Happy Book Birthday to In the Spotlight by Shona Husk! @ShonaHusk

Title: In The Spotlight
Author: Shona Husk
Genre: Adult, M/M Romance
Published: October 25, 2016
Published By: Escape Publishing
A diva who lives for the spotlight, a sailor deeply in the closet, a love that will change them both.
Ripley Malone is returning to Perth in triumph. A principal ballet dancer in a production that has critics raving, he is an unqualified success, and all the small-minded people that made his life hell can kiss his lycra-covered ass. But behind the makeup and the glitter and the costumes, Ripley is beginning to tire, tire of the competition, the drive, the endless parade of meaningless lovers.For Pierce Lovell, joining the Navy was a way out of rural Victoria, but becoming a submariner comes with its own set of challenges. The close living quarters and long months away are awkward enough without adding any extra tension around his sexuality. The fear is probably in his head, but he isn’t taking any chances with his career. He gets by on anonymous one-night-stands every time they come to shore and keeps his heart well-shielded. But one night with Ripley opens the tantalising possibility of more.

Through a mistake Ripley is injured. He can’t dance. His wings are clipped and he crashes down and hits the earth hard. Pierce knows their affair can’t possibly end in anything but heartache, but he can’t stay away. As Ripley heals and reassesses his life, he is determined not to make the same mistakes again. That means letting someone see the vulnerable side of him. But vulnerability for Pierce could cost him everything.

 

In The Spotlight Excerpt © Shona Husk 2016

Four hours later the alarm went off. There was an arm wrapped around him and a body pressed against him. Pierce hadn’t expected to sleep, but he must have crashed. Now he didn’t want to move. He couldn’t call in sick. He had to turn up and prove he was sick to get the day off, which didn’t achieve anything. He closed his eyes again and tried not to enjoy the sensation of waking up with someone too much.
‘Whose dumb idea was it to get up early?’ Ripley rolled over and silenced the alarm.
‘Yours.’ Pierce sighed. An extra hour of sleep would’ve been nice.
‘Mmm. Yes.’ Ripley moved closer, pressing his body against Pierce’s back. He placed a kiss between his shoulder blades. ‘I didn’t want you to be running out the door without leaving me a number or a glass slipper or something.’
He really wanted his number? ‘I’ll give you my number.’
‘Good.’ His hand skimmed lower.
Pierce was fully awake and it took Ripley about three seconds to discover that.
‘Why couldn’t you work in the city …’ his hand was moving and there was a nice hardness pressing against Pierce’s ass.
He rolled over to face the dancer, not wanting to accidentally give him the wrong idea.
‘What time do you start?’
‘Ten-ish with class, then full rehearsal and individual coaching … then I get a few hours off before performing. I’m going back to sleep when you leave.’
Ripley would be dancing all day, it was no wonder he looked so good with his clothes off. ‘I would be too. What’s the show?’
‘Beastly … I am the beast.’
Pierce laughed.
Ripley pushed him onto his back and straddled him. ‘I can be horrible.’
‘This doesn’t feel horrible.’
‘Let me expand your repertoire beyond quick and dirty. Have a fling with me.’ His lips were dangerously close.
It was hard to think. He was going to get third-degree burns. He was going to end up with scars. But Ripley was offering him everything he wanted. And in three weeks’ time he was going to going through withdrawal and wanting to die.
At least he would’ve lived first.

Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Blessed with a lively imagination she spent most of her childhood making up stories. As an adult she discovered romance novels and hasn’t looked back.

With over forty books published, ranging from sensual to scorching, she writes contemporary, paranormal, fantasy and sci-fi romance.

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Happy Book Birthday to The Picture of Dorian Gray in Quotes and Nudes!

