Thursday, November 20, 2014

Book Tour: Susan MacNicol's Love You Senseless Tour

Book Name: Love You Senseless (Men of London: Book 1)

Author Name: Susan Mac Nicol

Susan Mac Nicol is a self confessed bookaholic, an avid watcher of videos of sexy pole dancing men, self confessed geek and nerd and in love with her Smartphone. This little treasure is called ‘the boyfriend’ by her long suffering husband, who says if it vibrated, there’d be no need for him. Susan hasn’t had the heart to tell him there’s an app for that…

She is never happier than when sitting in the confines of her living room/study/on a cold station platform scribbling down words and making two men fall in love. She is a romantic at heart and believes that everything happens (for the most part) for a reason.  She likes to think of herself as a ‘half full’ kinda gal, although sometimes that philosophy is sorely tested.

Lover of walks in the forest, theatre productions, dabbling her toes in the cold North Sea and the vibrant city of London where you can experience all four seasons in a day , she is a hater of pantomime (so please don’t tar and feather her), duplicitous people, bigotry and self righteous idiots.

In an ideal world, Susan Mac Nicol would be Queen of England and banish all the bad people to the Never Never Lands of Wherever -Who Cares. As that’s never going to happen, she contents herself with writing her HEA stories and pretending, that just for a little while, good things happen to good people.

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Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group

Cover Artist: Boroughs Publishing Group

Categories: Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance


Eddie kissed back, wanting nothing more than this moment, this man in his body and his lips on his. Somewhere a bell rang and for a minute Eddie thought it might be the sound of his own passion translated to tinkling sleigh bells and fireworks like in the cartoon movies when two people kissed. He smiled at that thought then as the bell got more insistent and irritating, he turned to Gideon only to find he was no longer there. Eddie scowled and reached across to where the annoying bell sound was….

He woke from his dream upright, sweating, sticky with come and tangled in musty smelling sheets that had seen their fair share of jack off action lately and needed washing. His hand rested on his mobile phone as it trilled incessantly with his Big Ben alarm. He blinked owlishly for a minute, wondering where he was, then as the dream faded, he fell back in a loose heap with a sense of loss.

Words: 85,000

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AudioBook Review by Stacia: Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf

Title:  Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf (Audio)
Author:  B.g. Thomas
Narrator:  Donald Tursman
Publisher:  Dreamspinner  Press LLC
Rating: 5/5 Smooches


Kit Jefferies, a part-time department store Christmas elf, is an artist who loves life and his family. Unfortunately, his car dies at a rest stop in the middle of nowhere as he is heading home for Christmas. Enter Nick St. George. Nick is a very unhappy man - he's achieved his professional goals only to find the rest of his life bleak and empty. Deciding there was only one way to make everything right, he is on his way to San Francisco on a dark mission, and even the horrible sleet storm that blocked his path won't deter him. That's when he found Kit. At first, Nick is pretty sure rescuing Kit was a big mistake. Kit's personality is just too, well, effervescent. But as the miles go by, Kit begins to bring light to his dark heart. It might even be bright enough to illuminate a Christmas miracle.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Advent Calendar package "Heartwarming".


This is the first time I’ve heard Donald Tursman narrate a book. His deep rich voice makes for easy listening. I would definitely listen to him again.

Nick is a lost man who thinks he’s done with life or life is done with him. Even though he’s become a very successful man after his parents severed all ties with him just because he was who is was, gay, Nick feels there is nothing left. He feels empty. Going to San Francisco was going to fix all of the emptiness he felt. That is until he rescued Kit, disguised as one of Santa’s elves.

Things don’t get off to a great start when Nick offers to take Kit home to his family. Kit irritates Nick to no end. They’re just too opposite, nothing alike but sometimes that’s a good thing. Nick is uptight and swears a lot, Kit is laid back and doesn’t like to swear and he sees the good in everything.

By the end of the journey Kit has changed Nick’s idea of life.

This was a really cute holiday read and you will recognize the next door neighbors that are mentioned if you’ve read any other of the books B.g. Thomas has written. I love how he crosses over characters. This was rather enjoyable, a great listen for when you’re in your car while doing your Christmas shopping or just riding around looking at Christmas lights.

