Bump in the Night by Heidi Belleau, Ally Blue, Kari Gregg, Peter Hansen, Laylah Huner, Brien Michaels and Sam Schooler


Title: Bump in the Night
Author: Heidi Belleau, Ally Blue, Kari Gregg, Peter Hansen, Laylah Huner, Brien Michaels, Sam Schooler
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Words: 55300
Characters: Multiple
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Paranormal M/M
Kisses: 4




Blurb:

Turn off the lights . . . and turn on your darkest fantasies.
Demon pacts. Ghostly possessions. Monsters lurking in the depths. The things that go bump in the night frighten us, but they also intrigue us. Fascinate us. Even turn us on.

Join us as fan favorites Ally Blue and Kari Gregg bring over-amorous aquatic beasts to life with their mythic twists on the Siren and the monster in the lake. Erotic horror pros Heidi Belleau, Sam Schooler, and Brien Michaels show us just how sexy scary can be with a pair of demon deals destined to curl your toes and set your heart thrashing. And literary masters Laylah Hunter and Peter Hansen weave haunting worlds where ghosts and dead lovers can touch our hearts (and other, naughtier places too . . .) and teach us lessons from beyond the grave.

By turns exciting, evocative, and exquisitely explicit, the stories in Bump in the Night are sure to scratch your sexy paranormal itch. Explore your wildest fantasies with us in this collection of dark erotic tales.

Review:

I enjoyed this book as the stories reminded me of the spooky anthologies I used to read, at a totally inappropriate age, but these have sizzling sex to go with the terrifying tale.
These stories are as sexily hot as they are chillingly creepy.

Creatures raised from the dead, a cephalopod seeking a mate, demons, these are just some of the beings our heroes face.

If you’re looking for rescues or HEAs, you won’t find them here. But if you want something dark and erotic, you’ll found the place to look…if you dare.

Reviewed By: Pammyla

Changing the Guard by Peter Hansen

Title: Changing the Guard
Author: Peter Hansen
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Pages: 21
Characters: Tomi Vuorela, Andile Harper
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Science-Fiction, BDSM, Erotic Romance
Kisses: 4.5




Blurb:

Tomi Vuorela works security in a frozen off-world outpost. The terrain is unforgiving, especially when it comes to maintaining any semblance of a social life. Any guest is typically a welcome one, provided they’re cleared for a refueling or part of IntelServ. Tomi knows his machinery, however, and when a suspicious landskimmer heads toward the his remote access node, Tomi must determine if the interloper is a harmless workman or a dangerous terrorist.

Andile Harper introduces himself as an engineer, but Tomi would rather play it safe than turn his back on a hacker in disguise. When Andile’s story doesn’t check with his own records, Andile’s in for a world of trouble. Normally, keeping a man at gunpoint until backup arrives would be out of the question. But when Andile starts to play with fire, Tomi finds he’s more than eager to hold a gun to the intruder’s head and make his own personal set of demands.

Review:

Whew! I loved this short story! When I first read the blurb, I questioned whether I would enjoy a story with this premise, but once I started it, I was immediately swept up into the interesting storyline and very sexy and unique characters.

Since I think the blurb does an excellent job at describing the story, I won’t rehash it. Instead I thought I’d write the reasons why I enjoyed this story so much and why I hated to see it come to an end.

I liked the interesting world the author created. Through his descriptive storytelling ability, it was easy to envision the setting and the frozen outpost that one of the main characters, Tomi works and resides in. The author really paid attention to detail and it kept me enthralled with the story from start to finish. I too, wondered about Tomi’s unexpected visitor, Andile, and for what purpose, dangerous or not, of why he was really there. I thought the plot was an interesting one and found myself guessing and second-guessing myself at what was going to happen next.

I also thought the sexual chemistry between the two heroes were off the charts! Although Tomi is very leery of Andile, he can’t help but be fascinated and attracted to the charismatic man. I liked and appreciated the element of danger that seemed to flow between the two men as heavily as their attraction they have for one another does. I would like to point out that there is some gun play in this book, but it didn’t bother me, and it turned both characters on, so in some ways the dominance Tomi shows over Andile read very sexy without it being over the top.

