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Midnight by J.V. Speyer


Midnight
J.V. Speyer
Publication date: August 14th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Romance

Brandon loved Adrian, so when Adrian abruptly moved out of their apartment Brandon was devastated. Six weeks later Brandon is ready to start to ease his way back into life again, but a chance encounter leaves him questioning everything he thought he knew – about Adrian, their relationship, and himself.

His friends are there to see him through it, especially his best friend Greg. Greg wants what’s best for Brandon. He’s always wanted what’s best for Brandon, even when it’s not necessarily what’s best for Greg. As Adrian’s true nature is revealed, Greg starts to wonder if maybe what’s best for both of them wouldn’t be each other.

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EXCERPT:

Brandon sat down on one of the chairs. “Yeah. I mean I know he had to hide. I knew that going in. A lot of guys had to do that. Most of them figure it out. And I’m not mad at him or anything. I just want to move on.” He frowned. ”What are you trying to get at here, Greg? Why does Adrian have anything to do with tonight’s party?”

Greg inclined his head down, toward the spot on the street that he hadn’t been able to tear his eyes from. “Because he’s been here this whole time.”

Brandon choked on his gin and tonic. “What?”

“He’s been sitting outside the condo, watching the building, this whole time. I mean, I get it.”

“I don’t!” Brendon declared, standing up again. He clutched his drink in his hand and couldn’t decide if he wanted to hurl it at the ex standing on the ground or if he wanted to go inside and hide. Throwing the glass would be wrong. It would be irresponsible; it would get people hurt. He didn’t want to hurt Adrian, even if this latest stunt was creepy and stalker-ish. “He’s the one who walked away. Why is he hanging around outside my building like some kind of lonely ghost?”

“He wanted your attention. He didn’t know how to get it, and his ploy backfired spectacularly. I think he regrets what he did.” Greg sighed. “I’ve been watching him all night, trying to figure out what to do. I was thinking about bringing him in.”

Brandon spun, bringing himself face to face with his best friend. “Why would you do that?”

“Because you love him, Bran!”

“So what? I’m moving on, trying to rebuild my life. Something you have not been shy about encouraging, I’ll point out. And you want to just… what, drag him back in here? What could that possibly accomplish?” He pulled at his hair.

“I thought it might give you guys a second chance.” Now it was Greg’s turn to sit down, flopping into one of the other patio chairs like it was the only thing holding him up. “I want to see you happy, Bran. I keep hopping this fence – I know you weren’t with the people who made you happy, but you seemed so perfect for each other. And I desperately want you to be happy.” He sighed heavily, gesturing back in Adrian’s general direction. “But I didn’t do it. The guy’s in his thirties. If he wanted to come up he could ring the doorbell like an adult.”

Brandon shook his head and rubbed Greg’s shoulders. “I knew I could trust you.” Greg leaned into the touch, just a little bit, and Brandon grinned. “I thought we established that Adrian can’t make me happy at this point. We’re not right for each other, even if we thought we were.”

“I know. I just don’t know what to do here.” He leaned back. “I mean, this is kind of creepy. He’s just out there, watching. If I’m not going to invite him inside, I probably ought to call the cops.”

Technically, Greg was right. Brandon probably ought to call the police, because no good ever came from one ex staking out the other’s home like this. “Do you think he’s dangerous?” Brandon hedged. “Seriously, has he said anything that’s struck you as dangerous?”

“Other than creepily hanging around outside your house? Nah. Not that he’d say anything to me, you know?” Greg snorted. “I’m pretty much the last person he’s talking to right now, except maybe you.”

“What do you mean?” Brandon’s arms froze on his friend’s shoulders.

“He’s all pissy because I lit into him about stalking you through the rally.” Greg waved a calloused hand in dismissal. “Like okay, fine, he wants to be with someone new. Okay. And so what if the guy’s an undergrad – it’s a little weird, he’s a little young for a midlife crisis but who am I to judge? But that whole thing – like anyone didn’t know what he was up to.” He shook his head again, and Brandon could feel his shoulders tensing up again underneath his hands. “I wasn’t going to just sit there and not say anything.”

