Book Promo: The Bath House Boys


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The Bath House Boys
Berengaria Brown’s

In the small town where he grew up, Jethro Wraight was persecuted, harassed, and traumatized because of his sexual orientation. Now living far away from where he grew up, Jethro’s only just starting to learn that it’s okay to be gay. Jethro goes to the gay bath house and meets Bart Moreton there. Bart still lives at home with his parents, even though his dad keeps telling him to get a real job, because he’s determined to become an artist. His work is good, and sells well at craft markets, but he doesn’t make enough money to survive on alone as yet.

Jethro’s never had a boyfriend before, but the two men instantly form a bond. Jethro is taking his very first steps in displaying affection openly. Bart’s focused on becoming an artist. The immediate friendship between them surprises them both.

Remember the Paint Store Boys? And Pinky’s Gay Bar?

Well now The Bath House Boys are here!

Each story is a complete MM romance in itself, but the various characters reappear throughout the series, giving the reader glimpses of whose story is coming later and of previous heroes living their happy ever after.

Book 1 “Kissing His Man”

Frank Ashman’s lover left him seven months, three weeks, four days, two hours and twenty-eight minutes ago. At Pinky’s gay bar the server shows him a brochure featuring the facilities of a new gay bath house that’s just opened in town. There he meets Ralph Sellars. They explore the delights of the bath house together. There are the rainforest showers, the hot tubs, the sauna, the swimming pool, and the restaurant, not to mention the freedom brought by the lack of clothing on the members there. Oh yes, and the bedrooms upstairs, each one complete with a drawer full of toys.

But both Ralph and Frank are burdened with baggage from the past. Can they move on and make a new future together? Or is their relationship doomed to be just sex in the bath house instead of a genuine future together outside in the world?

Buy link: http://www.bookstrand.com/kissing-his-man

STORY EXCERPT – R RATING

bb-tbhb-welcominghisman-fullRalph Sellars dumped his jeans, boots, and black wifebeater into the locker, slammed it shut, wrapped the towel he’d been given around his waist, and marched down the hallway to the huge swimming pool area. The ceiling was glass, or something that looked like glass, so the sun shone down on the pool, making it almost appear to be outdoors, except it wasn’t. An outdoor pool would be too cold for his liking at this time of year. He dropped his butt onto one of the chaise longues around the pool and lay back, ready to people-watch for a while. Then he’d swim, maybe try out the sauna, and definitely hang out in the public shower room for a while.

His membership here at the bathhouse was his thirtieth birthday present to himself, and he hoped it’d lead to some hot sex. To his right there were three unoccupied chaise longues, and then two pushed close together. From the looks of the tented towel around one man’s waist, those two men were doing more than just holding hands. He wished them luck. He hoped to get laid today, too. It’d been way too long since he’d had any company other than his own hand. Coming here was the first step in his plans to get out more.

It was just that his fucking boss always seemed to be going through one crisis after another, and he always expected Ralph to save his ass. Well Ralph was getting tired of doing that. He was more interested in fucking a willing man’s ass than pulling his boss’s ass out of yet another fire of the man’s own making. From now on he wasn’t going to answer his cell phone out of hours when his boss called him.

Ralph looked over at several occupied chairs on the other side of the pool, but the men there were just lying back, relaxing, like he was supposed to be doing. No action there. He crossed his arms over his chest staring at the ink on his left arm. He had the full sleeve completed now, and every part of the picture was a symbol that had a special meaning for him.

He ran a finger over the rose that signified the baby sister he’d adored all through his childhood and teenage years. But she’d grown up and become a total bitch, which was why the stem of the rose was covered in sharp thorns. He never would have guessed she’d become an adult who was totally bigoted against gay people.

A splash made him look at the pool again. A slender red-haired man was slicing expertly through the water. He looked like someone who came here every day and swam length after length. But instead he swam only to the end of the pool and got out. He’d left his towel at the other end of the pool, and Ralph had plenty of time to stare at the redhead’s lean but wiry body and taut little ass. Now that was an ass that interested him. Especially since the man seemed not to care about being naked. Ralph liked a bit of exhibitionism with his sex.

