Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Series Blast: The Hope Collection by Cardeno C.


The Hope Collection, a sexy, heart-warming MM Series by Cardeno C. is available to start now!

McFarland’s Farm


Quiet but lonely Jared has to decide how much of himself he's willing to risk to keep party-boy Lucas.
Wealthy, attractive Lucas Reika treats life like a party, moving from bar to bar and man to man. Thumbing his nose at his restaurateur father's demand that he earn his keep, Lucas instead seduces a valued employee in the kitchen of their flagship restaurant, earning himself an ultimatum: lose access to his father's money or stay in the middle of nowhere with a man he has secretly lusted over from afar.
Quiet, hard-working Jared McFarland loves his farm on the outskirts of Hope, Arizona, but he aches to have someone to come home to at the end of the day. Jared agrees to take in his longtime crush as a favor. But when Lucas invades his heart in addition to his space, Jared has to decide how much of himself he's willing to risk and figure out if he can offer Lucas enough to keep him after his father's punishment is over.

Release Day Review: Fast Forward by Xio Axelrod (Excerpt+Giveaway)

Fast Forward

Author: Xio Axelrod
Release date: June 27th, 2017
Publisher: Xio Axelrod LLC
ISBN: 9780998931616
Print ISBN: 9780998931523

Short Blurb ~
Ian Waters thought he’d finally quenched the seven-year torch he’d carried for Jessen Sørensen. Jessen is determined to prove him wrong.

Long Blurb ~
As a nineteen-year-old, wunderkind doctoral candidate, Ian Waters had little interest in social interaction. Books were his companions, and that had suited him just fine. Then a hurricane named Jessen Sørensen blew into his life, throwing Ian off his axis.

On the cusp of rock stardom, Jessen had burned brightly, and Ian had fallen heart-first under his spell. But Ian soon learned he was only a temptation, a pit stop on the road to the rocker’s dreams, and Jessen was gone as quickly as he’d come. Ian buried his heartache in academia, the only home he’d ever known.

When Ian encounters Jessen at a party, the seven-year separation seems insurmountable. There’s too much pain, too much distrust. But Jessen declares he has a new dream, and that’s a life with Ian.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35392066-fast-forward

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Release Blitz ~ Abroad by Liz Jacobs ~ (Excerpt)

ABROAD: Book One by Liz Jacobs

Series: Abroad Duology

Publisher: Brain Mill Press

Release Date (Print & Ebook): June 27th wide release; early access June 17th

Length (Print & Ebook): ~100K words; 372 pages

Subgenre: NA; LGBTQIA

All buy links or pre-order links:

Book Blurb:

Nick Melnikov doesn’t know where he belongs. He was just a kid when his Russian-Jewish family immigrated to Michigan. Now he’s in London for university, overwhelmed by unexpected memories. Socially anxious, intensely private, and closeted, Nick doesn’t expect to fall in so quickly with a tight-knit group of students from his college, and it’s both exhilarating and scary. Hanging out with them is a roller coaster of serious awkward and incredible longing, especially when the most intimidating of the group, Dex, looks his way.

Dex Cartwell knows exactly who he is: a black queer guy who doesn’t give a toss what anybody thinks of him. He is absolutely, one-hundred-percent, totally in control of his life. Apart, maybe, from the stress of his family’s abrupt move to an affluent, largely white town. And worrying about his younger brother feeling increasingly isolated as a result. And the persistent broken heart he’s been nursing for a while . . .

When Nick and Dex meet, both find themselves intrigued. Countless late-night conversations only sharpen their attraction. But the last thing Nick wants is to face his deepest secret, and the last thing Dex needs is another heartache. Dex has had to fight too hard for his right to be where he is. Nick isn’t even sure where he’s from. So how can either of them tell where this is going?

Blog Tour: Misdeameanor (Responsible Adult #1) by CF White (GuestPost+Giveaway)

Hi and thanks so much for having me over here on Bayou Book Junkie to talk about my new release Misdemeanor (book one in the Responsible Adult serial).

I’ve already touched upon the main reason for writing the book - the inclusion of a child with Williams Syndrome and how that affects the main character, Micky. I also briefly touched on some of the underlying themes within the book. So today I thought I’d give some reasons behind each of the choices I made when writing this and how I hope those choices come across.