 

Book Title: The Picture of Dorian Gray in Quotes and Nudes

Edited By: Isis Sousa, Clare Diston, Celine Frohn
Quotes By: Oscar Wilde (from the Gothic Classic “The Picture of Dorian Gray”
Illustrated By: Isis Sousa
Genre: Art Book, Coffee-Table Book, Gothic
Publisher: Tragic Books, with license from CMG Worldwide
Release Date: 24th October 2016
Editions: Limited Edition of 150 Paperback + 150 Copies Hardcover!
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Blurb/Synopsis
“…The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless.” – Oscar Wilde
This book is the physical translation of that very philosophical thought. We invite you to admire the beauty, strength and disturbing nature of Oscar Wilde’s written art in his Gothic masterpiece The Picture of Dorian Gray.
You can feed your soul’s vanity and hunger for alluring words and images with this delightful selection of over sixty quotes and twenty fine nude paintings.  A necessity: such is The Picture of Dorian Gray in Quotes and Nudes, a little obscure treasure for art and book collectors alike.
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Tragic Books Website
Limited and Exclusive Editions! 150 Paperbacks + 150 Hardcovers! Purchases are Numbered!
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Book Spotlight featuring Brandon Zenner’s The After War w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

mediakit_bookcover_theafterwarThe After War

by Brandon Zenner

 

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GENRE: Dystopian, post-apocalyptic

 

NOTE:  The book will be on sale for $0.99 during the tour

 

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BLURB:

 

Two years have passed since mankind faced extinction.

 

Brian Rhodes and his cousin, Steven, are leaving the protection of their underground bunker for the first time, after a cataclysmic war and unrelenting disease ravaged the earth.

 

On the other side of the North American continent, young Simon Kalispell is leaving the safety and seclusion of his cabin deep in the woods, traveling with his aging canine companion, Winston.

 

For individual reasons, these men are traveling east, where the fragmented lives of a small number of survivors will soon be decided by the choices of a corrupt few.

 

Simon Kalispell and Brian Rhodes are not yet aware, but the strength that resides inside them will soon be tested, and destiny will call for their fates to be forever intertwined.

 

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Excerpt Three:

 

Brian lowered his gun. “It’s okay, Steve. He’s dead.” He looked around. “There’s no one here.”

 

Steven lowered his rifle, wiping his palms on his thighs and brushing the sweat from his eyes.

 

“I said he’s dead, Steve—”

 

“I reckon he’s dead, Brian. I see he’s dead.”

 

“Come on now. We’re right at town.”

 

They sidestepped the corpse until it was well behind them. If the body was someone they had once known, it was now impossible to determine who that person might have been.

 

“That won’t be the last of them,” Brian said. “You better get your head on straight.”

 

Steven opened his mouth to speak, but then shut it again.

 

They stepped onto the road as the first house emerged from the woods. They walked past it, taking careful notice of the blank windows—as black as the eye sockets of the corpse—and scanned for any sign of movement, like the fluttering of drapes, or the partially covered face of a person peering out from the darkness with a shotgun clenched tight in their hands. Anything.

 

But there was no movement.

 

“Think anyone’s left?” Steven said, with a crack in his voice.

 

Brian shrugged. “I know as much as you do.”

 

The yards around the homes, and Pearl Street itself, were spotted with litter and debris of every kind blowing in the gentle breeze. Overgrown tree roots buckled sections of the sidewalk and emerged from cracks in the pavement. They passed the police station bordering the center of town. The cruisers were vacant in the parking lot, and the building was cold and silent.

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:mediakit_authorphoto_theafterwar

 

Brandon Zenner is an American fiction writer and an Amazon best selling author. His short fiction has been published in both print and online publications, the first being submitted when he was 19 years old. THE EXPERIMENT OF DREAMS, his debut eBook thriller, has reached Amazon’s best seller list many times. His second novel, WHISKEY DEVILS, was released in early 2016. THE AFTER WAR, a dystopian thriller, is available now as a pre-order, at 80% off the final sale price. You can follow the author on his Amazon page, or through his email list on his website. All email subscribers will receive his futuristic short story, HELIX ILLUMINATED, for free as a thank you. His genres of choice are thrillers, crime, dystopian, and science fiction.