Brandon let his hands fall. “Oh, Greg. I’m so sorry.”

“What the hell for?”

“I never wanted to come between the two of you. You’re friends. You should be doing friend things, not arguing over me.” He turned away, clutching at his drink so he could do something with his hands.



Author Bio:

J. V. Speyer has lived in upstate New York and rural Catalonia before settling in the greater Boston area. She has worked in archaeology, security, accountancy, finance, and non-profit management. She currently lives just south of Boston in a house old enough to remember when her town was a tavern community with a farming problem. (No, really. John Adams complained about it. A lot.)

When not writing, J. V. enjoys watching baseball and seeking out all of New England’s creepiest spots. Her Spawn has turned her into a hockey enthusiast. She can be bribed with gin, tequila, and cats.

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The Wraith by Bryan W. Alaspa


The
Wraith
by
Bryan W. Alaspa

Genre:
Horror, Suspense, Thriller 

***FROM
THE AUTHOR OF THE BESTSELLING THE MAN FROM TAURED COMES A COMPANION
NOVEL EXPLORING NEW DIMENSIONS OF HORROR***


The
tiny town of Knorr, PA, is one of those places where the walls
between this reality and others is very thin. It draws people from
all over the world and sometimes things slip through from our world
into others while sometimes things slip from other worlds into our
own. Nightmare things.

During
World War II an experiment was done using a steam engine to see if
entering another dimension could create instant transportation of
goods and men from one place to another. It unlocked a nightmare from
another dimension and only agents from the agency IDEA were able to
stop reality from unraveling. The train, known as The Wraith,
disappeared along with the scientist who built it.

Now,
in present day, a young man hears the distant sound of a train
whistle. The rundown train station at the end of the wooded path is
somehow regenerating. Plus, people in and around Knorr are acting a
little stranger than normal.

The
Wraith is coming back, but it's not coming alone. Will Knorr survive?
Will the universe?










Bryan
W. Alaspa is a Chicago born and bred author of both fiction and
non-fiction works. He has been writing since he sat down at his
mother's electric typewriter back in the third grade and pounded out
his first three-page short story. He spent time studying journalism
and other forms of writing. He turned to writing as his full-time
career in 2006 when he began writing freelance, online and began
writing novels and books.

He is the author of over 30 books of
both fiction and non-fiction and numerous short stories and
articles.
Mr. Alaspa writes true crime, history, horror,
thrillers, mysteries, detective stories and tales about the
supernatural.








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The Vaelinel Trilogy by Andi O'Connor


Silevethiel
The
Vaelinel Trilogy Book 1
by
Andi O'Connor


Genre:
Paranormal Fantasy 

Following
her father's murder, Irewen is betrayed and left for dead in the
forests of Mistwood. Rescued by an elf, Irewen awakes an exile with
no home, no country, and no people. But as the horrific memories of
murder and betrayal return, she realizes the nightmare is only
beginning.


The
world of Vaelinel is failing--its fate bound to her in ways no one
fully understands. A mysterious elven prophecy may provide her with
some answers, but continuously hunted and fighting for her life,
Irewen quickly learns that unearthing the truth will be more
difficult than she ever imagined.

Can
she accept the friendship of the Wood Elves, or will she stand alone
against the terrifying evil now threatening to destroy the entire
world?








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Speaker
The
Vaelinel Trilogy Book 2


The
Vaelinel Trilogy continues with this absorbing sequel to Silevethiel!


Alone
and hunted by the Drulaack, Irewen takes advantage of her only option
for survival. Pushing her concerns aside, she lets the dead keep
her.

But
her refuge doesn't last long. Driven out of their hosts by Laegon, a
handful Drulaack have returned to the Spirit World. No longer having
the protection of the dead, Irewen is forced to return to
Vaelinel.

Finally
reunited with her companions, the burdens placed on them are taking
their toll. Thoughts of suicide and mistrust plague the company.
Slowly unravelling, they must conquer their personal battles before
standing against the evil threatening the land.

For
the Corrupter thirsts for revenge. And he'll stop at nothing to
satisfy his hunger.












