Monday, June 12, 2017

Hard Hit series book 10 Out Now!



Von lives by three relationship rules—no lies, no games, and no strings. Justin has him breaking all three.
Von knew the first time he kissed Justin that the man was different. Justin didn’t play by Von’s usual rules. He also knew Justin was way too passionate to be tied down by someone who travels as much Von has to with his team. For a while, Von was content with being Justin’s part-time lover. That is, until Justin decides to be his no-time lover.
At first, Justin was star struck by the sexy hockey player. Von’s brilliant mind, good looks, and delicious accent had Justin enthralled. He might have chosen to stay Von’s friend with benefits forever if Von hadn’t flaunted another man in his face. Justin might like Von, but he’s no one’s fool. Unfortunately, when he chooses to give Von one last chance, the man rips out his heart, leaving Justin broken and infuriated.
When Von ignores Justin’s fury and refuses to go away, Justin is left with two choices. Either he can listen to Von beat on his front door for the rest of his days or he can let him in and pound some sense into the man who’s ruined Justin for all others.




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Sunday, June 11, 2017

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Gunnar is one fight away from cruiserweight champion, and one flight of stairs away from true love.

When Gunnar left his ex, the current cruiserweight champion, two years earlier and moved back to his hometown, he knew he was passing up his chance to win the world. The last thing he wants is to meet his ex in the ring while the world dubs it a grudge match. For the most part, he’s content with traveling. Being known as the casino champ isn’t a bad gig. He doesn’t realize he’s missing anything. That is, until Gunnar comes to a stranger’s rescue in the rain.
Liam isn’t a stranger at all. Not only has he been living upstairs from Gunnar for the past two years, they went to high school together. Since Liam’s changed a lot in the past few years, he doesn’t hold it against Gunnar for not recognizing him.
His issue with Gunnar is something else entirely—like that time Gunnar didn’t call.
Liam has no intention of falling victim to Gunnar’s charms twice. Life, on the other hand, has different plans.


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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Truth in Advertising Part 4

I haven't done one of these posts in a long time. In truth, I'd given up trying new companies, because it seemed like everything new was a waste of money. About mid-year last year, I decided to give a few new places a try, because I'm starting to feel as if some of the bigger companies are losing effectiveness as well. As usual, everything in this post is only my opinion based on personal experience. It may be that some books do better with some companies or my book simply wasn't a good fit. Either way, here we go. Don't throw rocks. I spent real money on these ad spots. 

Free books:
If you're giving away a free book, FreeBooksy is the place to be. They are amazing. Love them. I've used them several times and never had a bad experience. 

Bargain books: I've not had the same luck. With some of these companies, I'm going to give exact numbers so you have a better understanding of why I feel the way I do. 

All these sites were the same basic experiment. Standalone title, solid book cover and edits, and on sale for $0.99 down from $2.99 It's hard to know what was sold organically and what was due to being featured in their newsletters, but I'll give each the benefit of the doubt, and assume each sale I got that day was due to them. Here we go... 

Romance Devoured: Cost $30. Loved them. More than made my money back. 

BookTastik: Cost $10- Broke even. Will try again. 

My Romance Reads: Cost $90 Lost my ass. Didn't come anywhere near making my money back. Not even close. 

BookSends:  Cost $50 Same deal. Lost my ass. I sold like 9 books. 

Red Roses Romance: Cost $10. With this one, I sold around 20 books. Since it was a Kindle Countdown deal, I did a little better than break even. I'm still interested in trying them again later. They were very nice and that counts A LOT with me. 

eXcite Spice: Cost  $10. I had high hopes for this one, but I didn't do great. I sold maybe 10 books. Maybe. I didn't walk away feeling like it was a complete loss. I think I'll give them another shot later down the road. 

Please check price listings with each before submitting. You never know when a company will increase prices or charge different prices for different genres. 

Okay, I wanted to add blog tour companies to this post, but it turns out I have nothing good to say. I recently posted on my Facebook page that I was looking for a new company to use, since the one I loved and used for everything closed up shop. I had several people comment on my post, suggesting themselves. I gave three of them a shot. It went like this:

Two companies sent me jumping through hoops, sending them lots of info about my books and then neither company contacted me again. 

Company number three had me send in a media kit, I never heard from them again, and then I got a bill for a completed tour a few weeks later. Did I have a tour? I have no idea. Was it more than one stop? Who knows. I paid my bill, because I'm a professional, but they won't get my business again. I'm not feeling too kindly toward those companies right now. 

