~Guest Post~Bobby Green (Johnnies #5) by Amy Lane~

 

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36594567Title: Bobby Green
Author: Johnnies #5
Series: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 350 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars

~Synopsis~

Vern Roberts couldn’t wait to turn eighteen and get the hell out of Dogpatch, California. But city living is expensive, and he’s damned desperate when Dex from Johnnies spots him bussing tables. 
As “Bobby,” he’s a natural at gay porn. Soon he’s surrounded by hot guys and sex for the taking, but it’s not just his girlfriend back in Dogpatch—or her blackmailing brother—that keeps him from taking it. It’s the sweet guy who held the lights for his first solo scene, who showed him decency, kindness, and a smile.
Reg Williams likes to think he’s too stupid to realize what a shitty hand life dealt him, but Bobby knows better. What Reg lacks in family, opportunity, education, and money, he makes up for in heart. One fumbling step at a time, they connect, not just in their hearts but in their bodies, where sex that’s not on camera, casual, or meaningless, becomes the most important thing in the world.
But Reg is hampered by an inescapable family burden, and he and Bobby will never fly unless he can find a way to manage it. Can he break the painful link to his unrealized childhood and grow into the love Bobby wants to give?


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✦✦✦Guest Post~Amy Lane✦✦✦

It All Started With Socks? 

People get confused—I know they do, but I don’t know what else to say. It’s really how Johnnies started.

See, my love (if not my ability) of knitting is fairly well known. I’m a sucker for a good pattern, and a playful pun, and one year, for one of the free events for GoodReads, somebody submitted a picture of a very pretty, very built young man, putting a sock on his foot on a big white bed.

It was charming and flirty and hey, the kid was naked and there was knitting!  

I was in!

I wrote a very cute, very fluffy 3,000 words about a kid who was supposed to housesit for his sister and her gorgeous roommate, and got a little naughty on the roommate’s bed. He fell asleep wearing his crush’s hand-knit socks and a smile.

Harmless, right?

I sent it to my publisher for shits and giggles, and she told me to add another 20,000 words to it so it could make me money.

Well, yeah. I’d just recently realized I was going to be writing for a living and free original creations weren’t as easy to put out as they had been when I had a day job, so I took that moment, that adorable rom-com bit, and added some substance.

Now Donnie and Alejandro were the main couple in the original 3,000 word Super Sock Man—and they were as adorable in the WAY extended version as they had been in the super short 3k. But Donnie had been nineteen in the short, and since it was supposed to end HEA, I realized that maybe he needed to have other options beside just older, enigmatic man-whore, Yandro. It wasn’t fair that Yandro got all the experience, right?

So that’s when I wrote Chase. In Super Sock Man, the one you purchase, not the free version, Chase is Donnie’s best friend—and he doesn’t treat Donnie well. He takes Donnie’s attentions—and his handjobs–but he never gives anything back. And he tells Donnie it’s because he’s not gay, when Donnie can tell that’s not true.

In the end, of course, Donnie ends up with a guy who’s not closeted and not a prick and not an unholy mess—but it begged the question.

What happened with Chase? He hadn’t been a complete prick—just closed off and troubled and obviously hurt. Didn’t he deserve some peace?

Well, a whole lot of other things were happening at the time—but I’d always wanted to write a series set in gay-for-pay, and when it came time to break open the page, I made a discovery.

Chase, the troubled asshole/hurt friend in Super Sock Man had an entire other story to tell. And that’s when Chase in Shadow really begins.

Of course, there were guys in Chase in Shadow that were just like Chase! They started out as peripheral characters, people Chase knew in the context of his new job, but it turns out, they had their own story to tell. Bobby Green is the fifth book, and there’s even more new characters in this book that prove the world of Johnnies, of pretty boys and troubled hearts, might have a few more chapters left.