A
Prophecy Fulfilled
The
Vaelinel Trilogy Book 3

Regrouping
after their escape from the Light Elves, Irewen and her companions
fear the worst after black smoke plumes on the horizon. Allowing
compassion to rule over reason, they ignore Finnwyn's warning and
return to Lilendvelle, hoping to help some of the survivors stranded
in the city's wake. Instead, they run into a trap.


Completely
surrounded by an endless army of Drulaack, they fight for their
lives, but their efforts aren't enough. Irewen is captured and
dragged into the heart of the Corrupter's lair.

Having
his prize, the others in the company are granted their freedom, but
at a great cost: the one named in the prophecy who is meant to unite
the elf forces and stand against the Corrupter is lost to the world -
trapped beneath the Corrupter's talons.

With
the aid of his mother's spirit, Brendell must now find a way to
gather an alliance strong enough to march against the Corrupter and
his army, but his time is running out. Each day that passes brings
Irewen closer to death.

And
the world closer to destruction.








Andi
O'Connor is a multi-award winning author of epic fantasy novels and
short stories with a healthy dose of paranormal mixed in. She sits in
front of her typewriter (yes, typewriter!) every day and loses
herself in her worlds and characters in hopes that her readers will
fall in love with them as well. When she's not clacking away, you can
find Andi dancing her butt off in the ballet studio. Rest assured,
she's not the next Natalia Osipova, but she has a mean collection of
leotards and always finds an excuse to buy more.


She
loves bats and dreams of turning her yard into a certified bat
habitat. She has three dogs who constantly work hard to drive her
insane, but their fluffy cuteness outweighs any insanity they can
bring. Her husband 'Honeybee' is wonderfully supportive of her author
life, and her son 'P' may or may not have claimed her typewriter as
his own on several occasions. Deadpool is her spirit animal, and her
motto is Embrace Your Crazy. We're all unique and crazy in our own
ways, and Andi hopes others will join her by being proud of their
quirks and embracing their crazy!








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Need by Brenna Darby


Need
Brenna Darby
(Cravings, #1)
Publication date: August 15th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Reverse Harem, Romance
Some fantasies should never end…
Kate has a burning need for a man to turn her inside out, possessing, dominating, and wanting her as a hero would in an erotic romance. Since the perfect lover isn’t readily available in reality, she contacts Cravings, a private club that creates her fantasy on a secluded Caribbean island. There, lusty males will rule and satisfy.
Color her ready for a good, hard time until Noah, Wyatt, and Sean show up. These bad boys are tall, muscular, and pure alpha. They’re also on her company board and have been eager to command her between the sheets for some time.
Not so fast. She may ache for them, but doesn’t trust their motives so she’ll never submit for real or for long.
Oh no? Once they take over her fantasy, there’s no going back… for her or them.
Publisher’s Note: This steamy reverse harem, contemporary romance is intended for adults only. It contains adult language, sensual scenes, power exchange, and elements of ménage. If any of these offend you, please do not purchase.
EXCERPT:
Exploring her mouth lazily, he used ample time to sweep his tongue over her inner cheeks, tasting her.
His faint peppermint flavor mingled with an essence belonging to him alone, fresh and inviting. Musk enhanced his subtly spicy fragrance, each scent potently masculine.
She slumped against him even though she shouldn’t cave this soon or ever. This fantasy was on her terms, not his. She was no man’s plaything or afterthought and had better remember as much.
With as much will as she could muster, she pushed his tongue from her mouth and turned her face away.
His rough breaths skimmed her temple. He cupped her breast.
Her blood thickened. Rarely had anything thrilled her as much as his confident and assured caress…perfected during his countless other conquests.
That brought her back to reality fast. She twisted to break his hold on her.
“Hmm.” The sound vibrated in his chest. “Still being defiant, are we?”
She gave him a look. “What do you think?”
He stroked her chin. Even her teeth tingled. Lightly, he brushed his lips over hers. “Not enjoying yourself?”
For too long, she’d wished for this moment.