The redhead picked up his towel, rubbed his hair and upper body, and then tied it around his waist before walking over to the door that led to the sauna. Ralph climbed off his chair and followed him.

Not being used to saunas, Ralph stayed on the lowest step, working on the idea that hot air rises, so it’d be coolest lower down. The redhead, however, was sitting on the top row, leaning his back against the wooden wall.

“Wasn’t the pool warm enough for you?” he asked, wanting to get to know this interesting man.

“Hell, no. I mean, it’s heated. It’s warm, but I think I’ll like it better after a sauna when I want to cool down. Now this heat, this is delicious. This I like.”

“I do, too. Of course, in another five minutes I might have changed my mind.”

The other man laughed. “Yeah, me, too. I’m Francis, Frank.”

“Ralph. What do you do for a living, Frank?”

“I’m a town planner. What about you?”

For the first time ever he told a stranger what he really did, not the politically correct, politely spun version of his job. “I’m the bogeyman. I expose insurance frauds.”

“I don’t see that makes you the bogeyman. If people weren’t lying and cheating already they wouldn’t have any reason to fear you.”

Ralph laughed. “I think you’re the first person ever to see it that way. Most people think the rules are there to be broken. They see the extremely rich finding ways to avoid paying tax and think insurance premiums mean the money belongs to them and that the comparatively small amounts they steal are fair game. But I don’t chase people for ten cents. I chase them for thousands of dollars. And that includes the wealthy as well.”

Ralph stretched out on the step so he could see Frank’s face better. They began talking about their likes and dislikes, and when the buzzer rang to say their fifteen minutes in the sauna was up, Ralph was really surprised. He didn’t feel too hot, and he sure as hell wasn’t ready to stop talking to Frank.

“I suppose we’d better have a swim to cool down,” he said reluctantly.

Frank joined him on the floor of the sauna. “After that, let’s come back here. I was enjoying our time together.”

Ralph gripped the smaller man’s arms and pressed a kiss to his lips. “I was, too.” He stepped back and opened the door. Damn, the man had tasted nice. His lips were soft and sweet and just the tiniest bit sweaty and salty. I want more of him. Tonight.

“Welcoming His Man”, The Bath House Boys 2, is also available.

Buy link: http://www.bookstrand.com/welcoming-his-man

Berengaria Brown

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Perilous Play by Suz deMello from #WTRAFSOG (#BDSM #memoir @fetlife @MFRW_ORG)

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I’m so delighted to be a part of the eighth What to Read After Fifty Shades of Grey boxed set, which includes squirm-inducing, edgy erotic fiction. My fictionalized memoir is part of this set.

Check it out:

Perilous Play finalOne woman’s journey into the contemporary kink underworld, Perilous Play is Suz deMello’s explosive personal account of her experiences with BDSM. Engaging and honest, this ground breaking memoir will grab you and never let you go.

Excerpt: Please note bondage is used it may be too much for the faint of heart.

He hooded me and draped me over a hassock in the living room. The fire was blazing; though I wasn’t drunk, I was pleasantly mellow and immediately became aroused by the position. I love being taken on my hands and knees, and the hassock was even better, because it supported my weight. I just lay there and relaxed.

Then he wrapped cuffs around to my wrists and ankles, hogtied me and gagged me.

And did I mention I was naked?

I don’t remember everything that went on. That’s the funny thing about such intense sex. It’s completely mind-bending. With perspective and research, I now know that the intensity of the sex releases oxytocin, a “feel-good” hormone that has amnesiac properties. It contributes to forgetfulness.

Unfortunately, another effect of oxytocin is bonding—in fact, it’s referred to as “the bonding hormone.” Though I did not know it and certainly didn’t consent, I was involuntarily becoming bonded to Trapper Hart.

