Saturday, February 27, 2021

N. R. Williams, Fantasy Author: The Kiss, WEP blog hop

N. R. Williams, Fantasy Author: The Kiss, WEP blog hop: It's February, and that means love is in the air and on your lips. Write, Edit, Publish has an inspiring blog hop challenge this year. T...

A lovely modern romance.

Aurora Springer: Hold my bow - snippet from my new fantasy for #WeW...

Aurora Springer: Hold my bow - snippet from my new fantasy for #WeW...:   Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday . Reading is a safe pastime during the pandemic. Sample the wo...

Not only do I lack his height and agility, I'd simply face-plant against the rock and then ooze down it cartoon-like, hoping the ground would swallow me up after that humiliating display! 

Naughty Netherworld Press: Cloned Heat II: Mementos #MFRWHooks #RainbowSnippe...

Naughty Netherworld Press: Cloned Heat II: Mementos #MFRWHooks #RainbowSnippe...:   Genre: M/M erotica, sci-fi Blurb: While fleeing fearsome Pingucury raiders, hunky roughnecks Iker Macauley and Peregrine Varga encountered...

Here is a fresh snippet from the second book in the Cloned Heat series of m/m erotic shorts. 

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Friday, February 26, 2021

Emi Review and Giveaway


by Ian Primeaux
Genre: Fantasy

One night while waiting for her father to get home, ten year old Emi wanders around her home when she accidentally drops her teddy bear into a mysterious chest. Anxiously going in after it, Emi falls into the chest and is teleported to a strange new world. Not long after waking up in this new world she is saved by her teddy bear who has come to life and grown several times her size. During her journey to find a way back home Emi meets several new friends including a royal guard, a scientist, and many others. Her focus changes from looking for a way home once she begins uncovering clues that her father may actually be in the strange land also! With the help of her new friends Emi embarks on a journey that will change her life forever.

Looking up she saw a large wooden chest with an old rusty padlock. Lightning flashed for a few seconds through the attic window. She noticed that the lock on the chest was open. Curious, she removed it and lifted the lid.

          She suddenly felt something pulling her down. It got harder and harder to hold onto the edge of the chest. She could feel her hands slipping. Just then she saw the lid begin to close. Afraid of her hands being crushed, she released her grip and fell down into the chest.

          A rustling in the nearby bushes interrupted her sobbing. She looked up and saw a wolf like creature emerge from the forest. Its fur was pitch black.

          She turned carefully and slowly to see the creature that she thought would soon end her. It was her teddy. She felt at ease but confused. The creature holding the decayed stem looked exactly like her teddy but much larger. Its mouth was sewed shut. It had the same two uneven button eyes.

          “Where am I?” She asked.       

     “You’re in my cabin. If you want a more specific answer, you’re in the Goddess Gardens.”  

     Emi was still confused. “And where is that?”             

         The woman wasn’t sure what to say. “Where are you from girl?” she asked with an interested look.

Rating: four out of five stars

Emi is a fascinating sci-fi/fantasy story whose protagonist is an ordinary young girl. I found myself thinking of the tale as a steampunk Alice in Wonderland. When young Emi's father goes missing, she is left alone with her abusive, alcoholic mother. While exploring the attic one night, she falls into a mysterious chest while trying to rescue her teddy bear and is transported to a magical land. She learns that the citizens of this strange place know her father, who has gone missing for them as well. Emi and her now-giant teddy vow to help their new friends while searching for her father.

Emi is a plucky and far brighter than average young girl, yet she is also realistic and vulnerable. She is worried about what might have happened to her father and concerned for her now-sentient teddy bear's well-being. I like the fact that Emi is adept at science. Such a character may encourage girls to pursue STEM careers.

While the story is a bit dark and there are scenes of peril, I believe that it is appropriate for middle-grade readers and up. Middle-grade readers might require an adult's help reading the book as there is some sophisticated language, but I believe the story will appeal to young people in this age range and the book could become one of their favorites.

The only reason I rated the story four rather than five stars is that there were places where it seemed unpolished. This may be because I received an advance review copy so the editing process wasn't entirely complete. The story itself is strong, interesting, and well worth a look.

Ian Primeaux is a new independent author from a small town in Louisiana. His first book “Emi” is the beginning of a new fantasy series reminiscent of adventures like “Alice in Wonderland” or “Wizard of Oz” with a few components inspired by classic role playing games. Apart from working a full-time management job, Ian spends most of his free time writing and crafting extensions of the world created in “Emi” to ensure that there will always be a new story ready to be told.