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Blog Tour & Interview with Laylah Hunter

We are very happy to welcome Layla Hunter to the Smoocher’s Voice blog today. Layla’s latest novel Gabriel's City: A Tale of Fables and Fortunes is available at Riptide Publishing.

Laylah Hunter is a third-gendered butch queer who writes true stories about imaginary people in worlds that never were. Most of hir work deals with queer characters, erotic themes, and the search for happy endings in unfavorable circumstances.

Hir mild-mannered alter ego lives in Seattle, at the mercy of the requisite cats and cultivating the requisite caffeine habit, and dreams of a day when telling stories will pay all the bills.

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Jodi:           Thank you for taking the time to answer some questions for our readers. Tell us a little about yourself.

Layla:       Hi, everyone, thanks for having me on this tour for Gabriel's City! Don't forget to leave a comment at the end of this post to win a chance at the ZOMG Smells giveaway!

I’m a 35-year-old queer nerd, living at the edge of Seattle with one human friend and a menagerie of pets. In non-writing hobbies, I’m learning to grow food, homebrew, and knit. My favorite coffee flavor is lavender, and I’m more comfortable in rooms where the furniture doesn’t all match.

Jodi:           Are your characters complete fiction, or are they modeled after real people?

Layla:       I suspect we always pull from people we know a little bit, even if we don’t mean to. The writing mind is a hungry thing, and everything around it is potential food. None of my characters are modeled after people in the straight-up “I’m going to change Steve’s name and write a book about him” sense, but they probably all have little tells and habits that I’ve absorbed from people around me. The most crucial of those in this book is probably the way Gabriel makes storytelling a part of his life, which was influenced a lot by one of my earliest hopeless crushes (though in other ways she was nothing like him at all).

Jodi:           When you start a book, do you already have the whole story in your head or is it built progressively?

Layla:       Definitely more the latter! Though it’s a little of both. I’ll have the basic idea of where I want the characters to wind up, and usually a few key scenes I want them to hit on the way there, but then I’m improvising some of the process that gets them from one key point to another. For example, I knew that Gabriel’s City needed to have the scene where Gabriel is telling Drake not to leave, giving him the “I don’t need you but it’s better with you here” line as he fails to clearly express his feelings. But I didn’t know that needed to happen in the aftermath of Sebastian’s party until I got there, and realized that yes, good, now they’ve reached the point where the emotional tension is right for that exchange.

Jodi:           What do you like to read?

Layla:       Lately I’m reading a lot of nonfiction! It’s helpful for a writer, I think, to keep learning new things and exposing yourself to new ideas. It’s especially important to do some of your reading outside the genre(s) that you write, so that you don’t wind up just internalizing all of the tropes that are getting overdone in that genre. Lately I’ve been reading things about city infrastructure and how civilizations collapse.

Jodi:           What is for you the perfect book hero?

Layla:       What an excellent question this is. For me, the perfect hero is someone who grows as a person over the course of the story, someone who has realistic flaws and overcomes them in some crucial way to make the story work out. They may not even be terribly likable at the start, but they win over the reader’s sympathy as their journey unfolds. (Colin is definitely a spoiled jerk in Chapter One—I promise if you can stick with him he’ll get the selfishness knocked out of him!)

Jodi:           Will you write more about these characters?

Layla:       I don’t think so. I’m really happy with the ending they’ve earned by the time they get to the last page. I’d like to write more set in the same city, but those would be stories that looked at other characters’ adventures. I suspect Sebastian would be a lot of fun for readers, but he’ll need some pretty straight-laced and stubborn supporting cast to balance out what a shameless hedonist he is.

Jodi: How much of the book and characters is realistic?

Layla:       This is also a really neat question for a story that isn’t set in the real world. So, confession time: despite being largely a fantasy writer, I am always uncomfortable writing magic. Casmile is a city that never existed, on a world that is more like our own than not, and inhabited by people with hopes, fears, and abilities that I hope will seem recognizable and real. There’s no magic of the shapeshifting, fireball-throwing, demon-summoning sort. There may be a little divine intervention here and there, but—like in the real world—a skeptic could argue that was just coincidence. Figuring out how much to believe is an important issue for Colin to confront as he gets closer to Gabriel.

Jodi:           What is your next project?