The cliffhanger - yes there is one! Apologies for anyone who wasn’t aware and has found this off putting. It is a major one. I feel rather silly pointing it out as I thought that was kinda the point to a cliffhanger - the gasp moment. But turns out people like to be warned. So, there you have it. There isn’t a long wait until the next book. Hard Time is currently up on the Pride Publishing website under coming soon and will be available to pre order from 25 July.

Misdemeanor and the Responsible Adult serial (consisting of three books), depicts a small town where both of the MC’s are kind of stuck. Each of the characters in their own way have their own demons to battle, from the two main characters (Micky and Dan), to even the minor characters. Everyone is fighting for something - to live the life they desire but have no idea how to get, and to be seen for what they are and not viewed through the lenses of prejudice and preconception.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Release Blitz ~ Tied by Carian Cole ~ (Reviews)

Title: Tied
Series: Devils Wolves #2
Author: Carian Cole
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: June 26, 2017


He was the myth and the legend of our small town. But no one knew the truth... except me.

My childhood was stolen by a monster. I’ve forgotten what love feels like. What happiness feels like. What hope feels like. I am numb.


He’s possibly as damaged as I am. Maybe even more. Scarred just as much on the inside as the outside. Just like me. He doesn’t speak. He doesn’t smile. He hides in the woods like an animal.  I should be scared of him. But I’m not. He’s the only one that has ever made me feel. And I want to make him feel, too. everything...

Relaunch Blitz: The Needing Moore Series by Julie A. Richman


A brand-new version of The USA Today Bestselling Needing Moore Series by Julie A. Richman, containing never seen before NEW FEATURES is available NOW!!.


To celebrate the relaunch of this top-rated series, the all new boxed set is ON SALE for only 99¢ for a very LIMITED-TIME!


Sometimes the one you never got over is just a friend request away …
There were no cell phones or internet or google when she left me and I never knew why she walked away from our relationship.
I loved her, like head-over-heels crazy loved her.
And when she walked out on me at the end of our freshman year, without even a goodbye, she broke my heart.
So, I got a surprise gift the other night at my birthday party, an old college friend casually mentioned he saw her on Facebook.
Best present I’ve received in over twenty years.
Now, I’m finally going to get my answer.
She owes me an explanation at to why she left …
Damn, I loved her.
I was having such a crappy morning at work and then his email arrived.
It was a friend request and to say I was shocked would be an understatement.
A lifetime had passed since we’d last been in contact.
But just seeing his name on my computer screen,
made me react in a way I thought I was no longer capable of,
you see, I had never gotten over loving him,
even though he betrayed me.
And so begins the saga of Schooner Moore and Mia Silver, lovers separated after their first year of college and not reunited again for over twenty years. But two decades was not long enough for their flame to be extinguished and reuniting could cost them everything.

In The Spotlight with Bayou Book Junkie: Ann Lister (Giveaway)

Today we are thrilled to welcome Ann Lister to Bayou Book Junkie. I discovered Ann in my early days of reading MM and she's written one of my all-time favorite couples, Cooper and Jayson from the book Make You Mine, a couple I have continually harassed gently asked her about giving more page time. While I do absolutely love her stories, I also live for those glimpses of Jay and Coop. Ann's books are ones that I can't wait to see hit my kindle, but I war with myself. I want to dig right in, yet I want to savor the story as well because I'm never quite ready to say goodbye to her characters. Ann writes in the MF genre as well as MM. Her latest release being Honor and Pride, book two in the Guarding The Gods series, a spinoff of The Rock Gods series, was released in March of 2017. I've had a few interactions over the years with Ann via Facebook and she is super sweet and very appreciative of any review, share or mention from her readers. Okay, I've babbled enough, let's let Ann talk now.

Ann, thanks so much for agreeing to this interview and welcome to Bayou Book Junkie! Tell us a little about yourself and your current project(s)

Ann:  Hi Tracy!  Thank you so much for allowing me to visit with you and everyone again!  It's always so much fun catching up and I'm always happy to answer questions!

Tracy: How did you discover the MM genre and what inspired you to begin writing in it?

Ann:  I know a lot of MM authors can remember the first MM book they read, but I can't say for sure that I can.  I believe Hot Head by Damon Suede was one of the first MM books I read and loved, but I was writing MM short stories long before that.  It was back in the early 1990's when I started writing and MM stories were the first projects I had published.  For me, there was always something special about two men falling in love and the physical connection they shared.  I just loved writing the dynamics of the MM relationship.  It was after I had published five MF novels when the storyline for Fall For Me hit me like a freight train.  The story was so very vivid to me that I knew Dagger needed his story told.  With that story Dagger introduced me to his world and his friends and from that point on, I have been immersed in MM.  That doesn't mean I'll never write another MF story again.  If I get a good MF story in my head I will definitely write it!