If you’re already a fan of Johnnies, I think you’ll like Bobby—he’s the big farm kid with the ginormous dick, and he does okay. If you haven’t read Johnnies, there’s a couple of places to start. Chase in Shadow is the obvious place—it’s the first full book. Dex in Blue happens simultaneously with Chase in Shadow and although it gives a few spoilers, for some it’s a gentler introduction to this world.

But if you’re one of those people who likes reading the first thing first, always?

Super Sock Man is the way to go—and be sure to appreciate those socks. I designed the pattern myself—it’s even in the book!

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~Guest Post & Giveaway~Ante Up by Kim Fielding~

 

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We are happy to welcome Kim Fielding to talk about her new book Ante Up.
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36339253Title: Ante Up
Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 220 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Paranormal/Vampires
Release Date: November 15, 2017

~Synopsis~

Love is a high-stakes game.
A century and a half ago, Ante Novak died on a Croatian battlefield—and rose three days later as a vampire. Now he haunts Las Vegas, stealing blood and money from drunken gamblers and staying on the fringe of the powerful vampire organization known as the Shadows. His existence feels empty and meaningless until he meets beautiful Peter Gehrardi, who can influence others with his thoughts.
An attraction flares instantly, bringing a semblance of life to Ante’s dead heart. But the Shadows want Peter too, and they’re willing to kill to get him. As Ante and Peter flee, they learn more about themselves and each other, and they discover that the world is a stranger place than either of them imagined. With enemies at their heels and old mistakes coming back to exact a price, how can Ante and Peter find sanctuary?


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Guest PostKim Fielding

Bakersfield

open q Ah, Bakersfield, California. If you’re a fan, I’m about to offend you. But it’s one of the few places on Earth I dislike.

Maybe Bakersfield has its charms. I dunno. But it’s hot as hell most of the summer, the air quality sucks, and the economy is terrible. It’s not an attractive place, and unless you have a thing for oil derricks and farms, anything interesting is far away. Someone once attempted to recruit me for a job there by telling me it’s an hour from Las Angeles, which is one of the more creative stretches of truth in recruiting history.

And I’ve personally had bad luck in Bakersfield. Once, when my kids were little, our car blew a tire and we ended up spending half a day stranded at the Bakersfield Sears. Another time I managed to spill a venti iced coffee all over myself before even leaving the Starbucks parking lot. Nothing like driving 200 miles covered in coffee. Last spring I was in Bakersfield for a meeting when my husband had a heart attack (he’s fine now—no thanks to Bakersfield). Last month I spent a really boring hour at the Bakersfield Amtrak station, waiting to get home after already having been delayed two hours.

As I said, I don’t like Bakersfield.

But. Despite—or maybe because of—that dislike, Bakersfield has proven a boon to my imagination. If you’ve read Rattlesnake, you know that Jimmy passes through there. During that recent Amtrak trip, I got a Bakersfield plot bunny I’m dying to write. And in my newest book, Ante Up, an important scene takes place there. I don’t want to give too much away, so I’ll just say that in my world, Bakersfield is literally a gateway to Hell.

Is there someplace you really detest? C’mon. Share in the comments. And don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter below! close q  

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~Guest Post~Heart Unheard (Hearts Entwined #2) by Andrew Grey~

 

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We are happy to welcome author Andrew Grey to talk about his new book
Heart Unheard (Hearts Entwined #2)
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36492924Title: Heart Unheard
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: Hearts Entwined #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 200 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 17, 2017

~Synopsis~

The attraction between Brent Berkheimer and Scott Spearman peels the wallpaper, but Brent is Scott’s boss, and they’re both too professional to go beyond flirting. Their priorities realign after Scott is badly injured in an accident that costs him his hearing, and Brent realizes what is truly important… he wants Scott.
Scott pushes Brent away at first, fearing a new romance will just add to his problems, but perhaps he will find unexpected strength and solace in Brent’s support as he struggles to communicate with the world in a new way.
Just as they decide the chance of a happy future together is worth the risk, Scott and Brent discover darker challenges in their way—including evidence that the “accident” Scott suffered may not have been so accidental.
 