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Monday, February 22, 2021

Gale Stanley: She makes his wolf sit up and howl - The Beta's Sp...

Gale Stanley: She makes his wolf sit up and howl - The Beta's Sp...:   Welcome to the MFRW Steam blog hop! Check out some of the hottest romances around. Here’s a snippet from one of my shifter stories to whet...

I have the feeling that they won't be able to resist for long.

IN A DREAM BEYOND...: Weekend Writing Warrior from Dichotomy (CLub Lobo ...

IN A DREAM BEYOND...: Weekend Writing Warrior from Dichotomy (CLub Lobo ...:       Happy Sunday, everyone! Where is the time flying off to? It's been almost a month since I joined WeWriWa, and in my defense, I wil...

I think many of us have an unexpressed side. Mallory's is more interesting than most.

Mes crazy expériences: WeWriWar 342: The House at the Crossing 48

Mes crazy expériences: WeWriWar 342: The House at the Crossing 48:   Hello everybody and welcome for a new Sunday of writing with Weekend Writing Warrior and Snippet Sunday !   How are you doing? We had ...

Such a wild house, complete with a vampire! It would certainly make for an adventurous home life.

Sam and The Ancients

Sam and The Ancients

An interesting story and I like the idea of publishing it as vignettes. This tends to be how I publish my erotic shorts. I wish I had a great marketing plan, but I don't have much of a marketing budget. I tend to publish the stories on Amazon and give a few free days for each new one. I promote them on Twitter. Marketing and networking are my two stumbling blocks.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Ways You Could Be Sabotaging Your Training Release Blitz



Date Published: Feb 19th, 2021

Are you struggling to train your dog? This book can help!

Written by a certified Dog Trainer this book is designed to offer general dog training troubleshooting. The intent is to identify and address things you might unknowingly be doing that can sabotage your best training efforts and hinder your beloved companion’s progress.

The author, Tammy L. Hein brings up the specific issues she’s found to be the most common over her decade of dog training experience.

Every point is explained to help you see the downfalls of your methods from your dog’s perspective. With this book, you’ll gain deeper understanding why your dog behaves the way he does, where you’re falling short as a trainer, and best practices that’ll get you on the right track in no time! Don’t give up—get this book and get started!


Back when Rosie was two years old we started training for an Excellent title in Canadian Rally Obedience. This meant that we got to work with jumps, tunnels, and weave poles.

When I first started, I lured her to go through the weave poles. She caught on quickly, and we thought we were making progress.

Then I removed the lure, and she got lost. This caused both Rosie and I to get frustrated.

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About The Author

Tammy L. Hein gained her certification through Animal Behavior College Dog as a trainer and has ten years of experience training dogs. Her goal is to help dog owners better understand their four-legged companions and in doing so, help them better co-exist. She’s a firm believer that no dog is untrainable and that with the right tools, any owner can remedy their pet’s issues.

When she’s not writing books that will help dog owners, she’s training dogs, reading, or spending quality time with the people near and dear her heart—family and friends. Tammy lives in Saskatchewan, Canada and she’s married to a patient, loving husband. Together, they have two kids that are wilder than the craziest dogs she’s met; but she loves every moment.

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Friday, February 19, 2021

Dreamers, lovers, and Star Voyagers: WeWriWa: EU63

Dreamers, lovers, and Star Voyagers: WeWriWa: EU63:        Hello fellow warriors. :-) Happy  Valentine's Day!  

A nicely written snippet. I too think that Jason was a fool, but it sounds as if Emmily is better off without him.

Naughty Netherworld Press: Cloned Heat II: The Mystery of Master Blackwood #M...

Naughty Netherworld Press: Cloned Heat II: The Mystery of Master Blackwood #M...:   Genre: M/M erotica, sci-fi Blurb: While fleeing fearsome Pingucury raiders, hunky roughnecks Iker Macauley and Peregrine Varga encountered...

A saucy new snippet from The Merman and the Sub-Marines, the second book in the Cloned Heat series of m/m erotic shorts. 

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Journey to the stars and worlds of imagination: Imprisoned in Stone, One Spell Broken, But... #MF...