Tracy: What draws to you to write the love stories of rock stars? Will your stories ever venture away from the music industry?

Ann:  I've always had two very big passions in life: books and music, so combining those two loves was an easy and logical merge for me.  Rock stars are so sexy, larger than life, and they give so much to their audiences.  I wanted to take that fantasy and write stories where the readers would feel they are part of that world with the characters.  
The Rock Gods series gives the reader a nice taste of the rock star life and, for sure.  The new spin-off series I've created, Guarding The Gods, is a small side step away from the rock stars while still keeping them within the stories.  The readers will still get a glimpse of the guys in Ivory Tower and also Black Ice but they're also going to be swept up in the guys that protect them – on and off the stage.
I have a couple of other stories swirling around inside my head that have nothing to do with musicians and those will eventually be published, but for right now, I am fully enjoying the fantasy world I have created with my guys!   

Cover Reveal: The Rhubarb Patch by Deanna Wadsworth

Title: The Rhubarb Patch
Author: Deanna Wadsworth
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Release Date: July 24, 2017
City boy, sci-fi novelist, and recovering pushover Scott Howe doesn’t know what to expect when he inherits his grandmother’s house outside the quaint village of Gilead, Ohio—but it isn’t an enormous bald man in nothing but tighty-whities and orange rubber boots shouting at him to keep his weed wacker away from the rhubarb patch. 
Scott has never met anyone like Phineas Robertson: homesteader, recluse… Republican. A tender—if unlikely—friendship grows over the summer while Phin and his schnauzer, Sister Mary Katherine, teach Scott about life in the country and the grandmother he never knew. Opposites attract, but widower Phin worries his secret will send Scott running faster than his politics, and Phin isn’t convinced he deserves a second chance at romance.
Scott is convinced—rural life, and his one-of-a-kind, older neighbor, is the future he wants. Before he can settle in, his mother drops a bombshell that strains their already tenuous relationship, and a cousin who believes he is the rightful heir to the property puts Scott in danger. It’ll take a lot of compromises, and even dodging a few bullets before they’re out of the weeds, but nurturing something as special as true love always takes hard work.

Release Day Blitz ~ Oversight by Santino Hassell ~ (Excerpt)

OVERSIGHT by Santino Hassell

Series: The Community, Book #2

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Release Date (Print & Ebook): June 26th, 2017

Length (Print & Ebook): 242 pages

Subgenre: Romantic Suspense, Paranormal


Book Blurb:

Spoiler Alert! The following blurb contains spoilers for Insight, book one of The Community.

Holden Payne has it all . . . or so he thinks. As heir to the founder of the Community—an organization that finds, protects, and manages psychics—he’s rich, powerful, and treated like royalty. But after a series of disappearances and murders rock the Community, he’s branded the fall guy for the scandal and saddled with a babysitter.

Sixtus Rossi is a broad-shouldered, tattooed lumbersexual with a man-bun and a steely gaze. He’s also an Invulnerable—supposedly impervious to both psychic abilities and Holden’s charms. It’s a claim Holden takes as a challenge. Especially if sleeping with Six may help him learn whether the Community had more to do with the disappearances than they claimed.

As Holden uncovers the truth, he also finds himself getting in deep with the man sent to watch him. His plan to seduce Six for information leads to a connection so intense that some of Six’s shields come crashing down. And with that comes a frightening realization: Holden has to either stand by the Community that has given him everything, or abandon his old life to protect the people he loves.

Release Day Review ~ Regret by Christina Lee


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.

