my old fashioned box screen computer and I received an upsetting phone call. In reaction to the call I threw my binder across the room, the same fan that cooled my small room that at the time had no air. The binder opened and the fan blew pages from that binder across the room. At that very moment I realized I had so many poems; enough to write a book. It was the beginning of everything that has come to pass and everything soon to come.

James:  Let’s talk about poetry for a moment.  Poetry has always been one of my favorite types of writing to experience. I write myself and read it often.  I’ve recently read your first book, Love’s Untold Story: Book 1 and really enjoyed it.  You’ve previously told me that you’ve been writing poetry for years.  Poet to poet, can you tell me what is it that attracts you to poetry?

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Joey:  Poetry is my first love. I like the freedom of it. It has a few platforms but it doesn’t have to be categorized and placed in a refined box.  I love the expressiveness of it. To me poetry is real its emotions at its most raw and unscripted place. Poetry makes you feel alive in many ways its romantic, it’s raw, it’s cunning, it’s whatever you want it or need it to be. Poetry is the one form of writing that not only gives to the world it gives to the writer. It gives the writer a chance to put it all on the table and all on the line. It’s writer’s therapy

James:  Tell us about your favorite authors and books.  What about those books and authors make the special to you?

Joey:  Oh I love a lot of authors and books. One of my favorite books is called Genesis Code. It is a great book. The plot starts out as simple as a homicide and builds to an explosive plot regarding a conspiracy to kill children that were conceived by fertility clinics that used Jesus relics. It is one of my favorites because it was a great book even at the beginning which gave the plots twists and turns worth every page turned. Another good read of mine is a science fiction book called the masque. It is an older book but to me it still holds up to technology standards of today which is quite epic considering it was written perhaps twenty years ago. I love all genres of fiction. From urban novels to fantasy, graphic novels I’m a huge comic book fan. I love thrillers, erotica. You name it’s a good chance that I have or will read it. Currently I’m reading a series called The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A Barron. I’m currently reading book three. I’ll have to say that is my favorite author at this time. I’m sure I’ll have another name to add when I move on to my next series of books. I’m a fan of Maximum Ride as well. It’s a good action packed fantasy series; each book adding to the prior book’s awesomeness. The two books in my life that are special to me are childhood classics. “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” and “The Hungry Caterpillar”. I made my mom read them over and over. I will always love those books

James:  Let’s talk about Blurr.  I’ve been enjoying the book and the metropolitan DC setting for a good portion of the story.  As I’ve lived in the area since 1992, I can truly feel the city within the pages.  What motivated you to tell this story?

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Joey:  Well my idea started as me wanting to write a book about super heroes. Then I was like no I don’t want to go to war with Marvel. So I decided that they could have that. Plus I wish I could draw like the artists they have. Then I went with a fantasy novel concept. I drew up an entirely different first draft. It was okay, but it was mostly random concepts and ideas. It wasn’t until I went into research mode that I found a website full of mythical creatures that an idea started to form. My main goal was to steer away from clichéd monsters and creatures. I wanted something unique, something that had a story to be told. I came across these creatures called Blurrs. They were said to be demons but no one could get a picture of them to honestly give them clarity as to what they truly were. It was then that I decided it would be fun to take a creature with little information or research for an origins story. This aided in my decision for them to be neutral beings.  And thank you! I threw a lot of that DC flavor in there for my fellow Washingtonians.

James:  Is there an underlying theme or message you are conveying in your writing?

Joey:  The message is that no matter how damaged or lost you think you are you can find your way back.  Keep believing and you will be granted favor to find that which is lost. No one is ever too gone or too lost. Ever….

Joey’s website can be found at: http://www.joeyrenee.com/

She can be found on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/joeyreneexoxo

Her goodreads Author Page is at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7837267.Joey_Renee

You can purchase her books online via Amazon.com from her website at: http://www.joeyrenee.com/#!books/cnec

An excerpt of Joey’s fantasy novel “Blurr” is reprinted below with the author’s kind permission.  I hope you enjoy the ride as much as I have since picking it up!

Excerpt from ‘Blurr’

My ride home from work was awkward. I always fall asleep on the train but I never have dreams. Even when I go to sleep for as far back as I can remember. I’ll drift off to sleep and wake up with no recollection of a dream. When I sat down in the corner seat and got comfortable that is when the weirdness began.

