Monday, July 9, 2018

#SpotLight ~ Asya in the Tilt of the World by Effie Molina ~ @EffieJMolina @RoanePublishing

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO
ASYA IN THE TILT OF THE WORLD!
Asya in the Tilt of the World
The Asya Trilogy
by Effie Molina

About the Book: 
Asya Hart’s simple human existence ends forever the night she meets Christian and James, two beautiful vampires bonded to each other and united in their mission to find The One who is destined to Balance the Tilt of the World—in other words, heal humanity and the planet. When Asya is compelled to use a healing power she never knew she possessed on the Grandfather of the Blood Community, Christian and James are commanded to bring Asya into The Blood, and the prophecy is set in motion.

Asya learns that she and the rest of her family are all vampires, and that it wasn’t until her blood was raised that she became her full self. Asya is destined to save humanity, but she has no idea how she is supposed to do that! As if the expectations on her aren't daunting enough, she finds herself hunted, an unwelcome symbol of change within the vampire community. Vampires lifespans are linked with humanity: the more chaos and negativity within humans, the longer vampires live. Asya finds herself in the minority, a vampire who believes that working to heal humanity is the right and necessary thing to do, despite the personal consequences. There are those who don’t appreciate Asya's selflessness, and for them the solution is simple: get rid of her before her revolutionary ideas take hold.

In the midst of it all is love, and Asya struggles to not let it distract her. Christian and James are a bonded couple, and Asya has joined them. Asya is drawn to them in ways she has never felt before, but does she really have the luxury of first love? Asya finds herself on the crossroads. Who is she is in this new world? And can she truly be who people expect her to be?


Release Date: July 9, 2018

Publisher: Roane Publishing
*Trigger warning: sexual assault

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Excerpt:

James came up behind her. Wrapping his arms around her he pulled her back against him, gently rocking her. They stood this way a moment in silence. Asya could feel her heart beat slow, gradually, until it was no longer jumping out of her chest. 
Whispering in her ear he reassured her. “Don’t worry. It’ll all get worked out. You need time to learn, and they need time to get to know you.Many of these old creatures have forgotten that such a thing as innocence and naïvety exists.” 
Naïvety, Asya thought to herself. “How unappealing. She had never considered herself particularly naïve before. It occurred to her, in a tangible way for the first time, how much older Christian and James were than her. After all, they looked to be in their early twenties, so she didn’t really think of them as what they were, hundreds of years old. She thought she must seem like some flighty little girl to them. Xavier was probably right, and with good reason. Of course they’d get bored with her sooner or later. 
Christian hissed through his teeth, frustrated, standing up from his chair. 
James glanced back at him, questioningly, tightening his arms around Asya. “What’s the matter, baby? What’s going on in that head of yours?” 
It was difficult to tell if he was directing his question at Asya, Christian, or both. 
At the sound of the word baby, Asya had twisted out of James’ arms, wiping the tears away from her cheeks, irritated at herself for crying. She glared at Christian, defying him to betray her inner thoughts, knowing he probably would anyway when alone with James later. As long as it wasn’t in front of her! 
It was humiliating. There was no such thing as presenting a stoic front, and getting out of a situation like this with one’s dignity, with one guy feeling your feelings and the other eavesdropping on your every thought about him! 
“And it’s paradise for me, knowing how much you value Xavier’s opinions,” Christian retorted satirically. 
“Listen,” James said to Christian and Asya sharply, continuing more gently when they both turned to face him. “How about one crisis at a time, okay? I’m going to go shower and head over to the society building. Do you think you two can manage to not kill each other while I’m gone?” 
They both nodded at him, averting their eyes from each other. 
James made contact with one, followed by the other, and each felt a wave of love, reassurance and tranquility float over them. Their shoulders relaxed slightly, their fists unclenched. 
But he moved away reluctantly, as if afraid to leave them. 
“I don’t know how I fell in love with two hotheads,” he told them, shaking his head, but smiling at them as he disappeared into the house. 
Asya and Christian stood, frozen to their respective spots, in silence. 
After several long moments, Christian sighed. He spoke in a near whisper. “I want you to trust me.” He paused a moment. “Listen, you trusting me, and James, and what the three of us have? It’s a way of trusting yourself…of trusting who you are.” 
Asya looked at him. “I do trust you. Really, I do. But that’s just it, the whole knowing who you are thing… I thought I was there, but every day it seems I’m remindedI’m not. I’m sorry. I’m doing the best I can.” 
She looked down at the ground, feeling her head was so muddied and heavy it might roll off her neck. 
Christian walked over to her. Taking her hands, he placed one on her heart, the other on his own, and leaned down to rest his forehead against hers. They stood a moment in quiet before he began. 
“You and me, we think too much. I can hear it when you think about something involving me. You know that already. But I can sense it when you’re thinking about other things too. It’s beautifuldifferent colors, swirling, busy, all kinds of patterns. You know my paintings?” 
Asya nodded her head slightly, letting him know she was listening. 
“Well, those are James’ thoughts. can see that about people. And you…you, Asya, are a kaleidoscope, spinning and changing all the time. I could sit for hours and watch you. You’re beautiful. can’t wait to get to my paints, but it’s more than that. I imagine I might look similar, you know, in my head. Sometimes when I pay attention to you, I feel as if I’m paying attention to myself. Does that make any sense?” 
And, oddly enough, it did. She squeezed his fingers slightly, raising her head. Her eyes met his, and they stood again in silence, looking at one another, their noses only inches apart. 
“But as beautiful as it is, you and I, we think too much,” he repeated. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned from James, it’s to trust this,” he said, and pressed their hands into their hearts. “Sometimes thinking can’t solve it, not alone anyway. When it gets muddled, you’ve got to turn off your brain and feel.” 

