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Cover Reveal for Louise Lyons’ Regeneration (M/M, Sci-Fi)

Hello all!

I love sci-fi. I grew up on a steady diet of Dune, ST Next Generation, Firefly, and, of course, repeated viewings of Star Wars. In college I was even geek enough to play the Star Wars RPG, and I am, indeed talking table top games here.

Uber-geek. 

Based on the blurb, this story looks like it will be a good one for anyone who fell in love with deep space. Plus, the cover reminds me of a 1960’s movie poster, which I have to say I love.

Check it out!

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Regeneration

Release date: January 15, 2017

Genre: Gay fiction, science fiction, MM romance

Length: 75,000 words

Cover design: Simon Searle

Blurb

In the 23rd Century in the galaxy of Sigma Kappa, Kim Fortune was the first surviving experimental enhanced human—a regenerate. Aged fifteen, he escaped the lab and years later, his failings as a regenerate and the suspicion of regular humans, leave him lonely and lacking in self-worth. Stranded on an abandoned planet, the arrival of a stricken ship and its crew give him hope that he may finally find what he always longed for—love.

Christian Novak is a successful regenerate with all the intended attributes—including lack of human emotion. Despite their immediate attraction to each other, Kim’s failing confidence, and Christian’s inability to empathize are a recipe for disaster. But war, imprisonment, and danger throw them together, and after each saves the other’s life, their feelings begin to change.

Can a seemingly unsuitable pair ever find love, or is a future together destined to fail?

 

Pre-Order Links

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NAL4NJ8

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01NAL4NJ8

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/688822

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Author Bio

Louise Lyons comes from a family of writers. Her mother has a number of poems published in poetry anthologies, her aunt wrote poems for the church, and her grandmother sparked her inspiration with tales of fantasy.

Louise first ventured into writing short stories at the grand old age of eight, mostly about little girls and ponies. She branched into romance in her teens, and MM romance a few years later, but none of her work saw the light of day until she discovered FanFiction in her late twenties. Posting stories based on some of her favourite movies, provoked a surprisingly positive response from readers. This gave Louise the confidence to submit some of her work to publishers, and made her take her writing “hobby” more seriously.

Louise lives in the UK, about an hour north of London, with a mad dog called Casper, collection of tropical fish and tarantulas. She works in the insurance industry by day, and spends every spare minute writing. She is a keen horse-rider, and loves to run long-distance. Some of her best writing inspiration comes to her, when her feet are pounding the open road. She often races home afterward, and grabs pen and paper to make notes.

Louise has always been a bit of a tomboy, and one of her other great loves is cars and motorcycles. Her car and bike are her pride and job, and she loves to exhibit the car at shows, and take off for long days out on the bike, with no one for company but herself.

Social Media

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Blog: http://www.louiselyonsauthor.com

Email: louiselyons013@gmail.com

 

 

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OMG! Where The Hell Have You Been?

Hello All!

Thanks for asking, Internet friends. Mostly I’ve been getting down to the nitty gritty of writing. Last night I completed the second book in the Gem City Grit universe in three notebooks. I’m kind of excited about that.

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The title is still up in the air. I’m thinking, perhaps, Love It Like You Stole It.

I haven’t notebooked a novel since Threefold Love, which was my first professionally released story. It’s nostalgic, but as I stare down the barrel of typing it all out I’m seriously wondering if I am insane. Working in a notebook allows me to avoid the myriad distractions and pornographic bounties of the Internet, but it also, alas, creates more work. I’m not entirely sure it’s bad work though. I’m, optimistically, choosing to view it as the first layer of editing.  

One other thing before I sign off here. Dreamspinner Press has The Paranaturalist on sale with 2 other ghostly tomes until the end of the weekend (October 16, 2016). Happy reading!

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The Paranaturalist Blog Tour!

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The Paranaturalist Blog Tour is kicking off today with stops at Stein’s Station and MM Good Book Reviews! Take a peek at both because they have two different excerpts!

You can order The Paranaturalist from Amazon, Dreamspinner Press, and other online retailers.

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Ringed Love Excerpt Tour

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Hi Everyone!

