Review – “Spirit”

Spirit

Summary:

Jason Day, brilliant designer of video games, is not only a confirmed bachelor, but he’s as gay as a maypole. One wouldn’t think being saddled with his precocious four-year-old nephew for four weeks would be enough to throw him off-kilter.

Wrong. Timmy, Jason’s nephew, is a true handful.

But just when Timmy and Uncle Jason begin to bond, and Jason feels he’s getting a grip on this babysitting business once and for all, he’s thrown for a loop by a couple of visitors—one from Tucson, the other from beyond the grave.

I’m sorry. Say what?

Toss a murder, a hot young stud, an unexpected love affair, and a spooky-ass ghost with a weird sense of humor into Jason’s summer plans, and you’ve got the makings for one hell of a ride.

Review:

Summing this book up in a few sentences is difficult.

I spent my lunch laughing so hard I smeared my eye makeup and terrified the people sitting around me. I came home from work and read more, still laughing, totally engrossed in the story.

But to say that it’s funny would only cover a small part of it. It was an extraordinarily well-written ghost story/mystery. The characters were utterly delightful, especially Timmy. The chemistry (and sex scenes) between the main characters were steamy. And in parts, the book was utterly heart-breaking.

It’s rare to read a book that covers such a wide array of emotions so well, but this did it beautifully.

Read it. Now.

I’m going to find more John Inman books.

Final Stop on the “Equals” Blog Tour – Rainbow Gold Reviews – Audio Excerpt

Today is the final stop on the Equals blog tour.  Marc, from Rainbow Gold Reviews, talked me into doing an audio excerpt.  Mind you, I hate listening to my recorded voice, so this was way out of my comfort zone.  But since that’s pretty much what my whole writing career has been, I figured I should plunge ahead and give it a shot.

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Please go check out the audio excerpt on the blog and let me know what you think.  I’d really love your feedback on this.  And don’t forget this is the final chance to be entered in the giveaway!

Giveaway:

At each stop, one commenter will win their choice of a backlist title from me. In addition, one commenter in all of the tour will win a $10 Gift Card from Amazon. See the stops on the blog tour for more details.

“Equals” Blog Tour – The Hat Party – Interview and Giveaway

Come check out Raine O’Tierney’s The Hat Party Blog for an interview and another chance to be entered in the giveaways!

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Blog Tour Stops:

7/11/2014Prism Book Alliance  http://www.prismbookalliance.com 

 7/12/2014Love Bytes Reviews http://lovebytesreviews.com

7/14/2014The Novel Approach http://thenovelapproachreviews.com/

7/16/2014GGR Review http://www.ggr-review.com/

7/19/2014The Blogger Girls http://thebloggergirls.com/

7/21/2014Kimi Chan Experience http://www.kimnsarah.co.uk/

7/23/2014The Hat Party http://raineotierney.blogspot.com/p/the-hat-party.html

7/25/2014Rainbow Gold Reviews http://rainbowgoldreviews.wordpress.com/

In addition, 7/20/20, join me on Facebook at 2:30pm EST for a half hour chat on the Rainbow Gold Reviews FB page to celebrate Pride!

Giveaway:

At each stop, one commenter will win their choice of a backlist title from me. In addition, one commenter in all of the tour will win a $10 Gift Card from Amazon. See the stops on the blog tour for more details.

“Equals” Blog Tour – The Kimichan Experience Book Reviews Blog – 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Brigham Vaughn

Come check out The Kimichan Experience Book Reviews Blog for 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Brigham Vaughn and another chance to be entered in the giveaways!

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Blog Tour Stops:

7/11/2014Prism Book Alliance  http://www.prismbookalliance.com 

 7/12/2014Love Bytes Reviews http://lovebytesreviews.com

7/14/2014The Novel Approach http://thenovelapproachreviews.com/

7/16/2014GGR Review http://www.ggr-review.com/

7/19/2014The Blogger Girls http://thebloggergirls.com/

7/21/2014Kimi Chan Experience http://www.kimnsarah.co.uk/

7/23/2014The Hat Party http://raineotierney.blogspot.com/p/the-hat-party.html

7/25/2014Rainbow Gold Reviews http://rainbowgoldreviews.wordpress.com/

In addition, next Sunday, 7/20/20, join me on Facebook at 2:30pm EST for a half hour chat on the Rainbow Gold Reviews FB page to celebrate Pride!

Giveaway:

At each stop, one commenter will win their choice of a backlist title from me. In addition, one commenter in all of the tour will win a $10 Gift Card from Amazon. See the stops on the blog tour for more details.

“Equals” Blog Tour – The Blogger Girls – Excerpt #2

Come check out The Blogger Girls for a second excerpt of “Equals” and another chance to be entered in the giveaways!