The daydream took place in a dank and dark, shadow casted forest. It was hard for me to pinpoint a time and location of where I stood. Everything I’d laid eyes upon was unfamiliar. The fragrances in the air were alluring. Large rolling hills held tiny shack like buildings. Everything seemed of older times but had an almost modern twist to it. The air smelled like fresh baked bread. Natives of the land were roasting chicken and other livestock on an old school turnstile made of tree branches. Their clothes were scraggly, torn, and made of natural materials. It almost appeared as though they made their garments themselves. I walked to the top of one out of several dirt hills. The dirt hills trailed through an exotic forest. The trees and bushes were unlike anything I’d ever seen or read about. I was no expert but they were rare and beautiful.  Natives had many small stands where they sold crafted items. There seemed to be a whole lot of handcrafting going on in this town. I was almost certain that I was in some kind of Amish town. Their skin tones were a variation of colors but every person looked as if their skin was kissed by the sun. I walked through a path that led to a large wooden house within the woods. The trees were tall and peculiar. They were fruitiferous and umbriferous offering much exotic fruit and shade. It was paradise like. Some of them looked like a mix between palm, pine and oak trees. While others I couldn’t discern. The bark looked like sturdy bamboo. The trees were so tall and the leaves were only at the top of the trees. I could not help but to wonder what kind of furniture they could make from such exotic looking trees. The plants were interesting as well. They were vivid and multicolored. Each flower and plant glistened and glowed like they were watered with pure liquid gold.

As I walked down the brick red stone and dirt path staring at the most unique collection of botanical gardening I’ve ever seen, I walked into a mysterious woman of slender build. She appeared to be in her late twenties, with long, wavy, brown, tresses. Her eyes were so hazel they seemed almost transparent. And her skin was a flawless caramel complexion. She was beautiful. She looked as though she was in a hurry or running from someone. Before I got the time to ask if she was okay she told me to follow her. I was reluctant at first but she appeared to be harmless so I went with it. Plus, she could have snuck up on me if she really meant me harm.

The woman led me to the old rustic house I saw from the top of the dirt path. The beauty of the gardens perished as we grew closer to the area surrounding it. Trees and plants were limp and lifeless in appearance and color. Even the house had a creepy and shadowy cast over it.

I looked to the woman and said “What is this!? Where am I!?”

Before she could respond I was awakened by an announcement of the next stop over the train’s speaker system. “Eastern Market, Doors Opening” I sprang to my feet and ran off the train before the automated voice said “Doors Closing”.

Later on that night I couldn’t shake the feeling of that daydream. Everything about it felt so real. One minute I’m completely aware of my surroundings. Then the next minute I was completely engulfed in another world. So many things stood out and felt so real. The smell of the fresh bread and roast was unlike anything I’ve ever smelled, and I’ve smelled a lot of fresh bread. Every sandwich shop and bakery makes fresh bread, especially downtown where I work. However, the fragrance was different. It was so sweet and light. It didn’t smell strong and heavy like it does in the city. It was so tantalizing I wanted to taste the air. I could not only smell the bread cooking I could smell the grains and oats they were made from.

Thinking about the bread got me nowhere. I needed to get it together. It was difficult finding some kind of meaning to the dream. Being as though I never had one before, I didn’t really know what to make of it. My curiosity led me to thoughts of that house. What was up with it? It seemed so dark and shadow casted. Why would that woman try to take me there? She didn’t seem like she wanted to hurt me, but that house was so creepy I wasn’t too sure. The hairs on my arm stood up at the mere thought of it. I needed to shake the chills off and relax. I was sitting in the house freaking out about nothing. I washed my worries away in a steaming hot shower and nestled in my bed for some much needed rest.

Sue: Thanks for the great interview, James, and I certainly hope, Joey, that your writing gains followers and recognition. It’s something we all strive to as writers and while it’s tough going, the journey to get there is very rewarding.

 And if anyone wants to take a look at Jame’s blog too, as he is a rather interesting person (in my opinion anyway but then I’m biased) then this is the link

James Landrith

 

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Video Interview with Andrew Q. Gordon

You may remember I recently had the wonderful  Andrew Q. Gordon on my blog where he told us a bit about his latest release, ‘A Closed Door’.

Well, he’s back today with a video interview that we had a lot of fun doing. I got to ask him a lot of stuff about both his writing career, his books, and of course -the man himself. So without further ado, click the link below and have a chuckle at us chatting away and sharing some quite personal details with each other…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VA0mKBQB64

And then after you’re done, you can scroll down and fins out even more about the book itself and Andrew’s other novels.