Today I’m hosting Elizabeth Noble during the Excerpt Tour for her book Ringed Love! Take a look! Happy reading!

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Hello and thank you Ki for hosting me today. The first chapter of Ringed Love is posted on Dreamspinner Press, so over the next two weeks I’ll be offering the first one hundred or so words of each subsequent chapter.

Today’s excerpt is from chapter 12.

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Excerpt

“Is there a sheet soaked in saltwater in the backpack?” Nick asked as he and Todd made their way through the tables and found a place to sit near the back. Their position would afford them a good view of anyone coming in or leaving the bar.

Todd sat at the table, took off his pack, and dropped it to the floor between his feet. “Uh-huh. Sort of.”

He glanced around the bar and pulled menus from a holder on the table, handing one to Nick. “I found a local tourist shop that sells novelties associated with area legends. They had ponchos and wraps made with a dye combined with, among other things, salt, to create different patterns. According to the sign next to the ponchos, they’re supposed to protect you from evil and having your soul stolen. Very pretty. It’s a shame I plan on tossing it into the lake.”

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Blurb

New Colorado Protectorate fell with the assassination of Chancellor Clarke. Like many others, Todd and Nick Ruger left the land of their birth and made a home to the north in Yellowknife. Their world was ever changing. The time came to say a sad farewell to some of their friends and loved ones, but they were taken in with open arms by others and in turn offered shelter to yet more. Through the years they remained steadfast in their duty as sentries to protect and defend those that needed it the most.

Time marches on but through it all they hold each other dear and cherish the love they’ve shared. There are still angry ghosts, Windigos and water spirits to contend with. Their lives change, offering them new roles. When the time comes, they do what sentries have done for generations prior and teach others the skills to carry on as sentries. The Rugers lives were rich and their hearts full with their devotion and love for each other. The tradition of the sentries lived on forever. It was the legacy of Todd and Nick Ruger. That was the way it was always meant to be.

Purchase Ringed Love Here.

Bio

Elizabeth Noble started telling stories before she actually knew how to write, and her family was very happy when she learned to put words on a page. Those words turned into books and fanfiction that turned into a genuine love of M/M romance fiction. Being able to share her works with Dreamspinner is really a dream come true. She has a real love for a good mystery complete with murder and twisty plots as well as all things sci-fi, futuristic, and supernatural and a bit of an unnatural interest in a super-volcano in Wyoming.

Elizabeth has three grown children and is now happily owned by an adorable mixed breed canine princess and her sidekick, tabby cat.  She lives in her native northeast Ohio, the perfect place for gardening and winter and summer sports (go Tribe and Cavs!) and stargazing all year long. When she’s not writing she’s working as a veterinary nurse, so don’t be surprised to see her men with a pet or three who are a very big part of their lives.

Elizabeth received several amateur writing awards. Since being published two of her novels have received honorable mentions in the Rainbow Awards. Her novel Jewel Cave was a runner up in the 2015 Rainbow awards in the Gay Mystery/Thriller category.

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Website:  http://www.elizabeth-noble.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elizabeth.noble.77

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4781553.Elizabeth_Noble

Tour Stops

May 16 Kris Bethke https://kristbethke.com/

May 17 Susan Laine https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/11415563-guest-post-elizabeth-nobleMay 18 Meg Harding http://megharding.wordpress.com/

May 19 Jamie Lynn Miller https://jamielynnm.wordpress.com/

May 20 Charlie Descoteaux https://cdescoteauxwrites.com/

May 23 Grace R. Duncan http://www.grace-duncan.com/

May 24 Sarah Madison http://www.sarahmadisonfiction.com/

May 25 Rick R. Reed http://www.rickrreed.com/

May 26 Skylar M. Cates https://skylarmcates.wordpress.com/

May 27 Lou Sylvre http://sylvre.rainbow-gate.com/

May 30 Ki Brightly https://brightlybooks.wordpress.com/

May 31 Shira Anthony http://www.shiraanthony.com/

 


When you’re done reading all the Excerpts for Ringed Love you can pre-order Ki Brightly’s newest paranormal romance release at the Dreamspinner Press Website! (All e-formats available.)

