Posts Tagged ‘short stories’

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Exclusive Excerpt: Kasia Bacon’s THE POISON WITHIN

The Poison Within Kasia Bacon

Happy Post-St. Patrick’s Day! You’ve survived the work week and (hopefully) some partying. If you’re anything like us, you might be in desperate need of a chaser. Thankfully, we’ve got another gift from the lovely Kasia Bacon. Don’t miss this exclusive excerpt of The Poison Within, out today!


I checked my reflection in passing. A typical peasant—blue-eyed, fair-haired, rugged and brawny—looked back. I never understood what Elly saw in me. I rubbed the stubble on my jaw and did my best to slick down my spiky crop.

I was fully clothed by the time he’d managed to put on his breeches and boots. Granted, his elaborate attire involved more complexity than my stark Inspector’s garb.

I came up to him as he struggled to fasten about two dozen buttons adorning the opening of his shirt. At first glance, they looked like pearls—and probably were. The damned garment must’ve cost more than my horse.

I took the front folds of his shirt out of his hands and started doing up the buttons myself. He rolled his eyes, but patiently stood there, watching me in silence with his chin raised, one side of his lip curled. However clumsy my thick fingers might’ve looked, a childhood spent in the forge repairing intricate chains and hinges had left them surprisingly nimble.

I enjoyed dressing him almost as much as I loved peeling the clothes off him. My fixation appeared to amuse and exasperate him in equal measures. But for whatever reason, he indulged me.

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Exclusive Excerpt: THE MUTT by Kasia Bacon

The Mutt Kasia Bacon

Rough week? Probably an understatement. Thankfully, we’ve brought you an amazing little gift from the ever-wonderful Kasia Bacon! Let us take you world away with this sneak peek from The Mutt, out right now!


 

I WANTED him from the start. From the very first time I laid eyes on him. Everyone kept talking about him in the days prior to his arrival to the camp, curious about this half-breed born to an influential Elven clan, but brought up by humans. A hybrid. A mutt.

Lochan Féyes.

I was curious as well. Maternal half-breeds such as him were a rarity. They retained all physical qualities of a pureblood and enjoyed, at least in theory, equal social status. Not that discrimination didn’t occur. The real losers in the biracial game were the paternal ones. Considered downright human and non-citizen, they constituted the lowest caste in society.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but he exceeded my expectations. Later I discovered he had a knack for doing just that.

If I hadn’t known human blood flowed in his veins, I wouldn’t have been able to spot it. The tips of his ears were perhaps less pointy, and his eyes—not as distinctly angular as those of an average Elf.

Even back then, at seventeen, he proved every bit a killer. He made that obvious during the first training session. He was deadly. Calm. Steady. Cold. Disinterested. So self-assured that he seemed arrogant. I wanted to bring him down a peg. Teach him a lesson. Break him. Taste him. Make him beg me to kiss him.

I wanted his attention, but he refused to give it to me.

So I had to find a way to claim it.

His eyes were blue—so intensely the colour almost appeared offensive. Fuck, it offended me. I was just an unworldly Dark Elf at the time, unaccustomed to irises that weren’t obsidian. The azure hue of his gaze reminded me of the glass crystals that grew in caves in the highlands of the Black Mountain. I used to collect them as a child.

I wanted those eyes on me.

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Steals & Deals

Deal Alert: Jillie Rivers, Eryn Scott, and Sharon Lynn Fisher

This Deal Alert was brought to you by puns, amazing wordplay, and a tenacious need for more books! Don’t miss these steals from Jillie Rivers, Eryn Scott, and Sharon Lynn Fisher!


Just In Time Cowboy Jillie Rivers
Just in Time Cowboy by Jillie Rivers

When a lightning strike on ancient Sioux holy ground sends mining engineer Kelsey Winter back in time to 1892 Wyoming, she turns to handsome, reckless cowboy Pete Jackson to help her find a way home.

Pete’s happy to help the strange woman in tight denim trousers, despite her odd, cautious ways, when he learns she can assist him with his newly discovered silver mine. But a deadly outlaw wants Pete’s silver, and a Sioux prophecy threatens Kelsey’s return home, and Pete and Kelsey must find a way past their differences, and the century between them, if they, and their growing love, will survive.


The Luck of Rainbow Gold Eryn Scott
The Luck of Rainbow Gold by Eryn Scott

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Q&A: Naima Simone of ONLY FOR YOUR TOUCH

Only For Your Touch Naima Simone

You survived Monday and boy, do we ever have a the BEST reward for your efforts. We’ve got an amazing Q&A with the brilliant Naima Simone, author of Only For Your Touch, out today!

Spoiler: Get your popcorn, because Naima’s taste in movies is amazing.


 

FAVORITE MOVIES:

 

What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

Only five? Ooh. That’s so unfair. Okay, but here are five of my top faves of all time!

 

Dirty Dancing

Love and Basketball

Sixteen Candles

Mystic Pizza

Pretty Woman

 

Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).

My favorite scenes from each one? You have me about to go watch all of them!

 

Dirty Dancing – The lake scene. This is where Baby started to really gain her confidence and have fun, and Johnny started seeing her as a woman rather than the body taking the place of his dancing partner. Plus the music, the scenery…sigh. This movie made me fall in love with romance.

 

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Q&A: Cathryn Fox of BODY CONTACT

Body Contact Cathryn Fox

Cathryn Fox isn’t just a great writer. She’s a great writer with a Book Boyfriend list we’re actually envious of. Check out our Q&A below and don’t miss her latest book, Body Contact, out August 15th!


FAVORITE MOVIES:

 

What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

I love The Proposal and While You Were Sleeping, both staring Sandra Bullock. I also love Addicted to Love, Fools Rush in and Dirty Dancing.

 

Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).

In The Proposal, I love when Ryan Reynolds doesn’t help Sandra Bullock down the steps to the boat. It’s hilarious.

In While You Were Sleeping, my favourite scene was when Sandra Bullock was given a Christmas present and just held it to her chest and smiled, feeling like a part of the family.

In Addicted to Love, I love the scene where Meg Ryan is talking about her father’s love of his dog, and Matthew Broderick tells her she’s not so tough.

In Fools Rush In, I love when Salma Hayek forces Matthew Perry to follow her into the bathroom while she sits on the toilet. So funny.

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Reviews, Books, Reviews

We Wear the Mask… A review of ‘Follow Me into Darkness’ by Kasia Bacon

Follow Me Into Darkness Kris Ripper J.R. Gray Santino Hassell J.C. Lillis Roan Parrish

I read a heap of anthologies last year, and while I typically enjoy short stories, going through a whole collection might at times prove to be an exhausting and challenging affair. One demanding quick mindset alternations and, in effect, causing frequent mood swings. Being of a naturally lazy disposition, I secretly vowed to steer clear from anthologies temporarily and indulge in more homogeneous reads.

Ironically, one of the first books I was offered to review in 2016 turned out to be Follow Me into Darkness, a queer anthology containing five tales of carnival romance and oscillating around a common theme of a mask. The resistance was futile, the main convincing factor being the authors, participating in this collaboration. It’s been the second time for this very crew to come together in order to work on a project. The previous fruit of their labour, Lead Me into Darkness, was a successful Halloween inspired collection, which I had the pleasure to review last October.

Let the masquerade begin!

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