Enter to Win a copy of Morvea by Jennifer Wright!

Hello Friends!

It’s contest time again! The amazing Jennifer Wright is graciously giving a copy of her latest book, Morvea, to one of our readers! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below along with your email address and you’ll be automatically entered. If you’re a fan of paranormal romance, this is definitely a series (book) to check out.

Here is more about Morvea:

Keddrick has denied claiming his mate for four years, separating them by worlds just to keep the man he loves safe…from him. Can he resist temptation when his love lands on his doorstep in need of help?

Eli has lusted after Keddrick from the moment the vampire stepped through the portal and into Earth. He had desperately wanted to go with Keddrick when the man returned to Pavarus, but it wasn’t allowed—not to mention Eli was under the impression that Keddrick was straight. Four years later his wish has come true, but not in the way he wanted. Barely escaping death by the hands of Wayland, head of the human council on Earth, Eli flees to Pavarus in search of help. The line of events that get him there release a hidden secret deep inside of him he never knew existed, and would soon change his life forever.

Keddrick’s restraint towards Eli is being seriously tested, and every day Eli stays with him at the coven, the harder it gets. He wants to keep his distance, but at the same time he wants to do everything he can to please Eli. Yet as time goes on, he feels his resolve slowly crumble, his love for the man too strong to ignore. When Keddrick finds out about Wayland’s threat on his and Eli’s life, he is determined to stop the madman anyway he can, even if that means going against Eli’s pleas for him not to.

Through blood and tears, years of love and moments of betrayal, can these two men find their way through the hardships and into a life of happiness in each other’s arms?

The Contest will run until Thursday afternoon. Good Luck!

*Hugs*

Gabbi

Please Welcome Jennifer Wright!!

Hello Jennifer Wright! We’re thrilled you’re here!

Thank you for taking some down time and spending it with us. Let’s start this off with a beverage. We have coffee, tea, some sort of juice (I think it’s been in here a few weeks) and soda. What would you like?

Well, I don’t really like hot drinks and I’m questioning your juice, so I think I’ll go with the soda, please. 🙂

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Well, I won’t bore you with the back info – I was born and raised in Arizona, blah, blah, blah. Instead, I’ll say I currently live in one of the coldest damn states in the US, good ol’ Wisconsin (yes, I do live here by choice). I’m here in the burbs with my almost-fiancé (shopping for the bling as we speak), where I do nothing but read, write, occasionally watch a little of the boob-tube, and, oh yeah, the wonderful day job. 😛 I wish I could say I travel, go hiking, and all that other fun stuff, but I don’t. My personality makes up for my lack of a social life – a curse, I know, but I’m working on it.

When you received news that your manuscript had been accepted what were the first words that fell from your mouth?

Well, for my very first manuscript it was – OH. MY. GOD! (repeated several times). Now, I just smile, get a giddy feeling, and throw my hands in the air and say “Woohoo!”
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What forces brought you over to the MM Genre and what made you want to write it?

It was a series by JR Ward that got me searching out for a MM read, but it was JL Langley’s books that really did it for me. I started out writing MF, but the more I read MM the more I noticed my MF writing was lacking. So, one day I decided to take a leap and write what I love.
I think I’ve mentioned this before, but most people don’t know that my first book published, Pavarus, actually started out as MF. It was a pain in the a** making the change, but I was so happy I did. Elena is much better as Wesley ;), and once I changed it, the story just flowed so much better from there on out.


Would you care for some cookies? We have chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal with or without raisins and a package of mystery ones. We have cake too. Your choice.

I’m a total oatmeal-molasses with raisins kind of girl.

How many hours a day do you spending writing?

Hours a day? Ha! I wish! Any day I work (usually 4-5 days a week) the chances of getting writing done is slim. I’d probably say I get about anywhere from 5-12 hours a week to write. Sucks, I know. 😦

Do you write right through or do you revise as you go along?

I revise as I go. I go back to read and re-read so much, I just can’t help myself. I have to have it as perfect as I can the first time. But I always do a final edit before submitting my work – usually consists of more changes, though, lol!

When it comes to plotting, do you write freely or plan everything in advance?

Main events in the story come very quickly to me, so I have basically the whole main points of the story in my head, but a lot of the writing freely happens to fill in the in-between parts.
If that makes any sense at all. :
P

Of your characters do you have a favorite and why?

