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Author Q&A ft @DianneHartsock | BIRTHDAY PRESENTS Book Tour + $25 GC #Giveaway | @GoddessFish Presents M/M #EroticRomance

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for BIRTHDAY PRESENTS by Dianne Hartsock, a m/m erotic romance, crime drama available now from Less Than Three Press.

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Birthday Presents
by Dianne Hartsock


GENRE:   m/m erotic romance, crime drama



For Tracey, life has become a nightmare. Kidnapped from a nightclub in Boulder, Colorado, brutalized and raped by the killer known as Crimson, he's held captive alongside Kyle, a young man Crimson keeps chained to his bed and is slowly torturing to death. Though Tracey manages to escape with Kyle's help, he is forced to leave Kyle behind.

Gene has never stopped looking for his brother Kyle, abducted from a nightclub seven months previously. The case breaks open when Tracegy comes forward, claiming to have knowledge of the whereabouts of Crimson's hideout.

A manhunt begins, but Crimson's birthday has come and gone, and he will kill again.



How did you come up with the title of your book or series?
Most titles of my stories come to me during the writing process. Birthday Presents is pretty obvious once you start reading the book. Crimson is a serial killer who chooses a victim once a year, on his birthday, to seduce and kill. Kind of his birthday present to himself. As you read the story, you come to realize why he does this and know why the title is appropriate.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
That would have to be Kyle, the young man Crimson kidnapped and is holding hostage during the story. Despite the horror and pain he has endured, he’s remained brave and hopeful, knowing somehow his brother would never give up and one day find him. He does what he needs to do for Crimson to stay alive, but risks his life to help Tracey escape, and in the end of the story, is able to find the strength to help himself.

How about your least favorite character?  What makes them less appealing to you?
That would have to be Detective Stegman, Gene’s boyfriend. He seems like a nice enough guy, and Gene likes him. And he’s essential to the storyline. But he’s always the cool, reserved detective with the superior attitude. And though he’s very good at his job, I always thought he wasn’t quite right for Gene. But then I feel that way about some of the guys I know in real life, so who am I to judge?

Where did your love of reading/storytelling/writing/etc. come from?
When I was a kid my older sister would read bedtime stories to us, or told us fantastical tales she’d make up. Once I learned how to read and write, I started making up my own stories to tell, and soon was writing others to read. I was so proud! And realized I wanted to write stories for everyone. I’ve been writing ever since.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
*winks* You mean besides writing? Just kidding. I work as a floral designer in a locally owned gift shop and delight in creating gorgeous arrangements for people. I can say they’re gorgeous because it’s the flowers themselves that are so beautiful. I simply put them in vases or floral containers for everyone to see and enjoy. It’s a wonderful creative outlet for me when I can’t be writing.

What's the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?
When I started writing Birthday Presents I never meant to get so personal with Crimson’s victim, Kyle. But as the story progressed, I found myself wanting to write from his POV. These scenes were later cut from the story, maybe a dozen pages, but at one point I needed to know what his pee would be like after being half starved and dehydrated for days on end. Something I’d never thought I’d ever need to know. It was odd to pick through information to find what I was looking for, but also very sad when I thought about it. My poor Kyle. 

What can we expect from you in the future? What are you working on now?
I’m very nearly finished with my psychological thriller novel involving a psychic named Alex, the third book in his series. Once I send that off to my publisher, I’ll start a romantic suspense story based on a winter legend I recently learned about. After that, probably something involving hoodoo in New Orleans. Oh, and I have a fantasy book to finish. Lots to do!

Is there anything else you’d like to say?
Thanks everyone for your interest! Birthday Presents is a book that may be grim and difficult to read in places, but I also believe it’s a book about hope and friendship and the loyalty and love of family. It’s about the human spirit overcoming tremendous, horrifying obstacles. And it’s also a love story where love is given unconditionally. It will leave you smiling at the end, promise. I can’t write a book without a HEA.  



"I know." Paige gave him an intense look. "I will find them, Gene."

Gene sighed, scrubbing at his face with his hands. "How many men do we have out here?" he asked, staring into the darkness below them.

"There's a team two ridges over, working their way toward us, and another sweeping from the west. We have Crimson boxed in, as long as no one gets careless. Another reason I wanted to stop. Can't risk him doubling back and getting behind us."

Gene nodded, though his skin crawled with nerves. He let out a long breath and shifted, stretching out on the hard ground.

Paige leaned back on his elbows, his gaze on the dark trees in front of them. He flicked Gene a glance. "You should get some sleep."

"Fuck that." Gene saw him flinch. "Can you find Crimson in this?"