About the Author:

Effie Molina has words crowding her head and occasionally untangles them into stories. Effie is a multi-racial, bi-identified woman living in Western Massachusetts. Effie enjoys exploring the human condition, speaking truth to power and striving to be consistently authentic and brave. She does this best while home with the love of her life, surrounded by kids and beasts. While not writing, she’s supervising a team of child protective social workers by day and dancing in an Afro-Cuban performance group at night.


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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

#NewRelease ~ Fall for You By Valerie Ullmer ~ @valerieullmer


Fall for You 
(A M/M Romance)
By Valerie Ullmer

Release Date:  July 3rd, 2018

BLURB:
Ethan Sutton had come to the stunning revelation that he’d fallen in love with his best friend, Sebastian Young.  Although friends since childhood, Ethan vowed to keep his feelings for Sebastian under wraps and live the rest of his life with this one secret between them rather than risk a lifelong connection and never see him again.  But when they move into their own apartment at the start of their third year of college, can Ethan keep his feelings from showing when they live so close together?

Sebastian Young had an epiphany about Ethan at the end of last year and arranged for the shared apartment he’d found over the summer to be closer to Ethan and see if a relationship could develop between them.  But as they settle into their lives in a new place with such close quarters, ex-girlfriends, nosy downstairs neighbors, and Sebastian’s own doubts, their relationship could be in jeopardy before it even begins.

Can two best friends admit their feelings and fall in love?
Genre:  New Adult M/M Romance

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AMAZON AND KOBO Coming Soon

EXCERPT:

Ethan kept his eyes on his phone during the entire trip.  It wasn’t as though he didn’t want to speak to Sebastian, who sang under his breath at the song coming through the speakers of his older SUV.  But lately, whenever he’d been an enclosed space with Sebastian and caught his scent of pine and cedar mixed with a hint of mint each time he moved, it drove Ethan crazy.  Even from a few feet away, Ethan could feel Sebastian’s body heat and he wriggled in his seat to adjust himself before his desire for his best friend became evident.
For years, the closeness he shared with Sebastian had been enough.  It was the two of them against the world throughout high school, and Ethan mistakenly thought it would be the same in college.  But when they started their freshman year, Sebastian decided he would make up for lost time by dating his way through the female student body at the University of Oregon.  Sebastian still made time for him, but it was rare during their first two years of college for Sebastian not to have at least one date on the weekend.
At the time, Ethan hadn’t realized what the churning emotions were each time Sebastian started talking about a new woman.  He only realized later he’d been jealous.
There had been a time during his sophomore year, driven by those feelings of jealousy and his newfound realization he was gay, he’d gone out with a frequency that matched Sebastian’s frenzied dating life.  Heading to a well-known bar off-campus, Ethan was determined to find someone and forget about the fact the man he most wanted, who happened to be his best friend and straight, he couldn’t have.  Although he’d gone home with a couple of guys, he’d never let anything progress past blowjobs.  It solidified the fact he was indeed gay.  Ethan had no clue what held him back from going further with the willing men he’d met, but something stopped him.
After Sebastian’s break-up with his long-time girlfriend, Sebastian became a constant in Ethan’s life again.  Their friendship had never been strained, and during this time, they grew closer.
At the end of the year, they decided they wanted to rent an off-campus apartment and live together.  Ethan thought they would request a room together in the dorms, but Sebastian wanted to ditch the dorms and find their own place.  For some reason, their parents had agreed to it, although it would be substantially more expensive.
More than once, Ethan had wanted to look for a place before they were all rented, but Sebastian said that he would handle everything.
“Don’t worry.  I’ve got it covered.”  And he did.
But now they were moving in together, Ethan found himself nervous about having his feelings show at the most inopportune moments.


ABOUT AUTHOR:

Valerie writes paranormal and contemporary M/F and M/M erotic romances. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her wonderfully supportive husband and their funny and wise black lab. She's addicted to coffee, crime shows, and reading and writing character-driven romances.

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

#SpotLight ~ More Brides in Vegas By Lisabet Sarai ~ @lisabetsarai

More Brides in Vegas
Vegas Babes Book 2
By Lisabet Sarai


About More Brides in Vegas:

Tying the knot — with no strings attached!
  
Who can resist love at first sight? The minute Ted saw Annie shedding her clothes on stage at The Fox’s Den, he fell head over heels for the petite, busty redhead. She had to make the first move, though, dragging him into an impromptu orgy in the Den’s VIP suite, along with technically-virgin bride Francesca, secret slut Laura, and hot black mama Chantal.

Now Annie and Ted are getting married, and they’ve invited all their friends from that wild Amateur Night to the party. Taking over a vintage eighties motel with a courtyard and pool for their private function, the bride and groom expect a certain amount of carnal excess. Still, nobody’s prepared for the sexual free-for-all that breaks loose, involving not only the gals from the Den but also Annie’s rock star brother, Ted’s MILF mother, Chantal’s new slave girl, a lascivious hippie couple, a susceptible priest, the butch hotel manager, and an entire Scottish rugby team. As the wedding guests act out their secret fantasies, they push the limits of both lust and love. Finally arriving at the altar, after an exhausting, arousing twenty four hours, Annie and Ted realize that tying the knot doesn’t have to mean tying themselves down.

MF. FF and MM Erotica (Triple X rated)
32,000 words
Smashwords and Amazon KDP
ISBN (Smashwords): 9780463187715
ASIN: B07DYPQ57T
HEA for everyone!
With an introduction by Larry Archer

Buy Links:

Amazon  US – https://amzn.to/2tPFx71

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 Excerpt: 

“Hey, ladies!” Annie’s bright voice interrupted Laura’s lascivious musings. “I see you’ve made yourself comfortable!”

The bride almost skipped over to the group of women near the pool, her ginger-colored curls bouncing. Although she was nearly twenty six, her petite build, freckled nose, unruly hair and slightly manic energy made her seem much younger. Annie never managed to get in to any entertainment venue without being carded. In fact, she’d had clerks refuse to sell her tickets to R rated movies.

Dropping the two grocery bags she’d been carrying, she gave Chantal an enthusiastic hug. “Thank heavens! We’ve been following the Weather Channel—looks grim!”

Chantal kissed her on the lips, a gesture the bride did not refuse. “It’s Chicago,” she replied when she finally released the woman’s tiny but voluptuous body. “It’s normal.”

