New Release Alert: Who We Were by Melissa Collins

Release Blitz for Who We Were by Melissa Collins
A M/M contemporary romance

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Who We Were…

Two awkward teenagers – the loner and the nerd, trying to find our place in the world. Paired in wood shop, we knew nothing of each other, except that we wanted to know everything. Then one life altering moment changed it all and we were left with shattered dreams and broken hearts.

Who We Are…

Two grown men – braver and smarter than we used to be, trying to heal the damage from that irrevocable moment. Even though the past was behind us, dead and buried long ago, we found it impossible to move on without ripping open the scars of our deep wounds.

With twelve years of unanswered questions fueling our desperate need for the truth, we must figure out if who we were will destroy who we are.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Melissa Collins has always been a book worm. Studying Literature in college ensured that her nose was always stuck in a book. She followed her passion for reading to the most logical career choice: English teacher. Her hope was to share her passion for reading and the escapism of books to her students. Having spent more than a decade in front of a classroom, she can easily say that it’s been a dream.
Her passion for writing didn’t start until more recently. When she was home on maternity leave in early 2012, she read her first romance novel and her head filled with the passion, angst and laughter of the characters who she read about it. It wasn’t long before characters of her own took shape in her mind. Their lives took over Melissa’s brain and The Love Series was born.

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Release Blitz: Snow Falling by Davidson King

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SNOW FALLING

DAVIDSON KING

M/M ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

RELEASE DATE: 11.28.17

 

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After running from a past destined to kill him, Snow has been hiding on the streets.

Tell nobody your name.

Tell nobody your secrets.

Trust nobody!

These are the rules of the streets.

His entire life changes when he saves an eight-year-old boy from a violent end.

Christopher Manos is one of the most powerful crime bosses in the country.

Don’t ask anyone to do something you aren’t willing to do yourself.

Secrets can get you killed.

Trust nobody!

These are the rules he lives by.

When his eight-year-old nephew disappears, he never expects the boy’s savior to end up being his own.

A man with a dangerous past and a man with a dangerous future find love amidst murder and mayhem. But with Snow’s life being threatened at every turn, will Christopher’s best be enough to prevent Snow Falling?

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I should have known I wouldn’t get far. Frank grabbed my arm. “He’s not my kid. His pop will very much want to speak with you. Something tells me if you walk out that door, you’ll disappear, and I don’t have time to go lookin’ for you. So, I think you’ll come with us for now.” His firm tone made it clear it wasn’t a question.

When I looked around the police station, I was shocked that no cops were interfering in what was clearly a kidnapping. I shouldn’t have been too surprised. After all, in my book, police didn’t have a very good track record for doing what was right.

“Stranger danger!” I yelled, which just made Simon laugh.

“No, Snow, we aren’t strangers anymore. You come home and my pop will protect you. That’s what he does.”

Who the hell was his pop? Surviving was a lot about picking your battles. Looking around the precinct, it was obvious my choices weren’t going to win out. Frank and his goons weren’t going to let me pass. On the off chance I got away, then I’d have Roy and these guys chasing me.

“I don’t think I have a choice, do I?” Frank shook his head. “Okay then. Onward, my good man!”

If the limo wasn’t a huge giveaway that Simon’s pop was disgustingly rich, the enormous mansion with the iron gate was.  Two large Ms were worked into the iron. The house had a medieval look about it. A fountain of fear was on display in the middle of the circular driveway, some sort of gargoyles spitting water out of their mouths… or was it their eyes?  Gray stone, iron, and darkness made up this house. Whoever this guy was, he wasn’t just rich, he was powerful. Leaning over, I whispered in Simon’s ear, “Is your pop Tony Stark?”

Simon chuckled. “No silly, he’s Christopher Manos.”

Christopher Manos? Oh, son of a bitch. At least Iron Man was on the right side of justice.

