Saturday, April 12, 2014

Book Spotlight: The Pirate Witch by Damien Serbu









In THE PIRATE WITCH, a winter storm in 1692 blows Alexander MacBeth’s life onto a perilous path when his dying mother pleads for him to survive. Alexander must learn his powers of witchcraft while concealing them from those who want him dead, even as the noble and handsome Crispin Nottingham steals his heart. Forced to flee Massachusetts aboard a pirate ship, Alexander struggles to protect himself from an evil witch while falling in love with the pirate captain. When Crispin, on behalf of His Majesty’s Navy, hunts for their ship, Alexander again confronts a chaos of events and emotions that may very well undermine his mother’s last wish.






Interview
I’ve noticed of late a lot of interest by women in male/male love stories?  Have you?

Damian: I certainly know that a lot of my readers are women. I don’t know how new it is, though. I would think it’s more accurate to note that it gets more publicity and discussion these days. In a funny way, it’s like straight women are coming out of the closet about their love for gay romance!

  So what’s the fascination for women with gay romance?

Damian: I’ve wondered the same thing! (Laughing).  But on the surface, it makes sense. I mean, we’ve known for a long time that straight men like, shall we say,  lesbian stuff? So why not straight women getting turned on and lost in a story about a couple of guys  getting together?

  Like a voyeuristic kind of thing?

Damian: Partially. There’s a certain sex appeal that gay men and women like about two men loving each other. So getting lost in a romance about it appeals to them.

  Why not just get lost in straight romance, though, if they’re attracted to men? It’s not like they will ever experience the fantasy, right?

Damian: (Laughing again) Hard to say what they’ll ever experience! Or what it may inspire them to do! I’m not going to get into that. But we know that for a lot of women, hanging out with gay guys is more fun. It’s safer, in terms of not dealing with dudes drooling all over you for the night. You can party and dance and let loose without the restrictions or tensions.

  In other words, women gain a different sense of security from reading gay romance?

Damian: Yeah, certainly for some that’s it. Others, like I mentioned, just get turned on by it. It runs the gambit, really. The bigger story to me focuses on the fact this audience for gay romance has burgeoned of late. I really think it’s related to women asserting themselves more in the marketplace and society in general. The more women feel liberated to express themselves, to resist conforming to gendered expectations, the more they revel in different forms of entertainment and seek the things that really appeal to them. In this case, it’s gay romance.

  It’s different with two guys dating, isn’t it, in terms of the power dynamic?

Damian: Exactly. Two men certainly deal with other crap, like the closet and homophobia and the like. But it strips away the whole tension of dominance and expectations that society has built up around men and women dating. The more we bust those apart, the more freedom everyone has in their relationships and in their choices for escapism.  I think that’s also part of the appeal for women in reading gay romance; not just the sex, but the escape from proscribed boundaries and expectations.

  Whoa! That went a little academic on me!

Damian: Must be the formal training I had. Sorry! Let’s leave it at this: there’s nothing hotter than two guys getting their groove on. The build up and tension of a gay romance is so totally hot, why wouldn’t it appeal to women? Like one of my best friends says, she thinks the hottest thing is to fantasize about a couple of penises!

  And your latest novel, The Pirate Witch, will fulfill this longing for us?

Damian: You bet!  Get this: a gay love triangle, and the setting of a pirate ship in the tropics.  What could be more romantic?

  
 A little about the author

Damian Serbu lives in Chicagoland with his partner and dogs, Akasha and Chewbacca. The dogs control his life, tell him what to write, and threaten to eat him in the middle of the night if he disobeys. He is author of The Vampire’s Angel Series (The Vampire’s Angel, The Vampire’s Quest, and The Vampire’s Witch), as well as Dark Sorcerer Threatening, The Pirate Witch, and Secrets in the Attic. Keep up to date with him on Facebook, Twitter, or at www.DamianSerbu.com.



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Friday, April 11, 2014

Alpha Male Blog Hop

I'm so excited to bring you an all new Hop!  This is my first blog hop of the year, and of course I am late in posting it.  But I'm sure the prizes will be worth the
wait.  You can visit the other blogs participating (link down below) and have a chance to win multiple books for that TBR pile of yours.
All of you guys have a chance to enter two giveaways for this hop.  One general giveaway sponsored by the host of this hop Herding Cats & Burning Soup and the other by the participating blog (in this case, muah).  Isn't this so exciting!  I can hardly wait to possibly win oodles of books!  So without further ado...let's go!!