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Blog Tour Stops:

7/11/2014Prism Book Alliance  http://www.prismbookalliance.com 

 7/12/2014Love Bytes Reviews http://lovebytesreviews.com

7/14/2014The Novel Approach http://thenovelapproachreviews.com/

7/16/2014GGR Review http://www.ggr-review.com/

7/19/2014The Blogger Girls http://thebloggergirls.com/

7/21/2014Kimi Chan Experience http://www.kimnsarah.co.uk/

7/23/2014The Hat Party http://raineotierney.blogspot.com/p/the-hat-party.html

7/25/2014Rainbow Gold Reviews http://rainbowgoldreviews.wordpress.com/

In addition, next Sunday, 7/20/20, join me on Facebook at 2:30pm EST for a half hour chat on the Rainbow Gold Reviews FB page to celebrate Pride!

Giveaway:

At each stop, one commenter will win their choice of a backlist title from me. In addition, one commenter in all of the tour will win a $10 Gift Card from Amazon. See the stops on the blog tour for more details.

“Equals” Blog Tour – GGR Review – Review and Giveaway.

Come check out GGR Review for a review of “Equals” and a guest post I wrote about transitioning from short stories to novels!

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Blog Tour Stops:

7/11/2014Prism Book Alliance  http://www.prismbookalliance.com 

 7/12/2014Love Bytes Reviews http://lovebytesreviews.com

7/14/2014The Novel Approach http://thenovelapproachreviews.com/

7/16/2014GGR Review http://www.ggr-review.com/

7/19/2014The Blogger Girls http://thebloggergirls.com/

7/21/2014Kimi Chan Experience http://www.kimnsarah.co.uk/

7/23/2014The Hat Party http://raineotierney.blogspot.com/p/the-hat-party.html

7/25/2014Rainbow Gold Reviews http://rainbowgoldreviews.wordpress.com/

In addition, next Sunday, 7/20/20, join me on Facebook at 2:30pm EST for a half hour chat on the Rainbow Gold Reviews FB page to celebrate Pride!

Giveaway:

At each stop, one commenter will win their choice of a backlist title from me. In addition, one commenter in all of the tour will win a $10 Gift Card from Amazon. See the stops on the blog tour for more details.

“Equals” Blog Tour – The Novel Approach – Interview

The blog tour for Equals continues on The Novel Approach with a character interview.  Allison Hickman and I interviewed Russ and Stephen.  Come check it out and  win one of my backlist titles AND a chance for a $10 Amazon gift card.

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Blog Tour Stops:

7/11/2014Prism Book Alliance  http://www.prismbookalliance.com 

 7/12/2014Love Bytes Reviews http://lovebytesreviews.com

7/14/2014The Novel Approach http://thenovelapproachreviews.com/

7/16/2014GGR Review http://www.ggr-review.com/

7/19/2014The Blogger Girls http://thebloggergirls.com/

7/21/2014Kimi Chan Experience http://www.kimnsarah.co.uk/

7/23/2014The Hat Party http://raineotierney.blogspot.com/p/the-hat-party.html

7/25/2014Rainbow Gold Reviews http://rainbowgoldreviews.wordpress.com/

In addition, next Sunday, 7/20/20, join me on Facebook at 2:30pm EST for a half hour chat on the Rainbow Gold Reviews FB page to celebrate Pride!

Giveaway:

At each stop, one commenter will win their choice of a backlist title from me. In addition, one commenter in all of the tour will win a $10 Gift Card from Amazon. See the stops on the blog tour for more details.

 

Facebook Chat with Rainbow Gold Reviews

From the Rainbow Gold Reviews FB page:

Rainbow Gold Reviews is celebrating PRIDE with 26 awesome gay fiction authors and one illustrator. You will get 30 minutes to get to know each of them and ask them your burning questions. Think of it as a fun, casual ‘speed-dating’. You know those kindles need to be fed regularly 

Each guest brings a nice prize (most will be received by the lucky winners on the same day) and there will be more than 10 Guest Posts with giveaways on our blog.

There will be fun and games and great authors –
Don’t miss it  (And SHARE with and INVITE your friends)

10:00 am CDT: Jay Northcote
10:30 am CDT: KJ Charles
11:00 am CDT: K-lee Klein
11:30 am CDT: Kay Berrisford
12:00 pm CDT: Patricia Logan
12:30 pm CDT: Raine O’Tierney
01:00 pm CDT: Rj Scott
01:30 pm CDT: Brigham Vaughn
02:00 pm CDT: Alex Morgan
02:30 pm CDT: Dorien Grey
03:00 pm CDT: Wade Kelly
03:30 pm CDT: D.t. Peterson
04:00 pm CDT: Draven St James
04:30 pm CDT: Ashlyn Daube
05:00 pm CDT: Catherine Dair
05:30 pm CDT: Jordan L. Hawk
06:00 pm CDT: Jess Buffett
06:30 pm CDT: Tinnean
07:00 pm CDT: Natsuya Uesugi
07:30 pm CDT: Agnes Merikan + Kat Merikan
08:00 pm CDT: Silvia Violet
08:30 pm CDT: Diana Copland
09:00 pm CDT: LE Franks
09:30 pm CDT: Cody Kennedy
10:00 pm CDT: Ethan Stone
10:30 pm CDT: Mari Evans

10 am CDT (Chicago time) is 5 pm CEST (Central European Standard Time), 4 pm GMT (UK time), 11 am EDT (New York City time), 9 am MDT (Salt Lake City Time) and 8 am PDT (San DIego time).”