“Come on, Snow, you can meet my pop!” Simon grabbed my hand and pulled me out of the limo with all his might. When we came to the stone steps and I looked up, I came face to face with not only the most dangerous man in this city, but the most gorgeous. He was broad, and I could see the muscles in his arms and legs even through his expensive suit. He had midnight black hair and obsidian eyes. There was no doubt he and Simon were related.

“Pop!” Simon ran into his arms. The man didn’t miss a beat. He scooped Simon up without ever taking his eyes off me. “That’s Snow. He saved me.”

“Mr. Manos, it’s a pleasure to meet you. I’ll have you know, I didn’t want to come here. I was forced. You have a beautiful home and a great kid and if you just let me go, I’ll happily walk home.”

He stared at me coldly. “You don’t know my home is beautiful, you haven’t seen it. Let’s rectify that. Come in.” He turned and walked inside. The nudge from Frank was likely the only encouragement I’d get.

I hope I don’t die.

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Davidson King, always had a hope that someday her daydreams would become real-life stories. As a child, you would often find her in her own world, thinking up the most insane situations. It may have taken her awhile, but she made her dream come true with her first published work, Snow Falling.

When she’s not writing you can find her blogging away on Diverse Reader, her review and promotional site. She managed to wrangle herself a husband who matched her crazy and they hatched three wonderful children.

If you were to ask her what gave her the courage to finally publish, she’d tell you it was her amazing family and friends. Support is vital in all things and when you’re afraid of your dreams, it will be your cheering section that will lift you up.

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New Release: Regret by Christina Lee

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REGRET

CHRISTINA LEE

M/M ROMANCE

RELEASE DATE: 06.26.17

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When Brian “Brin” Schubert’s condo floods, he takes his co-worker up on the offer to stay on his crappy futon for a while. The last thing he expects is for his friend’s roommate to be the one guy he despises the most. The same guy who stomped on his heart senior year of high school. And by the looks of the girl on his arm, the same man who’s still deep inside the closet.

Nicholas Dell never predicted that eleven years later, one of his greatest regrets would show up on his doorstep down on his luck. Nick has made some terrible mistakes—story of his life—and he’s been paying for them ever since. And if the guilt and shame aren’t enough, his first crush had to turn into one of the sexiest men he’s ever laid eyes on.

Nick and Brin have weeks to steer clear of each other. Weeks to avoid strangling each other. But when stubbornness leads to skyrocketing sexual tension, hate-sex doesn’t seem like such an awful way to work through their frustration. Except hate is a powerful emotion, especially when it’s turned inward. And in Nick’s case he’s been drowning in a sea of self-loathing for so long, he can’t see his way out.

As Brin reconnects with Nick, his perception of what really happened in their past begins to change. He’s finally ready to forgive him and take a second chance on the one guy who stirs him like no other. But Nick’s demons are complicated, heart-wrenching…demanding. So devastating, he might never allow himself true happiness—even with the one man who’s always owned his heart.

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 “Brin, let me introduce you to my roommate,” Elijah said as I followed him through the short hallway to the living room. “This is Nick and his friend, Sarah.”

Sarah’s curly locks were nearly as blond as mine and Nick’s black hair was mostly tucked beneath a worn blue baseball cap. The two of them were cozy on the couch, Sarah sitting with her legs tucked under her and Nick with his ankle crossed over his knee. They were eating Chinese food off paper plates resting in their laps. Sarah simply waved as her mouth was full from a bite of food but Nick responded, “Hey, how you doing?” after swallowing a piece of what looked like an egg roll.

The smell of fried rice hit my nostrils and when my stomach rumbled in response, I realized just how famished I was. I was dying to dive right into the second brown bag resting on the coffee table that more than likely contained my food, but I didn’t want to be rude.

When Nick leaned forward with an outstretched hand, for some reason I zeroed right in on the neatly groomed scruff on his chin. When he tilted his face to look directly into my eyes, I froze, our fingers interlocked. A startled gasp sprang from my lips, and Nick’s eyebrows slammed together in confusion right before they lifted straight to his hairline.

The same cherry-colored lips, with a center dimple drilled into his chin. Those sad, amber-colored eyes that shuttered out the world.

