Candy from Strangers by Joey Jameson – Guest Blog/Giveaway/Exceprt

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Giveaway Info:  Prize is 20 eBook copies of “Candy From Strangers” (1 each to 20 winners). Contest is tour-wide and open internationally. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.  Ends Jan 5.  Rafflecopter link is at the bottom.  Good luck!

Candy From Strangers: A Gay Erotic Thriller

by Joey Jameson

Published on November 1, 2012 by Chances Press, LLC

Erotic GLBT Thriller Romance

Heat Level: Sizzling

Length: 40,000 words

Available at:

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Candy-From-Strangers-Thriller-ebook/dp/B00A1TR7F6

 

B&N – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/candy-from-strangers-joey-jameson/1113739976

Blurb:

Dylan, a 20-something English lad who’s successful, charming and beautiful, thinks he has everything, until one day his world is turned upside down when hot new neighbor, Darien, moves in across the road. The two begin a steamy affair that leaves Dylan breathless and thinking he may have finally found Mr. Right. But as time passes, cracks start to show in Darien’s story forcing Dylan to question everything he thought he knew about this dark stranger.

Candy from Strangers is a lustful tale of romance, intrigue and mystery that poses the question of how well do we ever know the ones we let into our lives.

Excerpt:

This is one of those moments. You know the ones, that moment where you find yourself floating above your body staring down at yourself…thinking that there’s no way this could possibly be happening. There’s no way I could have allowed my life to take such a turn… There’s no way I could have fucked up so badly… This has got to be a dream…But no matter how many times I shake my head and grit my teeth, I don’t wake up from this apparent nightmare… The sound of muffled voices outside the padlocked door brings me back to where I am, and I shudder and peer around the small white room.

I look down at the blood underneath my finger nails, and I begin to shake all over. My eyes sting and the throbbing in my head is so loud I can’t focus on anything else. I put my hand up to my forehead instinctually, and then retract it to inspect the dried blood that’s caked itself to my head. All of a sudden a face flashes in my mind, almost like a jolt of electricity shooting through my brain; him…The one with the face of an angel…This is all because of him. I shake my head again trying to force the image of his face away, but it’s as if he’s standing right in front of me, taunting me with his gaze, his eyes burning a hole right through my skull.

A moan bubbles up from deep in my belly, but fizzles out before it reaches my mouth. I drop my head into my shackled hands and feel the familiar sting of tears from behind my eyes.

How did I get here? How did this happen to me?

Before I know it my thoughts are interrupted by the sound of a key cutting its way through the lock. The padlock is pulled back and the heavy door scrapes open. A man wearing a white coat and holding a clipboard walks in trepidatiously, accompanied by two other men. My breath hitches in my throat as the men walk slowly towards me, regarding me carefully as if they expect me to pounce on them like a hungry tiger. As they approach they begin to blur and fade around the edges. In their place, appears him again…his dark hair just as perfect as the day I met him. His eyes the same shade of green, welcoming and kind, yet mysterious. He holds out his hand and whispers something I can’t understand. The last thing I feel is an odd sense of comfort as everything goes black and I feel my body relax… But not before a puff of air from deep inside my lungs escapes from between my cracked lips, taking the shape of a word I hoped never to have to utter again…

Darien…

Guest Blog:

I think I had the title to “Candy from Strangers” in mind before I even wrote the first page. It was just how the idea built itself from the ground up; slowly developing and snow-balling from a mere hobby into an addiction that spiralled out of control and into the novel that you see before you. This is how I write. Ideas are like little seeds in my mind that when given the right amount of attention and nourishment, flourish into beautiful and complicated flowers that smell of my passion and aim to stun the reader into submission with their detail. Writing is power. And it’s this power that I crave.

This is my first novel. When writing “Candy”, I wanted to go straight for the jugular. I wanted to take my mother’s wise warning about ‘never talking to strangers’, and modify and exploit it for the people of my generation. I wanted to plant a little seed of doubt in the mind of other unsuspecting young men, such as myself; those innocently looking for companionship and love, and force them to think twice about who they invite into their beds. Do we every really truly know the men we meet when looking for love? Do we give trust away too easily? Do we open up our hearts as easily as we unbutton our trousers? And what happens when the ones we thought we knew, turn out to be someone else? Someone darker. Someone dangerous.

