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Sean and Toby by Xondra Day


Title: Sean and Toby
Author: Xondra Day
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Pages: 25
Characters: Sean, Toby
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Kisses: 4.5


Blurb:

Sean’s mundane job at a call center leads him to make some changes in his routine life. Getting fit is one of his goals and after joining a local gym, he meets cute and twinky Toby.

Toby nearly knocks the breath out of Sean with not only his cute looks, but also his wit and charm. Their attraction to each other is instant and Sean can’t stop thinking about Toby and his perfect butt.

Things quickly heat up between them, but Toby isn’t who Sean thought he was. Looks can be very deceiving. There’s another side to Toby’s personality. Sean’s definitely met his match!


Review:

Told in first person from Sean’s POV and in the present tense, this story shows us how Sean, starting workouts at a gym, meets Toby, a worker there. Their attraction is instant, but they remain uncertain of each other at first. Is he gay or not? Is he interested or not? Is he a top or a bottom? Is he into one-nighters or in it for the long haul? Typical relationship questions.

My pet peeve—lack of deeper characterization—is present here. It is, however, understandable because of the length of the story. Still, I felt like I didn’t get to know the guys beyond their sexual encounter. Then again, sometimes that’s what floats one’s boat, so to speak. As an erotic quickie, this works fine. Well, to be honest, we get to know Sean a bit better, his boring call center job and his hot roommate with whom he once had a fling. Toby’s more of a mystery—and a surprise for such a little thing.

Not much plot here beyond the first date, and the writing reflects that. This short story is recommended to all those who seek a few minutes of escape with a couple of cute guys, some hot sex, and a promising start to a relationship.

Reviewed By: Susan

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Enter for your chance to Win!

Xondra is offering a free copy of her latest book, Jay, which is the first story about the men of Buckshot Ranch. Don’t be shy, she loves to hear from everyone. Please leave your comment and hugs.

Giveaway ends 11:59PM on October 7th, 2011 EST.

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Jay Book one in the Men of Buckshot Ranch by Xondra Day

Title: Jay
Author: Xondra Day
Publisher: Total E-Bound Books
Pages: 51
Characters: Jay Harnett and Will Jon
POV: 3rd Person
Sub-Genre: Historical, Western
Kisses: 4




Blurb:

Jay Harnett’s predictable world is knocked upside down when he encounters the new school teacher, Will, in town. As their unlikely friendship blossoms, it turns to lust, love, and a whole lot more, surprising them both.

But when Will’s old flame suddenly leaps into the picture a decision must be made that will change all those involved.

Review:

Xondra Day’s, Men of Buckshot Ranch series, is set during the late 1880‘s in Montana, a time when it was even more dangerous to be gay than it is today. In the first book, Jay, the author brings that point across nicely as she introduces that characters to the reader. Jay is one of the ranch hands. He owes the owner a lot for taking him in as a kid and has no desire to disappoint the man, or end up dead for being gay. Due to the place and time in which the book takes place Jay’s fears are understandable. At the same time I found it odd that Mark was not as cautious.

Once Will is introduce into the story the pace of the book really picks up. You can see the connection between Jay and Will and know this relationship is one that is meant to be long term. I did find the jumping back and forth between the past and present a little annoying but understand why the author did it. While I thought the story could have covered the relationship between Jay and Will more, I am hoping they will continue to show up in future stories.

Jay is a fast paced story that historical fans are sure to enjoy. The unanswered questions in this book, such as who saw Mark and Jay, what will Will’s ex do, if anything, and how long before the towns people find out about their new teacher, will hopefully be answered in the next installment.

Reviewed By: Lydia

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Star Treatment by Xondra Day


Title: Star Treatment
Author: Xondra Day
Publisher: Total E-Bound
Pages: 64
Characters: Mark Hunter, Frankie
POV: 3rd Person
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 3




Blurb:

Superstar, Mark Hunter never expected his life to change within a matter of days when compromising pictures surface of him on a celebrity gossip blog in the arms of another man.
Mark Hunter, action movie star and closeted gay man is thrown into a tailspin after a night of casual sex with a cute guy named Frankie turns into something much more. Especially when photos appear on the internet, showing Mark kissing another man. Will he come out the other end with his career intact, and will Frankie reveal his secret before Mark has to find out the hard way?