Oh, it has to be Zane – the bad boy hard-ass with an attitude problem. Yum! Too bad he’s gay, because I would soooo find a way to make him real and I’d be all over that in a heartbeat!

Writers often go on about writer’s block. Do you ever suffer from it, and what measures do you take to get past it?

Yes! Gawd yes! Writers block basically has a permanent vacation home residing in my head and likes to visit quit frequently for long stays at a time. I’m ready to condemn that place then burn it to the ground. I hate writers block.
And, unfortunately, I have yet to find a way to get past it. It just kind of goes away when it wants to, and then my fingers are flying over the keyboard once again.

Do you have a particular spot in your house that you call your comfy zone? (The place where you write.)

Yes, my office. Big desk, big comfy chair, and absolute silence.

When you’re in the mindset to write, do you put a sign up that warns others not to disturb you while at work?

No, because he already knows better. And even though my office and the living room are at opposite ends of the house, he even keeps the TV volume lower so as not to disturb me. 😉
But I usually try to get any writing done when I’m home alone, though.

How would you describe your sense of humor? Who and what makes you laugh?

I have an eclectic sense of humor. It can be corny, dirty, flat out fun, and totally dry. Making myself laugh is all I really care about, though.
But the one person that makes me laugh the most would have to be my man. Just looking at him gets me cracking up, lol! Just kidding! He seriously is funny, though. He gets me to laugh at least once a day. 😀

What is the most frequently asked Jen question?

That would have to be, “Why gay romance?”
Uh, because I like it, and that’s enough for me! If you don’t like it, then don’t read my books – simple.


What are you working on now?

Athis Dey: Finding Home series book 4. I’m determined to have this, and the 5th book, done by the end of the year.

Writing is obviously not just how you make your living, but your life-style as well. What do you do to keep the creative “spark” alive – both in your work and out of it?

Uhh…take showers. Yeah, that’s a hard question to answer, because I don’t really do anything to keep the creative spark alive. Like I said before, I live a kind of simple (borderline boring) life. I get my best ideas when I take a shower, long car rides with music, and just anything around me that sparks my interest.

What kind of books do you like to read outside of the MM Genre?

Pretty much any het romance. I do prefer for it to have some sort of angst to it, though. I’m not really into reading non-fiction.

Pick one: Scientist, Astronaut, Retail, or Horse Trainer-

Oh, definitely the horse trainer. I’ll take me a rustic cowboy any day.

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

Reading, watching movies, and spending time with my man and family.

Any special projects coming out soon we should watch for?

Airos: Finding Home series book 3. It comes out at Total-E-Bound on October 18th, 2013 at a 10% discount, then it is released everywhere else (Amazon, ARe, Barnes & Noble, etc) November 15th.

Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?

You can find me on my blog: http://authorjenwright.wordpress.com/
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJenniferWright
And Twitter: https://twitter.com/_JenWright

It was a pleasure having you here with us today. Please come by and let us know how you’re doing from time to time. OH! And before you leave, can I get your help here in the kitchen? Thanks!!

If it’s for dinner and you want it undercooked or burnt, I’d be happy to help.
If it’s for baking, well then hand me an apron and measuring cup and watch me soar!

Finding Home, Book 2: Morvea by Jennifer Wright


Title: Finding Home, Book 2: Morvea
Author: Jennifer Wright
Publisher: Total E-Bound
Pages: 233
Characters: Eli, Keddrick
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Paranormal, Vampire
Kisses: 5




Blurb:

Book Two in the Finding Home series.

Keddrick has denied claiming his mate for four years, separating them by worlds just to keep the man he loves safe…from him. Can he resist temptation when his love lands on his doorstep in need of help?

Eli has lusted after Keddrick from the moment the vampire stepped through the portal and into Earth. He had desperately wanted to go with Keddrick when the man returned to Pavarus, but it wasn’t allowed—not to mention Eli was under the impression that Keddrick was straight. Four years later his wish has come true, but not in the way he wanted. Barely escaping death by the hands of Wayland, head of the human council on Earth, Eli flees to Pavarus in search of help. The line of events that get him there release a hidden secret deep inside of him he never knew existed, and would soon change his life forever.