I wanted the relationship between Dylan and Darien to be relatable. I wanted the reader to be able to sympathise with both men and see sides of themselves in each of their personalities. Dylan and Darien are polar opposites. Day and night, Yin and Yang, and I created them using both the light and dark sides of myself. Dylan is sweet, caring and hopeful, while Darien is enigmatic, sexy and secretive. What starts out as the perfect relationship, quickly unravels when cracks begin to show in Darien’s story, leaving Dylan to question everything he thought he knew. It’s this idea of betrayal that we most fear when we give ourselves away. But sometimes even the most powerful passion, stems from something much darker.

I enjoyed exploring different themes in the book; attraction, desire, lust, sex, infatuation, paranoia, delusion. It is these themes that drive the book forward and capture the reader in their grip.

This is a story of obsession and lust that will hook you till the very last page, when the truth comes crashing down and shatters everything you thought was true. A cautionary tale for the 21st Century.

About the Author:

Joey Jameson is Canadian born and bred, but currently living in Brighton, UK. He can usually be found either on the beach walking his two gorgeous dogs, or sipping swanky cocktails in his local haunt. Ever the fan of all things decadent and naughty, “Candy From Strangers” is his first delve into erotic fiction, but watch out for more titillating and tantalizing stories from Joey in the very near future.

For an insight into his daily life, you can follow him on twitter @joeyjameson or contact him via email on misterjoeyjameson@gmail.com. You can also visit his facebook page http://www.facebook.com/joeyjamesonauthor for a sneak-peak of new work to come.

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Its here!!! Well…

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In honor of my debut releasing today, I’m offering a $15 GC from either Amazon, B&N, MuseItUp, or Book Depository.  Just tell me what all 7 seven themes were during the week and on my actual release day just write them in the comment section.  Easy peasy.  Good luck!

OMG!!!!  I found out yesterday that my debut was already on Amazon and people were buying it!  Woot!!!  I’m still in shock.

Since I’m a bad newbie author, I’ve never shared an excerpt from the book so here goes:

Excerpt (PG-13 for language)

“What’s a girl like you doing at a bar like this?” he asked.

Her voice was a purr, like a cat well satisfied with its stolen pitcher of cream. “I’m looking for someone special.”

Hoping that she meant him he asked, “Did you find him yet?”

“Maybe.” The glint in her eye told him he was definitely in the running.  However, I’m not looking to hook up with just any old cowboy.  He must be able to go the full eight seconds and come back for more.”  She eyed him from head to toe.  “Think you can handle that?”

Oh, I can most definitely handle you sweetheart.

Not wanting to seem too eager he replied, “I’m not sure but I’m willing to try.”

“Do or do not.  There is no try.”  He struggled not to let his grin escape.  The fact that she was trying to seduce him made his dick twitch.

“Let’s just say I’m looking to burn off some pent up frustration. A little excess energy.  And I’ve got plenty to burn.”

The way she shivered at his words, he knew he almost had her.  He winked as she licked her crimson lips and blew out a small breath.  Damn what this woman is doing to him.

He pushed her knees apart with his left leg and was rewarded with the amazing scent of her arousal.  The knowledge she was wet for him had him close to going off in his jeans.

Houston, we have lift-off!

“Why don’t you have a seat cowboy and we’ll talk about it.”

She gasped when he shocked her with a brush of his lips against hers; fighting with everything he had not to deepen the kiss.

Patience, patience.

He would play her game for the moment but sooner or later, she would be his.  Tied up and begging for more.

He asked her, “Now about that eight second ride?”

So what do you think?  Trust me, its gets hotter!  If you are reading today’s post, thank you.  The contest will run until January 4th.  My author links and the buy links are listed below.