Release Day Review ~ Model Investigator (Haven Investigations Book 3) by Lissa Kasey (Series Review)

Release Day Review ~ Model Investigator (Haven Investigations Book 3) by Lissa Kasey (Series Review)

Title: Model Investigator

Series: Haven Investigations: Book Three
Author: Lissa Kasey
Release Date: June 26, 2017
Category: Mystery/Suspense
Pages: 250

With his lover, Kade, missing, androgynous former model turned private investigator Ollie Petroskovic is ready to kick some ass to bring him home.
Ollie and his ex, rock star Jacob Elias, need to find Kade and free him from the clutches of his manipulative family. But with Ollie suffering from chronic migraines and Jacob unable to bear loud noises, they are hardly the dynamic duo. It takes a lot of sweet talking on the part of Jacob, and patience Ollie doesn’t have, to find Kade. Only Kade’s not whole anymore. The fight for Kade’s heart and mind is far from over.
It’s Ollie’s turn to guide Kade through nightmares, self-doubt, and PTSD. Kade’s memories are scattered, fragmented with possible horrors, and he’s not quite sure what is real. Ollie will have to draw on his investigative skills to clear Kade of the terrible accusations his family has made and help Kade unlock the truth. But in doing so, he ignores his own health, which could have catastrophic consequences for everyone, especially when digging up the past could be lethal for them all.

Release Day Review ~ Coach's Challenge (A Scoring Chances Novel) by Avon Gale (Giveaway)

Release Day Review ~ Coach's Challenge (A Scoring Chances Novel) by Avon Gale

Title: Coach's Challenge

Series: Scoring Chances: Book Five

Author: Avon Gale
Release Date: June 26, 2017
Category: Contemporary
Pages: 200

It’s been decades since blackmail forced Troy Callahan to retire from playing professional hockey, and he’s built a successful career behind the bench. When he’s offered the opportunity to coach the Asheville Ravens—the most hated team in the ECHL—he’s convinced that his no-nonsense attitude is just what the team needs to put their focus back on hockey. But Troy is disheartened when he finds that the Ravens have signed Shane North, a player known for his aggression. And it only gets worse when Shane’s rough good looks give Troy inappropriate thoughts about a member of his team, even if Shane’s set to retire at the end of the season.
Shane’s career in the majors never quite took off. Wanting to quit on his own terms, Shane agrees to a one-year contract with the Ravens and finds himself playing for a coach who thinks he’s an aging goon and with a team that doesn’t trust him, the coach, or each other. Despite his determination to not get involved, Shane unwillingly becomes part of the team… and is just as unwillingly drawn to the gruff, out-and-proud coach. As the Ravens struggle to build a new identity, Shane and Troy succumb to the passion that might cost them everything.

Release Day Review ~Slim Chance by Jeff Erno

Release Day Review ~Slim Chance by Jeff Erno

Title: Slim Chance

Author: Jeff Erno
Release Date: June 26, 2017
Category: Contemporary
Pages: 200

Can a man improve his appearance without losing everything good inside him?
Oliver has always been obese and suffered from a negative body image. He’s tried diets before, failing time after time, but he vows this time will be different. As he begins an exercise program, his confidence increases—and so does his interest in his friend and coworker Benjy. Though they bonded long ago over a love of online gaming, it takes a lot of courage for Oliver to share his new body and be intimate with another man.
A passionate romance blooms, but as Oliver nears his goal, it seems he doesn’t need Benjy—with his chronic anxiety and troubled past—now that he’s made attractive new friends at the gym. But not all relationships are equal, and Oliver realizes that Benjy, who loved and supported him when no one else did, is more than a reminder of his old life.
A pleasing appearance means nothing when it hides a lonely, empty heart, and if Oliver cannot decide what’s truly important, he’ll lose what he cherishes most.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Audiobook Review: The Imperfection of Swans by Brandon Witt, Narrator: Kirt Graves

Title: The Imperfection of Swans
Author: Brandon Witt
Narrator: Kirt Graves
Release Date: March 14, 2017
Category: Contemporary
Length: 9 hours, 52 minutes
Kevin Bivanti’s dream is to open a wedding dress shop, a place with the stunning gowns to make every bride-to-be feel adored. At thirty-eight, he quits a successful advertising career to buy an old brownstone in a trendy Boston neighborhood and to make his dream a reality. When one of his cosigners drops out, fate intervenes, ushering in Casper James, who hopes to open his own bakery. With Casper willing to take the risk, their ambitions meld into a wedding dress and wedding cake boutique.
Extensive renovations to the brownstone, an affair with his ex-husband, family drama with his mothers, and the anxiety of significant life changes push Kevin to the brink of a nervous breakdown. In the midst of stress and uncertainty, Casper becomes more than a business partner, a mutual attraction that adds another layer of intensity and risk.
With their dreams on the verge of reality, Kevin and Casper must find the courage to face the stress of managing their attraction, the gamble of a new business venture, and the resurgence of Kevin’s personal demons.