Here’s where you can buy this excellent boxed set:

Kindle US – http://amzn.to/1BS3Q3L

Kindle UK – http://amzn.to/1zHXlM5

iTunes – http://bit.ly/1zHXjnr

Nook – http://bit.ly/1BS3Q3N

Kobo – http://bit.ly/1yvWnBC

About Suz deMello:

Best-selling, award-winning author Suz deMello, a.k.a Sue Swift, has written seventeen romance novels in several subgenres, including erotica, comedy, historical, paranormal, mystery and suspense, plus a number of short stories and non-fiction articles on writing. A freelance editor, she’s held the positions of managing editor and senior editor, working for such firms as Totally Bound and Ai Press. She also takes private clients.

Her books have been favorably reviewed in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and Booklist, won a contest or two, attained the finals of the RITA and hit several bestseller lists.

A former trial attorney, her passion is world travel. She’s left the US over a dozen times, including lengthy stints working overseas. She’s now writing a vampire tale and planning her next trip.
–Find her books at http://www.suzdemello.com

–For editing services, email her at suzdemello@gmail.com

–Befriend her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/suzdemello

–She tweets @Suzdemello

–Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/suzdemello/

–Goodreads: http://bit.ly/SuzATGoodreads

–Her current blog is http://www.TheVelvetLair.com

Book Promo: Home to Stay

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Home to Stay
by Jane Leopold Quinn

Nickie Grace moved to Parkersburg to rehab an old house and forget a disastrous marriage, but a prowler threatens her newfound peace. The vandalism gets more personal and creepier with every instance. It’s a small town, and the investigating deputy, Hank Crossman, is everywhere. Nickie’s not ready to get involved but she can’t resist the hunk’s seductive moves — or the adorable stray dog he adopted. A summer affair might be fun, not to mention that with a sheriff’s deputy guarding her body, how much safer could she be?

Deputy Hank Crossman loves to play the field. He’s a commitment-phobe, who keeps everyone at arm’s length, including his alcoholic father and the stray he’s named simply ‘Dog.’ Now, he’s determined to seduce Nickie Grace. Fortunately for Parkersburg, he takes his job much more seriously than he does his affairs. His frustration at not being able to solve the perverted and dangerous crimes against Nickie grows along with his attraction to her, and despite the dangers they become immersed in an intense lust-affair.

Then Nickie almost loses her life, and Hank discovers that everything that’s been happening is because of his past. He wants to bolt, get out of her life, but this time he just might come home to stay.

Home to Stay is available here – http://amzn.com/B00P3AQ8WQ and on KU

EXCERPT R-rated

Hank and Nickie have spent the evening at a local bar,
dancing themselves into a sexual frenzy when
they go out to his truck in the parking lot…

Hank lunged for Nickie in the cab of the pickup, stroking her lips with his, seeking a home for his ravenous tongue, growling her name every time he harshly sucked in a breath of air. He wasn’t going to stop at messing up her clothes; he wanted skin. Unbuttoning her sweater—Goddamned little buttons—he pushed it back off her shoulders. He hooked his fingertips under the satiny bands of her bra straps and drew them off her shoulders, relishing the jiggle of the soft, pillowy slopes almost overflowing the lacy cups. He came close to shooting his wad right then and there. She was breathing as heavily as he was, as much as thrusting her breasts into his face. The sight of her pale curves tightened the knot in his belly, sent a jolt of hot sensation straight through his balls. “Son of a bitch,” he growled at the ache.
A loud burst of noise blew out the door when people left the bar, and her hand flew to her chest. “Hank,” she panted. “…people.”
He heard the noise, heard her voice, but it was as if they came from far away. All he could concentrate on was nuzzling his way between her breasts, on licking smooth, firm skin, and nibbling across to a nipple—a nipple that assuredly poked its little head against the lace. Just for him. His lips closed over the tasty, tight nub.
“Oh, God,” she moaned. “Hank…too many pe…” Her breathy cry floated somewhere over his head even as she pushed the lush cushion of her breast against his face.
He wanted the fucking bra off her, wanted her completely naked, completely at his mercy, completely screaming her lungs out, and he finally realized that the parking lot was not the place to be.
He sat up, pulled the sides of her sweater together without buttoning it and fastened the shoulder harness over her. Gotta get her home. Then he peeled out of the gravel parking lot for the long, two-block ride to his house. He flicked his gaze at her several times and almost drove off the road when her light eyes met his. Her expression was tense, and she worried her bottom lip with her teeth. But her sharp gasps only proved one thing. She wanted him, too.

