Giveaway | October

Book Giveaway

It’s giveaway time!!! 

Last year, I released Call Me Charles in October, which is a story that celebrates National Motorcycle Ride Day. It’s a contemporary story about Charles who is having a really bad day.

The most similar story Ofelia has to Call Me Charles is Crazy Joe. There are no motorcycles in it, but it’s a contemporary story about Jonas who doesn’t have the best of days either.

Both stories have past (in Charles’ case it’s both past and current) bullying, but both Charles and Jonas find their happily ever after in the end.

If you want in on the draw, hop on over to Kingsumo and type in your email address. You’re not subscribing to anything, but make sure you use an address you check since it’s the one Ofelia will contact you on if you’re the winner.

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callmecharles

Charles Bowman was having a bad day even before his friends showed up to kidnap him for his birthday. He lost his nametag, missed the bus, and was late for his shift in the sandwich shop, but that isn’t the worst. The worst is that he’s accidentally been poisoning Hubert, the owner of the candy shop across from the sandwich shop, with gluten despite Hubert ordering gluten-free sandwiches.

When Charles finds himself soaking wet on a deserted road in the chilling October night, the worst gets an entirely new meaning. But right as he’s about to give up, Hubert comes driving on his motorcycle. Being responsible for gluten poisoning aside, Charles has never been as glad to see his knight in black leather, but is going home with Hubert a good idea or will the worst get even worse?

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Crazy Joe

Abe Cooper is starting over. For fifteen years he’s lived the life that was expected of him, but not anymore. He’s packed up his things, bought himself a cabin in Northfield, and managed to secure a job at the local high school teaching gym and coaching the football team. But his new beginning didn’t include running into Crazy Joe on his first trip to the grocery store.

Jonas Raghnall has everything he needs—good friends and a job he loves. He’s worked hard to get over what happened sixteen years ago, but one run-in with his past and all the memories come flooding back. Seeing Abe Cooper, The Abe Cooper, sets everything out of balance.

Abe had pictured a fresh start with no ties to his past, but now that Jonas is there, he wants nothing more than to be close to the man who had butterflies filling his belly when he was in high school. Jonas doesn’t want to come face to face with his past, but if he sees Abe every day, it’s not really meeting up with your past, is it? It’s more like a date with your future.

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Read Around the Rainbow | Favourite MM Romance Reads with Yellow, Orange, and Red covers

ReadAroundTheRainbow

The last day of the month happens to be a Friday this month, and the last Friday of the month is Read Around the Rainbow day. We’re a bunch of authors who every month blog on the same topic, and that topic this month is our favourite books with yellow, orange, and red covers.

We’re trying to go with the season and since it’s autumn here and the leaves are turning yellow, we figured we’d pick books to match 😁

Shall we get started?

Kings Rising

Kings Rising is the third story in the Captive Prince series by C.S. Pacat, and I don’t care what you say, today that cover is yellow. Tomorrow, I might argue that it’s beige, but unless you can see the yellow today, you need to have your eyes checked 😆

This is an awesome series. And given recent events, it might be an unpopular opinion, but I normally steer clear of everything royalty. I’m in no way or form a monarchist, and even reading made-up stories about kings and queens sets my teeth on edge…unless there is a paranormal spin. Then I can tolerate it. This takes place in a different world than our own.

Book cover of Kings Rising by C.A. PacatDamianos of Akielos has returned.

His identity now revealed, Damen must face his master Prince Laurent as Damianos of Akielos, the man Laurent has sworn to kill.

On the brink of a momentous battle, the future of both their countries hangs in the balance. In the south, Kastor’s forces are massing. In the north, the Regent’s armies are mobilising for war. Damen’s only hope of reclaiming his throne is to fight together with Laurent against their usurpers.

Forced into an uneasy alliance the two princes journey deep into Akielos, where they face their most dangerous opposition yet. But even if the fragile trust they have built survives the revelation of Damen’s identity – can it stand against the Regent’s final, deadly play for the throne?

https://books2read.com/KingsRising

Rarely Pure and Never Simple

Rarely Pure and Never Simple by Angel Martinez is the first story in the Variant Configurations series. I love this book so much. I reread it a couple of months ago, and I can’t wait for the second book. It was supposed to be released now in September, but I saw a post on Facebook that it’s been delayed.