Author links:

Author site:  www.harliewilliams.com

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/marika67

Facebook Page:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Harlie-Williams-Writer/224885394212458

Pinterest:  http://pinterest.com/marikaweber25

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/BriansMom

Linkedin:  http://www.linkedin.com/pub/marika-weber/36/a20/a63

Buy Link from Publisher:  https://museituppublishing.com/bookstore2/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=636&category_id=69&manufacturer_id=295&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1

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The Countdown Begins…1 day until release day

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In honor of my debut releasing in 7 days, I’m offering a $15 GC from either Amazon, B&N, MuseItUp, or Book Depository on my release day.  Follow my posts for the next seven days.  On each day, they will be themed.  Just tell me what all 7 seven themes were during the week and on my actual release day just write them in the comment section.  Easy peasy.  Good luck!

The official countdown has begun.  Only 1 more day until my debut releases from MuseItUp Publishing.   I still can’t believe it.  The world didn’t end and the Mayans were wrong.  So, I will definitely be around on Friday.  🙂

Did you get the themes from the earlier days?  Still with me?  Hate me?  Tomorrow it releases!  Woot!

I want to thank everyone that has read the blog this week and left a comment or two.  Its been weird being at the in-laws this week.  I’ve warned them about the book but they don’t seem to care.  They just want to buy it and read it.  We were over at my husband’s best friends house last night.  Interesting conversation with his wife, who I adore.  She’s read 50 Shades and I told her to read Cherise Sinclair and Shayla Black now.  Much better books but I digress.  I showed her my book on my Kindle and she is buying it, too.  Today, my SIL is coloring my hair so the Kindle will go to her shop, too.  Can’t wait to pimp it out there.  A bunch of naughty women there.  🙂

Today’s topic is just a simple one…THANK YOU!  There are certain people who I can not thank enough for their support and encouragement.  My acknowledgment page is long but heartfelt.  There is one particular person that deserves my undying love to and that person is Delilah Devlin.  She rejected this story over a  year and then I was crushed.  I was in her crit group and I didn’t understand at the time why it was rejected.  Well, I do know.  It wasn’t ready.  I need to revise, rework and resubmit it to the group again.  I owe so much to her and to the writing classes that she and her sister, Myla Jackson/Elle James over the year.  I took those classes; paid attention and learned about the craft of writing.  Many authors talk about the craft but I didn’t have a clue back then but I do now.

As my release day nears…Eek!, I’m not as nervous as I was last week.  Its done, finished and my one hope is that no one laughs at me.  I’m proud of my story and I have re-read it this week.  I can’t wait for you to read it and see if you can get the twist.  I’m evil and a tease.

So, do you think you know what the topics were this week?  Remember, share on FB, Tweet and the winner will be drawn next week.

Harlie

The Countdown Begins…2 days until release day

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In honor of my debut releasing in 7 days, I’m offering a $15 GC from either Amazon, B&N, MuseItUp, or Book Depository on my release day.  Follow my posts for the next seven days.  On each day, they will be themed.  Just tell me what all 7 seven themes were during the week and on my actual release day just write them in the comment section.  Easy peasy.  Good luck!

The official countdown has begun.  Only 2 days until my debut releases from MuseItUp Publishing.   I still can’t believe it.  The world didn’t end and the Mayans were wrong.  So, I will definitely be around on Friday.  🙂

Did you get the themes from the earlier days?  Still with me?  Hate me?  Only a couple of more days to go!

Okay, did everyone survive Christmas?  We did and I hope our house did, too.  We are away for the holidays this year in SE Texas.  It snowed at our house in Lindale.  My dad texted me pictures of the snow in Dallas.  Damn it!  First White Christmas since 1978 and I wasn’t there.  *pout*  Instead, it was raining and humid.  Oh well…

Hmmmm, what to talk about today?  Easy…loops on Yahoo.  (Yes, I made it easy for yall today)  What do you think of loops?  Personally, I’ve been burned by them.  Badly…

Let me explain…One loop in particular is an author/reader loop that when I first joined was awesome.  No egos, no bullshit from anyone and it was a blast.  I meet one of my besties on that loop and I finally found a place that I could talk about anything and everything.  Fast forward to a couple of the authors becoming a big thing and this is when the chaos began.  Egos, pride and pettiness started to set in within the loop.  A lot of people left the loop, me included and I’ve never looked back.  Do I miss the loop?   Sometimes but not often.  I would love to announce on that loop about my debut novel releasing but I’m afraid that I would get my hand slapped again.  *sigh*