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Outted at thirteen, Orin Merritt left home after high school hoping to escape the hell his life had become. Ten years later when a tornado destroys his childhood home and kills his parents, Orin finds himself in an entirely new nightmare. One he can’t run away from.

Blaming himself for failing the two people who always loved and supported him, he returns home and confronts his past in the person of his one-time best friend, Thomas Kennett. Thomas not only rejected him when Orin came out, he led the group that tormented Orin into leaving.
As he struggles to deal with his grief, Orin also labors to fulfill the pledge he made to his parents before their death. In the process, Orin learns that sometimes when you go away to find yourself, you leave the answers you’re looking for behind.
Cover Artist: Lily Velden and Jay Aheer
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing.

Buy Links:

Author Contacts:

Website: http://www.andrewqgordon.com,
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/andrewqugordon,
Twitter: @andrewqgordon,
Email: andrewqgordon@gmail.com
Other Books:
The Last Grand Master: (Champion of the Gods – Book 1)
Purpose
(Un)Masked
Ashes of Life

I’d like to say a Big thanks to Andy for being such fun in his online interview. I’m sure you join me in wishing him all the best of luck with his new release.

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It may be ‘A Closed Door’ but doors can be opened….a new novel by Andrew Q. Gordon

I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Andrew Q. Gordon who’s visiting my blog today to promote the release of his new book,’A Closed Door.’ I just love the cover for this one.

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Andrew wrote his first story back when yellow legal pads, ball point pens were common and a Smith Corona correctable typewriter was considered high tech. (Errmm – I remember these things too, as well as ticker tape to communicate instead of proper faxes and email, mobile phones that just fitted in a small suitcase and Pac Man. I sympathise, Andrew.)

Adapting to the times, he now writes with a shiny new MacBook that he sets on the same desk as his manual typewriter and vintage adding machine. Long a fan of super heroes, wizards and sports, Andrew’s works include high fantasy, paranormal spirits, magic as well as contemporary fiction. He is still trying to find the perfect story that will include all his favorites under one cover.

He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his husband, their young daughter and dog. In addition to dodging some very self-important D.C. ‘insiders’, Andrew uses his commute to catch up on his reading. When not working or writing, he enjoys soccer, high fantasy, baseball and occasionally sleeping.

So, Andrew, tell us what this book’s all about…

Outted at thirteen, Orin Merritt left home after high school hoping to escape the hell his life had become. Ten years later when a tornado destroys his childhood home and kills his parents, Orin finds himself in an entirely new nightmare. One he can’t run away from.
Blaming himself for failing the two people who always loved and supported him, he returns home and confronts his past in the person of his one-time best friend, Thomas Kennett. Thomas not only rejected him when Orin came out, he led the group that tormented Orin into leaving.
As he struggles to deal with his grief, Orin also labors to fulfill the pledge he made to his parents before their death. In the process, Orin learns that sometimes when you go away to find yourself, you leave the answers you’re looking for behind.
Cover Artist: Lily Velden and Jay Aheer
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing.

Buy Links:

 

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And if you want to get a flavour for Andrew’s writing style and the story, look no further…this is definitely on my TBR list.

“Orin, I won’t.” Thomas stood a bit straighter and his eyes lost the sad, pleading shine. “I won’t hurt you again.”
“You can’t promise that. Things happen.” Orin watched as his words dragged Thomas back from the brink of hope.
“If you truly believe that, then there’s nothing I can do. You have to believe there’s a chance or else I can’t prove it.”
“That’s not what I’m telling you.” He locked his gaze on Thomas’s. “If I say yes, I’ll have to take down the walls I surrounded my heart with to keep it safe. Once it’s gone, I won’t be able bring it back if I get hurt. Not now.
“So what I’m saying is, think about what you’re asking me to risk. If you really love me, ask yourself if are you willing to risk what will happen to me if you can’t keep your promise.”
He knew how unfair he’d been, but self-preservation had been a skill he’d honed over the past fifteen years. He needed Thomas to know just how serious the repercussion could be for his actions.
“Orin, I . . . I . . . how . . .?” Their faces were inches apart, and Thomas moved in for another kiss.
This felt different than the first—less urgent, but no less intense. Orin trembled at the leap he was about to take. When they stepped back, Thomas rubbed his thumb across Orin’s cheek.
“I do love you, Orin. More than I can say. So much, that I’m not willing to risk what will happen if I fail you again. I don’t have that right.”
Thomas’s lips quivered and the tears welled at the bottom of his eyes. He kissed Orin’s forehead gently.
“Good-bye, Orin. Please be happy.” Without looking back, Thomas walked to the front door, opened it, and walked away.

