Book Review Blast by El: Wet, Hot, Australian Christmas, by A.V. Sanders

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Welcome to the blitz tour for A.V. Sanders’ Wet, Hot, Australian Christmas! This short novella came out this past December, but we’re bringing it back today for a fun Christmas in July special giveaway!

(I especially love the little shark on the banner saying ‘hi’ to us!)

So check out the book below, including my review, and be sure to enter the giveaway for your chance to win some awesome Christmas (in July) presents!

Wet, Hot, Australian Christmas, by A.V. Sanders
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: December 16, 2015

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Release Day Review: Ghosts, by Jackie Keswick

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Ghosts, by Jackie Keswick
Series: The Power of Zero, Book 2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 10, 2016)
Genres: Gay, M/M, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Buy Links: eBook (Publisher)

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Blurb:

keswick-ghostsJack Horwood doesn’t do families. Or Christmas. From the time his mother sold him to her pimp to the moment he walked out on the man he loved, Christmas has always been about change and painful choices. This year seems no different. Helping Daniel and Nico recover from their imprisonment and hunting down those responsible puts Jack in a frame of mind he doesn’t want to inflict on anyone. Least of all Gareth and the tentative relationship they’ve started to rebuild.

But Gareth, for whom Christmas is all about new beginnings, won’t let Jack take the easy way out. He makes him face his ghosts instead. Even when said ghosts invade their bedroom.

When Daniel’s parents are found, Jack is determined to settle the matter without involving Daniel at all. But fate decrees otherwise, and it’s Gareth who helps him finally understand that the strongest bonds are those forged together. Once he gets that, Jack can step up and make a decision designed to lay his ghosts to rest—for good.

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Book Blast: What Happens at Christmas, by Jay Northcote

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Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh

What Happens At Christmas, by Jay Northcote
Publisher: Jaybird Press (November 19, 2015)
Word Count: approx. 37,000 words
Genre: Gay (M/M) Romance, Contemporary

Happy Release Day to Jay Northcote and her newest novella, What Happens at Christmas! This is an incredibly sweet holiday short story, about two long-time friends who finally work up the courage to become something more.

Looking for a Christmastime romance to keep you warm this winter? Keep reading for an excerpt from the novel, and don’t forget to check out the giveaway… you could win an e-book from Jay’s backlist and a $10 gift certificate!

And check out my review of What Happens At Christmas here!

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Blurb:

When two friends pose as boyfriends, could what happens at Christmas turn into something more?

Justin is recently and unhappily single. Christmas is coming, and he doesn’t want to face his ex alone at their office party. So Sean—Justin’s best mate and long-time secret crush—volunteers to go with him and pretend to be his new flame.

Sean has always lusted after Justin from afar, but there’s never been a good opportunity to ask him for more than friendship. Posing as Justin’s boyfriend isn’t a chore, and if Justin wants to rebound onto him, Sean’s more than willing. At the party pretence and reality blur, and a kiss on the dance floor leads to a night of passion.

In the aftermath, they both assume it was a one-time thing until fate intervenes. Stuck together in London over the holidays, they give in to temptation again. But what happens at Christmas stays at Christmas… right?

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An Interview with Amy Jo Cousins, author of “Real World”!

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I’m absolutely ecstatic to be joined today by Amy Jo Cousins, one of the most amazing romance authors I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading! Her newest book, Real World, came out yesterday, and is the fifth in her Bend or Break series.

I absolutely loved Real World, which was “flawless, gorgeous, with characters so real they practically jumped off the page”. It’s the perfect holiday romance, and I’m thrilled to be revisiting Tom and Reese.

If you haven’t read Off Campus or the rest of the Bend or Break series, you can still read Real World, although you should totally check out the other books as well.

So without further ado…


El: Hi Amy Jo! Thank you so much for joining me here today. The entire Bend or Break series is absolutely incredible, and Real World was a blast to read!

AJ: Thank you for the lovely words about the books! I have had such fun with this series. I had no idea it would still be going strong for this many books!

cousins-real-worldEl: The first question I wanted to ask was about your original image for the series. Was it always going to be multiple books following these interconnected characters, or did you start out with only Reese and Tom’s story in mind?

