Shifting Gears book tour

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Shifting Gears release date today and book tour on 12/23 courtesy of Pride Promotions

Parker Williams
The Hat Party
Molly Lolly
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews
My Fiction Nook
Bayou Book Junkie
Elisa – My Reviews and Ramblings
BFD Book Blog
MM Good Book Reviews
Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
Crystal’s Many Reviewers
Carly’s Book Reviews
Velvet Panic
Queer Town Abbey
The Fuzzy, Fluffy World of Chris T. Kat
Dawn’s Reading Nook
Fallen Angel Reviews
Andrew Q. Gordon

Shifting Weight Book Tour

My new book is out on the virtual shelves and I’d like to share it with you. I’m doing a giveaway but you can also find it at Amazon or eXtasy for $1.99.

Here are all the blogs I’ll be on for the next couple of months:

17-Nov Decadent Delights
24-Nov Parker Williams
1-Dec MM Good Book Reviews
1-Dec Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
8-Dec Carly’s Book Reviews
8-Dec Molly Lolly
15-Dec Prism Book Alliance
15-Dec Amanda C. Stone
22-Dec Multitasking Mommas
22-Dec Kimi-Chan
22-Dec Hearts on Fire
29-Dec Cate Ashwood
5-Jan Dawn’s Reading Nook
5-Jan BFD Book Blog
12-Jan Book Reviews, Rants, and Raves
12-Jan Love Bytes
19-Jan Inked Rainbow Reads
19-Jan My Fiction Nook
26-Jan Crystal’s Many Reviewers
2-Feb Elisa – My Reviews and Ramblings

Freedom Hop

Romance BeckonsLive. Love. Read.

ROMANCE BECKONS

As a book lover, don’t take for granted your freedom to read. In this era of technology, books are at our fingertips and reading is something we make time for. eBook, audiobooks, and good old-fashioned paperbacks give readers of all types the opportunity to enjoy reading.

As a celebration of our freedom to choose the books that make us happy without apology, I’d like to offer a giveaway of my eBook to those who participate and comment below. A winner will be selected by random.org and posted on Monday July 9th to allow everyone a chance, or you can pick up your own copy of Athan’s Kiss. Enjoy the blog hop and end every day with a kiss.

CHECK OUT ALL THESE GREAT AUTHORS for books you might enjoy! Enjoy the blog hop and end every day with a kiss.

Several years ago, a friend of mine walked up to my wall of books in my library and perused the titles. At the time, I had yet to enter the world of romance literature and, still, it was one of the most personal experiences I had ever had whilst completely dressed.

Once the doors of romance were open to me, I purchased a book cover. It was black, non-descript, with a red and silver dragon bookmark. It offered me privacy, I lied to myself, to read my book without anyone asking about what I was reading. This was a disservice to myself, embarrassed with my choice of literature, and my favorite authors, who weren’t allowed the opportunity to have free advertising.

My taste in literature has changed over time. Though I’m still a fan-girl of Hawthorne, Shakespeare, and Chaucer, it’s okay for me to admit my love of LA Witt, Kade Boehme, and Cardeno C as well.

The world of M/M romance is not something I need to hide: as a reader nor as an author. I am proud to have the freedom to choose books that make me happy, offer me a fantasy outside of my business-centered world, and give me the happy ever after that I work so hard for. Every tear and heartbreak within each story gives me the satisfaction that, in the end, it will all be worth the pain and struggle that each main character suffers.

I love to write in the paranormal genre. Perhaps I watched too many scary movies growing up or maybe I watch too much Buffy and Supernatural as an adult. Whatever the case, vampires have been an obsession of mine and Athan was the perfect embodiment of such a creature. In my next novel, Shifting Weight, I explored werewolves and a future world where they are trying to mainstream alongside humans. I’m contemplating a world of mummies in the future. Maybe we can bring sexy back like Arnold Vosloo did so well.

Our personal libraries say a lot about who we are. They are maps of our journey through life, a representation of who we were when a particular book opened its page and thrust us into a world of imagination, and our next book is a marker of the future and what could be. A book is never the same twice because we are not the same person once the last word is read on the last page. We’re forever changed.