"Yes. He's very good, though. The signs I've been finding have been left by Tracey. A footprint here, bent twigs, a button. "

Gene pictured Tracey as he'd last seen him: beautiful, strong, despite the shadows lurking darkly in his eyes.

"Okay," Genes said, nerves on edge. "We've had Crimson cornered several times and he's managed to get away every time. And now he has Tracey again." He rubbed his aching forehead. "How did that happen, exactly? How'd Crimson find us?"

"I have no idea. You, Craig, Klinton, and me were the only ones who knew the location. My money's on Craig."


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Dianne is the author of paranormal/suspense, fantasy adventure, m/m romance, the occasional thriller, and anything else that comes to mind. She lives in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon with her incredibly patient husband, who puts up with the endless hours she spends hunched over the keyboard letting her characters play. She says Oregon’s raindrops are the perfect setting in which to write. There’s something about being cooped up in the house with a fire crackling on the hearth and a cup of hot coffee warming her hands, which kindles her imagination.

Currently, Dianne works as a floral designer in a locally-owned gift shop. Which is the perfect job for her. When not writing, she can express herself through the rich colors and textures of flowers and foliage.

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Read an excerpt of ONE TOO by @cinnabar01 + $25 GC #Giveaway | @GoddessFish Presents #Scifi #Fantasy

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Excerpt Tour for ONE TOO by Sherrie Cronin, a science fiction/fantasy available December 15, 2017 from Cinnabar Press.

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One Too
by Sherrie Cronin


GENRE: Sci-fi/Fantasy



Telepathy creates as many problems as it solves, as most of the members of the secret organization x0 would admit. When new member Lola discovers another group of telepaths with a completely different approach, those problems multiply at the speed of thought.

Soon, Lola’s family and friends are in danger. Lucky for her, she’s not your average budding psychic. Each person with whom she is close has a special gift of their own. That’s good, because it’s going to take every power they possess to keep this other group from succeeding with their plan to eradicate x0.



“So how is tomorrow looking?” her mother asked.

“It isn’t.”

She watched her mother’s eyes widen in fear.

“No, I don’t mean it that way. I mean that I can’t see the next minute or this afternoon or tomorrow.”

Alex had come in from the garage and was listening quietly.

“I have a sort of window I see through,” Ariel continued. “At best I see several days out, nothing closer. I mean, it would be really nice to know if it is probably going to rain tomorrow, but I can’t seem to do that. I can tell you there is about a fifty-percent chance of rain next Saturday.”

“I can tell you that,” Zane said as he came into the kitchen headed for the coffee pot.

“Okay,” Alex said. “How about you tell us about next Christmas instead. How likely is it that we are all here together and happy?”

“I can’t do that either,” Ariel said. “The furthest I get is several months out, and I don’t do that very well. I can tell you that next June is all over the place, with a lot of wildly different scenarios having roughly the same probability of happening. It’s a mess.”

Teddie had joined the family. “What you do isn’t as useful as I thought it would be,” she said, dejected.

“I know. But touch makes everything more clear. Come here.” Ariel opened her arms and Teddie smiled as she walked into the hug. Ariel held her sister tight for at least a full minute, while Maurice and Yuden came quietly into the kitchen.

Ariel nodded as she finally let go. “I think I can make sense out of this, if I can get more.” She turned to the elderly Yuden. It was surprising how imposing a woman less than five-feet tall and over eighty-years old could be, particularly in her pajamas. But Yuden oozed a silent dignity.

“I see you in so many of Teddie’s possible futures. May I hug you, ma’am?”

A giant grin broke through the wrinkles.

“To tell my future? As they say in America, hell yes.”

And she threw her arms around Ariel.

The rest of the family got in line, followed by Maurice, and then Xuha and Vanida, who had joined the group.

Ten minutes later, Ariel had grabbed a paper and pen, and she was writing as fast as she could.

“I’ve never tried to do anything quite like this,” she said, a little breathless. “But your futures all intertwine so much that what I can’t make sense of in one place I sometimes can in another.”

“Are we going to be okay?” Lola asked.


Ariel flashed her mother a grin.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Sherrie grew up in Western Kansas thinking that there was no place in the universe more fascinating than outer space. After her mother vetoed astronaut as a career ambition, she went on to study journalism and physics in hopes of becoming a science writer.

She published her first science fiction short story long ago, and then waited a lot of tables while she looked for inspiration for the next story. When it finally came,  it declared to her that it had to be whole book, nothing less. One night, while digesting this disturbing piece of news, she drank way too many shots of ouzo with her boyfriend. She woke up thirty-one years later demanding to know what was going on.