 

 




Young interior designer Ava O’Shea has an appointment for a first consultation at The Manor with the owner, Mr Jesse Ward. She is expecting nothing more than an overweight, cravat wearing, well-to-do countryman, and on arrival, nothing would suggest otherwise. How wrong could she be? This Man is devastatingly handsome, charming and confident. He is also a conceited, hedonistic playboy, who knows no boundaries. Ava desperately does not want to be attracted to him, but she can’t control the overwhelming affect he has on her. Every instinct is telling her to run, so she does, but Jesse Ward is not so willing to let her go. He wants her and is determined to have her. She knows she is heading for heartbreak, but how can she run when he won’t let her?





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Book Spotlight: Getting By by Claudia Y. Burgoa

Getting By

Claudia Y. Burgoa

Literally Alpaca LLC.

Feb. 17, 2014


When Emma Anderson arrived at San Francisco International Airport, she regretted accepting the distinction of being the maid of honor to Gaby’s—her childhood friend—wedding. It had been years since the last time she set foot in Menlo Park, where her parents had been killed. The rug where she had been shoving her feelings since that day looked bumpier than a camel’s hump. Who could blame her; if she hadn’t been selfish they’d still be around. Ever since that fateful day, Emma has been perfecting the knack of Getting By.



Cade’s wedding in Menlo Park—a city close to San Francisco—might be the perfect place for Jake Knight to shake the memories of his ex, Emma Anderson for good. Single, available women galore for an entire week was the perfect medication, one he intended to take three times a day for an entire week to return to his player days. It was a plan the former spy thought flawless until he came face to face with the maid of honor. Jake’s perfect retreat turns into a flight, fight or hide week of celebrations.









           Excerpt


            “You sure about being here?” She nodded, answering my question. Then I slipped one of the migraine pills in her hand and opened a bottle of water. I noticed that Mom and Dad had walked over to Gaby, who waited for them on the corner of the street. After gulping her medicine and water, she handed the bottle over to me. “Text me if you need me to pick you up earlier, Pretty Girl.” She nodded again and I kissed her temples. “Liam, can you walk her to the shop, please?”

Mitch couldn’t hold his tongue any longer, and spoke up, saying, “What was that about?” I glared at him. “Mom being too quiet is scary, right? You want to throw her at her own game? Am I next to be extremely nice with Emma, as if she was my girl?” I grinned, he got me. “Pointers for it to work. Try to change your concerned look, stop drooling and perhaps Mom might believe you.” I narrowed my eyes. “Yeah, it was that obvious since we hit the hotel restaurant at eight this morning, Jay. You were too couple-like. Let’s run you through the breakfast highlights.

“You spotted the girl and ran to her whispering in her ear, giving her a stupid smile I’ve never seen you wear before.” I smirked, remembering the fork, and snorted. Ignoring me, he continued, “At breakfast you two were sitting too close for comfort. Not even Mom and Dad were that close. The best part wasn’t the medicine errand you ran for her. No.” No? I put a hand on the back of my neck and continued listening to the play by play that made me look like a moron in love. “The freaky part, where everyone dropped their jaw at the table, was when Emma reached toward your plate and grabbed strips of your bacon.” I shrugged, what was wrong with it? “Not once, but several times. No one is allowed to touch your food, Jake. Ever since we were little, you hated it. Yet, Emma touched your food, and while she was doing it, you were a millimeter from kissing her. You two are too comfortable with each other, and the daunting part, Jake, is that the two of you fit so well that you don’t realize how wrong everything looked for the ones that don’t know about your relationship.”

“Or for the ones that know you two broke up,” Liam added. I didn’t notice when he came back. “The parental units are suspicious, Jake. Come clean and put some space between you and Emma before Mom chooses the wedding location and makes Dad buy the two of you a house next door to theirs.”
“Did you have to deal with the TMI all the time, Li?” Mitch shivered after Liam nodded with a blank stare. “I never checked to see if the girl I slept with used the pill or not. Add to that the hot factor that she carries condoms in her magic bag.”

“It’s different when you’re with a girl for more than one n—” I rubbed the back of my neck. “Can we not talk about my girl?” I gulped after uttering the last two words and began to think about some form of rehabilitation to move on.

About the Author

 


Claudia lives in Colorado with her family and three dogs. While managing life, she works as a CFO at a small IT Company. She’s a dreamer who enjoys music, laughter and a good story. Claudia writes romance, sci-fi, and fantasy. She has published two novels: Where Life Takes You and Getting By. Claudia is currently working on Standing By, the second book in the Knight series. For 2014, Claudia plans to released three, perhaps four novels.


















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