I do wish this short story had been longer. I would have really loved to have had the opportunity of getting into the heart and soul of each hero. Both men were very interesting and still mysterious in many ways, it would have been great to read more about them and where this relationship is heading. I did enjoy the twist at the end and I hope that this means that Mr. Hansen is writing more about these uniquely, sexy characters in the future.

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Peter Hansen Teaches Badassery 101 – Only Those With Potential Need Apply!

Thanks so much for taking the time to be with us today, Peter. Why don’t we start by having you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?

Hello! If you’ve been hearing vague murmurs from Riptide about tentacle porn, that would be mine. I currently live along Lake Erie, where I am daily beset by gulls, and I dream of rafting from Buffalo to Detroit. I teach English literature and composition, but I offer night courses in general badassery for promising pupils.

When did you discover your passion for writing? Was there someone in particular who encouraged and inspired your love of storytelling?

I started telling stories when I was just a kid, with a poor grasp of things like science or literary style or how not to begin every line of dialogue with “Well.” My father helped me in those first attempts at novel-writing, pointing out mistakes in my prose and flaws in my logic. He was as rigorous an editor when I was five as he is now that I’m twenty-five, and although that was a lot of pressure for a child, it also gave me confidence in the worth of my work. He wouldn’t have devoted time, energy, and care to correcting me if there weren’t something good at the core of my work. He wouldn’t have bothered to fix me if he didn’t believe I was worth fixing.

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

First Watch” is the longest work I’ve published so far! In some senses, the process was incredibly speedy–two months to move from blank page to layout edits. In another, very visceral sense, it’s taken my whole life. I’ve been honing my craft, coming to terms with my sexuality, and getting over my hangups with romance and erotic fiction for the last twenty-five years, and all of that was work.

Is there a particular sub-genre in which you enjoy writing more than others? (i.e. paranormal vs. historical vs. contemporary)

I’ll always be drawn to historical fiction and historical fantasy, I think. Part of it’s the approach we have, as a culture, to the past–we romanticize it, make it glorious and heroic and strange. Although I know that this approach is problematic, it’s also incredibly seductive; we want to wonder at the past and to explore all of its interesting crannies, as though we’re exploring a cavern by torchlight. What we have to remember, though, is that people lived there. They bought their lunches and spilled their paint and stepped on their cats’ tails and worked honest (or dishonest) jobs–and at its best, romance can remind us that people lived in the past. Because the romance is so focused on people and their lived experience, it permits an empathy with the past that’s impossible in any dry relation of facts and dates. At its best, the historical romance uses the setting not as a backdrop, but as a supporting player that’s had a profound effect on all of the characters’ lives.

Do you prefer writing in the 1st or the 3rd person? What advantages do you see in writing in one vs. the other?

I can’t do first-person at all, much as I’d love to. It’s a very difficult perspective to get right; one has to develop the point-of-view character’s narrative voice, maintain consistency with the character’s dialogical voice, and sort out to whom the narrator is speaking and for what purpose. That’s a lot to juggle! Third-person perspective allows me to use a more distanced narrator whose voice is more like my own, and who can speak directly to the reader for no other purpose than to tell a story.

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

It really depends on the length of the manuscript. If I’ve got a good idea of where it’s going and I’m fairly sure it will come out under twenty thousand words, I can do it in three weeks–two if I’m feeling frisky. Novels are harder to bang out; even if you know exactly where they’re going to end and all of the stops along the way, you’ve still got to deal with a large, uncharted terrain of interstitial moments and feelings. I can do a detailed, down-to-the-word outline of a short story or a novella execute that outline efficiently, but novels force me to reconsider continually. Their structures are always more provisional, more in flux. I could do a novel in a month, if everything went according to plan and the muse moved me; more realistically, given my job and my writing process, it would take me six months to a year.

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

I’ve had a fair amount of input with Riptide. Rachel Haimowitz sent me a writeup with her mental image for the cover of “First Watch,” and I loved it immediately; after that, it was just a matter of working out the kinks (so to speak). I gave the artist suggestions on what my main character looked like, had some input on color choices, and got some say in the design of the tentacles. A few creative differences arose throughout the process, since my aesthetic tends more toward desaturated palettes and stark black lines, but Roberto did a fantastic job!