On the other hand, if you need a good PR person who charges by the hour and doesn't require a contract or a minimum number of hours, I'd suggest Mary Ann Clarkson. Just shoot her a message on Facebook if you need her. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

ARC of Trust by Kylie Scott

More like 3.5 stars.

Ending a night of vegging out in front of the TV, Edie heads to the local Stop and Drop to stock up on junk food. It's late, she's wearing her pjs, and the store is robbed. There's bloodshed and a near death experience. If not for John, a local drug dealer and high school hottie, Edie would be dead. The whole experience leaves her a bit of a mess. Fed up with being bullied and everything in general, Edie changes schools, leaves her not-so-best friend behind and heads to the local public school right into John's orbit. I'm going to stop here, because I don't want to give away any spoilers by summing up the story. There's a crush and some general high-school type stuff. For me, it lacked something.

The writing was good, and I loved the side characters. Hang and Anders were awesome. In fact, I liked them better than Edie. But, in the end, this simply wasn't my cup of tea. I had a hard time connecting with Edie. Something about her didn't resonate with me. With that said, if you love YA, I think you'll love this book.  I honestly don't think you can go wrong with a Kylie Scott book. If this book hadn't been provided to me by the publisher, I still would've bought it and been happy with my purchase. Kyle Scott's usual humor is present. You won't be disappointed.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Sorid an erotic MM story

BOOK INFORMATION
TITLE –  Sordid
AUTHOR –  Charity Parkerson
GENRE – M/M erotica
PUBLICATION DATE –  5/15/17
PUBLISHER – Punk & Sissy Publications

BOOK SYNOPSIS

Being with Sebastian is a scandal waiting to happen. Being without him isn’t an option.
Several years ago, Chase’s dad married Seb’s mom. It was a short marriage with a disastrous end, but Chase and Seb remained good friends—or so the world thinks. The truth is a bit more sordid.
Chase is the one obsession Seb can’t live without. After losing everything in a desperate attempt to escape the clutches of a blackmailer, Seb has settled in to life with Chase under the guise of handling the man’s fan club. Now his blackmailer is back and won’t stop until the truth of Seb and Chase’s relationship is revealed.
When Chase met Seb, he was no one, and in awe of catching the eye of one of the world’s best snowboarders. Now, after starring in several films and amassing a fortune, he’s the one keeping Sebastian afloat. Since Seb is the greatest love of his life, it isn’t a chore. When the truth is revealed about Seb’s past, Chase is left no other choice but to handle things his way.
Sordid is an erotic tale of two men who fell in love under unfortunate circumstances, and they’ll go to any lengths to hang on to each other. 

BUY & TBR LINKS
AMAZON KINDLE UNIVERSAL LINK – http://mybook.to/Sordid


EXCERPT

“On today’s show, we have with us an award-winning and highly sought after actor, Chase Francisco.”
Chase tried not to blush. He never got used to the praise. “Hi, Gloria. Thanks for having me.”
The short-haired platinum blonde flashed Chase a practiced smile while automatically facing the right camera. “It’s good of you to take time from your busy schedule to join us. Now, Chase, you have a new movie coming out.”
“Yes.”
“And I’m sure this one hits home for you, since your brother, Sebastian Murray, was once a gold medalist…”
“He’s not my brother.”
Gloria continued as if Chase hadn’t said a word. “…before having his medal stripped after a horrific accident brought to light his drug addiction.” Chase did his best not to wince. “I have to say, Chase, your brother’s struggle and the way you came to his aid is one of the many reasons I have so much admiration for you as person and not just as an actor.”
“Thank you, Gloria. Seb isn’t my brother.”
For the life of Chase, he couldn’t understand why the talk show host kept ignoring him. Chase’s mind drifted as she droned on about his latest role, playing a drug-addicted snowboarder—just as Seb had been at one time. Seb had never been family. Not to Chase. He’d been everything else. At seventeen, when Chase’s father married Seb’s mother, Seb had blown him under the table at the reception. That night, the first they’d slept under the same roof, Seb had massaged Chase’s dick through his underwear with the lightest of touch while they kissed for what felt like hours. Each time he’d gotten close to explosion, Seb had backed off. Chase had thought he would cry in his frustration. By the time Seb slipped Chase’s underwear down his hips, Chase had begged the man to fuck him. Seb had spread Chase’s thighs, oiled up Chase’s asshole, and stolen his virginity at the exact moment he finally gave Chase the orgasm he’d been begging for. Chase hadn’t looked back. While their parents’ marriage had only lasted two years, Seb and Chase hadnt stopped fucking and sucking in every dark corner they could find. Over the years, theyd parted ways, succeeded in different careers, and always found their way back to each other. They were a twisted and beautiful addiction. No one else matched the intensity or insanity.