Audiobook Review: Striking Sparks by Ari McKay, Narrator: Rusty Topsfield

Title: Striking Sparks
Author: Ari McKay
Narrator: Rusty Topsfield
Release Date: January 27, 2017
Category: Contemporary, Dreamspun Desires
Length: 5 hours, 10 minutes
The stakes are high and the heat is on.
Beau Walker, owner of the Barbecue Shack, needs the help of Jake Parnell, his one-time rival and secret crush, in a televised barbecue competition. Beau is a proud man, but the stakes are high, and smart, sexy Jake is his only hope, even if being around Jake reawakens the attraction he’s fought for years.
Jake left his hometown, determined to build a life somewhere his sexuality wouldn’t hurt his family’s restaurant business—and far away from hunky, obstinate Beau Walker. Then his twin, Josh, is killed, and Jake returns to support his brother’s wife and children. Despite his reservations, he agrees to go head-to-head against Beau on national television. Between stress and grief, as well as pride and determination, only one thing is certain—the heat between Beau and Jake extends well beyond the kitchen.

Book Review ~ Counterblow (Shatterproof Bond #4) by Isobel Starling

Book Review ~ Counterblow (Shatterproof Bond #4) by Isobel Starling

Blurb: Counterblow (Shatterproof Bond #4)
After the devastating events in the Scottish Highlands, Sam and Declan have moved on to a new, deeper level in their romance. Their commitment to each other is unquestionable; however, there are plenty of questions that need answering about other aspects of their lives, and those who sought to end them.

Sam is trying his best to deal with the day to day frustrations of his injuries. He’s completely dependent on Declan for everything and hates the way the scales have tipped in their relationship. Although he’s officially on leave, Sam’s mind cannot stop replaying all that happened to him and questioning why, and who is behind it all.
Declan’s relief at having Sam home throws him into house-husband mode. He’s happy to take the reins and care for his partner, however, beneath the surface Declan cannot help but be drawn back to how he felt in the Highlands, and how they were betrayed by a man who was supposed to have their back. Declan had promised Sir James Aiken that he would pay if he hurt Sam, and now Declan has to decide how he can deliver his payback and put his and Sam’s world back on an even keel.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Release Tour ~ Diablo (Night Rebels MC #3) by Chiah Wilder (Review + Giveaway)

Release Tour ~ Diablo (Night Rebels MC #3) by Chiah Wilder (Review + Giveaway)

Title: Diablo
Series: Night Rebels MC #3
Author: Chiah Wilder
Genre: MC Romance (can be standalone)
Release: June 20, 2017
Diablo, Sergeant-At-Arms of the Night Rebels MC, doesn’t chase women the way his fellow brothers do. Women flock to the ripped, bearded, tatted biker, but he pushes them away. His past haunts him and rage burns deep inside him. His only focus is the club, his Harley, and his shots of whiskey. He doesn’t want a woman messing with his life. He doesn’t trust them. Then he sees her. Her hazel eyes reflect sadness and regret. He’s drawn to the loneliness that fills her up—it haunts him. She’s his employer’s daughter. He knows he should stay away from her, but he can’t. He wants to take her in his arms and protect her, but she won’t even talk to him. Diablo’s not the type to give up. He wants her, and he’ll do everything he can to make her his. 
Fallon Richardson can’t stand a man’s touch. Ever since her mother left her when she was a young girl, she’s been living in hell. Her father is the kingpin in illegal underground fighting. She tries to make herself inconspicuous so the men won’t notice her and the women won’t make fun of her, but it never works. She hates being at the fights, but her father demands her presence. Then she sees him across the room. His penetrating stare pulls her in no matter how hard she resists. The tall, muscled man stirs feelings in her she has shut off for years. Her body wants him, yet, she can’t give herself to him. Men are cruel, animalistic, and not to be trusted. But the tattooed man has a softness beneath his rough exterior that speaks to her. Then shadows from years ago emerge from the darkness, and soon Fallon doesn’t know who to trust. Her world is turned upside down, and she fears not only for her sanity but for her life. Can Diablo and Fallon gain each other’s trust in time for him to protect her? The Night Rebels MC series are standalone gritty romance novels. DIABLO is Book Three in the series. This book contains violence, strong language, sexual assault (not graphic), and steamy/graphic sexual scenes. It describes the life and actions of an outlaw motorcycle club. HEA. No cliffhangers. 18+.