 

 

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http://www,brandonzenner.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Brandon Zenner will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn commenter via Rafflecopter.
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In addition to the commenter prize, the author is also raffling off five signed copies of THE EXPERIMENT OF DREAMS (drawing will be October 21). Here is the sign up:
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#Review of Time for a Highlander by Maxine Mansfield w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

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by Maxine Mansfield

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GENRE: Time Travel/Romance

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BLURB:

Forty-five-year-old history teacher Bethany Anne Anderson wasn’t supposed to die on her dream vacation to Scotland. Someone else was supposed to rescue the child from the falling druid stone. But she’s perfectly fine with moving on to the hereafter. She has loved ones waiting for her. Then Tobias Morie, better known as Fate, steps in. Her intervention has changed the future. Before she can move on, she must first help him correct one of his own mistakes. That’s fine until she wakes up in 1643 in the body of twenty-year-old Lady Elspeth Frasier. Worse, she’s engaged to the very handsome, very young, very virile Quinton MacLeod. But that’s not all Fate demands. She must give the Highland laird the heir he’d originally been denied.

Quinton MacLeod loved once. He won’t do it again, even if he had time for such nonsense. With the Highland lairds divided between loyalty to their beloved country and the English king, he seeks only peace—in his keep and in his heart. But raised in England and a ward of the enemy, his beautiful new wife has strange notions of education and cleanliness that cause chaos within both. There’s also the matter of her very unlady-like views on the marriage bed, which, come to think of it, he’s more than happy to overlook. If only he could trust her.

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Excerpt Three:

He pulled her down until she was snuggled in his arms and close to his heart, and she went willingly. “Do nae go, my Beth. Do nae leave me here all alone. I need ye. Ye son needs ye. Duncan needs ye, and Brochel needs ye. Fight to stay here with us,” he pleaded. “Fight with every bit of that great strength I know ye ta possess. No matter how hard it may be for ye ta do so. I’m begging ye, my love, do nae go.”

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Good Jesus.  What a book.  Reading, loving it, sighing, blushing, intrigued, laughing and then BAM!!!!!  Not the ending I was expecting at all.  I can’t decide if I even liked the ending.  Ms. Mansfield wrote it in such a way that some people will either love it or hate it.  Me?  I’m not sure.

Beth went through a lot in the present and my heart broke for her and then she landed in Scotland with Quint.  Most of the book is spent there but we do get Beth’s background in snippets throughout the story.  I like when an author does that.  No info dump, but just enough for the reader to understand Beth’s emotions and thoughts.  At times when she is dealing with Quint, I had to laugh.  Quint was not used to such a forward female in and out of bed.

Quint is not your typical medieval Highlander.  In fact, he broke the mold.  He was kind, gentle (when need be) and needed a woman like Beth to challenge him and be his equal.  Plus, come on…he wears a kilt.  I also thought that the cover model was Quint.  *sigh*  I also liked how he treated the people around him.  He wasn’t the alpha*ole that most writers write when it comes to the medieval Highlander.

This book has a nice intriguing plot with some secondary characters that only enhance the romance between Quint and Beth.  To say that the body that Beth embodies is great but the person that had it before was almost hateful and mistrustful when it came to the Scots.  I loved that plot line of the book.  Beth had to figure out what Elspeth had said and done so that she wouldn’t trip over herself.

Overall, I really did like the book.  The ending for me is somewhat sad, but also hopeful.  Do they get their HEA?  You will have to read it to find out.  Warning…you will either love it or hate it.  Me, being the author, I loved it.  As a reader and lover of romance, not so much.

Totally stole them!
Totally stole them!

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:mediakit_authorpic_timeforahighlander

Hi, my name is Maxine Mansfield and I write fantasy, erotic romances. I live in the far northern state of Alaska where the summer days are long and the winter nights even longer.

I have one very special man, his three equally special children, and our six delightful grandchildren in my life. Not to mention a very bossy African Grey parrot named Gabriel.

Oh, and Gnomes! many, many gnomes.

Buy Links:

http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/wildcatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200_156&products_id=1092

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/time-for-a-highlander-maxine-mansfield/1123358253

http://www.maxinemansfield.com/blog.html

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https://www.facebook.com/authorMaxineMansfield

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5828053.Maxine_Mansfield

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

Maxine Mansfield will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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