AUTHORS PLAYLIST
F**in’ Perfect, Pink
Numb, Linkin Park
Beautiful Liar, Beyonce
Take me to Chuch, Hozier

AUTHOR BIO
Charity Parkerson is an award winning and multi-published author with several companies. Born with no filter from her brain to her mouth, she decided to take this odd quirk and insert it in her characters. 

*2015 Readers' Favorite Award Winner
*Winner of 2, 2014 Readers' Favorite Awards
*2015 Passionate Plume Award Finalist 
*2013 Readers' Favorite Award Winner
*2013 Reviewers' Choice Award Winner
*2012 ARRA Finalist for Favorite Paranormal Romance
*Five-time winner of The Mistress of the Darkpath


AUTHOR FOLLOW LINKS
Amazon Author Page –  amazon.com/author/charityparkerson  


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Monday, April 10, 2017

Unmask a new MM Romance by Charity Parkerson

Book Title: Unmask
Author Pen Name: Charity Parkerson
Book Series & number in series: Hooked #6
Genre: M/M Romance
Publisher: Punk & Sissy Publications
Publication date: April 10, 2017
Cover Artist: Charity Parkerson using Strangeland Photography
Blurb:
Adam wasn’t looking for love when it fell in his lap. He doesn’t want it.
When Adam landed an internship with the makeup artist for the stars, he thought he was on the verge of having all his dreams come true. There was no way he could foresee the nightmare the position would become. By one month in, he wonders if he hasn’t made the biggest mistake of his life. That is, until he meets Kano Aramante, the founder of the largest fashion magazine in the world.
Kano doesn’t let people in. He learned long ago his position invites users and ladder climbers into his life. Not to mention, Today’s Beauty is his whole world. He doesn’t have time for lovers or friends. Meeting Adam reminds him what it’s like to have passion and drive for something just out of reach. He sees so much of himself in Adam, but giving Adam the opportunity of a lifetime turns out to be Kano’s biggest mistake.
Adam doesn’t mean to fall in love with Kano. The man is too much to resist. His giving nature and powerful presence draw Adam in against his better judgment. They click. But Adam doesn’t want to be seen as the man who slept his way to the top. He’s worked too hard to have his dreams belittled. It seems no matter how hard they fight to be closer, the gap between Kano and Adam widens. Sometimes, there is no middle ground, and love isn’t always enough to conquer all.

Author Bio:
Charity Parkerson is an award winning and multi-published author with several companies. Born with no filter from her brain to her mouth, she decided to take this odd quirk and insert it in her characters. 

*2015 Readers' Favorite Award Winner
*Winner of 2, 2014 Readers' Favorite Awards
*2015 Passionate Plume Award Finalist 
*2013 Readers' Favorite Award Winner
*2013 Reviewers' Choice Award Winner
*2012 ARRA Finalist for Favorite Paranormal Romance
*Five-time winner of The Mistress of the Darkpath

Author Web & Social Media links:
Amazon Author Page –  amazon.com/author/charityparkerson 



Excerpt :
A solid month of interning for the world’s most famous makeup artist for the stars had taught Adam one thing. This was hell. Hands down. There was no other person on Earth as horrible as Rylan Santos. He’d stripped Adam of every ounce of style, until he was a pasty version of himself—clay for the man’s molding. They worked somewhere different almost every day under the most extreme circumstances. Sometimes their small team of five had to get up to fifty models ready to go in under half an hour. They worked runway shows and magazine shoots. Morning shows and award shows. He’d never dreamed he’d meet so many famous people for three minutes at a time and hate so many people in even less. For three weeks now, he’d listened to the importance of today’s event. It seemed Today’s Beauty was a once-a-year and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Team Rylan. Its holiday edition shot in October to ensure all photos were ready to go by December first. Every model had to be perfect and several of the magazine’s key staff members were involved as well. Since it only came around once a year, and Rylan’s interns were on a yearly rotation, this would be Adam’s one and only time to shine. Or so he’d been told about a million times.
For Adam, the shoot was like every other one before it. He’d start one model before being pulled to work another. He didn’t think he’d completed an entire face in the month he’d been interning for Rylan. The man was brutal. He hated everything Adam did and made sure to tell him. Adam had learned to take it with a grain of salt, since it seemed everyone he worked with hated every little thing about every little thing in the whole world. No need to take it personally. The only difference between this shoot and every other one Adam had worked on in the past was the magazine itself. He’d grown up reading and loving Today’s Beauty. It was the leading magazine in the world and for good reason—it was the best. They gave the best tips and Adam could credit some of their articles with a few of the tricks he used. He was beyond excited to work with them. Each time the elevator doors opened, bringing with it a new wave of faces, Adam’s gaze swung that way, excited to see who he’d spot next.
He’d already seen two pop stars, a super model who looked every bit as good at fifty as she had at twenty, three major actresses, and a guy who’d become famous for being the first out and proud rugby player. Adam had never been more torn between getting to make these people look their best, and getting thrown out on his ass for begging for autographs. The elevator dinged, alerting him of new arrivals and snagging Adam’s attention. This time, only two men stepped out. One was large—like basketball player tall and body builder thick. His gaze swept the room as if searching for any threat and ready to kill it. He was intense. Since Adam didn’t recognize him, he focused on the second man. Even from feet away, he couldn’t miss the man’s light-gray eyes—like steel. Adam had never seen the man before, but he screamed power. He was tall too, but not as tall as the first guy. Plus, this man had lean muscle—like a runner. He carried himself like a man who knew his worth and expected everyone else should know it as well. Indeed, people scrambled to clear a spot for him and see to his every need.