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

My day job is teaching, so I don’t have all that many free hours to write. Because so much of my day is taken up with grading, devising lesson plans, helping guide student research, and having out-of-class conferences, I can hardly ever think of myself as “off work.” I do most of my writing during summer, and during the school year I try to write for at least half an hour a day.

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

I am a detailed and compulsive outliner. I need to know where the hell I’m going before I can drag myself away from my video games and force myself to get there.

How much do your characters resemble you and the people you know?

Hardly at all. I’m not really a drawn-from-life kind of guy; occasionally I’ll have a character eat food I’ve eaten or read a book I’ve read, but that’s usually as far as it goes.

How much do you draw upon your own life experiences in your writing?

Hardly at all. I’m mostly a scholarly type and a bit of a pedant. I suspect my book about the guy who teaches kids about comma splices wouldn’t find many takers.

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

Definitely sexual abuse and coercion. A big part of the tentacle-sex subgenre is tentacle rape, but that’s not exactly what I’ve written–my own treatment is a little more nuanced, and for me, more horrifying. “First Watch” isn’t a story about a tentacle-monster that burst out of nowhere and started tearing a guy’s clothes off. Instead, it’s a story about a man who felt compelled to give his body when he didn’t want to, and who didn’t say “No” although he could have. I wrote “First Watch” fully aware that this was a horrifying thing, and that there were people who’d find it triggering and people who’d find it incredibly hot. Compulsion is a major kinky subfield, and I want to honor and stoke other people’s fantasies when I’m writing it–but I also want to be clear that I don’t consider non-negotiated compulsion an ethical sexual practice.

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?

No favorites! I do have a favorite type of character, though. I love idealists of all stripes–rebels who believe that they’re fighting to bring about justice, religious types who truly believe that humans are capable of grace, warriors who never lose hope even in their darkest hours.

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

I hope that they’ll take away something different from every story. If I’ve done my job, then some stories will put my readers through the emotional wringer; others will give them hope that people are good; still others will make them laugh until they wet themselves. I don’t want people to put aside my stories and say, “Well, that was another Hansen book.” The wonder goes out of it when the book is about my program rather than about the reader’s encounter.

Are you surprised by the ever growing female fan-base of Male/Male fiction?

Not at all. I’m just glad that it’s easier now for people of all sexes and genders to find these books and enjoy them.

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?

Readers come to a story with expectations, and my job is neither to satisfy those expectations completely nor to refuse to satisfy them at all. Genre is a sort of gauge for what readers want; people read genre fiction because they want to see a particular set of expectations fulfilled. The trick is to fulfill only some of them–and to know which ones are necessary and which ones are optional. The romance novel does not need a love interest aged between eighteen and twenty-eight with gobs of money and perfect teeth … but it does need to recognize what’s uniquely, individually attractive about its love interest. It does need to remind readers that human connection is possible. In every genre, there are conventions that are no more than that: the trappings of a calcified genre that knows well how to replicate itself. There are also core tenets, sacred and untouchable, and the reader is not irrational for expecting the author to honor them.

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

These are more guidelines that I try to keep in mind as I work than business pointers, but they may help people who are trying to move from thinking of writing as a hobby to thinking of writing as work.

1) Efficiency is key. Set and meet deadlines. Work to a schedule.

2) Develop an awareness of your own style, and learn to articulate its features. If you think a section of your prose “feels wrong” after the editor is finished with it, you should be able to say why. It may not convince the editor, but it will help you to develop a consistent authorial voice.

3) Keep in mind the reader’s goals from an encounter with your book. Don’t be a slave to the readers–you’ll never be able to satisfy all of them–but recognize that they may not adore your book because your goals in writing it and their goals in reading it don’t align. This isn’t a failure for either of you. This is an opportunity to learn.

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

Write for yourself; don’t write to be a celebrity. You’re not likely to make enough money in this industry to quit your day job, so make your writing a thing you do for fun. The right people will find your stories.

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

I generally have a working title within the first writing sprint, but I can never guarantee that it will stay with the manuscript. I try not to get too attached to my titles, since I tend to favor long and pretentious quotations that do not fit well on the cover of a book.

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

As a debut author, I look forward to being able to answer this question in the near future. 🙂

What is your most memorable fan experience?