Review:

Mark Hunter is everyone’s ideal of the ultimate male action hero—handsome, sexy, strong—but Mark also harbors a secret, a secret that could undermine his career as a leading man in Hollywood, as the ever more intrusive camera lenses, those that both the paparazzi and the interested public wield, seem bent upon exposing his secret to the world.

Mark is caught in the crosshairs of what it means to be a public persona with a private life, never knowing who he can trust, never able to count on the fact that people like him for him rather than for his money and connections. He’s stuck toeing the line between being the man the public expects him to be and being the man who is true to his private desires. He’s stuck in the gray area that exists between the need to protect his public image and the need to live honestly and openly in his personal life. And though the actor appears to understand the consequences of his behavior in public, it doesn’t seem to curb his actions much when it comes to putting himself into questionable situations time and time again, leaving his agent, Rav Stanton, to clean up the messes and make the internet photographs disappear.

After Rav suggests a feasible solution to Mark’s much photographed dalliances, Mark considers the suggestion to hire a paid escort, one from an agency with a sterling reputation for being discreet. He considers it, but not before he hits another gay nightclub, where he spots a boy that sends his lust into overdrive.

When Frankie approaches him, Mark can’t help but be taken in by the blond hair and pale blue eyes. Mark is also wholly attracted to the fact that Frankie doesn’t seem to know who Mark is. He expects and is entirely ready to take the boy home for a night of sex, but what he doesn’t expect is anything remotely close to the feelings that color their night together. Theirs is a chance encounter that will end up revealing much more about who the two men are behind the scenes.

Star Treatment is a story with a very current events premise, spotlighting how exposed we truly are in a world where YouTube makes pseudo-celebrities out of average citizens. Where the book didn’t quite work for me was in the build up and subsequent payoff in the relationship between Mark and Freddie. I’d have loved a bit more exposition of their connection outside of the bedroom, to have seen that they had some common interests other than sex, which is where much of the dialogue in the book is focused.

I also found it difficult at times to find an affinity with Mark’s conflict, as the reader isn’t given much of an opportunity to fully experience his feelings or how it has affected him to deny his sexuality for so long.

I was very intrigued by the plot potential in this one; I simply wish I’d been given more.

Reviewed By: Lisa

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Xondra Day Giveaway! Free To A Lucky Winner – Beyond Friends


Xondra Day is offering the opportunity for one lucky fan to win an electronic copy of her book Beyond Friends. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post, asking to be entered into the contest. Xondra will then choose the winner at random from the list of entrants.



This contest will end at 11:59pm EST on Sunday, May 15, 2011, so don’t delay!


And Good Luck!

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Writing Outside The Box With Xondra Day

Thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to be with us today, Xondra. Why don’t we begin by having you tell us a little bit about your background?

I started writing seriously back in 2006. My first novel was rejected and in the end it ended up trunked. I stopped writing for two years, and in 2008 started up again, this time with focus on romance.

Was there a defining point in your life when you realize that storytelling was what you were meant to do?

I always wanted to write books. Even as a kid, I adored the library and everything book related. But three years ago something changed. I decided that if I wanted to make this work, I had best get serious with it. I haven’t looked back since.

What was your first book, and how long did it take for it to be published?

My first published book was a m/f historical novella written under my other pen name, Vivian Kees.

To date, how many books have you written?

To date, I have written seven. If you count the trunked novel, it’s eight.

Beyond Friends is a friends-to-lovers romance starring Jack and Rain. Will you share with us how you came up with Rain’s very unique name and what inspired the story?

Rain’s name comes from his dark and quirky personality. :)

The story itself was inspired by people I have known and interacted with. I’ve spent a great deal of my adult life living within the gay community and being very observant, I drew from that.

I’ve always been intrigued with the friends to lovers scenario. I thought I would explore it.

How long does it generally take for you to finish a manuscript?

This varies. For a short novella, it can be three weeks or even less. That of course is if I have the idea, a vague outline and the extra time to just sit and write.
I’m working a full-length m/m historical at this time that’s set in the 1930s. And with the research involved, I estimate it will take me at least six months to write, edit, and perfect.

