I'm very excited to host Lily G. Blunt today! Her new book Paint the Sky releases on August 30th, however, you can pre-order it now. See below for details! What a gorgeous cover. I'm really looking forward to reading this story. HOT!
A love of art...
A mutual interest in art draws two shy university students together. Ben admires Vinnie’s painting of the university building, so Vinnie invites him to an exhibition of his artwork. From a wealthy family, Ben purchases some of Vinnie’s art and arranges for the artist to personally hang the paintings in his apartment.
Starry, starry night...
Ben commissions Vinnie to paint his portrait, in order to spend more time with the artist. On the night of the sitting, Vinnie fingerpaints the starry night on Ben’s chest... and they kiss. They begin a relationship beneath the night sky, God’s own canvas.
But every relationship has its ups and downs and so it is with theirs. When Ben thinks Vinnie spends too much time with a fellow artist, his jealousy drives a wedge between them and forces Vinnie into the very thing Ben dreads.
Hold tight to your dreams...
Ben and Vinnie will have to walk through fire before they can find one another again. But if they believe, and if they keep their faith in the night sky and each other, just maybe they can make their dreams of love come true.
Vinnie led me across the room, pulling me by the shirt. “Lie back on the sofa for me and I'll paint you.”
As if in a dream, I settled my head against one arm of the sofa, my legs dangling over the other end, scarcely breathing now. Vinnie knelt on the floor beside me with an open pot of paint in his hand.
Teasingly, he dipped his index finger into the dark blue paint as if it were cream he would lick off. His finger connected with my skin and he made short strokes across my chest, the coldness of the paint making me shiver.
Mesmerised by the closeness of his beautiful face, the view of the night sky through the window, and the picture forming upon my chest, I watched as dab after dab and stroke after stroke he built up a mix of shades, until a dark night sky with the moon and stars were there to be seen—a masterpiece, drying on the warmth of my blazing skin, a transient thing of beauty. His fingers skimmed my skin causing gooseflesh to ripple in waves down my arms and thighs. My nipples pebbled in response to his touch.
And when he was done, his lips met mine in a languid kiss; how our first kiss should have been—sweet, innocent, and full of promise. He pulled away, smiling down at me.
This was the beginning of something special.
I’ve been invited to answer these five fabulous questions from the wonderfully talented Hunter Frost over at Hunter’s Blog.
Hunter Frost is an author of m/m romance. Her current titles include What Can Brown Do For You? from Torquere Press and Goodreads Love's Landscape story A Thoreau Affair.
Please stop by her page to say hello and see what she has is store.
And on to the questions!
What am I working on?
I recently contracted an m/m paranormal called Hunter’s Mark with Decadent Publishing for their Beyond Fairytales line. I’m very excited about this story! I believe it will release sometime this fall.
Now I’m focused on completing an m/f foodie romance, which has the characters from my debut story, The Gift. Rafael and Wyatt return as secondary characters at a story set at the Blackbird Ranch in Montana. Sparks fly when chef Gabi and cowboy Sam meet up again following Rafael and Wyatt’s wedding.
How does my work differ from others in its genre?
Diversity is key for me. I write multicultural or interracial stories because I think love comes in many shades and should be celebrated. I’ve never read a romance that mentioned a Quinceañera before, so looking forward to seeing how my foodie romance is received.
Why do I write what I do?
I love romance. I’ve wanted to be a romance writer since I picked up my first Harlequin at age eleven. It’s great fun writing stories that entertain and warm the heart.
How does my writing process work?
I start with a basic story concept and then do a character outline for each character. This is helps me create a rough plot outline. I’m not a slave to my plot outline but like to have some structure on where I’m going.
Who’s next on the blog hop?
Next up we have~
Landra Graf, fellow Decadent Publishing’s 1Night Stand author. http://riseoftheslush.blogspot.com
Kenzie Mack, indie author of Moon Shadows – Reader’s Choice
All of these ladies are amazing writers! TAG!
Please give a special welcome to my delightful guest blogger, Landra Graf! She has a wonderful giveaway today celebrating the 200th 1NS Birthday!
Greetings readers! First I want to say, “Thank You” to the wonderful V.S. Morgan for having me on the blog. Thanks to 1NS and Decadent Publishing we’re getting to know one another. Part of the journey isn’t just amazing stories of Madame Eve’s match ups, but getting to know the authors
behind those incredible stories as well.