Keddrick’s restraint towards Eli is being seriously tested, and every day Eli stays with him at the coven, the harder it gets. He wants to keep his distance, but at the same time he wants to do everything he can to please Eli. Yet as time goes on, he feels his resolve slowly crumble, his love for the man too strong to ignore. When Keddrick finds out about Wayland’s threat on his and Eli’s life, he is determined to stop the madman anyway he can, even if that means going against Eli’s pleas for him not to.

Through blood and tears, years of love and moments of betrayal, can these two men find their way through the hardships and into a life of happiness in each other’s arms?

Review:

Morvea is the second book in the Finding Home series and the sequel is just as good as the first book, Pavarus. Between the fast-paced action and strong romantic undertones, Morvea is definitely not a book to be missed!

The blurb does an excellent job at describing the story, so I won’t rehash it. Instead, I thought I’d discuss why I really loved this book and why I recommend it.

The story itself flows smoothly and continues to do so throughout the novel. I loved the world building Ms. Wright creates and found myself quickly drawn into the characters’ plights. There is plenty of action, suspense and surprise elements that kept this reader guessing as well as becoming enthralled with the story itself and I found myself reading the entire book without stopping from start to finish.

Both Eli and Keddrick are well-written, likeable and sympathetic characters. It was easy to see why these two men worked so well together. Even though they have some communication issues (who doesn’t?) the bond between them is a very strong one. I also liked how not only did they love each other, they liked each other too. There is a kinship between them that really resonated off of the written page and into my imagination that I really appreciated as a reader. I admit, there were times I wanted to shake some sense into Keddrick for dying the mating bond between them, but I also understood his fears and why he delayed it for so long.

I also loved the secondary characters in this book. The first couple in the series, Wesley and Remus, plays a big part in this book and I enjoyed seeing where their relationship has progressed. Also, there is another secondary couple, Zane and Larken, that I HOPE will have their book next. (Hopefully, Zane will wake up and realize his feelings for Larken…come on Zane…get with the program already!) All in all between the well-thought out storyline and unique and interesting characters, this comes across as a fresh read for me. It’s not your typical paranormal story (series) because it has a lot of depth and creativity of the story itself that really kept this reader anxious to see what was going to happen next!

Although, you could probably read this book as a stand-alone, I do NOT recommend doing this. To fully understand the dynamics between the characters as well as the backstory of Pavarus and the plight these characters go through, it is best to read the books in series order.

I hope Ms. Wright takes me out of my misery soon and hurries up with the sequel to this book. It’s definitely not a series to be missed and die hard paranormal/vampire fans will surely love this book as much as I did.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Ropes and Dreams by Bailey Bradford


Title: Ropes and Dreams
Author: Bailey Bradford
Publisher: Total-e-Bound
Pages: 147
Characters: Drake Cuttington, Ian McCain
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Cowboys/Western, Erotic Romance
Kisses: 5


Blurb:

Ian McCain’s always been one cold, hard man, but a sexy little cook is about to melt his heart.

Drake loves his job as a cook at the Mossy Glenn Ranch. He just wishes he wasn’t scared out of his mind. His ex has him convinced he’s never going to be loved again, so he vows to remain alone.

Officer Ian McCain doesn’t play well with others—unless he’s got a whip or paddle in his hand and a sub at his feet. Control is all he’s had for years now, and he doesn’t think he’s capable of having a relationship.

Then he pulls up at the Mossy Glenn and sees a sexy man with a cute puppy on a leash. From that moment on, Drake might as well have Ian on a leash too, or at least his heart. Ian breaks down Drake’s walls almost as fast as Drake destroys his.

But their chance for a happy life together is something they’re both going to have to fight for as Drake faces his fears and Ian faces losing everything.

Review:

Though part of the Mossy Glenn Ranch series, this book works fine as a standalone. This story also has quite a bit of BDSM in it. But it all serves a purpose.

Drake was abused by his ex, and the dick probably gave him HIV too. Ian, on the other hand, was abused by his family, by a non-caring mother, a violent stepfather and stepbrother. Both have managed to distance themselves from their abusers but not completely: Rigo, Drake’s ex, and Norman, Ian’s stepbrother, still continue to harass them from a distance.