Whew. This one sounds like a real tear jerker. I was on the train to work the other day, reading a book on my Kindle, and I had to stop reading because I knew I was going to start snivelling. And people tend to look at you funny when you bawl on a crowded commuter train…

Author Contacts:
Website: http://www.andrewqgordon.com,
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/andrewqugordon,
Twitter: @andrewqgordon,
Email: andrewqgordon@gmail.com
Other Books:
The Last Grand Master: (Champion of the Gods – Book 1)
Purpose
(Un)Masked
Ashes of Life

I’d like to say a Big thanks to Andy for joining me today and I’m sure you join me in wishing him all the best of luck with his new release.

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Love and Punishment, by Susan Mac Nicols – Tour and Giveaway

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Do you want to see and hear me ? You do ? I honestly don’t blame you if you don’t lol. If you do, pop down to the blog of Andrew Q Gordon and check out our video interview. We had a lot of fun making it and perhaps you might learn something about me that you didn’t know :)

Originally posted on The Land Of Make Believe:

Love and Punishment: Blog Tour and Giveaway:

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Today I have the pleasure of welcoming back Susan Mac Nicols to my blog. Susan has become one of my good friends in the writing world, having met about a year ago for an interview. At the time, I was working on how to interview authors more effectively and she agreed to be my test subject. Well, today were doing it again. Today will be the first video interview I’ve posted on my blog. Aside from my performance, it turned out quite well, meaning Susan looks and sounds great.  Take a look and find out a few things about Susan and her newest release, Love and Punishment. When your finished watching, read on and make sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win an eCopy of Double Alchemy or Double Alchemy: Climax.

Blurb: On the search for a serial killer…

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Love and Punishment by Susan Mac Nicol ~ Blog Tour ~ Review

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I’m down on the Penny For My Thoughts blog today with my Love and Punishment Book tour, with a wonderful review and a chance to win some of my books.

Originally posted on Penny For My Thoughts Book Blog:

Love and Punishment

Written y Susan Mac Nicol

Published on August 29, 2014

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FROM DARKNESS
AND LIGHT

Someone is leaving a trail of bodies throughout London, and Detective Anthony Parglietto is determined to end the violence. Then he’ll return to the man he loves.

Tough, street-savvy, and used to dealing with lowlifes, Flynn Parker is the last person Anthony thinks he has to protect. Then the Bow-Tie Killer strikes close to home and the world turns upside down. Right is wrong, black is white, and a policeman might become a monster. But in the name of love, justice must be served. In the name of love, pain can be endured. In the name of love, a man can taste the very essence that defines him.

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Love and Punishment is another gripping read by Susan Mac Nicol.

This book is filled with suspense, love, and yes – fear. From the very beginning, you…

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It’s almost here! Love and Punishment Release date 29 August

I’m pretty excited today. Not only am I going on a picnic in the woods, just like these cute little teddy bears, my new release, Love and Punishment is due out on August 29.

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I had a lot of fun writing this book. Well, I have a lot of fun writing all my books but in this one, it was a real challenge to create a vicious psychopath who I think everyone will love to hate, and pit him against his future nemesis, a tough Italian detective with balls of steel. That’s him below, looking all muscled and tough.

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Here’s a little bit about what it’s all about…

FROM DARKNESS
AND LIGHT
Someone is leaving a trail of bodies throughout London, and Detective Anthony Parglietto is determined to end the violence. Then he’ll return to the man he loves.
Tough, street-savvy, and used to dealing with lowlifes, Flynn Parker is the last person Anthony thinks he has to protect. Then the Bow-Tie Killer strikes close to home and the world turns upside down. Right is wrong, black is white, and a policeman might become a monster. But in the name of love, justice must be served. In the name of love, pain can be endured. In the name of love, a man can taste the very essence that defines him.

Sound good? I hope so….my book tour starts on the 29th August too with Pride Promotions, so I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone has to say, and having fun on the tour. Pop down, make a comment and you could be in to win copies of my books.

You can see a bit more about what this story is all about on my Pinterest board.