How much creative input do you have in the cover design for your books?

Usually, I have to fill out a cover art form for every contracted work. So far it’s been great. I have yet to have a cover I’ve disliked.

When did you begin writing in the Male/Male genre? What about the genre interests you the most?

I love everything romance related. I started reading m/m out of pure interest and thought that it would be fun to write. So, I went with it and loved it.

Do you write full time? If not, how many hours per day do you try to dedicate to your writing?

Right now I write full time. I took a year’s leave from my day job, which will be up this coming Fall.

Do you typically outline your plots before you begin the writing process, or do you write in a more freestyle fashion?

I write more freestyle with just a basic outline that isn’t much beyond the characters and a vague storyline.

What has been the most difficult topic you’ve ever tackled in your writing?

I think realism has been the most difficult. Staying true to your characters can often be trying. Especially when they take over, and start writing for themselves.

Are there any topics you consider taboo and that you’d never write about?

Just the basics that most publishers specify they don’t take.

Of all the characters you’ve created, do you have one in particular who stands out among the others as a favorite? If so, who and why?

Thus far I would have to say, Rain. He’s different in so many ways, and I always smile when I think about him and his crazy quirks.

When someone reads one of your books for the first time, what do you hope they take away from it?

I would like for them to come away entertained. That’s my hope for everyone of my readers.

What was the best piece of advice you’ve ever received with respect to the art of writing? How did it change the way you approach your craft?

A famous romance author once told me to just have fun with it. And to write what I wanted. After hearing that, I took myself much less seriously.

Will you share three things you’ve learned about the business of writing since your first publication?

1. Have patience.
2. Always conduct yourself with grace when in any public forum, no matter what the situation.
3. Learn to take a bad review.

If you were to offer a word of advice to a new author just starting out, what would it be?

Again, have fun with it. If you lose that, then there’s something wrong.

Do you generally have the titles of your work planned before you begin writing, or does that occur later on in the writing process?

Sometimes I do. But other times it can come to me at any point throughout the story.

What is the question you’re most frequently asked by your fans?

Why m/m?

What is your most memorable fan experience?

I had a lady who after reading a bad review I’d received, tell me that she actually bought the book because of it. That made me smile.

Do you have any new projects coming up that you’d care to share details of with us?

I surely do. I have a m/m/f historical menage coming out this summer with Siren-Bookstrand Publishing, called Menage on the Prairie, and a m/m romance coming out this summer with Total-E-Bound Publishing, called Star Treatment, along with a three book m/m series to be announced at a later date, also with Total-E Bound.

How much of yourself, your life experiences, and the people you know manifest themselves into your characters?

Much of it for me is pure fantasy and what I think will entertain readers. At times I will inflect a bit of people I know into my stories as needed.

When it comes to promotion, what lengths have you gone to in order to increase awareness of your work?

I maintain the usual blog that also doubles as my website. I am on Facebook and Twitter, and I participate in interviews and giveaways when I can.

Digital media—the e-reader/tablet computer/Android apps—is changing the way people access and enjoy books. What pros and/or cons do you see surrounding the business of e-publishing? How do you see digital media evolving in the years to come?

I don’t have much of an opinion about this, only that I think it’s a positive thing, and I can only see e publishing growing more over the next few years. I own a Kindle. It’s wonderful!

When you have the chance to sit down and enjoy some quiet reading time, what sorts of books are you most likely to pick up? Who are your favorite authors?

I enjoy romance, horror and some literary works. I’m a huge fan of Anne Baker. Her books tell great epic tales of families which span generations.

I’m a huge fan of Stephen King, Bentley Little, and anything zombie related.

Of course, I love m/m. My current favorite authors in this genre are, Amy Lane and Marshall Thorton.

If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?

I’m in healthcare by trade. So I guess…that!

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing? Do you have any hobbies?

I enjoy quilting and photography, along with gardening and keeping fit.

Now some questions just for fun :)

What’s your favorite dessert?

Any kind of cheesecake.

If time travel were possible, what time period(s) would you most like to visit? Why?

I would travel back to the Victorian era. It’s a time period that sticks with me.

If you had the opportunity to sit down to dinner with one famous person, either past or present, who would you choose and why?