Released June, 27th.

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The Paranaturalist

As a kid, Joseph Appleyard saw things hidden from others. Now he is The Paranaturalist, an investigator and cohost of a television show that seeks to prove the existence of the paranormal. Some think Joe is crazy, but they don’t realize he knows firsthand there’s more to the world than what most perceive. The trouble is, somewhere along the way, Joe lost his vision and it left his world flat and dull. One night an investigation goes horribly wrong, and a powerful ghostly manifestation sends Joe tumbling into a river. Spirit worker Owen Watson saves Joe’s life, and once they are back on dry land, whatever has been blocking Joe’s vision has been washed away.

When a haunting goes from annoying to dangerous, people turn to Owen Watson. He hates those infuriating hacks from TV, but when he pulls Joe from the river, his mind begins to change. Joe is scared and confused, and, Owen realizes, he might just be the real thing. Together, they work to understand the part of Joe that has been shut away for so long. But just as Joe is acclimating to his abilities, his career as a paranormal investigator is in danger of being ripped away. Owen would gladly battle a bloodthirsty spirit for Joe, but he’s out of his element in the world of reality television.

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Monday Book Review: An Ordinary Hero by Therese Woodson

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Today I’m reviewing Therese Woodson’s An Ordinary Hero. I want to start off by saying it wasn’t immediately clear to me that this was going to be a paranormal romance. The blurb doesn’t even hint at it well enough for me to get it. That doesn’t bother me, but I know some people wouldn’t be excited to expect a contemporary romance and get a paranormal instead. When I went back to Amazon to look at the blurb before I started writing my review, as I frequently do, I started poking around and realized the novella was listed in the Fantasy section. I’m sure a lot of people, like me, probably don’t notice where all of the books are listed when they’re clicking through things. The book was short at about 77 pages, but it was a fun read. Warnings for this book include: blood and gore, physical violence, and accident scenes.

Let’s take a look at the blurb:

As a paramedic, Ryan Bishop has responded to his fair share of bizarre situations. However, he’s not prepared when he meets Phillip, a local man who keeps popping up to save the day. Everyone lauds Phillip as a hero, but he prefers to stay in the background, going so far as to refuse medical treatment.

Ryan is intrigued, not only by Phillip’s unassuming manner, but also by his ability to be in the right place at the right time. Ryan wants some answers and maybe even a date. What he gets is an unexpected part in Phillip’s origin story.

Find the sample here.

What follows is a discussion of the book, which I’m going to hide under a cut line. If you don’t want to go further in this review for fear of spoilers, here’s my recommendation: The book is okay. If you like paranormal romance and cute stories you will probably not mind killing a few hours with this book, but there isn’t much depth to be had in it.

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Monday Book Review: Darragha Foster’s Harvest of Change

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Today I’m reviewing Darragha Foster’s Harvest of Change. This one is for all you people who ask for recommendations for shorter reads, which I don’t always get into. First, I’d like to say that I received this as an advanced reading copy for a fair review. It’s a nice length fantasy novella sitting at 58 pages. Wow. I was twisted around by this read, completely surprised by it. In these slim pages the author packs in quite a bit. First thing first, there are a couple of warnings for the story—there’s some violence (complete with blood) and religious extremists (it’s a fantasy setting). All in all I really liked it because it was something different, not a trope at all as far as I can see, in a landscape of reads that sometimes falls into predictability. Even when I love that predictability (I have my favorite tropetastic reads), it’s nice to have a breath of fresh air.

Let’s take a look at the blurb.

Judah El-Bara wants to do what’s right for family and faith. But, this means being the sacrificial bridegroom to the Harvest Goddess, and Judah can never love a woman. The passion in Judah’s heart burns only for one man. What will happen if Judah follows his heart? Will the Harvest Goddess take her revenge, or will love be the path that changes tradition? Author Darragha Foster spins a magical tale in Harvest of Change, a welcome addition to your romance library.

