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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Just Outside of Hope by Ron Kearse - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Ron Kearse and his new book, “Just Outside of Hope”!  For other stops on his Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Ron and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!


Just Outside of Hope
by Ron Kearse

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GENRE: LGBT Fiction

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BLURB:

Just Outside of Hope, the sequel to Road Without End, moves through the early years of the 1980s. It takes us from the Canadian Prairies to the pubs, bath houses and nude beaches of Vancouver, British Columbia.

It is now September 1980 and ex-Lieutenant Jim Whitelaw is dealing with the guilt he feels from the fall out of a military tribunal, and lingering family issues which make things worse. But just as he feels he's getting his life together, cracks appear once more and he has to make some serious decisions.

Meanwhile, in a matter of a moment, Jim's friend and sometimes lover Bert Gilhuis, finds himself trapped in a serious situation that eventually sees him set off on new adventures in Vancouver.

These are two more stories in the continuing series of the lives of gay men who lived through the most exhilarating and terrifying of times.

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EXCERPT ONE:

MAY 1983 – BERT GILHIUS:


Is this what it feels like when you wake up after sleeping for what seems like twenty years? It’s been four months since I’ve finished my prison sentence, and it still feels like the time I’ve spent inside has been some kind of bad dream.

When I went into prison in September 1981, Calgary was a boomtown where there were good jobs to be had everywhere. Now here it is May 1983, and as I walk around town, I see apartment buildings that are almost empty, for sale signs on the front lawns of houses, and I’m hearing too many stories of people leaving to get jobs in Toronto. What happened? This drastic change occurred, and I feel like I was asleep. To top it off, it’s been another frustrating morning at the Canada Manpower Centre because I’m limited in the jobs I can apply for due to the criminal record I now possess.

In spite of all that, it’s late spring, the sun is shining, and I feel okay. After being confined for eighteen months, I appreciate what a great feeling it is just to walk down a city side street and enjoy the sun whenever I want to.

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GUEST POST:

Some of My Favorite Items in My Office:

As an author, I get asked all kinds of questions about pretty much every facet of the writing and publishing process. I get asked things like, where do I get my inspiration? How do I come up with the characters? Or even, how do I cope with writer’s block? But sometimes people will ask me things like: what kind of items do you like to have in your office when you write?

Well, I don’t have an office, more like a small corner in our living room.  Even though my writing space is compact, I manage to cram, (and I do mean cram), a lot of things in that corner. Things like: A small pile of copies of my first novel Road Without End, some small electronic equipment, a small box of memory sticks, and a large tile on my desk on which to set my morning coffee. There are some things that I like to have around me while I write. For example, Yoda and a Dalek!


As far as I’m concerned, Yoda and the Dalek are the personifications of Yin and Yang, Black and White, Good and Evil, and it’s just fun to be able to look up and see them both there in front of me. Yoda looks like he’s rolling his eyes because the Dalek won’t shut up. (For those who aren’t familiar with them, The Daleks are the bad guys in the Dr. Who TV series).


My partner and I always like to have music playing. Sometimes I like to go to other places to write, especially when the weather is nice. I have my little speakers sitting within easy reach so I can take them with me anywhere I’d like to write. Generally, Jazz music, or Brian Eno-type of atmospheric music both seem to really agree with me as I write. But sometimes when I’m writing something about a specific time or place, I’ll listen to the music that was popular at the time the stories were set, or music from the area where the action takes place. For example, my novel Just Outside of Hope is set in the years 1980 and 1983, so while I was writing it I was listening to the top 100 songs of both of those years. The music helps me to get a feel for the times that I write about, and of course, many of those songs take me back to when I was in my early/mid-twenties. Inspiration and memory trips all at the same time, gotta love it.

I love art and I like lots of art on the walls. In my writing corner, I have this big, beautiful painting of a town here in British Columbia called Crescent Beach, painted by my friend Gord Snyder.