Holy fuck. Elijah’s roommate was Nicholas Dell.

The same Nicholas Dell from Jefferson High who practically ruined me for other guys.

The same Devil’s third baseman that begged his math tutor to suck his cock in the locker room after practice.

And given the female nestled up beside him, it was the same Nicholas Dell who was still deep in the closet.

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Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son–her two favorite guys. She’s addicted to lip balm, coffee, and kissing. Because everything is better with kissing.

She writes MM Contemporary as well as Adult and New Adult Romance. She believes in happily-ever-afters for all, so reading and writing romance for everybody under the rainbow helps quench her soul.

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Getting to know Avylinn Winter

And we’re back with a new instalment of Getting to know… Today, our guest is Wattpad sensation Avylinn Winter.  We first met last autumn through a mutual friend and spent a great day together drinking coffee, eating pastries at a wonderful café just outside of Stockholm and writing. Volatile, Avylinn’s debut novel, launched recently and it’s already getting rave reviews. 

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Avylinn Winter, author of Volatile and Wattpad sensation

Avylinn, I am so glad you could join us today. And congrats to the release of Volatile!  I’ve been following the reviews and readers are really connecting with it–but we saw that already on Wattpad.  Let’s get started, could you tell our readers a little about yourself?  

I’m from a smallish town in Sweden, but I’ve moved around a bit since I left my hometown ten years ago. Currently, I’m based in Stockholm, which is a great city with loads of possibilities. I’m one of those boring people who don’t have a lot of interests outside of work and writing. I used to ride horses, but after an accident last year, I’ve stopped that endeavor. I guess I should take up another hobby soon, but I’ve not found anything that holds my interest for long.

I think we don’t need a lot of hobbies. If you have one or two things that make you happy, then that works. 🙂 I don’t have many–mostly writing and traveling and enjoying good food. 🙂 

 

volatile_9781786514547_xlrgSo tell me, what is your favorite part of being a writer? 

I love creating characters and stories, and I absolutely love to discuss my creations with readers. I have a very fulfilling interaction with my readers on Wattpad, and it’s absolutely wonderful. Without that interaction, I’m not sure I would have continued to write these last three years.

Did you always know you wanted to be an author? 

I’m not sure there was a particular moment. I more or less grew into it, I guess. When I began posting stories for free online, it was more of a steady progression than a sudden realization. I’m still not sure I’m an author to be honest.

Trust me, you are definitely an author. You’ve been writing such great M/M stories that are connecting with readers. I’d say you are a natural born storyteller. When you write, would you say you are a plotter or pantster?

I’m definitely a pantser, but I do try to have a general idea of how I want the story to develop. It’s more like a guide than a strict plan, however. And most of the times, my characters end up going their own way, leaving me behind to chase after them. I have a feeling I might plan a bit more if I end up writing more plot-driven stories in the future. With character based stories it seems natural for me to let them have their way once in a while.

What about writing spaces? I know I love writing in cafés. I also love sitting on my balcony and writing (when Swedish weather permits). What about you? Where’s your  favorite writing space? 

I mostly write from my couch, staring at the screen with next to no distractions in the background. I’m not one of those who can work to music, instead I prefer silence. I’ve tried other settings as well, but it doesn’t work as well. I think I need my peace and quiet.

What’s your typical day of writing like?

I don’t write all that often, actually. I typically write a chapter on Saturdays or Sundays when I have enough time on my hands. I prefer longer sessions where I can finish a chapter since I post all of them as first drafts on Wattpad. I have a loose schedule that my readers keep reminding me of. Some days I tend to sit until I’m finished without stopping in between, other days I take breaks, so I’m not sure if I can tell you what’s my typical day. I try to keep the pressure low, that’s all.

I know what you mean. Some days I can write for hours until my fingers hurt. Other times, I can write a couple of scenes and then take a break. Sometimes I can spend hours just looking for images that help inspire my writing. What about you? When you write, do you imagine any particular actors/actresses as your leads? Or do you find inspiration elsewhere?