Update (7/7): I hadn’t realized until now that I have the date wrong above. Since this is absolutely my error, I will continue until the 9th for comments before I select a winner. Good luck and happy reading!

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

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Today, May 17th, is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and many of your favorite M/M authors will be celebrating by sharing awareness and words of support and love at the Hop Against Homophobia And Transphobia blogspot. This day was created to coordinate efforts to aid in the awareness of LGBT rights and events worldwide. To participate in today’s event, I’d like to share how I started my passion.

I’m a reader, a voracious reader that can sometimes devour several books in a week. My love for reading started when I was a child but it didn’t become my passion until high school when I was introduced to a book that would change my view of the world: The Scarlet Letter. It was in the pages of this novel that I learned about ostracism, the world was no longer a safe place for everyone, and it. Blew. My. Mind.

Other classics followed this one and occasionally, I read classics to ‘cleanse my pallet’, even earning a minor in Literature to learn more. I didn’t read my first romance until about ten years ago and even more doors opened for me. Prior to that book, I would poke fun of women (I didn’t know men were reading them, too!) who would read this type of literature. I didn’t understand the need for fantasization or a happy ending.

Then, my boss handed me a copy of a M/M romance novel that she had purchased on accident. She said that it was something that I would enjoy…and truer words were never spoken. I consumed that book and read it several times. Then, I read everything else ever written by the same author, followed by a never ending stream of M/M romance novels. I could never get enough. I still can’t!

During this time, I had started my own novel and was in a rut. A writer’s block that was painful because I didn’t like my main character. In an epiphany, I changed my character from a female to a male and the writing flowed like a raging river. Dialogue flowed, the plot blossomed, and I fell in love with my men. I found out later that writing is the easiest part about creating a novel.

It’s important to me that I write in this genre. I have a political family and we’re involved in LGBTQ rights and activities because we want to and not because we have to. (Okay, we have to because equal social rights is fundamental.) It tears my heart when I hear of families ripped apart because of differences and here’s why those happy endings are so special to me. There’s enough hate and anger in the world and our children, friends, families…should never be pushed away because of fear.

I’d like to offer a giveaway of my eBook to those who participate and comment below. A winner will be selected by random.org on the 28th to allow everyone a chance or you can pick up your own copy of Athan’s Kiss. Just return back on the 28th to see if you’ve won. Enjoy the blog hop and end every day with a kiss.

Update (5/28): Ray has been randomly selected as the winner to receive my ebook Athan’s Kiss for participation in the HAHAT blog hop. Thanks to everyone for hopping for awareness and I hope to see you again. Much love!

The Hat Party Interview

The Hat Party Interview

Every interview is different. Some of them are strictly about the book, easy to answer. Some of the questions are fun and have nothing to do with the book and those are interesting since I need a moment to think about how to answer.

The Hat Party interview was by far the most creative and took me the longest to return. It was like answering an exam about myself. About me? They’re all hard questions to answer and I don’t think I’m the same person I was even a year ago. Many things influence my view on the world: politics, entertainment, and the M/M book I’ve read this week can all affect me. (Which, by the way, The Backup Boyfriend by River Jaymes had me in tears more than once and Hat Trick by Jeff Adams was better with every turn of the page.)

With each interview, I learn something new about myself. Most are good things and some make me stop and say, huh, that’s really cool, I’ve never thought of it before.

Interview with Jackson Baer

My first interview as an author and I think it was more fun than nerve racking. Besides, writing about myself is easy. A pop quiz about what I like? Piece of cake. The hardest part was the free form question about me in general at the end and meeting the deadline to hand it in.

Jackson had some really fun questions to loosen me up and then hit with two difficult ones: what world leader would I want to meet and what one wish would I have. Those were noggin scratchers for sure.