The man’s gaze flickered Adam’s way and lingered. Heat rushed to Adam’s cheeks as he realized he’d been caught staring. He tore his gaze away and focused on Chrissy. He was almost finished with her cheekbones, and if he made it that far, she’d be the first model Rylan had let him complete without complaint. It felt a lot like a win to Adam. No matter how hard he tried, Adam kept focusing on the man in the expensive suit. He felt like they’d met somewhere before, even though he knew for a fact they’d never met. The man was familiar in some way Adam couldn’t pinpoint. Their gazes met and held once more. This time, Adam didn’t blush, but he did look away. There was no time in his life for making eyes across the room, especially with someone out of his league. He needed to get on with things within reach.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Vampire of Caribbean




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Dead men DO tell tales!
There’s no need to dig for treasure in this anthology of 10 short stories by today’s hottest fantasy authors. Stories include:

In Which An Undead Finds Himself At Sea (In More Ways Than One) A Story of the Draculia Vampires by Colleen Gleason – The year 1802: When sexy, undead Raine St. Albans goes off to the Caribbean on a mission to try and thwart the evil vampire Cezar Moldavi, he finds himself at the mercy of the female pirate captain Arial Bonny…in more ways than one.

A Vampire’s Life for Me by Nikki Jefford - Fane Donado’s always been a grab life by the teeth kind of vampire. When his alluring friend Cassie requests help investigating suspicious vamp deaths in the Caribbean Islands, Fane hops the first plane down. Playing Sherlock Holmes isn’t half as enticing as convincing Cassie to break her number one rule of not dating other vampires. But if it’s true that a vampire hunter’s trolling the islands, they’re all at risk.

Someday My Count Will Come by C. Gockel –Dare is an ancient Night Elf keeping secrets from his own kind and seeking a Night Elf that has gone renegade. Penny is only twenty-four, seeking her lost sister, and hiding a secret as well. To save themselves, and save Dare’s people, they might have to risk letting their secrets go. 

No Scions for Old Men by Courtney Sloan – Vampire Queen Esme holds a treasure too tempting for any to pass up: a cure to the bestial madness born from vampiric long life. But when a group of South Americans seeking the cure crash onto the island, dragging an entire pirate fleet behind them, Esme must decide if a few refugee souls are worth the destruction of her people’s way of life.

Midnight Escape by Jennifer Blackstream– Where do vampires send their criminals? Paradise.

Out for Blood, by Hailey Edwards - White sand beaches, fresh tropical drinks…and three exsanguinated bodies. So much for Marshal Ayer’s transfer to the island of St. Kitts being a vacation.

Enzili by Mark Henwick - Will Charles Tynes be able to face the true horror that lurks beneath the bright Caribbean sun?

Consume by Charity Parkerson - Jonathan thinks Cin is too perfect to be real. He’s right.

Dawn’s Justice by Phaedra Weldon – A message claiming Robert Guillot is not dead but alive in Havana, starts Solange on her own personal journey to learn the truth about what happened to her secret lover. But will she find him before his scheming sister and overly kind uncle do?

Ship of the Dead by Debra Dunbar - Adeyemi leads a band of rebel Maroons in the mountains of eighteenth-century Haiti, but one by one his men are found dead. Is the murderer an evil spirit? An animal? Or are the killings somehow related to the eight strangers that arrived from France on a ship where nearly all of the crew are dead?