I will argue that this cover is orange. I don’t really care whether you agree or not LOL. It’s at least a bit autumny, is it not?

Rarely Pure and Never SimpleVariant children are vanishing at an alarming rate. It will take a uniquely mismatched pair of trackers to untangle a web of conspiracy and misdirection to find them.

In his isolated cabin, variant Damien Hazelwood avoids human contact as much as possible to prevent attacks of blind berserker panic. But his rare talent as a locator makes him the go-to contractor for tricky missing person’s cases and when agents bring him a troubling contract involving missing variant children, he finds it impossible to refuse.

Licensed tracker Blaze Emerson can’t help being irritated when he’s expected to follow the strange, twitchy locator’s lead on his latest case. He works alone, he’s damn good, and as a variant sparker, he has both the fire and the firepower to take on anything out there. Though he has to admit there’s something intriguing about a man who can find people with his brain.

With vastly different temperaments and backgrounds, Damien and Blaze need to negotiate quickly how to work together if they’re going to crack this case. Add in the sudden appearance of Blaze’s outlaw ex, the perils of tracking in the wilds, and a maddening lack of discernible motive or method, and they soon find themselves in as much danger as the kids they’re trying to rescue.

Variant Configurations takes place in a future Earth where humanity is reclaiming its spot in a gradually healing world. This book contains mentions of past abuse, action-adventure style mayhem, and the beginning sparks of a slow burn, series-spanning relationship.

https://books2read.com/Rarely-Pure-and-Never-Simple

Forsaken Fae: Book Three

I read the Forsaken Fae series by R.A. Steffan some time ago, it’s three books, so this is the last, and you have to read the first two to understand what’s happening. Normally, I don’t read a lot of faes, and I don’t read a lot of BDSM. This has both, so colour me surprised when I got a bit obsessed and read them all 😁. And at least here, I don’t have to explain the cover, right?

Forsaken FaeSome people just want to watch the world burn.
Unfortunately, those people seem to be in charge right now.

Trapped at the mercy of a corrupt Fae Court, Len and Albigard must overcome their harshest challenges yet in order to stop the Wild Hunt and retrieve their friends’ lost souls.

Albigard’s father seeks to use his estranged son as a weapon against their enemies, the demons. And apparently, he’s not bothered by the idea of entire worlds becoming collateral damage in his endless war.

Meanwhile, the pair’s only potential allies reside among the dregs of Fae society. The Forsaken—outcasts condemned by the Court—carry a terrible secret regarding the magical imbalance decimating the Fae realm of Dhuinne.

If the three worlds are to survive, Len and Albigard must tame Dhuinne’s dark heart before everything around them falls into ruin.

https://books2read.com/ForsakenFae3

Don’t forget to check out what the others have written!

Nell Iris

Ofelia Gränd

Ellie Thomas

A.L. Lester

Amy Spector

Addison Albright

Lillian Francis

Holly Around the World | September

Holly Around the World

It’s time for another lap around the globe. Or… the travelling is already done, so it’s more like a glimpse into the travel journal 😊 

Perhaps we should make that a diary instead?

In September, we celebrated Dear Diary Day, and we did it by releasing Dear Diary. I’m so happy we did! It was a challenge to write a story in diary format, but it was really fun.

The first stop this time was at A.L. Lester’s blog. There I was talking about Dear Diary at the same time as I was bragging about my achievements this year 😆

Then I visited Nell Iris. At Nell’s, I was talking about how writing a diary in third person, past tense, and dual points of view won’t work, and how I instead had to move out of my comfort zone and write in first person.

Next up was Addison Albright. There I was talking about the history of diary-writing, and how diaries can help us sort our lives. I might also have mentioned that we’re mentally unstable in this day and age LOL.

Last, I was over at Ofelia Gränd’s. There I talked about how I could’ve written a different story than I did to celebrate Dear Diary Day. I could’ve done a queer The Bridges of Madison County, but I didn’t. And now we’ll just have to live with the fact that I didn’t 😁

Not a fan of diaries? Worry not, next month we’ll be celebrating M&M Day and if you say you don’t like chocolate, we can’t be friends.

Works in the gym