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Today, 7/20/2014,I will be on the Rainbow Gold Reviews Event Facebook Page at 2:30pm EST/1:30pm CDT so come chat with me, check out the other authors, and enjoy the giveaways!

“Equals” Blog Tour

Yesterday’s release of “Equals” was very successful.  It’s the best day for sales I’ve ever had!  Huge thanks to all of you who helped make that happen.

The blog tour began yesterday with a guest post and review on Prism Book Alliance.  In the post, I discuss 10 Songs I Listened to While Writing Equals. And it includes a link to a Spotify playlist you can listen to.

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Blog Tour Stops:

7/11/2014Prism Book Alliance  http://www.prismbookalliance.com 

 7/12/2014Love Bytes Reviews http://lovebytesreviews.com

7/14/2014The Novel Approach http://thenovelapproachreviews.com/

7/16/2014GGR Review http://www.ggr-review.com/

7/19/2014The Blogger Girls http://thebloggergirls.com/

7/21/2014Kimi Chan Experience http://www.kimnsarah.co.uk/

7/23/2014The Hat Party http://raineotierney.blogspot.com/p/the-hat-party.html

7/25/2014Rainbow Gold Reviews http://rainbowgoldreviews.wordpress.com/

In addition, next Sunday, 7/20/20, join me on Facebook at 2:30pm EST for a half hour chat on the Rainbow Gold Reviews FB page to celebrate Pride!

Giveaway:

At each stop, one commenter will win their choice of a backlist title from me. In addition, one commenter in all of the tour will win a $10 Gift Card from Amazon. See the stops on the blog tour for more details.

Today’s Stop: Love Byte’s Reviews with a longer excerpt and a chance to win!

Please keep an eye out for all of the stops on the blog tour, I know you’ll love what I have planned.

 

New Release – “Equals”

 

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 Summary:

Too busy to date while he worked to put himself through school, Russell Bishop’s dedication finally pays off; he has a great job with Vantage Marketing. Stephen Parker, CFO of the marketing firm, has resigned himself to a life without a partner. For six months, they wanted each other but it isn’t until Russ slips on spilled coffee, and Stephen rushes to his rescue that they discover their attraction is mutual. However, the twenty year age gap between them proves difficult when they begin dating. Fiercely independent, Russ isn’t sure he’s ready for long-term commitment. Scarred from a previous relationship, Stephen is afraid history is repeating itself. Is there any way for them to meet in the middle and become equals?

Excerpt:

As if he’d heard Stephen’s thoughts, Russ straightened and turned his head before hopping in a half circle to face him, smiling widely. “Hey. Didn’t hear you come in.”

Stephen realized he still hovered in the doorway and he stepped forward and let it shut behind him. “Hi. How was your day?”

Russ leaned back against the counter, all of his weight on his uninjured foot. “Once I got over being pissed at you, not bad.”

Stephen gave him a wry smile. “I am sorry; I didn’t mean to come off heavy-handed.” He set the bags in his hands on the counter and walked closer to Russ. “I was worried about you.”

Russ laid a hand on Stephen’s chest, fingers curling around his tie. “I’m a big boy; I can take care of myself.”

Stephen nodded, stepping closer so his feet were between Russ’ but careful not to bump the injured ankle. “I am sure you can,” Stephen said calmly. “But I feel at least somewhat responsible for your accident.”

“I don’t blame you for it.”

“I know you don’t.” For a few heartbeats, they looked at each other until Russ tugged at the tie. Stephen didn’t lean in, but it didn’t take a genius to decipher his intention. He looked up at Stephen and spoke quietly. “It feels strange to be wearing your clothes and sleeping in your bed when we haven’t so much as kissed.”

Stephen’s voice was husky. “Was that a hint?”

“No.” Russ wet his lips. “But this is a demand: I want you to kiss me.”

“I can do that.”

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As I said in an earlier post, I’d been toying with the idea of writing a story about a couple with a significant age gap.  I ran across a picture (more on that early next week) that sparked an idea and the plot slowly built from there.  Unlike many of my previous stories where the idea came all at once, in a rush, this was slower.  It came in fits and starts, trickling out.  Every story is different, and I kind of love that.  Sometimes lines of dialogue that pop into my head tells me who the characters are.  In this case, getting a solid grasp of where the characters came from and finding out what their motivation was needed to be squared away before I could truly hear them.  My pre-readers, who I can’t thank enough, were fantastic about brainstorming ideas with me.

Russ and Stephen were an absolutely fascinating pair for me to explore.  Although Lucas and Sean in the Wine Tasting Series had an age gap, it was only eleven years and both were financially secure, over thirty, and Lucas’ career was more established.

Russ and Stephen have a lot more to deal with, and almost two decades of age difference.  There’s bound to be some friction there, huh?  With Stephen’s past relationship looming over them and Russ’ stubbornness … well, they have a lot to work through.

Keep an eye out for the blog tour info.  I’ll post that in the near future.  And I can’t wait to hear what you think of Russ and Stephen!

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