The boyfriend, who she had apparently long since married, asked her to calm down and  explained that in a fit of practicality she had gone back to school and gotten a degree in geophysics and had spent the last 28 years interpreting seismic data in the oil industry. The good news, according to Mr. Cronin, was that she had found it at least mildly entertaining and ridiculously well-paying  The bad news was that the two of them had still managed to spend almost all of the money.

Apparently she was now Mrs. Cronin, and the further good news was that they had produced three wonderful children whom they loved dearly, even though to be honest that is where a lot of the money had gone. Even better news was that Mr. Cronin  turned out to be a warm-hearted, encouraging sort who was happy to see her awake and ready to write. "It's about time," were his exact words.

Sherrie Cronin discovered that over the ensuing decades Sally Ride had already managed to become the first woman in space and apparently had done a fine job of it. No one, however, had written the book that had been in Sherrie's head for decades. The only problem was, the book informed her sternly that it had now grown into a six book collection. Sherrie decided that she better start writing it before it got any longer. She's been wide awake ever since, and writing away.

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Author Q&A ft @VGilbertauthor | MURDER FOR THE BOOKS + Signed Hardcover #Giveaway | GREAT ESCAPES TOURS Presents #CozyMystery

A Murder for the Books: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery by Victoria Gilbert is on book tour with Great Escapes Book Tours. The tour stops at Readeropolis today with an author interview and a giveaway. Enjoy!

A Murder for the Books

A Blue Ridge Library Mystery 

by Victoria Gilbert


Cozy Mystery 
1st in Series 
Crooked Lane Books (December 12, 2017) 
Hardcover: 336 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1683314394 
E-Book ASIN: B072396C2L

Fleeing a disastrous love affair, university librarian Amy Webber moves in with her aunt in a quiet, historic mountain town in Virginia. She quickly busies herself with managing a charming public library that requires all her attention with its severe lack of funds and overabundance of eccentric patrons. The last thing she needs is a new, available neighbor whose charm lures her into trouble.

Dancer-turned-teacher and choreographer Richard Muir inherited the farmhouse next door from his great-uncle, Paul Dassin. But town folklore claims the house’s original owner was poisoned by his wife, who was an outsider. It quickly became water under the bridge, until she vanished after her sensational 1925 murder trial. Determined to clear the name of the woman his great-uncle loved, Richard implores Amy to help him investigate the case. Amy is skeptical until their research raises questions about the culpability of the town’s leading families... including her own.

When inexplicable murders plunge the quiet town into chaos, Amy and Richard must crack open the books to reveal a cruel conspiracy and lay a turbulent past to rest in A Murder for the Books, the first installment of Victoria Gilbert’s Blue Ridge Library mysteries.

Author Interview

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

I hope my books are read by everyone, but certainly anyone who enjoys cozy and/or traditional mysteries would be the target audience. In addition, I believe that readers who like stories about small-town life, libraries and books, and history would appreciate this series. Of course, being a cozy, the book contains no graphic violence or sex, and includes a minimum of “salty” language. But never fear – it features enough action, adventure, twisty mysteries, and romance to get readers’ minds working and hearts pumping!

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

The title was developed in conjunction with my editor and others at Crooked Lane Books. I originally had a different title, but my publisher thought something else might work better in the market, so submitted several suggestions to them and we decided on the current title together.
My editor, Faith Black Ross, suggested the series title, which I immediately loved and approved.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

I love Amy, my protagonist, and all of my other characters, but one of my favorites has to be Richard Muir – Amy’s new neighbor. Richard is a professional contemporary dancer who has now decided to focus on choreography and teaching dance. He’s handsome and buff, but he’s also sweet, self-effacing, loyal, funny, and totally charming. I love the fact that he isn’t what Amy – or most people – expect, given his performing arts career and his good looks. He really surprises a lot of the other characters in the book with his personality and actions, and I always love that in a character.

Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:

My series is set in a historic small town at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northern Virginia. It just so happens that I grew up in a similar location – in fact, the town of Taylorsford is an amalgam of many of the small towns in the county where I was raised.

I am also a librarian, although I have never worked in a public library except in New York City –which is a very different experience from working in a small town public library! However, I have frequented many smaller public libraries over the years, so I combined that knowledge with my own academic library experience to depict the library in the series.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?

I have a background in the performing and visual arts – my undergraduate degree was in theatre and I was a costume designer at one point in my life. I have also studied music and have sung with several chamber choirs and choral ensembles. We had horses when I was living at home, so I can ride. I am also a strong swimmer, an excellent cook, and a good gardener.

