Welcome to my blog! I'm very excited to participate in the Fairy Tale Magic Blop Hop!
Hunter's Mark, my Beyond Fairytales book via Decadent Publishing, releases October 10.
Comment to be eligible for the following prizes on my site:
1) Wolf pendants
2) $10 Amazon Gift Card
3) SWAG (magnets, signed postcards, LED key chains, pens and memory fobs)
Also be sure to participate in the hop's grand prize ($100 Amazon Gift Card!) below.
The link list to the other amazing people participating in this blog hop is at the bottom of this post.
As a child, I was completely fascinated with fairy tales. I greatly enjoyed the traditional stories and the contemporary retellings of these works. As an adult, I also love the naughty, twisted tales, as well. So when Decadent Publishing posted a new line for twists and re-imaginings from assigned stories, I knew I had to be a part of it.
I was assigned the Grimm Tale "The Skillful Huntsman." I've linked the title to the complete story, but I'll summarize here:
A young man becomes a locksmith by trade, taught by his father. He decides to go out into the world and do something else. He encounters a huntsman and learns from him how to be a huntsman and is given a special gun that never misses.
He goes off on his own and comes upon three giants. They want a princess who is locked away in a palace, which is guarded by a tiny dog that barks and wakes everyone who comes near. The Huntsman kills the dog (eek) and goes to check out the princess. While she sleeps he helps himself to some items including part of her clothes (stalkeriness!) Then decides he can't turn her over to the giants' mercy. So he tricks them, chops off their heads, and removes their tongues placing them in his bag (must be lined with Fabreeze!) as trophies. Then he's off wandering the world again.
The next morning the King and the princess find the dead giants. The King's nasty Captain takes credit, and the King says the princess is to marry the awful man. She says no, and the King says she has to dress like a peasant and go out into the world. So she borrows pottery and sets up a stand. The King not happy that his daughter is out there, has carts wreck her stand and break all the pottery (control freak King!). She doesn't have enough money to pay for the pottery, so the King sets her up in a cottage in the woods where she serves food but doesn't charge money for it since she still refusesto marry his captain.
The Huntsman comes along and has a meal. They have a connection, and he shares that he was the one that actually killed the giants. And he has proof! The King tricks his Captain with a question, and throws the Captain in prison and ultimately has him killed in a very gruesome manner. The Princess and the Huntsman marry, his family comes to live with them, and eventually the Huntsman rules the land with his lady.
So what did I come up with? Hunter, who is a wolf shifter assassin who kills only horrible humans. Pottery artist Casey is a wolf shifter who doesn't know about other shifter having been raised by humans. I used many symbolic elements of the original story. The dog (cute and very alive in my version!), the pottery, the food without charging a fee, the hunter's marksmanship, along with others I will leave you to discover. Below is the blurb and excerpt from HUNTER'S MARK, releasing October 10.
Artist Casey Smith lives a quiet life, under the radar of his enemies, until one fateful night he loses control and the astonishing image of a wolf racing down a suburban street splashes all over social media.
Hunter’s bullet never misses its target. The assassin seeks out and kills his prey with a clear conscience by following two simple rules: 1) Don’t kill innocents 2) Don’t kill shifters.
Realizing his latest assignment violates those rules, the hunter activates Princess Protocol and the assassin becomes the protector. Red hot attraction flares between the hit man and his former target. Can Hunter resist the sweet shifter in his care?
EXCERPT (with language edited)
He stepped closer to Casey’s stall but stumbled over something small and furry. The toe of one Birkenstock caught on a clump of grass as he attempted not to trample the little beast, and he ass-planted with said beast jumping onto his chest to give him a broad doggie smile.
His buddy laughed piss-your-pants-hard in his ear. F**k a duck.
The target he’d worked so hard to observe remotely sank to the ground between his sprawled-out legs, peeling the tiny hairball off his chest and setting it on the ground.
“I’m so sorry! Are you okay?”
Big blue eyes fringed with long, pale lashes scanned his body while strong yet gentle hands moved over his ankles and legs, searching for an injury. Oh, a toucher. His wolf basked in the tactile attention. His breath hitched as those hands glided past his knees and skimmed his thighs.
Damn, he needed to get laid after this assignment.
“Oh, my, what a li’l sweetie. Look at those freckles! I wonder if he’s got them everywhere. I’d like to lick them,” Rex crowed in his ear.
The other man chortled. “Possessive, much?”
He inhaled deeply, only to be slammed with the force of a Mack truck. Strawberries on a warm summer’s day and fresh-cut grass—shit, his target smelled delicious. He took another breath, and his brain reeled. He’s a wolf shifter, too? F**k.
Casey’s brows furrowed. “Where are you hurt?”
He forced a smile. “I’m fine. No worries.”
Casey returned the smile, his wide and high beam combined with sparkling eyes. Hunter stared as warmth wrapped around him like a blanket. He had no ammo against such a happy, open expression. The guy f**king glowed.
Sara Daniel is visiting today! I had the opportunity to read her latest release, A Model Hero. Absolutely loved it! Please say hey to Sara and be sure to enter her giveaway.
Spotlight on A Model Hero
by Sara Daniel
It’s a new month! Time to pull out your Calendar Men calendars. While you’re doing that, I’ll give you some background on how they came into existence…
Leonidas Russo is a former US Marine-turned-fashion model. He uses his connections in the fashion world to put a call out for models to be featured in a charity calendar he's put together to honor the memory of his brother, an Army soldier who died in the Afghan war. Proceeds for the calendar in the stories will benefit The Fallen Warriors Family Fund, a charity that gives scholarships and assistance to the families left behind.