AJ: I didn’t even know it was going to be one book at first. I was training for a marathon, and whenever I had my long runs, this scene kept getting stuck in my head: one guy taking care of another guy, who was injured, and then the caretaking becoming something more. After a month or two, it was clear I needed to write this down. 🙂 And that became Off Campus. But it wasn’t until I was talking to my agent, and she asked me if I had more books planned in a series, that I realized I did. I knew I wanted to write about Jack, the antagonist, and Cash and Steph. But the rest of the series has been a surprise to me. The ideas keep coming, so I keep writing!

El: I’m not complaining if it means we get more in this series!

AJ: Thank you! I’ve really enjoyed following this extended group of friends around.

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El: I wanted to ask about “Real World” first, since it just came out yesterday… what made you decide to revisit Reese and Tom?

AJ: I loved writing about Tom and Reese so much. I was emotionally invested in that story, more so than usual for me. And I was happy with how I left them at the end of Off Campus. I’m excessively fond of realism in romance, and for me, two guys of that age, still in college, really only had a HFN ending to their story, not a HEA. And I wanted that HEA! So I always hoped I’d get a chance to revisit them. And because my editor Christa is an awesome and amazing woman, she signed on for a holiday novella where I could really wallow in the sappy, mushy stuff for their forever HEA. But not until I made them work for it, of course.

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Book Review: What Happens at Christmas, by Jay Northcote

northcote-happens-at-christmasWhat Happens at Christmas, by Jay Northcote
Release Date: November 19, 2015

Rating: 4 out of 5

Buy Link: Amazon

* I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review. *

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When two friends pose as boyfriends, could what happens at Christmas turn into something more?

Justin is recently and unhappily single. Christmas is coming, and he doesn’t want to face his ex alone at their office party. So Sean—Justin’s best mate and long-time secret crush—volunteers to go with him and pretend to be his new flame.

Sean has always lusted after Justin from afar, but there’s never been a good opportunity to ask him for more than friendship. Posing as Justin’s boyfriend isn’t a chore, and if Justin wants to rebound onto him, Sean’s more than willing. At the party pretence and reality blur, and a kiss on the dance floor leads to a night of passion.

In the aftermath, they both assume it was a one-time thing until fate intervenes. Stuck together in London over the holidays, they give in to temptation again. But what happens at Christmas stays at Christmas… right?

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Blog Tour: Winter Wonderland, by Heidi Cullinan!

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WINTER WONDERLAND, BY HEIDI CULLINAN

RELEASE DATE: November 10, 2015

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Welcome to the blog tour stop for Winter Wonderland, the newest release from the incredibly talented Heidi Cullinan, and the third book in her “Minnesota Christmas” series!

In my review, I called Winter Wonderland, “Funny, quirky, and delightfully dirty,” with “truly fantastic and fully-believable characters”. The novel stands alone in the series, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a holiday read that focuses on emotions and family.

Keep reading for an excerpt from the novel, as well as your chance to win a “Minnesota Christmas” prize pack that includes paperbacks of all three books and more!

Finding Mr. Right can be a snow lot of fun.

Paul Jansen was the only one of his friends who wanted a relationship. Naturally, he’s the last single man standing. No gay man within a fifty-mile radius wants more than casual sex. No one, that is, except too-young, too-twinky Kyle Parks, who sends him suggestive texts and leaves X-rated snow sculptures on his front porch.

Kyle is tired of being the town’s resident Peter Pan. He’s twenty-five, not ten, and despite his effeminate appearance, he’s nothing but the boss in bed. He’s loved Paul since forever, and this Christmas, since they’re both working on the Winter Wonderland festival, he might finally get his chance for a holiday romance.

But Paul comes with baggage. His ultra-conservative family wants him paired up with a woman, not a man with Logan’s rainbow connection. When their anti-LGBT crusade spills beyond managing Paul’s love life and threatens the holiday festival, Kyle and Paul must fight for everyone’s happily ever after, including their own.

Warning: Contains erotic snow art, toppy twinks, and super-sweet holiday moments. Best savored with a mug of hot chocolate with a dash of spice.

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