I haven’t had a memorable experience with one of my fans yet, but as a fan, it was probably my Star Wars-themed birthday party. Episode I had just come out that year, and I dressed as Darth Maul–in full facepaint and black robes. In unseasonable 90-degree weather. My respect for Ray Park increased tenfold that day.

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?

Particularly for romance and erotic fiction–and perhaps most particularly for GLBT romance and erotic fiction–digital media assures readers of privacy in a way that the physical book just can’t. Even the most demurely titled book with the plainest of covers is readily visible when one reads it on the subway or at the gym or on the school bus. The internet, however, has established a massive audience for (often free) erotic fiction, and it has provided these readers with an assurance of reading discreetly. E-readers are one step toward respecting that privacy in the world of published fiction, and while this is a laudable first step, what I hope we’ll see in the days to come is an increase in accessibility. I’m an old-fashioned netizen, and I still remember the days when handles were de rigueur; I have trouble coming to terms with the post-Facebook culture of attaching “real names” and social scrutiny to every action. For people who are exploring their sexuality, though, and who need a private space to do that before they feel comfortable connecting it with their “real names,” e-reading is a way of maintaining discretion even in very public spaces.

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 like fantasy, action/adventure, and literature. I’m a huge fan of Tobias Smollett and Jane Austen, but lately I’ve been reading Deathstalker because a friend promised that it was full of ridiculous pulp.

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

I would be–and am!–a teacher. Although my students frustrate me at times, there’s nothing like the expression on their faces when they really get it.

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

When I’m not writing or teaching, I spend a lot of my free time at the gym. I also enjoy cooking vegan entrees and reading comic books. I love to play video games, but I have to be very stern with myself so I don’t spend hours hunched over the screen.

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

I’d love to have been a fly on the wall while the Shelleys and Byron were on holiday together–the Regency it is, then.

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

William Beckford. His character Caliph Vathek was a renowned eater, and Beckford was famous for being a party boy and a wit–a kind of eighteenth-century Oscar Wilde. He’d make for interesting company, to say the least.

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

Since I do most of my writing in cafes, you’d probably find my cup of hot chocolate–and maybe another patron trying to read my smut over my shoulder.

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

Comedy of wit, not comedy of manners. I cannot resist a good pun. Or a bad pun. Or even a truly repugnant pun.

Do you have an all time favorite fictional character?

William Shakespeare’s Hotspur is different enough from his real-life counterpart to count as fictional, in my book. He’s an electric, crackling sort of a man, when he’s played well; he’s witty, playful, and brave to the point of recklessness, incredulous and impetuous and honorable in a haphazard way that makes it no less true. This exchange with the self-professed sorcerer Glendower says all you need to know about both men:

Glendower: I can call spirits from the vasty deep.
Hotspur: Why, so can I, or so can any man;
But will they come when you do call for them?

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

Drivers who pass in a no-passing zone.

Do you have a favorite personal mantra, quote, or saying that describes your outlook on life and the way you approach each day?

My mother always used to say, “You’re just a thought away from happiness.” She also liked to say, “Nothing in life is free.” Somewhere between these two philosophies–careful of the cost of my actions, aware of my own responsibility for my feelings–I’m trying to make my way.

Do you speak more than one language? If so, which one(s)?

I speak relatively decent Spanish and a bit of Arabic and Latin.

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

Internet. No question.

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

I’m in the drafting stage on a sequel to “First Watch.” This new story will is set during the Spanish Civil War, with a few recurring cast members—and, of course, more eldritch horrors. Depending on how many loose ends I leave, I may round those stories out with a third book. In what free time I have, I’m also researching for a May/September romance set during the disintegration of the Soviet Union.

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

Email address: peter.hansen.writes@gmail.com
Website URL: http://peterhansenfiction.weebly.com/
Twitter: P_HansenWrites
Goodreads Page: http://www.goodreads.com/peterhansen

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

From “First Watch“:

The dog watch shaded into the first watch, and at the eighth bell, Edouard Montreuil put aside his pen and rose from his bunk. He locked his letter carefully in his sea chest, then buttoned his shirt collar up against his throat. A useless gesture, he knew—it’d be undone for him within the first moments—but he took pride in small signs of resistance.

The other men on first watch went to their stations at the observation deck or the con, and the night crew of engineers went aft to spell the men in the engine room. Edouard walked with them, as he always did, and they ignored him, as they always did. They, too, had their reasons for serving on the Flèche; better not to ask what debts a fellow crewman was repaying beneath the waves.