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Pawn by J.C. Ahern

Audiobook Blog Tour: Pawn by J.C. AhernPawn by J.C. Ahern

Author: J.C. Ahern

Narrator: Patricia Santomasso, Sean Patrick Hopkins

Length: 10 hours and 6 minutes

Series: The Strategy, Book 1

Publisher: Joni Ahern

Released: Dec. 19, 2016

Genre: Science Fiction


Seventeen-year-old Rogue has always classified herself as socially awkward, preferring video games over a trip to the mall. When she wakes up in a forest, she finds that life as she knew it has changed forever, and she cannot remember how. In fact, she can't remember the last six months at all. As she navigates this new world she soon discovers a talent for combat and survival she'd never had before. A handy ability in a world where humans compete in a game governed by rules she can't remember.

Ronin, a talented 19-year-old, was wrenched from his Midwest home and forced to compete with a Skaki set. Despite the set's repeated losses, Ronin has proven himself a powerful player, his sights set on surviving each match - no matter the cost. When a new pawn is added to his set to replace one they lost, Ronin begins to break out of the shell he built around himself and reexamines what he and the other humans have become.



J.C. Ahern was born and raised in the Midwest. From a young age she watched her older siblings playing videogames. She also developed a passion for reading and playing those same games herself. It wasn’t long before her immersion into the different worlds of Fantasy and Sci-fi that she was inspired to create her own worlds and write her own stories. She began her craft in the sixth grade and continued that passion into college where she graduated from Stephens College with a degree in Creative Writing. She went on to get a degree in Nursing, which led her to become a Nurse Practitioner. She now uses the experiences of her life and the things she has learned to enrich her stories to take her readers on flights for the imagination.
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A student of neuroscience and speech pathology, Sean Patrick Hopkins has translated his understanding of human behavior & vocal performance into a career in storytelling. His classical training and versatility with dialects has helped to create distinct and varied characters across many genres. In addition to narrating over 150 audiobooks, he has been seen and heard on film, television, video games, and stages in NYC & across the country. When not in the booth, you can find him buried in genealogy research, out exploring our National Parks, and raising an amazing daughter alongside his wife, fellow narrator Patricia Santomasso.
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Patricia has always been an avid reader and storyteller. In college she politely smiled hearing the age old question: what on earth are you going to do with a BA in English? Patricia pressed on, thinking what can’t you do? Realizing she should get some practical training to fall back on, she also pursued a degree in theater. After working for years on stages around the country (where she met her husband, narrator Sean Patrick Hopkins, doing a production of As You Like It) she has merged her two loves and happily tells stories for a living from the comfort of a booth. To date, she has recorded over 100 audiobooks. Patricia’s youthful voice and comic timing give heroines a warm relatability and her surprising dips into baritone make her male characters engaging and believable. Patricia and Sean have a sweet baby daughter Lyra Róisín, who isn’t much interested in hearing either one of them read to her.
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Q&A with J.C. Ahern, Author of Pawn
  • Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook?
    • It was actually super easy, I posted my pitch on Acx.com and had several interested voice actors contact me with auditions. They sent me clips of them speaking. It was a difficult decision, choosing the actors, but when I did I was not disappointed in the least. I chose a husband/wife combination to do the voices of my two main characters, and I couldn’t be happier.
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • It was on my mind, but not until after I had published Pawn. Mostly that’s because I didn’t start listening to audiobooks until around the time I finished Pawn.
  • How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
    • My narrators live half the country away, so I gave them their creative freedom, mostly. We communicated when they had questions, or I had edits, and I did give them a pronunciation guide, because I made up a lot of names and words.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
    • If I get tired of writing, I give it a little break where I go and do something else. Additionally, I have a writer’s group that is great at giving inspiration back to me. I find my best writing happens the few days after we meet.
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • Yes, I love audiobooks. I am a multitasker, so I will always be doing something while listening to audiobooks, even playing videogames at the same time. I tend to go towards audible because I have a membership there, but other formats work too.
  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
    • Definitely the action scenes. While reading, those sections can get glossed over because you’re reading so fast, but with audiobooks they really seem to come alive for me.
  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    • The only time I would say it was cheating, is if it is for school. The brain functions differently when reading than when listening, and you aren’t going to get to have a test read aloud to you unless you have certain disorders, so regular reading practice in school is a good. BUT, reading for school, rather than reading for pleasure are totally different things. If the pleasure of the story is what you are looking for then choose the format that suits you best and don’t judge someone else for their choices. They’re still going to get the same story. In my case, I actually get more out of the story when I listen to audiobooks because when I read I tend to skip sections of the book, but I don’t when I listen.
  • What's your favorite:
    1. Food - Mom’s homemade fried tenderloins
    2. Song - Carry on My Wayward Son
    3. Book - Homeland by R.A. Salvatore
    4. Television show - Supernatural
    5. Cartoon - TMNT
    6. Anime - DBZ
    7. Movie - The Return of the King (LOTR)
  • Are any of those things referenced in appearance in your work?
    • Oh yes, my work is riddled with references to the pop-culture I geek out to. And those are only a few things that get referenced. I have a lot of favorites, it’s hard to pick just 1 or 2, so most of them make it in, in someway.
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
    • Don’t get it right, get it written, because you can always go back and edit your work to make it right.
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Author J.C. Ahern's Top Ten Inspirations
  1. J.R.R. Tolkien: so much respect for this man who made up several languages and created extensive histories and culture for Middle Earth. I can’t even come close to his genius, but want to!
  2. C.S. Lewis: the possibility of multiple worlds and people and talking animals all with a common beginning. His writing ranged from being able to write to the young and to the more age advanced.
  3. R.A. Salvatore: reading his multiple books taught me to write fight scenes. His style just drew my attention fully.
  4. Zelda Franchise: the only video game that I’ve played every installment of and still enjoy repeat playthroughs. Showed me how to make something that people will want to play, er, read over and over!
  5. Firefly (the series) and Star Wars: Got me into sci-fi in the first place!
  6. Anime: helped me figure out how to make likeable characters and give them a story arc.
  7. Childhood Cartoons: my first inspiration as a child.
  8. Multiple Videogames: helped me with the mechanics of the gameworld and were totally fun, which made me want to sort of make my own.
  9. Ancient Aliens: a long time favorite show of mine that I started watching after I published Pawn and gave me more ideas for the sequels.
  10. Friends and Family: these were the inspiration for several of my characters, though of course, different names and different characteristics.
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Eighteen Thousand Ninety One by Erika Blount & Teri Glascock