All together now, flip the calendar page up and gaze in adoration and unabashed lust at the ripped physique and chiseled face of Mr. September. This is his story…
A Model Hero
Gretchen Meyers is a full-figured woman living in a model thin world. Desperate to end her mother's constant, nagging stream of dieting and fashion “advice,” Gretchen tackles the challenge of reviving her mother’s faltering modeling agency. All she needs is to woo back Kyle Ramsey, once the hottest model in the country.
Making the preemptive choice to turn his back on his career seemed Kyle’s only option until Gretchen comes calling. He doesn’t care what she wants to offer him, the answer is no. Still, he’s intrigued by her refreshing personality and all her lovely, lush curves.
When tragedy strikes, Kyle finds comfort and healing in Gretchen’s arms. But he can’t trust her with his career-ending secret and she doesn’t believe their relationship will survive the long term. He’s perfect and she’s not even close. Can the fragile ties holding them together survive Kyle’s opportunity to become a true model hero?
The restaurant scene, then, had done its job. Gretchen would have to send Jamie flowers. No, she’d send a box of fattening chocolates instead. “Did you enjoy your evening after I left?”
Kyle’s gaze narrowed, he pushed himself out of the chair. “Did you arrange with Jamie to drop by our table?”
“How could I, when I had no idea where we were going for dinner until we were there?” Not to mention, she’d have preferred to sever essential body parts than ask Jamie Feldman for anything. But her irrational possessiveness was her own problem. “The important thing is you had a good time, and you’re ready to make up for everything you’ve been missing over the past year.”
“Those things aren’t important at all.” He advanced on her slowly.
She took a step back and came up against the door she’d closed a moment before.
Kyle flashed a predatory smile. He took her purse and briefcase from her shoulder, setting them aside. Then he rested his forearms on either side of her head and stared into her eyes, his lips a scant inch from hers as he spoke. “I’m here for you. Our date deserves another shot.”
Her heart thundered. The thick eyelashes framing his gray-green eyes mesmerized her. He stood too near for her to formulate a coherent response. This much physical perfection and sex appeal should be outlawed. Her mind was not equipped to handle it.
“What do you say?” he asked.
Yes, take me. “I say, why me?” Her voice rose with an embarrassing squeak as she struggled to compose a rational argument and remind herself she was in her office, just feet away from her employees who’d never seen her anything less than one hundred percent professional. “I get why you went out with me on Saturday. You’d shut yourself away from the world, and I was the first woman to find you. But you’ve been reminded you can have Jamie or anyone else you crook your finger for. Why do you still want me?”
His gaze softened with a tenderness that pierced her heart. He brushed his thumb along her cheek. “How could I not want you, Gretchen? You’re smart and funny and beautiful and not afraid to let a guy who has no idea what you like order for you on a first date.”
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by Angel Martinez
Mischief Corner Books
Victor and Cody have the American dream - a house, two cars, upwardly mobile income, and each other - but all is not well in paradise. Cody's trust in other people’s goodwill led to one recent assault. A few months later, a friend’s betrayal leads to another. Battered every waking moment by fear and shame, all his joyful creative energy transforms into brittle, aggressive lashing out.
Victor, wracked by guilt and shackled to a grueling, time-devouring career, must find a way to help Cody back from the darkness and to keep him safe from his self-destructive behavior. With the help of a common-sense therapist, some loyal friends and Cody's own impetuous nature, their recovery and their relationship might even stand a chance.
Please Note: This is a re-edited third addition with expanded content. (Formerly titled Aftermath)
Angel Martinez is the erotic fiction pen name of a writer of several genres who writes mainly Science Fiction and Fantasy with gay heroes. Currently living part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware, (and full time inside the author's head) Angel has one husband, one son, two cats, a changing variety of other furred and scaled companions, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate.
For more information on Angel’s work, please visit:
Website: Erotic Fiction for the Hungry Mind
I'm very honored to have Angel Martinez on the blog today talking about a very important topic and her book Restoration.
Hi V.S.! Thank you for inviting me to your blog for Day 8 of the Restoration Blog Tour.
For anyone just joining us – this is not your usual Angel Martinez adventure story, and is not a happy, fluffy story. This is a story about a couple’s struggle to recover from sexual assault. For many of these posts, I’ve taken some time to debunk the myths about male rape. Today, though, I want to look at support for men who have survived rape.
It’s a horrible thing, but so much in our social makeup encourages men to stay silent about rape. This is, of course, what the rapist wants, and only benefits the criminal. But it can be very difficult for men to share what has happened. There is pressure to stay silent and therefore stay strong. Some men take years to begin to talk about what happened.
From the online support site Pandora’s Aquarium:
· You are NOT alone.
It is estimated that 1 in 6 men are survivors of sexual violence.
· You are NOT to blame.
Male survivors often feel responsible for their assault / abuse or that they should have been "stronger" and able to stop it. Sexual assault is not about physical strength; it is about power.
· It's okay to hurt, cry, and ask for help.
In our society we're told that "boys don't cry". We believe that male survivors need to be able to express the pain they are feeling, and that reaching out to other survivors is a show of strength.
Like the site listed about, there are online support site where you can interact with other survivors and find support anonymously if you feel you’re not ready to talk to someone in person.
If you have been assaulted, please reach out. You don’t have to go through this alone.
Other Resources for Male Surviviors:
Male Survivor: A comprehensive site on male victimization, including a message board and healing weekends of recovery
Menweb: Male child sexual abuse
Hope for Healing: Listing of support forums and survivor groups
If you are in crisis and need someone to talk to, or if you need advice:
Male Rape Support Association: 07932 898274
AMSOSA: 0845 4309371
Childline (Under 18): 0800 1111
Men's Advice Line - 0808 801 0327 (For men in abusive relationship)
RAINN: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) (for male and female survivors)
Domestic Violence Helpline: 1-888-7HELPLINE (for men and women)
Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline: 08 9223 1199
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.