They’d been submerged for three days now, and the air was thick and hot and stale. The engine room hummed faintly. Behind their tight steel cages, the electric lights gleamed white and steady.

An assistant engineer on dog watch gave Edouard a worried look, and he raised his chin at the pity in it. “Go to your bunk, Valancourt,” he said. If he didn’t have the rank to enforce the order, neither did Valancourt have the will to stay. The crew knew why he passed through the engine room to the captain’s cabin night after night. If they didn’t, it was only willful ignorance.

He ducked his head and slid through the aft portal sideways, like a long-limbed crab. Stork, Ruiz had called him back in la Légion, when they’d all been looking for new names. All long legs. For a moment, Edouard stood in the narrow passage between the officers’ quarters and the engine room, remembering the way the sun had beat down on his brow in Algeria and the way Ruiz had laughed. He passed the alcove where the officers bunked, and rapped on the door of the captain’s cabin.

“Come in,” said a voice from inside—inside the cabin, or inside his own head, he’d never been able to say. It made his ears ache; it made his blood heat and his heart thrum in time with the engines until he thought his skin would burst.

He turned the handle and swung the door open, then shut it behind him. Closed away the light of the engine room, and closed himself into the darkness.

“Sir,” he said, and swallowed against the constriction of his collar. “Reporting for duty.”

“Good,” said the captain, and a limb like a wet cable fell cool and slick upon Edouard’s wrist. His lips found Edouard’s throat, sharp teeth catching there as he undid those carefully-closed shirt buttons.

A second mouth brushed over Edouard’s ribs, tongue wet with a viscous fluid that chilled his skin. A third latched at his hip, needle-teeth scraping, seizing. “Very good,” said the captain, against his throat and chest and hip, as his boneless fingers wrapped slowly over Edouard’s cock and coaxed it hard. Edouard’s skin crawled, but he willed himself still.

Two of those hungry mouths smiled, and the third whispered, “Then let us begin.”

First Watch by Peter Hansen


Title: First Watch
Author: Peter Hansen
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Pages: 56
Characters: Edouard and Farid
POV: 3rd Person
Genre: Horror
Kisses: 5+






Blurb:

Do you want to live? In the darkness of a WWI battlefield, young Legionnaire Edouard Montreuil lies dying. As teeth nibble his flesh, a voice whispers, Do you want to live? Frightened and desperate, Edouard bargains his freedom for a second chance.

Aboard the Flèche, a grim submarine captained by the nightmare who granted Edouard new life, Edouard pays the price for his survival. Each night, he gives his body to his captain as the bells sound first watch. But surviving is not living, and as the days stretch into months beneath the waves, Edouard grows desperate for escape.

Can Edouard’s old comrade Farid Ruiz help him break this devil’s bargain, or will Ruiz fall to the same fate, trapped beneath the waves at the mercy of a monster whose hunger knows no bounds? Edouard and Ruiz served together once before, and slept together too, but courage and passion failed to save them from the eldritch beasts who roamed the night. This time, the cost of failure is nothing so clean or simple as death and the spoils of victory are not just life, but love.

Review:

Edouard is a soldier aboard a submarine who needs to be rescued from his fate in life. He is lonely, tired and ashamed with his lot in life. During WWI Edouard, on the brink of death, makes a deal with a monster to avoid dying. Now he wishes he was dead. He desperately writes to his old comrade and former lover for help.

Farid finally shows up to rescue his old friend. He will do whatever is necessary, even if it means joining the crew of the submarine, to save Edouard from the captain. After a failed assassination attempt Farid is taken captive by the 3rd mate it leaving Edouard to do the saving.

Edouard, armed with a name of an old colleague of Farid, plots to save his friend and destroy the captain, so both men can be release from their torture. His biggest concern now is how to get the crew off the submarine so he can attempt to save Farid and kill the captain at the same time.

First Watch is suspenseful and full of intrigue. The dark atmosphere of the story left me with a sense of dread, so much so, that I was uncertain if the character would be successful in escaping. To me these are the stories that capture and keep my attention the most. Way to go Peter, as this story was wonderful.

Reviewed By: Vonda

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