Journey to the stars and worlds of imagination: Imprisoned in Stone, One Spell Broken, But... #MF...:   For the next several weeks, the posts will showcase magic of a darker kind from Imprisoned in Stone. A snippit using the book quote word ...

An impressive and beautiful scene.

Author Dee Carver: He is too bold. #MFRWhooks

Author Dee Carver: He is too bold. #MFRWhooks: Fay's Wish by Dee Carver   Editor & Cover Artist: Cindy Wieczorek    Available on Amazon Fay's Wish | Universal Book Links Help ...

He was being rather passive-aggressive. I'd say he got what was coming to him.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Naughty Netherworld Press: The Kiss: #WEP2021 meets WIP Wednesday

Naughty Netherworld Press: The Kiss: #WEP2021 meets WIP Wednesday:   The Kiss Dream Lover Pepper was filled with conflicting emotions. The dowdy, forty-seven-year-old nurse’s aide had been dismayed to le...

Read the newest chapter from my WIP, Galaxy Girl, free. Writers, there's still time for you to join the WEP challenge, but only till Feb. 19. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

The Nightingale's Song Guest Post and Giveaway


The Nightingale's Song
by Andrea Torrey Balsara
Genre: Children's Book, Diversity

Last night I had a dream
That my skin was brown, like mahogany.
My outside had changed, but my inside was ME,
And a nightingale sang from the nearby tree…”
Throughout one magical night, a child dreams of a world in which diversity is cherished, and the beauty of every child celebrated.
Brothers and sisters we shall be,
Stars of one sky, leaves of one tree…”

The Nightingale's Song is also a 2018 Nautilus Book Awards SILVER winner
Better Books for a Better World”

Guest Post

If you knew you would die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?

I would tell all my loved ones how much I love them and why I love them. And then I would make sure I’m right with myself. In the end, love is all that remains of us on this earth and it’s all we bring with us when we go. Our status, our money, our fame, our possessions, ultimately don’t mean a thing. I truly believe that we are here to learn how to love.

Children know how to love. As adults, we need to relearn this. We get lost in chasing after dreams, ambitions, money, status…and of course making a living is important, but we often elevate it into becoming our identity.

I had to step back from my “dreams” and start learning how to live in each moment again. The hardest work I’ve done as an adult is to circle back to what I knew as a child. 

Who is your hero and why?

Martin Luther King Jr. and Vincent Van Gogh, both for wildly different reasons. Even though I am a white woman, Martin Luther King Jr showed me a clear example of courage, of striving to live a life of service. As a child, I felt deeply moved by his example and his purpose-filled life inspired me. He suffered terribly and yet would not relent and take the easier route. He followed the calling of his conscience. He was one of the finest human beings to ever walk this planet and the world is better for having him in it. He was a man who sacrificed his life for unity and who dreamed of a glorious day when children of all skin colours would hold hands in friendship, a day of equality and human dignity.

Vincent Van Gogh inspires me as an artist. He doubted himself and suffered from mental illness, which I know all about (I have had PTSD since I was 5) and hardly received any attention at all for his art. And although he received little recognition, he created art anyway, from his very soul. He was the essence of what it means to truly be an artist: to make art because of love, not for thought of outcome or reward. He was a delicate, sensitive man who painted with light and with his whole being. And yet even as he doubted himself and wondered why he couldn’t make a living from his art, he never gave up. I love him for that. If artists had patron saints, I would nominate him. St. Vincent, the patron saint of artists.

What kind of world ruler would you be?

I wouldn’t be. I believe that any one person who has too much power, is going to be corrupted by that power. I believe there must be a collective body that governs, whose members are elected by secret ballot. The credentials for nomination would be quality of character, honesty, being of service, and believing in the unity of humanity.

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

I would love to say I would be a wolf. Sleek, mysterious, beautiful…a symbol of wild energy. But I’m not. I’m more like a bear. Often a grumpy bear. I have bursts of energy followed by times where I pretty much hibernate. Bears aren’t elegant or mysterious and they don’t run in packs. I do a pretty good impression of a mama bear too. Once, I was walking with my children (then small) in a parking lot. A car came whizzing around the corner straight at us. I roared “STOP!” this guttural, straight from the depths roar, and I swear I could have stopped that car with my body. I planted myself in front of my kids (too late to jump, and I would’ve left my child in the stroller behind). I was so loud, and my energy so aggressive, that the driver looked frightened of me. He stopped, and waved feebly, as if to say, please don’t hurt me. I have done those roars from my soul several times, and it can be embarrassing. They come from deep within when someone I love is threatened and is not something I can control! 