Now we come to the crowning glory! The next photo is Monsieur Goat. He is the overlord of my creative space. He oversees the creative process from his perch high atop a leather, steampunk top hat of mine. He will nod his head and smile when I’ve written something profound, or something just perfect for the scene I’m describing.

On the other hand, if I make a mistake or get lazy, he’ll give me a blast with that confounded horn he has in his hand. He’s the one that reminds me that I should be doing some kind of writing every day. Even if it’s just rough notes, I should be getting something down on paper every day.


I feel blessed and grateful to be able to do what I love in my retirement years, and that is to tell stories. I’ll be telling many more stories yet, especially if Monsieur Goat has anything to do with it.

Ron Kearse

Oh yes, and here is the hat that M. Goat sits on everyday…world’s coolest steampunk hat!


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AUTHOR BIO:


Ron Kearse lists travelling, photography, art, reading and history as his main sources of inspiration.

An artist, broadcaster, actor and writer, Ron has a colourful and varied work resumé.

Having lived a nomadic life, Ron has finally settled in Victoria, BC where he lives with his partner James Howard.

Just Outside of Hope is the second installment in the Road Without End Trilogy, he has also published a photo book of Vancouver Street Art in the mid-1980s called Lost History.

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CONNECT WITH RON:

Website:

Email:
rwkearse@gmail.com

Phone Number:
(250) 208-6227

Facebook:

Twitter:

Goodreads Author Page:

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Ron will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase is made, I may receive a small commission to help support this blog.  This does not cost you anything, it just helps pay for all those awesome giveaways on here.**

This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Stormed by Paula Quinene - Book Tour - Book Trailer - Book Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!



Hey, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Paula Quinene and her new book, “Stormed”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Paula and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!


Stormed
by Paula Quinene

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

A medical doctor educated in the United States, passionate and fierce Liz Taimanglo must now fulfill her promise and return to her island home. Liz makes the long flight across the US and the North Pacific Ocean to Guam, uncertain of what her future holds. Heading into the epicenter of her family and prime typhoon season for the Mariana Islands chain, the disquiet of her heart threatens to do more damage than any typhoon might inflict on Guam. Little does Liz know, the man featured in the newspaper would indeed unleash delicious torment rivaling even a Category 5 super typhoon.

Manny Artero is adamant about fighting for his island, his culture, and the rights of Guam’s Chamorro people, after having been fired from his teaching job. That is, until Liz walks up to him with her machete-wielding eyes and her undying respect for the American military. Manny had vowed never to risk his heart again and to become a more vocal activist, but this woman threatens to challenge all his intentions about love and life on Guam. Brushing off the safer choice, he plots a series of surprises to change her mind.

For Liz, becoming a doctor of medicine was supposed to be the right path, but her universe imploded when her training failed to save the life of the most important person in her world. Though a former US Marine, Manny could no longer accept the loss of land, rights, and freedom that Chamorros continue to suffer in their own homeland. Helpless against the strengthening attraction between them, Liz and Manny must face not only their opposing political views, but the storms stirring in their hearts and the very land upon which they stand.

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EXCERPT TWO:

Liz stood still, blindfolded. Rearranging furniture? We haven’t gone in the house yet. Water tumbled against rock perhaps, not too far from her. The striking of a match. A whiff of smoke brushed by her nose. Soft music filled the air, but Liz couldn’t make out the words because she was on edge. His surprise must be out here.

“Almost done.”

She bit her lip and swayed side to side. I might regurgitate my lunch if he doesn’t hurry up. The sun had already set so whatever he was planning, he needed to be quick. “You have about killed me with all this secrecy.” After another minute, Liz felt Manny standing behind her.

“I hope you’ll think it was worth it. Ready?”

“Very.” Liz bit her bottom lip.

“Ai, nangga hit. Wait sa’ I need to close the light.”

Oh my God I’m going to burst. It took a moment for Manny to return to her side. Liz shivered even though it wasn’t cold. It was warmer where she stood. Wood crackled. A stronger scent of burning tångantångan wood filled the air. If she bit her bottom lip any harder her teeth would puncture the gum.