Meet the Author: Tina Blenke

Athan’s Kiss – book excerpt

 

Most of the night was spent talking. Athan was not a talkative person but Evander more than made up for it. Evander locked up Divine Readings and the two of them walked to Evander’s apartment with Evander reciting stories the entire time. He could find all manner of topics to talk about and most of them where centered on ancient folklore and mythologies. He was in the middle of such a tale about Persephone when Athan stopped him.
“The sun will be up soon,” Athan said.
“Yes, I guess it will. There is nothing here and it’s only a matter of time before she comes after me again. I wish I knew what it was that she wanted and why she is after me, of all people. You know that night that I met her, when she was alive of course, she thought that I was the suspicious one that could have been after all of those kids. But she must know by now that it isn’t me. She was the one who killed Brandon,” Evander paused. “Why would she do that? Why would she kill someone who was one of her own?”
“Evander?”
“It just doesn’t make any sense. He was just as alone in the world as she was, and she still went after him.”
“Evander? Is it me?”
“You would have thought she would have gone after someone else instead of Brandon. But, then no one would go looking for him would they? He was alone. No one would miss him.”
“Evander? What about me?”
“But that’s just it isn’t it? There has to be more than one killer. It’s not only Diane. Someone was killing these runaways before Diane was ever killed and became a vampire. There was the one who turned her, wasn’t there? We are looking for another one aren’t we?”
“Evander!”
“What, Athan?” Evander turned to him in mid thought, annoyed at the intrusion since he realized that he was obviously onto something here.
“Maybe it’s me.”
“What? Don’t be absurd. You were…wait. What?”
“Maybe it’s me,” Athan repeated. “Evander, I can’t stay here much longer. The sun is beginning to rise.”
“What?” Then it hit him. Dawn. He had never seen Athan during the day.
“It’s true.”
“How is that possible?”
“I don’t know. There is a lot I don’t know. I remember waking up this way several months ago and I don’t know anything of my life before this and I’m afraid. I don’t want to hurt anyone.”
“Was it you?”
“I don’t know. It makes me sick to even think about it.”
It wasn’t until now that Evander noticed that Athan had been pacing again.
“Stay with me.” Evander’s words came before he thought about them. He had known people in his life that had been more evil than this man could ever be. He wasn’t threatened by Athan. Every moment he’d spent with him had brought him the safest memories of his entire life. This was what frightened him the most—not that he was listening to this unbelievable man revealing his dark secret, but that he was feeling something deep for this man.
“You said that you don’t know if it’s you or not. If you stay with me, I can watch over you and we can be sure that it isn’t you that is the cause of the murders.”
“I can’t do that. It would be too dangerous. For both of us.”
“Stay with me.”
“Evander, I care for you more than you can ever imagine. But if I am the cause, then I don’t want you anywhere near me. Diane is dangerous enough, but I can’t trust myself around you all of the time. Please don’t ask this of me.”
Athan had just shared his deepest darkest secret—that he was a vampire—and yet the thought of life without Athan frightened Evander much more. He should be afraid for his life, but yet he wanted Athan. He wanted nothing more than to lie in Athan’s arms and he couldn’t imagine Athan to be the monster that he was claiming to be.
“Athan?”
“Yes,” he answered quietly.
“When did it happen?”
“I don’t know.”
“Has it been the entire time I’ve known you?”
“Yes.”
“You have never once tried to harm me.”
“No, I haven’t, but it wasn’t without extreme care on my part. There are times when I can barely control myself, but to take another life would be against all that I know I am. I am an abomination and I don’t deserve whatever life that I have. I don’t know how it came to be, only that I exist the way you see me. I crave to take life. I have come close to ending the lives of others more times than I care to recount. But I’ll admit that I don’t know how long I can hold out or what my limitations are. I do know that when I am with you I feel stronger. The craving is lessened, though the pounding of your heart even now beckons to me. You make me feel alive, like the man I could have been rather than the killer I know I am. The potential to kill is still there, Evander, do not ever deny that part of me.”
“Can I ask how you eat?”
“Seriously, E? I’m a vampire. What is there to elaborate on? I drink blood.”
“Well, yeah, I know that…”
“You want to know the detailed mechanics of it? Do you want to know if I attack innocent babes in dark alleys and leave them drained of blood with silent screams on their lips?”
Evander stared at him with his mouth hanging open.
Athan smirked.
“You’re an ass.”
“Maybe. But I had you going for a while and the look on your face was worth it.”