Category Archives: Blog tour

Amazing reviews for Diving Deep!

divingdeep-200x300It’s always nail-biting time when a book launches and then you find out what readers think. My nails are nearly safe: there’s some incredible reactions to Lee and Bobby.

From Becky Condit:  A terrific adventure, full of surprises and love, and a romance that spans time. (See the full review)

From Serena Yates at Rainbow Book Reviews: If you like thrilling, suspenseful adventure stories, if you enjoy watching two men come together – or try to – who have the potential to either love wholly or utterly destroy each other, and if you’re looking for an exciting read that has the potential to mesmerize you, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. It left me spellbound and holding my breath more than once. (See the full review)

From Mel at Alpha Book Club: I could go on and on about how deep and well-written this book is, but I don’t want to ruin any of the discoveries you’ll make on your own. This book is for ALL readers, everyone. You will LOVE it. SO WELL DONE – go pick up a copy, you won’t be sorry! (See the full review)

So thank you, kind readers!

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Z. Allora with Lock and Key

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Welcome, Z. Allora, with the latest installment of a story in the Dark Angels world.  If you’ve been reading that luscious series as I have, you’ll recognize the younger brothers of the band. Lock and Key stands alone, and I’m ready to read  Zack and Andrew’s scorching story.  

Here’s Z.!

I want to thank Pd Singer for hosting part 6 of Lock and Key’s blog tour. I’m indebted to Pd Singer for also being one of my critique partners who saves readers from my squirrel speak and stops my abuse of the English language.

I believe we’re all a product of our experiences, which creates the filters we view the world through. I wanted to share how Zack’s perceptions and interactions prior to Lock and Key shaped his expression of BDSM.

Part 5 can be found at https://diversereader.blogspot.com/

Part 6

Stopping to get his younger brother a hot chocolate had been a mistake. Jordon hadn’t stopped yammering for the last thirty minutes. Zack had given up trying to follow the train of Jordy’s crazy as it zoomed from one station to another.

The image of his older brother standing next to his hot boyfriend waving good-bye was embedded in Zack’s brain. He’d never be Dusty. His older brother had it together: he was out, had a boyfriend who seemed really nice and was living the rock and roll dream as a drummer. Everything seemed to fall into place for him.

Zack wasn’t jealous. He was glad for Dust but it must be incredible to just… well be! No hiding, no pretending, and just be yourself.

When Jordon took a breath Zack jumped into the fray. “So um, Jordy, you know we can’t tell Mom we met Dusty’s boyfriend.”

“I know. But ah, I want one of those! God, Zack. Dusty’s boyfriend was pretty!”

There was no avoiding this conversation. “I know Jordy, and I think that’s fine. But please keep your sparkle and rainbow lust under wraps.”

“What! No! Why?”

Zack hated himself but begged, “Just until after high school. Please, Mom would—”

“I don’t care. What about my feelings and what I want?” Jordon huffed and glared out the car window.

What about me? Zack slammed that self-indulgent question back to the recesses of his mind as soon as it attempted to seek an answer.  No way could he contemplate his needs. He focused on Jordon. “It’s just two more years. Then you’re out of her house and at college.”

“Yeah, easy for you to say since you graduate in June!” Jordon pointed out.

Ha! Jordon had no idea how Zack could never be himself… gay was only part of what he needed to hide.

Part 7 will be found at https://becausetwomenarebetterthanone.com on July 1st.

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Rejected. Heartbroken. Devastated.

Zack Davis wanted to serve only one man, Andrew Nikeman. He was denied because Andrew thought he was too young and because their brothers were together. So Zack crushed his submissive tendencies and focused on being the perfect Dom, giving every sub he played with something he couldn’t have.

After years of denying his submissive side, Entwined’s charity auction “Are you Dom enough to be a sub?” gives Zack an excuse to get a little of what he’s always craved.

Andrew doesn’t know when his infatuation turned into more, but it kills him to see Zack with a constant parade of submissives. He’d refused to jeopardize his brother’s relationship or become Zack’s regret; however, Zack isn’t a kid anymore, and his brother’s relationship is unbreakable. Now Zack’s popularity and success as a Dom might ruin Andrew’s dreams of collaring him, but he can’t wait any longer to confess his feelings or he risks losing the man he loves forever.

EBook: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/lock-and-key-by-z-allora-7213-b

Paperback: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/lock-and-key-by-z-allora-7214-b

Please follow the rest of the blog tour. You can find the schedule at http://zallora.blogspot.com.

Big hugs, Z . Allora

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Kate Pavelle on training, heartache, and romance

HCcover1400x2100Please welcome Kate Pavelle, who has a way of taking difficult topics and bringing life and joy out of them in the end. I asked about her new release, Hard Climb,  Book 2 of the SwimBikeRun trilogy, which I have been following like the fan of sports and m/m love that I am.

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The kind and effervescent P.D. Singer has been expecting this guest blog for quite some time. I’ve been meaning to write it, but every time I sat down and tried to focus on Jesse and Sebastian, and on the SwimBikeRun series, I stalled.

Nothing came to me.

Just the real world.

Upset and discord and all kinds of unpleasantness.

I just couldn’t focus on “Climbing Hard,” nor on its prequel, “Treading Water.”

Until last Friday, that is. I was in the pool, where my husband and I were getting our swim in before a margarita and chips date at a local restaurant (This triathon won’t train for all by itself, and a margarita with salt is like jacked-up Gatorade.) Few years ago, the utter boredom of crossing the pool back and forth had inspired me to think of a plot that would revolve around the sport of triathlon. I plotted as I swam, and as I swam, my characters were beginning to take shape in the water to my side, spun of the foam of my imagination and of the ephemeral bubbles that were kicked up by other swimmers. The guys helped me through a lot back then.