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~Guest Post~Andrew Grey~

open q I really want to take this post to say thank you to someone very special. Her name is Becky and she is my primary Beta Reader!  I have others, but she’s the first and my go to person.  Becky has personal experience with someone who is deaf and her expertise and insight were invaluable for this book.  Not only did she help me with writing the deaf character, Scott, she also helped me characterize Brent and how he would react and need to take special care and patience in his interactions with Scott. Writing a character who is deaf or becomes deaf is much more difficult and involved than removing all hearing references.  It involved things like developing new methods of communication and interaction for my characters.   This story was a challenge for me as well as a complete and total labor of love, which Becky helped bring to reality.  So thank you once again!!! close q

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~Guest Post~Off the Beaten Path by Cari Z.~

 

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We are happy to welcome author Cari Z. as she talks about her new book
Off the Beaten Path
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36095814Title: Off the Beaten Path
Author: Cari Z.
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 200 pages
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Werewolves/Shapeshifters
Release Date: September 18, 2017
Reviewer: ~Simone~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

When Ward Johannsen’s little girl Ava shifted into a werewolf, she was taken into custody by the feds and shipped off to the nearest pack, all ties between father and daughter severed. Ward burned every bridge he had discovering her location, and then almost froze to death in the Colorado mountains tracking her new pack down. And that’s just the beginning of his struggle.
Henry Dormer is an alpha werewolf and an elite black ops soldier who failed his last mission. He returns home, hoping for some time to recuperate and help settle the pack’s newest member, a little pup named Ava who can’t shift back to her human form. Instead he meets Ward, who refuses to leave his daughter without a fight. The two men are as different as night and day, but their respect for each other strikes a spark of mutual interest that quickly grows into a flame. They might find something special together—love, passion, and even a family—if they can survive trigger-happy pack guardians, violent werewolf politics, and meddling government agencies that are just as likely to get their alpha soldiers killed as bring them home safely.


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~Guest Post~Cari Z.~

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So, Where’s All The Sex?

My gosh, I almost feel guilty having a blog post on a site called Dirty Books Obsession that contains all of one complete sex scene in it. There are more intimate scenes, there are some close calls, but there’s only one fully-realized sex scene. Yeah. I know. What the hell?

I like to write sex. I really like to read it, and given my personal preferences, shouldn’t I be getting more of that action into my own books? The answer is an absolute, unequivocal maybe. It just depends on the book, for me. Some authors are truly reliable when it comes to what you’re getting with their stories—all sweet, or all sex, all the time. I’m…not.

For me, it really all depends on the characters and their personal situations. No, hear me out, this isn’t a bunch of BS—character is everything for me when it comes to sex. Character and circumstance. If the hottest guy in the world is about to get his head chopped off, and a page later he’s passionately getting it on with his would-be executioner? You better explain that with some serious magic or a huge knock to the head, because I’m not going to buy it otherwise and will be reluctant to even if you do give me a super explanation. Worse, I’m not going to want to read it, because if it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, my mind tends to rebel.

I’ve written an incubus who had to have sex all the time in order to stay healthy. Fun was had by all. I’ve written a shy virgin who only had time to lose said virginity in one on-the-page sex scene before I did awful things to him. Fair enough. In Off The Beaten Path, there are neither incubi or virgins, but there is a worried father desperate to save his little girl and an alpha werewolf with PTSD who has a lot more going on inside than his libido. Frankly, I’m happy I got them off together period, what with all the extra crap I threw their way.

I hope you find the heat level of Off The Beaten Path works for the story. I feel like it does, and if in a revisit someday I have them happy and healthy and fucking like bunnies? Well, more power to them and their well-rounded future selves. For now, there are minefields to navigate. Happy trails.

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