Today I’m blogging about my favorite 1NS stories. I can’t claim to have read them all because 200 is a lot, but I’ve been trying to play catch up. J I’m happy to share my top two favorites so far.
#1: Strawberry Kisses by Dominque Eastwick
I loved this story because it featured a widowed father and the average looking female game designer. Sure she wasn’t a skinny stick, thank goodness, but she was enough to entice him. *winks* I find stories of women who are short, curvy, and intelligent to be some of my favorites.
Strawberry Kisses was no exception. The dialogue, the cute-meet, and the attraction were enjoyable and I inhaled this story.
#2: Frost by Taryn Kincaid
Kincaid takes paranormal romance to the next level. I love her sexually open characters, and the fact that they’re a fire-sex demon and a succubus. The other part I really enjoyed is that the main
characters, Dagney and Maxwell, need sex to survive. This isn’t about finding a soul mate; this is about relieving some pressures and surviving. The characters don’t have illusions about their needs and arrange the ‘date’ through Madam Eve. The interactions that ensue
are hot, hot and HOTTER!
Those are just two awesome 1Night Stand stories and with 200 to choose from a reader can definitely find a story that would interest them. There are plenty of tropes and genre’s that Madame Eve has had a hand in influencing. Do you have a favorite 1NS story or are specific genre/trope you enjoy?
As a special treat, on top of the awesome 1NS giveaway, I’m giving away 1 copy of both my favorite 1NS stories.
Thank you, Landra!
In addition to Landra's giveaway, be sure to enter the Rafflecopter for Decadent Publishing's prizes!!!
- Grand prize is a $25 Fandango gift card plus 5 1NS titles of the winner's choice
- 2nd prize is a paperback from the vault plus swag
- 3rd is a 1NS ebook (several winners).
WELCOME to my site. In honor Decadent Publishing's 1NS birthday, I'm giving away a $10 Amazon giftcard this week! Please comment here.
Decadent Publishing is giving away the following via Rafflecopter:
Grand prize is a $25 Fandango gift card plus 5 1NS titles of the winner's choice
2nd prize is a paperback from the vault plus swag
3rd is a 1NS ebook (several winners).
Be sure to check out my 1NS book, THE GIFT!
At 22, rancher Wyatt Malone sacrificed almost everything, including the Dom he served and loved, to raise his younger brothers. Now, with the ranch running well, his grown up siblings surprise him with a trip to a Caribbean paradise and a date from Madame Evangeline's 1Night Stand. Taking his courage in hand, he fills out an application that bares his soul for a single night of surrender to a nearly forgotten passion.
Rafael is a Dom without a sub. His desires exceed the available men in the dungeon he frequents and memories of rejected love keep him aloof. Can the submission of a Montana cowboy free him or will the date be nothing more than another meaningless scene?
Rafael blotted his mouth with his napkin and placed it on the table. Wyatt set his fork down and waited. The old familiar energy pulsed between them. Heat zipped through his groin, and he shifted in his seat as his erection pressed against his jeans.
“Wyatt, you asked Madame Eve for a Dominant for one night.” Rafael slid a keycard on the table between them. “If you accept my invitation to play, you will take this card and be in my suite, ready, in fifteen minutes.”
Without hesitation, he reached over and grasped it. When his wrist was grabbed, tugging him forward, Wyatt braced his free hand on the table and accepted Rafael’s lips. At first they brushed, a tease, and then the kiss became a sensual play of tongues. His heart pounded at the taste of curry and tequila. He twirled his tongue around the other man’s and groaned. Rafael’s lips trailed across his jaw and down his neck, stubble scraping across sensitive skin, creating a rasp of pleasure that flowed all the way down his spine.
The Dom followed it with a nip on the bottom lip and then pulled back, twisting Wyatt’s wrist slightly to glance at his watch. Rafael released him and leaned back with a wicked grin. Wyatt’s heart raced.
“You now have thirteen minutes.”
Many thanks to all who visited my site and commented during National Suicide Prevention Week. I have donated $25 to The Trevor Project!
Also Cindi Clubbs has been sent a $10 Amazon GC.