I would pick Bette Davis because I think she kicked ass when alive. She lived her life the way she wanted, with little regret.

If we were to look around the desk where you sit to write, what would we find there?

You’d find a half eaten one pound chocolate Easter bunny, a NYX Cosmetics blush, a tube of hand cream, my favorite coffee mug, and a half written manuscript printed out.

What’s your favorite movie?

Gone With the Wind.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

Vain people and general nastiness.

How would you describe your sense of humor? What makes you laugh?

I’d say I’m a little sarcastic and out there. I like odd things. Odd things make me laugh.

Who are your favorite actors, both male and female?

I don’t have any. *hides*

Do you have an all time favorite fictional character?

Currently, it’s Natalie from Facts of Life. She makes me laugh with her nutty behavior.

Who’s on your iPod/MP3 player?

I don’t have either.

Without getting up to look, what’s under your bed?

Books.

Of all the modern conveniences, which one would you most likely say you couldn’t live without?

My computer.

Thanks again for spending some time with us, Xondra. Will you tell us where we can find you on the Internet?

You can fine my on Facebook, Twitter and on my blog/website at http://writeoutsidethebox.blogspot.com/

And we’d love if you’d share a favorite excerpt from one of your books with us.

This is from my latest, The Blood Between:

He was confident and downright invincible. Nothing could
touch him now, not even death.

“I see you’ve gone ahead and done it.” Jordon entered the
room, arms folded across his chest.

“It was the only way.”

“That’s rather obvious and goes without saying.”

“We’re leaving. There isn’t room for all of us here. I need to
break free from everything that has bound me for so long.”

Jordon slammed one fist into the wall, plaster falling to the
floor. “You would leave me just like that, for him. I’m the one who
made you. I’m the one who cared for you all these years. Without me,
you would have withered away long ago. You would have grown old
in that inn and died. Right now you would be nothing more than
dust.”

“Perhaps.” Luca stayed calm. “But you have Lily and now I
have Kyle. I’m forever in debt to you. This chapter has to end. I’m
telling you it has ended.”

“Then go,” yelled Jordon. “I’m not stopping you, but I refuse
to wish you well. It’s not in me to do so. Get out of my sight and take
him with you.”

“As you wish.” Luca turned to Kyle and grabbed his hand.
“Let’s get out of here.”

Outside, the night was young, the moon full, and with one last
look back at the house, Luca pulled Kyle into his arms.

“I will love you forever and a day, this is just the beginning of
our time together. Nothing will ever separate us again.”

Kyle closed his eyes and felt Luca’s lips press against his.
They kissed hard and fast, and then together, fled into the night with
no regrets.

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Beyond Friends by Xondra Day


Title: Beyond Friends
Author: Xondra Day
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Pages: 52
Characters: Jack & Rain
POV: 3rd POV
Genre: Contemporary
Cover Rating:4
Kisses:4.5





Blurb:

Long time friends and one time lovers, Jack and Rain, are now at a crisis in their relationship. Polar opposites, each harbour romantic feelings for the other, but are afraid to own up to them.

When a tragic event happens in Rain’s life, he looks to Jack to help him pick up the pieces, realizing there has only ever been one man in his life that he has truly loved-Jack. But will Jack return his love? Can they ever be more than just friends?

Review:

Beyond Friends is a quick read by author Xondra Day. This author is new to me and while I liked the blurb I am always a little anxious about reading someone new. This story settled any fears about Ms. Day I might have had. Beyond Friends, the story of two young men who almost loose the chance to become something other than friends, was wonderfully written. The characters are complete opposites, yet, in some ways a lot alike. Jack is in his early 20‘s, runs a bookstore almost single handedly, and has no personal life to think of. Rain is in his late teens, works a boring job and wants the one thing he can’t have – Jack. Both want love, yet are afraid to reach for it.

The emotions the men go through while coming to terms with their feelings for each other are wonderfully showcased. The story comes across believably as it is easy to understand why Jack and Rain behave the way they did. Although Rain has to go through a traumatic experience before these two come together, I love the way the author brought them together and wrapped up the story. Beyond Friends felt like just a beginning and I would love to see these two again. I will be interested to see what Ms. Day has planned next.

Reviewed By: Lydia

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