Judah Hayaam “Hay” El-Bara is a marked man born with the nevus of the Harvest Goddess. It makes him special but also portends his doom. He is destined be her husband, the seed to her soil, and it will more than likely kill him. He wants to do what’s right—for his family and for the faith to which he no longer subscribes. But he has no sexual interest in women—goddess or not. Beck Nazari shows him doing the wrong thing is way more fun and important. Will his relationship with Beck cause the sky to fall and burn because the bridegroom loves another man? Or will the gender-fluid goddess kiss away tradition-born fears and help usher in a new era? Either way, change is coming as surely as winter never fails to turn into spring. And most folks are uncomfortable with change.

Here is the sample.

The Good:

One thing I always love, especially from short stories, is when the author starts us off with a bang, as it were. With a novella you don’t always have time to mess around getting to “the good stuff” because you’re trying to tell an entire story in fewer pages than a novel. This book tends more toward erotic romance than straight up romance, even though the gooshy good feeling is definitely there. The story is done in such a way that I really enjoy the flash of heat.

Hay is a virgin. Yes, I said it. It’s one of those stories, but it’s really not in some ways. We get some sexual exploration, but we also get fast and fierce sex with this book. I enjoy the way the sex is written too, enough detail and grit that it makes for a serious face flushing read in between deep thoughts.

The prose in this story was a little on the flowery side, but I enjoyed it because it fit the tone of the fantasy setting extremely well and did a good job of taking me to a place I don’t usually go when I’m reading male romance. It reminded me a lot of the tone of Amy Lane’s Truth in the Dark.

The Interesting and Unusual:

As I said, I already loved that there was something unusual and unique going on in this story. The main characters are attempting to change an entire society, an entire religion, with their actions. There are some really interesting fantasy elements going on here—one of the characters is supposed to marry the embodiment of the goddess his people worship, but he doesn’t really want to. I haven’t seen this story theme explored before so I was hooked. There are layers to the sociopolitical and theological elements in the story that an astute reader could easily extrapolate to our society today. I found it both enjoyable and frightening to think about the dogma our main characters live with—part Amish, part extreme Christian, part old world paganism, but it was a well built idea that kept me intrigued.

The Meh:

My complaint about this novella is the same one that I have about most novellas. I could have used a longer read. I would have loved to have had a deeper exploration of the world building, seen what happened after Buck and Hay were discovered and they set about changing their lives. I would read a second installment for sure, should the author choose to make this a serial.

One of the few complaints I have about this book is that Hay goes from complete virgin territory to anal sex with a stranger (sort of) during a chance meeting in the woods. I realize this is fantasy, and generally I don’t have a problem suspending disbelief…and the main character was really hot for it, but…well, yeah. It was sudden and I don’t really think a virgin would be all, “Yeah, let’s do this ass fucking thing with barely any prep.”

 

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Final thoughts here? I loved the twist on the ending. I won’t ruin it for you because it makes the whole book, but I really enjoyed the idea that the divine will do what it will, in spite of what humans want and expect. This was a great fantasy read, and I would recommend it for anyone who has an hour or two to kill and wants a little bit more from an erotic read than just two hot characters fucking. (Not that it doesn’t have that too. ‘Cause it does.)

Happy reading!


 

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Check out my book Threefold Love! It received honorable mention for The Rainbow Awards and is currently a finalist.

Captain Xavier Hobbs, a decommissioned combat engineer, was chronically lonely in the Army. But once he is back to being a civilian, with no family and nothing to ground him, he drifts. All he wants is a real home, a real life, and love—but that is easy to wish for and hard to make happen.

When he meets Andrew Landry, a high school English teacher, Xavier thinks he has found everything he has ever wanted, maybe even someone he can trust with his scars—the ones on his mind and body. Andrew’s quick wit and outgoing personality reel Xavier in slowly but surely. But he isn’t certain which way Andrew swings, and doesn’t dare to do more than hope the friendly man is actually flirting.

Then, on what Xavier idly wishes were their first date, disaster strikes in the form of Duncan McNeil, a fellow Wiccan and Andrew’s fiancé. Xavier’s hope is smashed to pieces, but Duncan and Andrew may have a different point of view. All they need is a little magic, some hope, and a lot of love to put everything back together.

Sample for Threefold Love.

 

 

 

 

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