Despite their similar paths, however, the men have taken different turns in life. Ian has found strength from being a cop and a Dom. Drake is hiding away from men altogether at the Mossy Glenn Ranch as the celibate cook who dreams of being a submissive. When the two meet, the attraction is immediate. But Drake doesn’t trust himself and he fears that being HIV positive means he can’t ever love or have sex again. Because of Ian’s gruffness and apparent coldness—just an appearance of his nature, not his true self—they don’t seem to get off to a good start. Drake doesn’t want to see the signs of attraction and Ian doesn’t come off verbally very well.

But a few good meals, and both men are hungry for each other. Drake doesn’t understand what he wants, the pain, only that the kind of pain he got from Rigo was all wrong. But Ian is patient, loving, and absolutely committed to Drake. He may come on strong and silent but he speaks to Drake’s heart. And best of all, Ian accepts Drake for who he is, even if that means gloving up every which way to have safe sex.

I loved these two men. Drake with his insecurities and fears, struggling to move pass them. Ian with his strong sense of self, offering tenderness and comfort to another man simply because the man seems to need it. Once they get going, there’s a lot of safe sex with heavy-handed BDSM overtones. In fact, though not depicting a D/s 24/7 lifestyle, this is more BDSM than not. There are sex toys, restraints, and a whole lot of spanking. Yet, despite the rough sex, these two men are absolutely adorable with their soft teddy bears and huggable puppies. Just darling.

The writing is solid and the general atmosphere erotic. I liked how lively Drake’s friends at the ranch were, and I suspect their individual story is quite hot too. And in this story, I was laughing all the way through Drake’s little twerking session. Ian’s partner, Frank, is a wonderful guy as well, a straight man who is confident enough not to freak out over his gay colleague. And the way he handles the situation after Ian gets shot is exemplary. More men should follow his lead.

So, all in all, if you like some slap with your tickle, this is definitely for you.

Recommended.

Reviewed By: Susan

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Alrik by Carol Lynne


Title: Alrik
Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher:Total E-Bound
Pages: 69
Characters: Alrik, Ben
Pov: 3rd
Sub-Genre: M/M Shifter
Kisses: 4.5


Blurb:

Dr. Ben Cook has devoted his life to saving the Mexican grey wolf population fom extinction. A year after being shot while looking for a large pack of Mexican greys, he’s determined to try again. When Ben’s sister hires one of the C-7’s shifters to protect him on his mission, he feels an immediate and undeniable attraction to the huge blonde protector.

Alrik’s body yearns for his client on sight, but for a shifter who prefers sex without sentiment, Ben presents a problem. Centuries earlier Alrik learned that love was a worthless emotion that only served to trap those stupid enough to fall.

Alrik is determined to keep keep sex with Ben simple, but when wolves, shifters and bullets enter their world, all bets are off.

Review:

This first book in Carol Lynne’s new shifter series is wonderful! Alrik and Ben together is so amazingly hot. It is so obvious that Alrik has fallen hard for Ben and is pretty funny how he continues to deny it.

The characters introduced in this first book has wetted my appetite for the books to come.
My only criticism for this book is that it is way too short and would have loved some more details on Alrik’s past. I recommend this book and really look forward to the ones to come.

Reviewed by: Cheryl

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Revenge by Bailey Bradford


Title: Southwestern Shifters, Book 8: Revenge
Author: Bailey Bradford
Publisher: Total E-Bound
Pages: 150
Characters: Ryder, Maarten
Pov: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Shifters, Series
Kisses: 5

Blurb:

There isn’t a safe place in the world when someone wants you dead more than they want to live.

Ryder Johansen is trying to figure out the shifter world. He was turned without his consent, another bad thing in a life filled with shitty choices. Now he’s learning that he doesn’t have to be an untrustworthy jerk. He can be more than the sum of his past.

Maarten Visser is at a loss with his life. His pack abandoned him—him! Their alpha!—once his brother Luuk was back in power. Maybe a trip to visit the North America Alpha Anax will give him some perspective. Or maybe it’ll kill him.

Marcus and Nathan are getting their pack past the attack that destroyed their other compound. They’ve got everyone settled in a new, secure
place. Except it’s not as secure as they thought, and someone is out to destroy them and hurt Marcus as much as possible along the way.