“Well, I’m very relieved. I would have been so-o-o disappointed if you weren’t here.” The redhead looked around at her special guests. “This is kind of like a reunion for me—a reminder of one of the happiest days of my life.” All at once she seemed to notice the young blonde kneeling on Francesca’s chaise. Fran herself just lay there twitching in the afterglow of her climax. “I’m sorry, I don’t think we’ve met…”

Chantal gave her sub an almost imperceptible nod.

“I’m Zoe. I’m with Chantal.”

Laura saw Annie’s eyes go wide as she took in the sub’s costume.

“Congratulations on your marriage, by the way,” the girl continued. “I hope you and Ted will be really happy.”

“Um—thanks…”  Annie gestured at Francesca’s limp form. “Is she okay?”

“She’s recovering from a demonstration of Zoe’s oral talents,” said Chantal. “Would you like Zoe to do you, too? I’m sure she’d be delighted.”

A blush darkened Annie’s freckles. “Um—thanks. Maybe later. I’ve got a lot to do right now to get ready for the party tonight.  And my brother should be here any minute. He texted me from the airport.”

Laura sat up so fast she felt dizzy. “I didn’t know you had a brother.”

Annie’s smile grew wistful. “My only family, since our father died five years ago. Rod’s going to give me away. That’s what Dad would have wanted.” Her sunny disposition reasserted itself. “I’m so excited! I haven’t seen him in more than a year. He lives in LA…”

“Annabelle baby!”  A rich, deep, overwhelmingly masculine voice boomed through the courtyard.

“Rod!” Annie squealed, racing to meet the tall, dark stranger who’d just entered the pool area.

“Hey, Sis!” The newcomer dumped his duffel onto the floor and enfolded Annie in his arms. He wore a tight black tee shirt that highlighted his tanned biceps and sculpted pecs. A wave of delicious weakness swept through Laura’s body as she watched his muscles flex under bronzed skin. Now here was a plaything that interested her!

Though Rod was probably as tall as her husband Steve, he had a more slender, wiry build. His faded but expensive jeans clung to his lean thighs like a second skin. Masses of ragged, jet black hair covered the back of his neck and fell into his eyes, which had a compelling, hypnotic quality. His nose was aquiline, his lips as full as a girl’s. She caught the gleam of a gold earring through the shaggy locks. Despite the heat, his feet were clad in heavy leather boots. Still, when he released his sister and strode over to greet the rest of the group, he moved lightly, with the energy and economy of a dancer. His style and manner made Laura think of a rock star.

“And who are these beauties?” he asked, his slightly predatory smile showing perfect white teeth.  Laura resisted the urge to cover herself. Instead, she arched her back a bit, offering her body to his blatantly hungry gaze.

Annie skipped to his side, giving his hand a squeeze. Next to him, she looked about fourteen.
“Francesca, Laura and Chantal, this is my big brother Rod.”

Laura offered him her most welcoming smile. I wonder if he’s big everywhere.

“These ladies were responsible for my getting together with Ted,” the bride continued.

Rod arched an eyebrow. “Oh?”

“Ted was best man at my wedding six months ago,” said Franny, though this really didn’t begin to explain the complicated connections that had led to Annie’s wedding.

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About Lisabet:

Lisabet Sarai became addicted to words at an early age. She began reading when she was four. She wrote her first story at five years old and her first poem at seven. Since then, she has written plays, tutorials, scholarly articles, marketing brochures, software specifications, self-help books, press releases, a five-hundred page dissertation, and lots of erotica and erotic romance – nearly one hundred titles, and counting, in nearly every sub-genre—paranormal, scifi, ménage, BDSM, GLBT, and more. Regardless of the genre, every one of her stories illustrates her motto: Imagination is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

You’ll find information and excerpts from all Lisabet’s books on her website (http://www.lisabetsarai.com/books.html), along with more than fifty free stories and lots more. At her blog Beyond Romance (http://lisabetsarai.blogspot.com), she shares her philosophy and her news and hosts lots of other great authors. She’s also on Goodreads and finally, on Twitter.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

#Interview ~ The You-Song and Daughter of Jerusalem by Joanne Otto ~ @pauletteharper


Write Now Literary Book Tours is pleased to be coordinating a book tour for author Joanne Otto. This is a two-month book tour for her books: The You-Song and Daughter of Jerusalem. This tour will run June- July, 2018.