Layla:       I’m always poking at a few things simultaneously, because my attention span is a sad little thing, but the front-runner now is a near-future dystopia featuring characters who meet as inmates of a prison labor camp and have to go on the run in search of someplace they can be safe and try to build new lives for themselves. It’ll be an adventure.

Gabriel's City: A Tale of Fables and Fortunes
For spoiled young aristocrat Colin Harwood, the port city of Casmile is a buffet of easy pleasures. But when he steps into a pub brawl to help a dangerously outnumbered young man, he is drawn into the seedy underbelly of the city the young man calls home.

Gabriel is a cutpurse and a knife for hire, practically an urban legend. His vision of Casmile is touched by a strange combination of faith and madness, driven by fairytale logic and a capacity for love that he often must suppress to survive. He’s always worked alone, but when a dashing dragon who calls himself Colin saves him in a bar fight, he pulls Colin into his world.

Gabriel’s city is nothing like the refined, socialite existence that bored Colin senseless. Colin finds adventure and excitement there—and maybe even love. But with his layers of finery stripped away, nothing remains to protect him from poverty or danger—except Gabriel. So he must choose: go back to the civilized young man he once was, or fly free as Gabriel’s dragon.

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Author Interview: Brandon Shire on Summer Symphony and Wicked Men

We are very happy to welcome the talented Brandon Shire to the Smoocher’s Voice blog today. Brandon’s most recent novel is Summer Symphony. Brandon has joined us quite a few times on our blog and we are always happy to have him return.

Brandon Shire is a writer of contemporary LGBT fiction. Some of his writing touches upon serious subjects, but most is seriously smexy.  Mr. Shire was chosen as a Top Read in 2011, Best in LGBTQ Fiction for 2011 & 2012, and garnered several Honorable Mentions and a Rainbow Award for Best Gay Contemporary Fiction.

Ten percent of the proceeds from the sale of any of Brandon’s books are donated to LGBT Youth charities combating homelessness.

Connect with Brandon:
·       Website
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·        Goodreads
·       Blog

Jodi:       Thank you, Brandon, for taking the time to answer some questions for our readers. I am a big fan of your writing and books and was enthralled with Summer Symphony. The plot in this book examines the circle of life and love, and provides the reader with a whirlwind of emotions. Tell us a little about the process for developing the story. What prompted you to explore this topic for the novel?

Brandon:        This novel was prompted by a conversation I had with my mother. She was staring off into the distance one day and I asked what was on her mind. She told me about the two sisters I had who were lost to miscarriage. She had not forgotten about them some seventy-plus years on.  With children of my own, I wondered how I would feel as a man, and that led to what became Summer Symphony.

Jodi:       When readers meet Martin Zoric, he is at a low point in his life. He is depressed and grieving and unable to move on from the death of his unborn daughter. Dr. Elisabeth Kubler Ross defined the five stages of grief. At the beginning of the book, Martin seems resigned, but as the book continues, readers realize Martin seems stuck in the anger stage. Why is Martin unable to move through the stages at the same pace as his wife is?

Brandon:        I think it is because Martin has no ‘vehicle’ to help him move. His wife has gone. He feels his career is in tatters, and music, which was once the love of his life, has not offered him a way out of the pain.  In short, he feels rejected by all things he once held dear and becomes internally resentful which, of course, leads to anger.

Jodi:       On your website, you wrote that while you were doing research for this book, “found little to help men deal with the pain of losing an unborn child,” when you came across the Grieving Dads website. What is so different about the loss of a child for a man than for a woman?

Brandon:        I would have to say society’s perception of what it means to be male. There are large swaths of society which still believe that a man must be emotionless in the face of such a loss. He is to be the rock for his spouse and nothing more.  The physical connection of a woman to her child can’t be denied, however that shouldn’t be used to discount the emotional attachment a father has to his unborn child. And yet, often, it is.

Jodi:       Martin is so heartbreakingly lost, and Fillipa is a strong presence in this book. Although Martin is convinced Fillipa does not understand his devastating loss, she becomes an outlet for him to relieve some of his grief. Their connection is through the music. At one point in the story, the narrator tells us “Music hadn’t saved Martin, and for that he was angry.” Yet, ultimately, music provides a way for the characters to move on with their lives. Why did you choose music as the undercurrent theme in this book?