Title: Eighteen-Thousand Ninety One
Series: Powerless Series Book One
Author: Erika Blount & Teri Glascock 
Genre: Action (with Romance)
Release Date: August 18, 2019




Electricity. Communication. Two things everyone has taken for granted since the day that it came into existence. Have you ever considered what happens with a power outage? If all radios are silent and you can’t connect to anyone that you’re not standing right in front of? What you lose access to? The answer is everything. Ivy Randall didn’t know that one storm would change her life forever. That one accident would alter the relationships in her life. But it did. While the world stops turning in the same direction that she’s always known it to, it starts spinning in an entirely new direction. Grudges and hatred are either buried to survive or burn brighter and cause more destruction, there is no in between. What are the rules when there are no rules?







Erika Blount is a romance author from Louisiana who is slowly branching into new genres. She is a lover of all things written and lives to travel vicariously through books, both her own and anyone else’s. She’s a bartender by trade, but nothing is as fulfilling as being behind a keyboard. She procrastinates on writing with her trusty side-kick Buddy the Wondermutt who is always at her feet and her boyfriend, Spanky, always looming nearby.






Teri Glascock is a new author from Louisiana. She is wife and mom to six kiddos. She runs a decorated cookie gig from her home that takes up a lot of her time. She reads and writes to escape the monotony of everyday life and to chase her lifelong dream of writing. When she isn’t working on cookies or busy mommin’, you can find her in the peaceful paradise that is her front porch of her country-living home. She enjoys hunting, fishing, reading, and tending to her flowers. Her life is a simple chaos and she wouldn’t have it any other way.




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