I usually have a face of a model or an actor in mind when I write because it helps me focus on certain physical aspects that I might otherwise forget. I’m not a very visual writer, so it really helps me along. I’ve also found that it helps me keep descriptions solid throughout a series since I have the worst memory ever and keep forgetting to type up what traits I’ve used to describe someone. I’m very inefficient that way.

Readers often ask me if I have a favourite character. I think it changes based on my mood. What about you? Have you got a favourite character that you’ve created? 

I think I have to say Joachim. He’s in the third book of the Treacherous Chemistry series. I can relate a lot to Joachim, and I think that’s why I like him so much. He’s from Stockholm, which helps a lot. He’s also trying very hard to be the person others want him to be. He keeps up a cheery façade even though he’s not actually happy all the time. I’m not as good as Joachim at hiding when I’m unhappy, but I still feel very connected to him. Whenever I write about him, I tend to smile a lot.

That’s definitely the sign of a favourite character! It’s like that me when I write about Mads. 🙂 Now, Avylinn, you have to tell me–what are you working on now? Can you give us a sneak peek of the plot?

I’m working on two books actually. I have already written the first, second, third, fourth and fifth draft of my second installation in the Treacherous Chemistry series, but I’m still not happy with it. While revising, I’m also writing on the third one. Attraction is still in the first draft stage, though, which makes it a bit easier to write. At least when you compare it to the manuscript from hell, i.e. Toxic.

What are you reading now?

I’m reading a book written by an acquaintance of mine, Christian Baines. I was seriously impressed by the first novel I read from him which is called Puppet Boy. This second story of his that I’m reading is called The Orchard of Flesh, and it’s just as dark as Puppet Boy, but with a bit more romance going on in the background. If you enjoy dark and gritty stuff with a lot of sharp wit, give Christian a chance. He’s really an excellent writer and I don’t say that because we’re friends.

Have you ever thought about co-writing a book with someone? If you could work on a collaborative project with any writer, who would be your dream writing partner?

I would actually be super interested in writing something together with Christian Baines, but I have a feeling both of us would tear each other’s throats out before finishing the first chapter. But I was allowed to dream here, after all.
What would you say is the most difficult part of being a writer? 

Currently, I find it most difficult to reach the right kind of readership. I’m not in 100% control of my marketing since I’m with a publisher, which means that I have to follow their lead. For instance, my recent release, Volatile, works for a YA audience, but since my publisher is an adult publisher, I can’t market it for YA.

What was the best piece of writing advice you ever received?
I think the best advice came from a quote. I’m not entirely sure where it originated, but the gist of it is that the first draft is telling yourself the story, the second draft is preparing to tell someone else. It gives me a lot of freedom to feel that I can play around with the first draft (even though I actually publish my first drafts online).

What’s your take on writers needing social media? Is it vital for today’s authors? 

It appears to be absolutely necessary when you’re starting out. We have the tools today to seek out groups of people who can support you from afar, but I’ve also found that a lot of what happens online is empty content. It’s not absolutely certain that it will help regardless of how active you are. I have my platform on Wattpad which is a social reading and writing community, but I’m also on Facebook and Twitter. I’ve found that I can’t really keep up with all three in a good way, however, so that’s another complication to consider.

What do you think about fiction addressing topical social issues? Some readers say they only read to escape and don’t want to be reminded of racism, social inequality, etc when they open a book. What’s your take on this?

I like to be challenged when I read, but I also see the point of books with escapism in mind. I think readers tend to interpret content in their own way, however, so I’m not entirely sure that it’s always up to the author. I don’t know if that answer made any sense at all, but I’m rolling with it.
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It made perfect sense! I am like you–I read to be challenged and have new experiences. But sometimes I just want to escape. 🙂 

Before we sign out, could you share with our readers the advice would you give to novice writers?

Write because you love it, write for yourself, write what you’re passionate about. The rest will sort itself out.

Wise words, indeed! I hope you’ve all enjoyed getting to know Avylinn! Make sure you connect with her!

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