The blindfold fell away. She opened her eyes and her jaw hung open; not a word came out. Liz looked at Manny then back at the firepit in front of her, a low orange flame dancing. The sound of cascading water caught her attention again. A small statue of Sirena, Guam’s mermaid, sat atop a rock. It was set off to the far-right corner with water flowing around her in a waterscape. Liz looked up. Only dusk hung over them.

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BOOK TRAILER:



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MY BOOK REVIEW:


Wow!  I have never felt so immersed in the cultural content of a book before!  The author transported me to Guam with every detailed passage!

The author provided such extensive detail I truly believe I pictured every scene just as the author had intended when she wrote it.

I absolutely loved the historical enrichment and authentic narrative!!

It is clear the author did a thorough and extensive amount of research while constructing this book.  That plus her own unique advantage of growing up on Guam created reliable and credible details throughout the story line.

I honestly had very little knowledge about Guam or her people before reading this book series.  This book provided such strong insight and gave this reader a better understanding of how Guam became liberated, the people of Guam aka the Chamorro, and Guam’s beautiful culture and traditions.  Quinene made the story both educational and intriguing without sounding monotone.

I really enjoyed the main characters, Liz and Manny.  There was an obvious attraction and an enjoyable lead up of them trying to fight their feelings.  I also really enjoyed catching back up with the main characters from book one, Jesi and Johan!  It was great to see how their lives had unfolded and played out.

However, I felt that this book had a bit of an overwhelming amount of characters with multiple nicknames.  Thankfully the author provided a names and character reference section at the back of the book which really helped for a quick check to identify the character's details.

I loved all the extras at the end of the book!  The author included a map of Guam in 1992, a recipe section for chocolate sugar cookies and custard pie, a glossary, a names and characters reference section, a places reference section, and a list of the many books and online articles used while writing this book!  These extras really enhanced the story and provided important details for the reader to follow along in the story.  I also can’t wait to try the recipe for the chocolate sugar cookies!

I enjoyed that the author used many Chamorro written phrases throughout the book which only added to the genuineness of the story!  However, at times it felt a bit confusing.  Thankfully, the author included a glossary at the end of the book which provided a Chamorro to English translation and came in very handy for this reader.

There are some predictable scenes.  However, there are still a few very unexpected twists and turns that you won’t see coming!

This book is Book Two in The Set in Guam Book Series.  I had previously read book one before reading this book.  This book can absolutely be read as a standalone without any confusion.  However, there is significant story line and character overlap that I believe this book would be even better enjoyed having started with book one.

All in all, there were just a couple hang-ups for me, but overall, I still enjoyed reading this book and would still recommend it!  I think all historical and contemporary romance readers will like this book too!  So, add it to your TBR List and get to reading – you won’t be disappointed!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**

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AUTHOR BIO:


Born and raised on Guam, Paula Quinene continues to take pride in her Chamorro heritage. The Chamorros are the native people of Guam and the Mariana Islands. Paula, like many of her fellow islanders, left home to pursue a higher education. A resident of North Carolina since 2000, Paula’s homesickness has resulted in her Guam cookbooks, A Taste of Guam and Remember Guam, and her Guam romance novels, Conquered and Stormed. 

Follow Paula’s Guam food and romance novel antics at the links below.

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CONNECT WITH PAULA:

Website:

Blog:

Email:
pquinene@paulaq.com

Facebook:

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Goodreads Author Page:

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Amazon Kindle eBook:

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Paula will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase is made, I may receive a small commission to help support this blog.  This does not cost you anything, it just helps pay for all those awesome giveaways on here.**

This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Arresting the Warlord by Gail Koger - Book Tour - Exclusive Excerpt - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Gail Koger and her new book, “Arresting the Warlord”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Gail and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!