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The stalker is watching…

The son of a bitch! A man blended into the dark siding of the building next door to Nook’s and watched Hank and that woman wrestle in the cab of the pickup. Showing off in front of that big city bimbo, wantin’ to get in her pants. He’s forgotten about his duty to the town. I’ll just have to do something about that. I’m going to make her leave town soon. Very soon. His breath caught, stuck in his throat, his heart beat faster. She bought all new panties. He backed further into the shadows and grabbed his penis. No one could see him if he jerked off right here. He wrapped the pair of black lace panties he’d stolen from her bedroom around his hard flesh. A master at jacking off quickly and silently, he bit his lower lip to keep from crying out and ejaculated into lace and silk.

Home to Stay is available here – http://amzn.com/B00P3AQ8WQ for sale and on KU

Bio

Sensual fantasies were locked in my mind for years until a friend said, “Why don’t you write them down?” Why not, indeed? One spiral notebook, a pen and the unleashing of my imagination later, and here I am with more than a dozen books published. The craft of writing erotic romance has become my passion and my niche in life. I love every part of the creative process — developing characters, designing the plot, even drawing the layout of physical spaces from my stories. My careers have been varied — third grade school teacher, bookkeeper, secretary — none of which gave me a bit of inspiration. But now I’m lucky enough to write romance full time — the best job in the universe!

My Books

Ellora’s Cave
Lost and Found
Indie
Valentine’s Day
His Hers & His
The Keeper
Soldier, Come Home
Winning Violetta
A Promise at Dawn
Jake and Ivy
Wooing the Librarian
Home to Stay
The Long Road to You (coming soon)
Siren
Undercover Lover
Mercenary Desires
I’ll Be Your Last

Jane Leopold Quinn
My Romance:  Love With a Scorching Sensuality
http://janeleopoldquinn.BlogSpot.com  +  https://twitter.com/jelquinnauthor
Amazon Author Page

3 Free Tools Every Writer Should Use!

152039262Being a writer is hard, even in this day and age when everyone has published an ebook! Here are three FREE tools every writer should use!

WriteOrDie.com

It happens to us all. We sit and stare at a blank piece of paper or all white screen. Or we don’t even get the paper out. We know we need to write but we just can’t or won’t for whatever reason. In comes Write or Die to save the day! Now obviously you don’t DIE but this writing tool does help you to concentrate and just write! You can choose how you want to be motivated, what warnings you get and some other features. I like to have the buzzer go when I stop writing it drives me insane and never want to hear it. For those times when you can’t seem to get anything down try it out and see if you will WriteOrDie.com

ProWritingAid.com

Once you’ve finished over at Write or Die you’ll want to check out your writing and make sure it’s up to snuff. For some of us (maybe even a lot of us) we don’t have groups and editors, or even people we can trust to read over our work. Or sometimes you want to do a bit of tweaking before handing it off.

Take your work, copy and paste it into the screen and let Pro Writing Aid analyse your work. It’s a great resource that doesn’t just pick out grammar and spelling errors. It shows you overused words, gives you a style report and offers suggests to help make your work readable. Check it out the next time you need to do a quick edit and see how much time it will save you!

Tweak Your Biz – Title Generator

I love this tool, it’s fun, quirky and even if I don’t get the title I want it still gets my creative juices flowing enough to come up with something on my own. A great writing challenge would be to simply take whatever title it spewed out and try to write something about it. Give it a try and see if it helps you create dynamic titles for either your books or blog!
http://tweakyourbiz.com/tools/title-generator/

Author Interview with Richard Brawer


Love cover 453x680Author Richard Brawer has agreed to answer some questions or me and my reader, below are his answers. Perhaps you have your own questions? Feel free to leave them in the comments.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Becoming a writer was the last thing I thought I would ever do, but I was an avid reader. One day I read an horrendous newspaper article about a child that was born with a brain impairment and the father refused to take him home from the hospital. I immediately wondered, Who was this man? What happened to the child? Where was the mother?

