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A bundle of goodies, including Spokes

 

What a collection! Romantic suspense — the bundle organizer swore Spokes is plenty suspenseful. Or maybe the burning rubber is bicycle tires at fifty miles per hour? But still, enough adrenaline to keep your heart pounding.

Some good stuff here: you all know Eden Winters’ Diversion series is great reading, plus some goodies from our buddies Devyn Morgan, Olivette Devaux and  Kate Pavelle, and a new to me author, J Roxem. So you know I”ll be plowing through my copy ASAP.

Get the bundle at the new release price: some crazy person priced this collection at $0.99, but that isn’t going to last. I have no idea how long, either, so don’t wait.

What you get:

1. “Flux” by Olivette Devaux
2. “Diversion” by Eden Winters
3. “Being Here : an M/M Novel” by Ada O’Flaherty & J Roxem
4. “Uniform Speed” by Devyn Morgan
5. “Treading Water” by Kate Pavelle
6. “What Happened Then : an M/M novel” by Ada O’Flaherty & J Roxem
7. “Spokes” by P.D. Singer
8. “Body Heat” by Devyn Morgan

Where to get it? Your favorite retailers, plus BundleRabbit, where good books come in big packages.

Amazon |  Barnes & Noble | Kobo |  AppleBundleRabbit

 

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.

Kate Pavelle succumbs to temptation

My guest today has been doing some reading, and may just have drooled on her e-reader. Meet Kate Pavelle, author of Attack of the Hedgehogs in Dreamspinner’s new anthology, Don’t Try This At Home. (Read it and laugh!)
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Being a writer means sitting still. Sitting still, even whilst writing about hot guys who train horses and compete in triathlons, means I pay for my sedentary lifestyle by going to the gym and eating salad.  Chicken paprikasz, a delicious Hungarian dish redolent of paprika and onions that melts on the tongue in its unctuous, creamy sauce, is not a salad – nor is it a triathlon food.

It is seduction food, at least according to Mark and Allan in Fall Down the Mountain by P.D. Singer. See, I just finished reading the book and between the culinary exploits of the adorable and sweet Allan and the Hurricane Sandy’s incessant rain, I’ve baked two batches of Allan’s cinnamon roll and had seconds of chicken paprikasz. I am a hopeless food slut.

Instead of soup, salad, and whole grain bread, I succeeded in feeding my (grateful) family the sort of food that supplies Olympic skiers with their requisite 5,000 calories a day. Knowing it’s all Pam’s fault is cold comfort, because it will be me, not Pam, who will get saddle sores in spinning class tomorrow, fretting over carrying extra weight next triathlon season, or worrying about weighing down the horses while jumping them over obstacles come Sunday.

I am not an exercise nut: varied physical activity not only allows me to sit by the computer for hours on end, it also lets me carry out field research for my stories and books. In case of horseback riding, “Wild Horses” appears in the Animal Magnetism anthology by Dreamspinner Press. I will never ride like Kai or Attila, but I will always be comforted by the warm, uric scent of horse just like Kai, and I shall strive to attain Attila’s equine understanding. Reviewers and fans have clamored to read more about Attila and Kai, and I complied with their wishes: the Wild Horses novel will be submitted to Dreamspinner Press before Thanksgiving. Wish me luck on that! If you want to find out how Kai, a homeless street rat from Pittsburgh ended up bonding with not only the elegant and shy Attila but with his horses as well, I recommend you try the short story first.

The Don’t Try This At Home anthology contains my story “The Attack of the Hedgehogs”. Don’t let the title mislead you into thinking that this is an animal story… it’s rather spicier than the sour cream-laden chicken paprikasz. Boy meets boy, they experiment with a bit of well-meant control but their activities result in unintended, rather prickly consequences.

If you wish to stave off the holiday pounds, I suggest you indulge in reading Fall Down the Mountain and enjoy your cinnamon rolls and rich seduction food vicariously. Don’t look up the recipe, don’t roll out the dough. Unless you’re willing to put in the time at the gym, don’t try this at home! (And if you do anyway, you can blame it on Pam!)
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Too many calories lead to one kind of embarassment, but try Kate’s new anthology for a whole assortment of oopsies.

Don’t Try This At Home

Bonked heads. Rough carpet. Burned dinner. Awkward silence. Bitten lips. Startling length. Spilled wax. Pinched fingers. Shattered wineglass. Closet quickie. Flat souffle. Broken bedframe. Shower sex. Overzealous spanking. Embarrassing ex. Lost wallet. Terrible taste. Sore shoulders. Noxious odor. Absent date. Unbelievable girth. Kitchen canoodling. New toy. Stained sheets. Backward compliment. Stifling pillow. Locked handcuffs. Aching ass. Missing keys. Torn seams. Wrenched back. Angry cat. Overeager pass. Uncooperative zipper.

Something always goes wrong in real life. Fortunately, in these stories love blunts the edges so that romance always triumphs over adversity.

Stories included are:
Midnight Caller by Anna Birmingham
Snapshots by Rena Butler
Basil’s Luck by Henrietta Clarke
Boys, Toys, and Carpet Fitters by Taylin Clavelli
Outbursts by Bell Ellis
Tyler Wang Has a Ball by Kim Fielding
Boy Next Door by Ellee Hill
Gremlins in the Works by Kiernan Kelly
Good Food Gone Bad by Venona Keyes
Attack of the Hedgehogs by Kate Pavelle
It’s Not What You Think by Teegan Loy
Slippery When Wet by K. Lynn
Desperate Measures by E.T. Malinowski
Gordon’s Cat by Aundrea Singer
Photo Finish by AC Valentine

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