Oh, and I am a natural speed-reader – I can honestly read seven books in as many days.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

I can be contacted via my website – there is a contact page that sends messages to a dedicated email that I check every day. My website also lists my social media links, news about my books, my event schedule, and other information.

Here are all my social media links – I welcome follows!

What can we expect from you in the future?

The second book in the Blue Ridge Library Mystery series – SHELVED UNDER MURDER – will be published by Crooked Lane Books in July 2018. (It’s already up for preorder, by the way). There will definitely be a third book in this series, and perhaps (hopefully) more. I also plan to write other mysteries – I am currently developing a historical cozy series.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Please leave a review on Amazon, B&N, or wherever you prefer! Honest reviews are always welcome – I appreciate everyone’s varied opinions on my books.

Also, if you like my books, please recommend them to your family and friends. Word-of-mouth is one of the best forms of publicity for books.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

Thank you for allowing me share my words with you!

About the Author

Victoria Gilbert, raised in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, turned her early obsession with reading into a dual career as an author and librarian. She has worked as a reference librarian, research librarian, and library director.

When not writing or reading, Victoria likes to spend her time watching films, gardening, or traveling. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers, and is represented by Frances Black at Literary Council, NY, NY.

Victoria lives in North Carolina with her husband and some very spoiled cats. This is her first Blue Ridge Library mystery.

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Lovesick Gods
by Amanda Meuwissen


GENRE: Gay Paranormal Romance



The elements touch everyone on Earth—Fire, Water, even Light—but every so often someone becomes more attuned to their elemental leaning and develops true power. When an evil Elemental known as Thanatos arrived in Olympus City, it saw the rise of its first hero—Zeus. But the death toll caused by defeating Thanatos changed Zeus, who by day is young detective Danny Grant.

It’s been six months since Thanatos terrorized the city at the start of Lovesick Gods. Danny should be used to his duty behind the mask, but the recent past haunts him. His girlfriend left him, he snaps at the barest provocation, his life feels empty—he needs an outlet, any outlet to pull him out of his depression.

Enter notorious thief Malcolm Cho, the Ice Elemental Prometheus. There was a time when Danny welcomed a fight with Cho, filled with colorful banter and casual flirtations that were a relief compared to Thanatos. Even as a criminal, Cho had recognized the threat Thanatos posed and promised to help Danny stop him, but the day Danny needed Cho, he never showed. Cho was the reason so many people died that day—including Danny’s mother.

Danny decides to teach the man a lesson and fan the fire of their attraction into something more. At worst, he’ll get some no-strings-attached sex out of the deal and finally blow off steam; at best, he’ll get Cho to fall in love with him and then break his heart to spite him. Danny doesn’t expect to fall for Cho in the process, and he certainly can’t predict the much darker threat on the horizon.



Mal blinked at the most recent message on his phone. Standing by the door dressed to leave, he’d been intent on going to the safe house to work on the schematics he neglected last night. This turn of events had him quickly reconsidering.

Promptly removing his jacket, he replaced it in the closet. Pushing up his plans with Danny a night early sounded like a marvelous idea, especially with a promise like that.

I’m going to take you apart, Ice Man. Slowly.

Looking forward to it, Mal texted back.

Unexpected nerves fluttered through his stomach. Damn Dom for making him second guess this. Mal could worry about the heist later. He could worry about everything else later.

Knock. Knock. Two minutes indeed. Danny must have lightning jumped to reach him.

Mal opened the door with a smug grin. “Impatient as always I s—”

A flicker of lightning was his only warning as Danny rushed him, and Mal had barely enough time to note that the younger man had on a T-shirt and no jacket before the door slammed shut. His mind went blank at the sudden presence of Danny’s intruding tongue, hands around his back, one already up the back of his sweater.

Mal’s breath caught, swallowing down his heightened sense of fight or flight and shaking off the urge to summon ice over his skin like a shield. Sudden touch, harsh, demanding like this, being held in place—it always had him on alert for something else.

But no violence followed. No pain. Danny kissed him and kneaded the small of his back with long, powerful fingers. He would never hurt Mal outside a fight between hero and villain. He was just starved for touch, and Mal could accommodate.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Amanda Meuwissen has been writing and posting online for many years, including maintaining the website and blog for the software company Outsell. She is an avid writer and consumer of fiction through film, prose, and video games, and is the author of the paranormal romance trilogy The Incubus Saga and young adult novel Life as a Teenage Vampire. Amanda lives in Minneapolis, MN, with her husband, John, and their two cats.

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