Brandon:        There are many well documented studies which show music as a very effective therapy for grief and depression. Music is something which speaks through emotional and language barriers and touches the soul.  It resonates in places where words can’t go. It seemed natural to me, and I was lucky enough to find the studies to back up what I found to be innately true in my own life.

Jodi:       The romance between Ren and Martin is underscored by the music. Was this a natural connection for you to make?

Brandon:        Absolutely. The two main characters are world class musicians. Music is where they let their soul free and find answers.

Jodi:       The relationship between Martin and Minerla is complex. What type of research did you do regarding the time period and the Romani people?

Brandon:        I spent several months researching Croatian history and the movement of the Romani through the country.  The Homeland War was a minor point within the book, but it had such factual impact that I spent quite a lot of time digging into it since it crossed so many cultures.

Jodi:       Ren is a complex character with great depth and amazing insight. He is conflicted by duty to his family and wanting to be true to himself.  Both his mother and Emi are putting pressure on him in different ways. Why is the conflict to be who he is such at odds with what his mother wants him to do?

Brandon:        Japanese culture is much different than what we experience in the West, and while it has changed quite a bit in the last decade, there is still a central triad ­– honor, duty, and family  – that pervades much of the Japanese society. To step outside of that is to risk loss of face and status.  Ren’s mother comes from an older generation, and she seeks what’s good for the family honor.  Ren, being younger and already accomplished in his field, bucks at the idea that he is beholden to his lineage.

Jodi:               Is there a message you want readers to ascertain from this book?

Brandon:        There are two themes in Summer Symphony – love & grief. The story is a tight intertwining of both of these emotions. But I think the main message must be that men grieve just as much as women over the loss of a child. Even in their lonely silence, a man’s heart is just as broken. As a society we sometimes forget that.

Jodi:       Your next book, which just came out, is The Love of Wicked Men. Tell us about the concept for this book and why you have chosen to write the book in installments.

Brandon:        Wicked Men is an erotic, legal thriller. As the title suggests, this book is about bad boys and hot sex. Early readers have already labeled it Grisham-esque with an erotic twist. I’m releasing this book in installments (episodes) to give M/M readers the opportunity to influence the outcome of the story before it is written. Several aspects of the plot have already changed with the input I’ve received from readers.

Jodi:               The book is available now?

Brandon:        Yes, the first episode just came out on Amazon. It’s free for Kindle Unlimited and Prime users.

Jodi:               What is next on the horizon?

Brandon:        I have several projects ahead, but for the moment fans want me to concentrate on the Wicked Men series. 

Summer Symphony
Martin Zoric had vivid dreams of fatherhood, of a small hand pressed to his, of pink dresses and girlish laughter. Then his wife had a stillbirth and his world fell apart.

He listened to the unwanted apologies, stood by his wife as was expected of him, and kept his fa├žade strong and firm for the entire world to see.

But does he have the strength let go and really grieve?

When Ren Wakahisa landed in Croatia he was hoping to escape the cultural pressures put on him to conform. His family wanted him to forsake love for duty. They viewed his happiness as secondary to familial prosperity.

Does he have the courage to be who he wants to be? Or, will he yield to their wishes?

Summer Symphony is the story of how two men find their answers and what they learn about strength, and grace, and the endurance of love.

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The Love of Wicked Men (Part One)

Sid Rivers and Jack Brown are two sides of the same coin. One is a lawyer with his own firm and dreams of money and power; the other is a criminal with a lengthy record and a quest for vengeance. When they meet, sparks fly. But was their meeting an accident? Or, was it planned by the billionaires who want to control their destiny?
The Love of Wicked Men is an erotic journey into the underbelly of the legal profession, the corporate culture of profit-at-any-cost, and the secret world of industrial espionage.

Sid Rivers has been very successful at helping his smaller corporate clients silence their critics and retain their profits. His success has caught the attention of a trillion dollar industry, and now Sid thinks he is about to realize a dream he’s held since childhood –unlimited wealth and unlimited power.
Jack Brown stops in and robs the local Shop-n-Go and nicks Sid with his knife. He sets into motion a plan of revenge that has been smoldering within him for years. But his plan requires he get close to the same man who has become the representative of his enemies. 

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