I began answering my questions with notes. The notes turned into paragraphs and the paragraphs into chapters. In 1994 my first book, The Nurse Wore Black, was born.

I tried to find an agent and publisher to no avail. Then a friend told me about a micro publisher that publishes books about nurses. Since the victim in my murder mystery was a nurse I dropped in cold. Two weeks later they agreed to publish my book. I was hooked.

Are you a plotter or a punster? Do you have a specific writing style?

I am a rather haphazard writer. First I devise a plot. Second I come up with an ending. I have to have something to write toward.

With the plot and the ending figured out I create my protagonist, antagonist and the protagonist’s girlfriend. Every hero needs a girlfriend.

Then I write an exciting opening chapter putting the protagonist in jeopardy immediately.

I do not outline the whole book. I only make quick notes for a couple of chapters at a time. This happens, that happens and what conflicts my character will face in those chapters. One chapter leads to the next and also leads to minor characters.

As to minor characters, this is where my haphazard writing comes in. I don’t know who the minor characters will be until I come to the part in the book where I need one. However I do not want them to come out of the blue. I go back and introduce the minor character innocuously in a conversation between two other characters. Then when he is fully on scene the reader will know a little about him or her.

I do not write directly to the ending. I try to take the reader on a journey like a gyrating stock market. There are many ups, downs and setbacks.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? What are the most important elements in good writing?

Creating characters and scenes: To me characters and scenes are two parts of the same thought process. The first thing I think about when creating characters and scenes is conflict. Characters in conflict and how they resolve their conflicts keep the readers turning the pages. So when creating a scene I ask what will be the conflict of the scene’s feature character.

For example, this is what one reviewer said about my latest book Love’s Sweet Sorrow: “I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to see if they were able to resolve their differences or if they would split up.”

Conversely, this is what can happen if your characters are not conflicted: My wife was having a weekly Mah Jongg game at our house. I overheard the ladies talking about a book. One said the characters bored me so I stopped reading after 100 pages.

The more conflicts a character has and how the character gets out of those conflicts, the more depth the character will have.

Conflicts can be anything from mild all the way up to knock-down drag-out fights. They can be scolding, bickering, differences of opinion, veiled threats, hurt feelings, sarcasm, warnings, silently questioning a person’s veracity, loyalty, truthfulness, and inner torment. Conversations can start congenially and end up in confrontations. Once you expand your plot your imagination will automatically create conflicts.

Do you see writing as a career?

Not if you mean career by making money. However that is not the only criteria for becoming a successful writer. To me success is getting excellent reviews from readers. My novel, “The Nano Experiment,” has received 71 reviews on Amazon with a 4+ rating.

“Silk Legacy” was praised by experts of the historical era it takes place and recommended to students studying the era of the tumultuous silk industry in the early 20th century.

Besides money what more can an author ask for than giving readers a good story.

What can you tell us about your upcoming novel Love’s Sweet Sorrow?

Book Jacket: It is said opposites attract. There can’t be two people more opposite than Ariel and Jason. Ariel is a traditional Quaker with an absolute aversion to war. Jason is the lead council for America’s largest weapons manufacturer.

Their budding romance is thrown into turmoil when Jason uncovers evidence linking his employer to international arms deals that could devastate America. His determination to stop the treason puts Ariel in the middle of dangerous territory.

As the chases to retrieve the evidence intensify Ariel is forced to kill to save Jason’s life. She withdraws into a battle raging inside her, unable to reconcile whom she has been to whom she has become. Delving deeply into hers and Jason’s long-held opposing convictions she questions whether they are truly meant to be together.