Last Friday, as I plowed through chlorinated water while pondering my real-life situation, they helped me once again. That is, I didn’t imagine them nearby and I didn’t try to evoke them. They didn’t show up. Instead, like a weird, delayed spark of bright illumination, I’ve come to realize that whereas a few years ago I have been a lot like Jesse, today I am a lot like Sebastian.

A bit spoiled, a bit entitled.  Always wanting to do the right thing, but not always knowing how. Entangled in a family business I’d rather not be part of, and trying to get away to do my own thing. Much like Sebastian, I am now at odds with my father. Much like Sebastian, I’m also dependent on the family business income to an unhealthy degree.

And, just like Sebastian, I will stand up for myself and do what I am good at. What I love best. Those talents and preferences aren’t governed by common history and shared DNA. Neither Sebastian nor I will move back to Europe to run a company, and neither of us will be pushed into taking on a project we don’t see in a good light.

This discord, it is stressful. I used to be the “good daughter.”

This hurt, it’s depressing. I have no retort for sharp words flung in anger.

This growth, it is painful – but the ache of rebirth is a price I’m willing to pay.

I’m not sure of my own HEA, although I hope for the best. For you, the reader, I can only promise a firm and touching conclusion to the SwimBikeRun series in book 3, “Final Dash,” coming out in April 2016.

 P.S. For those many of you who are reading these books, if you have a minute, drop me a review on Amazon! ~ Kate

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treading waterThank you, Kate, and I know there will be a resolution to your life roll.

Readers, I suggest starting at the beginning with Jesse and Sebastian, which is Treading Water. 

 Buffeted by the winds of fate, Jesse Hightower drifted far from his Crow reservation. Family issues, foster homes, and living hard on the street. Now his computer-jockey job got him out of shape, and a tough split with Renata threw him into depression. Even worse — to keep his job, he has to train for a mandatory, company-wide triathlon.

An heir to an ice cream empire, Sebastian Gillen was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and family expectations of an executive career. A brilliant swimmer, Sebastian had given up his shot at the Olympics for the sake of business. Meeting Jesse at the pool is an exciting breath of fresh air. Inspired by Jesse’s inner strength, Sebastian resolves to make this boyfriend thing work, even if he has to stand up to his family – including his sister, Renata.

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“When it feels like it’s us against the world, let’s not forget the friends that have our backs.”

Jesse and Sebastian are together now – or are they? Sebastian is waging a murky corporate battle on his own. When his distance and stress turns Jesse into a mess, Jesse’s boss Tyler remembers what his own break-up with Sebastian felt like. He pulls a few strings to help Jesse, he hits Sebastian with a clue-bat. It works wonders, but the results are just a calm before the storm.

Sebastian’s plan to ease into living with Jesse openly dies as he’s outed and black-mailed. The ground under his feet crumbles. From a designer business suit to cheap construction boots, his life of privilege falls apart and only Jesse and the constancy of triathlon training keeps him sane. Sebastian’s goals are clear: They won’t be homeless. They’ll make ends meet. For Jesse, he’ll do anything.

Rainbow Snippet — Spokes

rainbow snippet logoOnce again, it’s the weekend, and time for a six sentence (or so, I can’t always count accurately 😉 ) tidbit from one of my works or WIPS. We have a group of talented authors playing, which you can find here on Facebook.

Since I told the story of my colleague (male, nearing retirement) picking up a copy of Spokes, I’ll give you a taste of a professional cyclist and the journalist who falls in love with him without understanding the nuances of his world.

Here, it’s their first date: Christopher and Luca were racing their bikes up and down the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, and warned away by a cop. Luca’s furious: doesn’t this cop know who he is?

spokes“Yeah, I said we’d get in trouble.” Christopher tried to soothe the wounded star with,  “Look, Luca, I know the Giro and the Vuelta are just as important as the Tour, and I know that Paris-Roubaix is a huge race, and that the Flèche Wallonne is a Classic. And that you won a white jersey there three years ago and what a great honor that is.” Luca would win no more “Best Young Rider” awards; he was twenty-eight now, two years too old to qualify.

Christopher slipped Luca’s coat from his shoulders, playing the soigneur. “And I also know, Luca,” he said, discarding their jackets and coming to stand close, his voice gone low. “If you were standing there wearing it, I’d still want to take it off and kiss you.”

You can find out what happened next here: Rocky Ridge Books, Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Apple, andAll Romance eBooks, as print and ebook (MOBI, EPUB, and PDF.)

Rainbow Snippet — A New Man

rainbow snippet logo The Rainbow Snippets is a weekend challenge to post 6 sentences from one of my works or WIPs. Since A New Man placed so nicely at the Rainbow Awards (which I have been sadly remiss in mentioning, but Chad and Warren placed 4th in Contemporary and 10th overall) I decided to share a pivotal moment from their story. Chad has a difficult -to-admit issue that’s about to change both their lives, and at the moment, they’re in bed together for the first time.

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“Might need to get a little harder than that first.”

No shit. Rolling over and burying his face in the pillows wasn’t enough to smother him so he’d never have to explain. Warren let go and cuddled up close to Chad’s back, where he wouldn’t be for long. Should never have strayed out of the friend zone. Because this was way worse than anything Chad ever experienced with his more adventurous girlfriends. This was everything he wanted. Everything he couldn’t have. Might as well get it over with. Might as well cut out his heart, or cut off his useless balls.

“You don’t understand,” he growled into the ticking. “That’s the best it’s ever been.”

Find the rest of the story:  Dreamspinner or Amazon or Barnes and Noble, or at All Romance eBooks.

Find more Rainbow Snippets at the Facebook group. So many talented authors across all colors of the spectrum are sharing.