Arresting the Warlord
by Gail Koger

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GENRE: Sci-Fi Romance

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BLURB:

CeeCee Tsosie is a Navajo Nation police officer and shaman with the ability to control the weather. She’ll admit arresting Jake Jones, a Coletti Warlord, for speeding was not one of her better decisions. But hey, the law was the law and the drop-dead gorgeous warlord pushed every one of her buttons. She might have been a tad over-zealous with her rainstorm and stun gun, but the Jackass had it coming.

An alien serial killer is stalking the Navajo Nation. The Coletti Empire is hunting a galactic fugitive. Turns out they need each other’s help to stop the shapeshifting predator. Can she work with the Jackass? Can Jake convince CeeCee she’s the one? Only time, and the spirits will tell.

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT:

I woke up sprawled across a warm, masculine chest. I rubbed my cheek against the firm muscles. He felt so good. I bet he tasted good too. I went to lick a nipple covered with a smattering of hair and froze as everything came rushing back. What was I doing? Had I lost my mind?  Probably. I wanted to taste every inch of the Jackass. How sad was that?

Jake’s breath stirred my hair.

I took a cautious peek. His eyes were closed like he was sleeping, but he was a hyper-vigilant warlord. Was he playing possum? More than likely. I tilted my head for a better look at his fine body. Jake was wearing red plaid boxer shorts and socks. A giggle escaped me.

“Hey! Show some respect. They’re made from the tartan plaid of our Scottish Highlander’s clan,” Jake groused.

“Apologies, but I thought warlords went commando.”

“Nope, all the Jones’ boys wear tartan plaid.”

“Even the General?”

“Him too. Ethan and Quinn are the only ones who occasionally go commando.”

“Good to know. What happened to my armor?”

“I deactivated it. It’s hard to cuddle with it on.”

I eyed him suspiciously. “Just cuddle?”

“Actually, I require your naked body against mine.” Jake was suddenly kissing me like a starving man.

A shockwave of need hit me and all I wanted was for him to fuck me blind.

“Your wish is my command,” Jake murmured in my mind.

A ghostly finger circled my clit, rubbing it until the bombardment of pleasure had me squirming.

“Like that, do you?”

My breath came in fast, shallow pants. “No. Not. At all.”

“Liar.”

My eyes rolled back in my head as two marauding fingers pumped into me hard and deep while his thumb continued to lazily circle my clit. “Oh. My. God. Oh. My. God.”

“Not God, I’m just really good at mental sex.” Jake suckled my right nipple and my mind completely shut down as ecstasy cascaded through me. “You’re mine, buttercup, for all eternity.” His possessive hands were everywhere, stroking me, claiming me. “I’ll never let you go.”

I came with embarrassing speed and when the brain jelling climax hit me, I literally saw stars. “Whoa! All that practice. Really paid off.”

“Are you calling me a man whore?”

“I’ve heard stories about how often Coletti warriors go to pleasure houses.”

“A warrior has needs after a battle,” Jake replied.

A dangerous edge to my voice, I warned, “I don’t share. You touch another woman and I’ll cut it off.”

“Not gonna be a problem, buttercup.” A shit eating grin spread across Jake’s face. “The only woman I want to touch is you.”

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AUTHOR BIO:


I was a 9-1-1 dispatcher for the Glendale Police Department and to keep from going totally bonkers – I mean people have no idea of what a real emergency is. Take this for an example: I answered, “9-1-1 emergency, what’s your emergency?” And this hysterical woman yelled, “My bird is in a tree.” Sometimes I really couldn’t help myself, so I said, “Birds have a tendency to do that, ma’am.” The woman screeched, “No! You don’t understand. My pet parakeet is in the tree. I’ve just got to get him down.” Like I said, not a clue. “I’m sorry ma’am, but we don’t get birds out of trees.” The woman then cried, “But… What about my husband? He’s up there, too.” See what I had to deal with? To keep from hitting myself repeatedly in the head with my phone, I took up writing.

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CONNECT WITH GAIL:

Website:

Email:
gkoger58@q.com

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Gail will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.



**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase is made, I may receive a small commission to help support this blog.  This does not cost you anything, it just helps pay for all those awesome giveaways on here.**

This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.