What attracted you to the suspense genre?

I found with the suspense genre I can write a more thrilling story with more chases, harrowing escapes and killings than I could put in a mystery. Not that all those things can’t be in a mystery, but for me I was able to include more of them in my suspense novels.

What were the challenges in bringing Love’s Sweet Sorrow to life? Do you ever experience writer’s block? How do you get through it?

Finding a love interest for my protagonist. All my novels have a strong female to challenge my protagonist. In Love’s Sweet Sorrow I was having trouble finding that female character. Until I did I couldn’t continue writing.

I put the book aside and went to explore one of my favorite past times, local history. Shrewsbury, NJ, a town twenty minutes north of mine, was having an Octoberfest. Shrewsbury was founded in the 1660s and one section of the town is on the National Historical Register.

In the historical district is a Society of Friends meeting (commonly known as Quakers) also founded in the 1660s. The Quakers were giving tours of their building and passing out brochures on their religion.

That’s when it hit me to use a Quaker woman who is a pacifist as a counter to my protagonist who works in the weapons business.

That thought was the easy part. Researching the Society of Friends was difficult because I had to make sure I presented my female character and her ideals correctly.

One reviewer said: “I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to see if they were able to resolve their differences or if they would split up. An enjoyable read from beginning to end.”

Did you learn anything from writing your book? How much of Love’s Sweet Sorrow is realistic?

I learned two things. I found the Quaker religion quite interesting. Also I learned about the native American Ghost Dance which I have portrayed in a section of the book. Those two things are realistic. The rest of the book is fictional.

What does your desk look like? Messy, notes everywhere.

How do you come up with your titles? I try to make the title explain the novel. As you can see by the book jacket the relationship between Jason and Ariel could end “sorrowfully” for both of them.

How do you react to a bad review? I don’t. You can’t please everyone. It’s best not to interact with reviewers.

Why do you think what you do matters? It doesn’t.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside your family members. My writing group.

You are a published author! What made you succeed where others failed? What advice do you have for someone who is just starting out?

Perseverance and practice, practice, practice. I didn’t give up. Writing like everything else comes from doing. If you are thinking of becoming a writer you can read books about writing, but I think the best thing you can do is read books by major authors. Once you have decided you want to write, while you read you will analyze how the authors create characters, scenes and conflicts.

Find a critique group that will give you honest feedback on character development, dialogue, voice, plot, conflict and setting.  But don’t automatically take anyone’s critique as gospel.  Remember, it’s your story.  Analyze the critiques to see if they have merit.  Say you have a six person group.  If one person criticizes something then it may or may not be valid.  But if three or four in the group say the same thing about a segment then you should take it under serious consideration.

Have a lawyer go over your contract. If you or he finds something you don’t like try to get it changed. If the publisher or agent will not change that section, then you have two choices, sign or pass.

Hire an editor, or the very least, a proof reader. It is difficult for the author to proof read his own book. He knows it too well and will begin skimming.

A couple of the more popular links to Love’s Sweet Sorrow:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Loves-Sweet-Sorrow-Richard-Brawer-ebook/dp/B00LUCO7LA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1405519835&sr=8-1&keywords=Love%27s+sweet+sorrow

B & N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1119960392?ean=2940149824779

Also can be ordered from any bookstore by title or ISBN: 978-0-9890632-7-2

E-book: $2.99

Trade Paperback: $11.99

What readers have said about Love’s Sweet Sorrow:

“Exciting thriller and love story extraordinaire!” Mortimer

“Excellent writing, impeccable plotting, and nicely developed characters” Shoshana Hathaway

“Your writing is very strong, and you have developed a gripping story.” The Writer’s Edge

“The characters and the plot were both extremely well-crafted.” S. Lynn

Read the full reviews at Richard’s website: www.silklegacy.com or the Amazon page for this book.

Richard Brawer Author PicRichard Brawer writes mystery, suspense and historical fiction novels. When not writing, he spends his time sailing and exploring local history. He has two married daughters and lives in New Jersey with his wife.

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