What inspired you to write this book?

I had a dream in which I couldn’t remember what colour skin I had. In my dream, I took a guess that I had dark brown skin. I was walking down this dirt road, and as I walked, I was a black woman. When I woke up, I realized it was the first time that I just felt like “me” without the label of whiteness, and without any kind of visual cue. I was me. I had just become a Baha’i and the teachings stress the unity of humanity, and how we are all one people; the concept of unity in diversity. I had obviously been thinking a lot about this when I had the dream.

I wanted to write a story that conveyed that feeling to children, so that they understand that they are beautiful just as they are. We have been deluged with images of what beauty is; the images have been so steeped in the dominant/domineering culture, that people of colour have felt invisible, as if only people with white/light skin can be beautiful. 

It is up to all of us, as human beings, to further the cause of unity, especially with children. Children need to know in their very bones that they are precious, just as they are. They also need to know that their neighbour is beautiful, too, just as they are. The old ideas of beauty and worth need to be taken out with last week’s trash. They are dangerous and corrosive, not just to people of colour but to every single one of us. How many of us can look in the mirror and go, “You are good just as you are.” Most of us have to work at feeling like we measure up.

A flower garden is beautiful because of the variety of colours, shapes, and sizes of flowers. Can you imagine walking into a garden with only white tulips? Or only orange marigolds? We’d think the gardener had a problem. The human race is like a beautiful flower garden. We are elevated and strengthened by our diversity. This isn’t white-knuckled “tolerance” which is still about an “us and them” scenario. Unity in diversity is about the full-on joy in recognizing the beauty inherent in every single human being. Sometimes I find my breath taken away by it!

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

I found writing and illustrating the book to be really hard. It took ages for it to feel right. When I say “ages,” I mean years and years and years. I first came up with the story 30 years ago. What I LOVE about the book now though, is presenting it to school children. When they hear the refrain, “Brothers and sisters we shall be, stars of one sky, leaves of one tree,” they begin to LIGHT UP. By the end, they say it with me, completely spontaneously, a crowd of diverse school children, speaking of unity together. It makes my heart almost burst with joy! And I’m not exaggerating when I say the children light up. It almost seems like there is a light or an energy that is released with the power of unity. I see it over and over again in the presentations. I have another presentation of it later this month, and I’m looking forward to it. It will be the first time I’ve presented it virtually, due to the pandemic, so it will be a learning experience.

Who designed your book covers?

I did. I drew the cover and helped pick out the font and consulted on the final design. When the book had to be reprinted (the first publisher shut their doors due to health issues) I had complete control over the design.

Andrea Torrey Balsara is a Canadian children’s author and illustrator who writes and illustrates for ages 3 and up. She is involved with children’s empowerment, and works to create stories that not only make children laugh, but makes them think. Her latest illustrated book, GREENBEARD THE PIRATE PIG, is a whimsical adventure about a guinea pig with a dream.

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Monday, February 15, 2021

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Rainbow Lyrics and Mellow Mushrooms: Rainbow Snippet 2/13/2021

Well, after reading this I'm hungry! Also amused.

Author Dee Carver: First Kiss #MFRWhooks

Author Dee Carver: First Kiss #MFRWhooks: Fay's Wish by Dee Carver   Editor & Cover Artist: Cindy Wieczorek    Shayla, Princess of the Fay, must begin the journey to discover...

A beautiful description of an intense astral entwining between souls.

Journey to the stars and worlds of imagination: Imprisoned in Stone, Work, #MFRWHook

Journey to the stars and worlds of imagination: Imprisoned in Stone, Work, #MFRWHook:   For the next several weeks, the posts will showcase magic of a darker kind from Imprisoned in Stone. A snippit using the book quote word ...

Beautiful descriptions and a nice job of evoking tension.

Diane Burton: #WeWriWa - The Case of the Fabulous Fiancé: I Don'...