On a couple of the other loops, I’m viewed as only a reviewer, not an author, so my voice is silent at this point.  Trust me, I’ve tried to be heard but no one has taken me seriously.  I want to point out that I realize that my debut releases 3 days after Christmas but I’ve been talking about my debut for months.  God forbid that a reviewer can write a book and get it published.  But to be kicked in sandbox before you ever get it…there is something wrong.  I’ve read blogs about author jealous and pettiness.  Even a couple of months ago, the RWA magazine had a great article on this very subject.  People that I trusted in some of the loops I belong to is now gone.  My trust was shattered some time ago and it has never recovered.  As some people keep telling me, surround yourself with the people who support you, not people who bring you down.  This is no truer now, than in the beginning of my publishing journey.

So why does it hurt so much?  I’m very proud of my accomplishment and I want to share it but in some ways I can’t.  My debut is not going to win the Pulitzer (that would be cool) or the Nobel Prize for literature (cool, too) or be the next Harry Potter/Twilight but DAMN IT, I did something that most people haven’t done or won’t do.  So why the cold shoulder and all the rules that go on within the loops?  On certain loops you can only post on these days about this and that.  Other days are this and that.  It gets confusing and within some loops I gave up trying to figure it all out.  *sigh*

I still take part in loops and for the most part they are great and I’ve actually learned a lot of the craft of writing.  As a social hangout, not so much.  I’m not a minion, I have a functioning brain cell and think on my own and form my own opinions.  I’m not a follower per se but a leader in some ways.  I’m just not cool enough for some people and it shows.  I don’t get invited to join blogs and such.  Trust me, I’ve “auditioned” for blogs and didn’t make the cut.  Yep…sad.  I’ve somewhat felt like that the romance community within the loops is too closed off from the newbie writer.  Have people within the loops congratulated me?  You bet but getting the extra support?  Forget it.

Again, I realize that its Christmas but a little love please?

What’s your opinion on loops?

The Countdown Begins…3 days until release day

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In honor of my debut releasing in 7 days, I’m offering a $15 GC from either Amazon, B&N, MuseItUp, or Book Depository on my release day.  Follow my posts for the next seven days.  On each day, they will be themed.  Just tell me what all 7 seven themes were during the week and on my actual release day just write them in the comment section.  Easy peasy.  Good luck!

The official countdown has begun.  Only 3 days until my debut releases from MuseItUp Publishing.   I still can’t believe it.  The world didn’t end and the Mayans were wrong.  So, I will definitely be around on Friday.  🙂

Did you get the themes from the earlier days?  Still with me?  Hate me?  Only a couple of more days to go!

Today’s topic pretty much hits the same buttons that social media does but for me, its different.  I love to blog.  Its quick, easy and I can prattle on for pages if I knew people would read it.  🙂  Roni’s post from last week talked about blogging.  I know that some authors HATE blogging; it’s the bane of their existence.  They would rather be on Twitter or Facebook spreading their gospel.  I don’t have a problem with that but what about the readers that aren’t on social media?

I know, the horrors!  Some people aren’t Tweeting what they had for breakfast or sharing nude pictures/postcards, etc. on Facebook.  So how do you reach those readers?  Well, I blog and send it out to the many loops that I belong to.  Sometimes blogging works and sometimes it doesn’t.  For the most part, blogging is becoming passé and boring.  That said, I read some really great blogs every day.  Some are funny and some are educational.  Blogging can’t be that outdated is Smart Bitches, Trashy Books is still relevant.  I adore that blog and I will continue to read it every day.

So why the blogging blues for everyone else?  Have we gotten that lazy that you can’t read a 500 word blog?  Or look at a cover reveal?  Read a review? Or read what an author has to say?

That’s sad peeps.  I will continue to blog and I hope that readers will continue to read them and leave comments.

So what do you think?  Did you read it today?