Review:

If you have not been following the Southwestern Shifters series you are missing out! Ryder and Maarteen are an excellent addition to this series, the sex between them is so hot but their own insecurities and how they compliment each other where one is weak the other is strong and vise versa, I know they became one of my favorite couples and I am sure they will be one of your also.

North America Alpha Anax Marcus and his mate Nathan have a big part of this story. There is a unknown threat to his pack, pack members and guards are being killed, they believe they have identified the threat and they are deadly mistaken.

Marcus is going to have to rely not only on his mate but he needs to be able to rely on Ryder who feels he’s not ready to step up to this challenge. Marcus believes in Ryder and is trying to make him ready to be Alpha Anax of South America.

The sex is still off the charts hot between Marcus and Nathan! In fact, it maybe hotter than ever! It was so good to revisit these two men and I loved every minute of it!!

This is one fan who can’t wait for the next book in this series!!

Reviewed by: Cheryl

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Freshman: Uncut by Daisy Harris


Title: Ivory Towers, Book 1: Freshman: Uncut
Author: Daisy Harris
Publisher: Total-E Bound
Pages: 77
Characters: Angel Cruz, Shane
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series
Kisses: 4.25


Blurb:

Book One in the Ivory Towers series.

Sparks fly between jaded film TA, Shane, and tough-acting freshman, Angel. Shane gives Angel the sex he craves, but struggles to be the man he needs.

Shane’s too old for Angel. Even if Angel weren’t a freshman in Shane’s Intro to Film class, the kid would be too closeted, too confused, too darn changeable and needy. But when Shane sees the pain lurking behind Angel’s tough exterior, he can’t help but reach out to him and give in to the desire in those scared, brown eyes.

Pacific Rim University may as well be another planet from the Oakland neighbourhood where Angel grew up. Angel’s fought all his life to get respect, and to stay hard in the eyes of his friends back home. Always the weird kid, Angel was the guy who never hooked up with girls. Meeting his very sexy, very male Film TA, Angel starts to understand why. He refuses to admit he’s gay, but he lives for every one of Shane’s smiles.

When Shane takes Angel to task for his insolent attitude, Angel can’t resist pushing his TA further. He wants Shane to show him, force him, make him accept all the feelings battling around in his mind and his body. But Angel doesn’t just need sex. He needs a man who can help him navigate the new and very raw landscape of his feelings.

Review:

I’ve read several books by Daisy Harris and I’ve liked every one of them. Her series, Men of Holsum College, is one of my favorites. She has a knack of writing college students quite well and her heroes are always interesting, unique men.

After I read this book, I checked out her website and noticed that this will be a four book series. I’m glad because in this first installment, we are really just getting to know the main characters Angel and Shane. The book also ends with a HFN ending because their relationship IS so new and they have a lot of growing they need to do both as individuals, as well as together.

Both heroes are likeable, interesting men. Shane is a TA who immediately becomes captivated with Angel, a new freshman in class. Shane is a more lighthearted character, but he also has a very serious side to him. He’s conflicted because Angel is six years his junior and although Angel puts out the ‘tough guy’ vibe, Shane immediately sees through his façade and sees Angel for the innocent, vulnerable man he is inside.

Because Angel isn’t one to talk about his feelings or much less act on them, Shane makes mistakes when it comes to pursuing Angel. Angel can be gruff, moody and unpredictable, so he keeps Shane on his toes throughout the book. What I liked about this was how fascinated both Angel and Shane are of each other (despite themselves) and how both men are willing to look past the side they show others and see who they really are on the inside.

Although the story is told in 3rd person, Angel was still a mystery to me. He comes from a poor home and he’s obviously starved for love and attention. He’s had to put up this tough guy façade to keep others from bullying him and because of it, I think he’s conflicted about who he really is. I really liked him, but he’s a quiet one. He jumps to conclusions and it’s very apparent that he’s just 18 because he is a little immature at times. I’m anxious to see his character grow and flourish as the series progresses. I’m also anxious to see these two men really start to communicate with each other. It will be interesting to watch Shane and Angel’s relationship grow stronger and hopefully they’ll find a way to work through their issues to be together.

Fans of Ms. Harris will really enjoy this book as much as I did. I’m definitely looking forward to the next installment to the series.
Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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