Thank you, Louisa Bacio, for organizing this blog hop!
Welcome to the V.S. Morgan site! To honor my brother's birthday (Sept 11) and his memory, I will be donating $1 to The Trevor Project for each comment my blog receives this week up to $50. I will also randomly select one commenter to receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card.
I lost my nineteen-year-old brother to suicide in 1996. He was my best friend and only six months earlier had given me away at my wedding. He wrote in my wedding book, "Give me a nephew to influence." My son never got to meet his uncle.
My brother was in his senior year of high school. He was dealing what many of us are or have experienced - dealing with school, living in a small town, rough times at home with a single mom, sibling moving out of state, wondering if and where they should go to college, and trying to find a date for the upcoming Valentine's dance. The class clown, my brother hid his sadness and darker side. While on the surface there weren't obvious signs, his writing and some of his behavior at school were troubling.
If you are having thoughts of suicide, please reach out to a family member, friend, or a suicide hotline. Know that you have worth and you are loved even if it doesn't feel that way. My brother's memorial was held in a church because the local funeral home wasn't big enough to hold everyone who came. It broke my heart to hear all the heartfelt sentiments expressed about him. Words he would never hear.
THERE IS NO SHAME IN ASKING FOR HELP.
Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or 911
As a friend or family member, be aware of risk factors and warning signs of suicide. If you are concerned someone you care about is depressed, talk to them and encourage them to speak to a mental health professional. If your loved one mentions suicide or is displaying warning signs or troubling behavior, seek immediate help. Reaching out for help may seem extreme or uncomfortable but is so important.
This world moves fast, and we're always on the move. Be sure to tell your loved
ones how much you love and care about them. How much they mean to you. It's so easy to take this for granted. I spoke with my mother on the phone the day before my brother died. I asked to speak with him but she said she needed to go - they were off to run errands and then go to separate events (her to visit her boyfriend up North and him to a sleep over with friends). I said, "Please tell him I love him." She said in a rush, "I will." The next day my brother was dead and for a long time I grieved that I didn't have the chance to say the words to him directly. I wondered did he truly know how much I loved him? After all these years, I've come to terms with this. I tell my husband and son I love them every day. Not just saying the words but pausing and confirming that no matter what else is going on, they are my light.
If you are a gun owner with children or teens in your home, please lock up your guns when you're not home. My mom had a gun safe but got in the habit of placing her loaded gun in her closet and was often away on weekends. My brother could have attempted to take his life by other means but other ways have the possiblity of failure and the attemptee can been saved. Attempts with guns rarely fail.
If you've had a loved one who commmited suicide, please seek help and support. The grieving, the questions of "whys" and "what ifs", and the guilt is brutal. Hugs to you.
Thank you for reading my blog. PLEASE COMMENT so I can donate to THE TREVOR PROJECT. Be sure to enter the rafflecopter for the $50 blog prize and visit the other wonderful authors who are participating this week.
Thank you all for stopping by and celebrating with me! Joanne B. was selected for the $30 GC.
Looking forward to what's to come.
Happy Anniversary to THE GIFT! To celebrate enter a comment with your email address on May 18 - May 20 to be eligible for a $30 GC from Amazon!!
Welcome to the VS Morgan site. I'm extremely excited to be a part of a FAB giveaway from Decadent Publishing. You have the opportunity to win a Nook eReader with 45 Decadent titles - a value of over $400!!! My book, The Gift, is included!
Please be sure to comment in the Rafflecopter below to be eligible. Full details are here: http://decadentpublishing.blogspot.com/p/giveaways.html
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Comment today on what is your favorite part of the holiday season! What makes it magical to you?
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For me, snow and the holiday lights are truly magical!
I live in Minnesota, and it snowed all day Sunday. Everything is now a bright white, and it has if we were living in a snow globe. The first snow is always so pretty. I love sitting in my favorite chair watching the flakes flutter down. It's so peaceful and quiet. The only people out were shoveling their driveways.
Another part of the season that is very special to me are the lights. When I was little, my parents used to drive up to a big hill in town, where we could look down and see all the pretty Christmas lights. Even as an adult, I love all the beautiful lights on the houses, bushes and trees. It gets dark so early, and they remind me of the bright spot in life - the embodiment of hope.
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