Q&A with Joanne Otto:
What inspired you to write The You-Song?
In 2002, when the idea first came to me, I had recently been reading and following through with activities from Julia Cameron’s inspiring book, The Artist’s Way, as well as attending a workshop on self-awareness. So it’s not surprising that the metaphor of the individual as a unique song of the Creator came to me strongly at that time. That accounts for the content of the book, but the form it took had everything to do with the dyslexic kids I’d been teaching. The lessons I’d been using were carefully sequenced to help the students consistently experience success. So each word used in writing The You-Song had to either conform to the rules of phonics or be so frequently used that it would be recognizable on sight. The book had to be user-friendly for those kids as well as present them with an encouraging message about their uniqueness and potential. I guess you could say that my love for those kids was the inspiration behind the book.

Whom do you see as its target audience?
Children of about age 3 to 7. I envision the text and the illustrations sparking important conversations between them and the adults who care about them. And I see this book as being potentially among the first that they can actually read for themselves.

Its extended song metaphor is a pretty sophisticated theme for little ones, isn’t it?
It has been exciting to see how readily they catch onto it. Before the illustrations had materialized, I shared the manuscript with a number of children, none of whom had difficulty understanding it. One of them even made a suggestion that had an impact on one of the illustrations. Her mother had recently given birth to a baby girl, and she was really comforted by the statement that “no other song can take your place.”  She suggested that it should be accompanied by a picture of a child embracing her expectant mother. And that is exactly what has been done.

How did you come up with all those heart-warming illustrations?
It was clear from the start that for the book to come alive for young children, it had to have pictures. At first I assumed that I’d need to find an artist to do them since drawing is not among my talents. But then the thought of photographs came to mind. Our daughter Meghan Williams is a talented professional graphic designer with a degree in applied photography. When I approached her with the idea, she recommended that we tap the resources of a stock photo website. That way we would have a huge selection of photos to choose from with built-in permission to publish them. Between us we came up with a perfect illustration for each page, and Meghan then designed the layout for all of them, including the cover design.
How long did all this take?
Only a few months once our course was set, but about ten years elapsed from the time the first draft was written until the illustrations fell into place and a path to publication opened up to me. Meanwhile I came back to the manuscript from time to time, tweaking it and making revisions.

What would you like your young readers to take away from The You-Song?
I’d like them to come away feeling encouraged about their ability to read. But even more importantly, I’d like them to feel the joy of their own uniqueness and have some sense of their potential for being a positive influence on the world around them. I’d like them to know that they matter—and so does everyone else.

About The You-Song:

The You-Song celebrates, in a way young children can understand, the unique and vital place each of us occupies in God's world and encourages them to fill their place in it with joy. Written by a teacher who's helped many children overcome reading challenges, "The You-Song" is user-friendly, consisting of words that are either familiar or easy to decode. Lavishly illustrated with nearly 50 heart-warming photos, it's also fun to read aloud to pre-readers.

Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

 About Daughter of Jerusalem:
Daughter of Jerusalem" takes its 21st-century readers on a journey back to the first-century world of a young rabbi named Yeshua—better known to us as Jesus. Mara, the young heroine of this story, gets to mingle with the crowds who come to hear him teach during his visits to Jerusalem and, finally, to meet him face to face in a brief, life-changing encounter—one that comes at no small cost to herself. For middle-grade readers who want to use the book as a springboard for deeper study, there are Bible references and questions on each chapter, as well as a glossary. For others, the story itself will be the full journey.

Genre: Christian Fiction

Purchase Link: http://amazon.com/author/joanneotto


  Introducing Joanne:
Joanne Otto is a lifelong student of the Bible who has taken four exciting tours of Bible lands and done extensive research, including numerous courses. She has taught foreign languages and English and more recently, as an academic language therapist, has helped dyslexic children strengthen their reading and writing skills. Also a music lover and amateur pianist, she especially enjoys accompanying singers.

Website: http://joanneotto.com/
                                                                                                 
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