Diane Burton: #WeWriWa - The Case of the Fabulous Fiancé: I Don'...:   Welcome to the   Weekend  Writing Warriors   

I have the feeling her gut instinct is correct. But it wouldn't be much of a story to heed it! ;-)

Saturday, February 13, 2021

The Last Dragon Guest Post and Giveaway


The Last Dragon
by Daryl Devoré
Genre: Medieval Fantasy Romance

What do dragons, knights and romance have in common? Grab a copy of multi-published author Daryl Devore’s medieval fantasy romance – The Last Dragon and discover the answer.
A sorcerer craving dominance merged with a dragon, the power overwhelmed him causing him to split into three dragons. Demora ruled thought, but was lost in time. Yidithe offered protection, shining like the light of the sun. Ayrradex craved chaos, revelling in destroying souls.
Many knights died, attempting to slay the devil beast. One knight, Prince Hawkyns, did not fear death. He’d lost everything. Away on a mission when Ayrradex attacked his father’s kingdom, Penrythe, Hawkyns returned to find his noble father – feeble and defeated. His wise mother – crazed. His beautiful wife and unborn child - dead. Only a pile of ashes remained for him to bury. He knelt before his King and vowed to slay the devil-beast or be slain.
Derry was born with powers that terrified her parents. They delivered her to a nunnery to be raised in secret. Jathe, a wise sorceress, discovered the young girl and trained her to one day use the secret hidden in her soul.
Legends spoken around campfires hinted the sole way to destroy Ayrradex was when the hearts of a knight and a golden dragon became one. But after a vicious battle with Ayrradex, the golden dragon was thought to be dead.
Can Prince Hawkyns’s bravery and Derry’s powers end the reign of the devil-beast’s terror?

Guest Post

The Birth of the Story – The Last Dragon 

Generally, I am a contemporary, romance writer. I have dabbled in fantasy, but it was a modern day, urban fantasy. A mentor mentioned that in one of my earlier books, he kept expecting a dragon to appear. My response – I laughed. End of story.

Or, so I thought.

That dragon took on a life of its own. It flew around in my head until I conceded and started writing the story. I belong to a couple of in-person writer groups where over months I read the first two chapters. The members started asking questions which triggered ideas which lead to plot lines which added to the story.

But during this, something else happened. I shifted from writing hot romances to sweet. The genteelness and innocence of Derry was wrong for a smouldering romance.

I was really working in the cliché of uncharted waters – a medieval fantasy and a sweet romance. Give my head a shake!

Then quarantine hit and the in-person meetings stopped. I was saddened by this as I was enjoying the reactions to the story. We have a 750-word limit for each reading, so these people were only getting tidbits of story at a time and I had gotten pretty good at ending each reading with a hook.

I paused getting the finished book ready for publication, but the dragon kept nattering at me. And now I present the final product – The Last Dragon.

But I should mention that an off-shoot of this book has suddenly pushed its way to front. Now I have trolls running around in my head. Le sigh - the life of a writer.

Two writers in one. Daryl Devoré writes hot romances with sexy heroes and strong heroines. Victoria Adams is Daryl Devoré's alter ego when she's inspired to write sweet romances with little to no heat.

Daryl (@daryldevore) lives in an old farmhouse in Ontario, Canada, with her husband, a large salt water aquarium full of fish, a black cat named Licorice and some house ghosts. Her daughter is grown and has flown the nest. Daryl loves to take long walks on her quiet country road or snowshoe across the back acres, and in the summer, kayak along the St. Lawrence River. She has touched a moon rock, a mammoth, and a meteorite. She’s been deep in the ocean in a submarine, flown high over Niagara Falls in a helicopter, and used the ladies room in a royal palace. Life’s an adventure and Daryl’s having fun living it.

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Friday, February 12, 2021

Naughty Netherworld Press: Cloned Heat II: Leaving Home #MFRWHooks #RainbowSn...

Naughty Netherworld Press: Cloned Heat II: Leaving Home #MFRWHooks #RainbowSn...:   Genre: M/M erotica, sci-fi Blurb: While fleeing fearsome Pingucury raiders, hunky roughnecks Iker Macauley and Peregrine Varga encountered...

The Merman and the Sub-Marines is available from LBRY for 15 LBC (approximately $0.45)

It is free on Kindle from February 14 thru February 18
It is always free from Kindle Unlimited

The Time Gatherer Book Promo and Giveaway

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Rachel Dacus will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Coming of age as a time traveler isn’t easy. Young George St. James gets help from a magical medieval monk and a 23rd century geneticist. But they can’t keep him safe from a secret society dedicated to eliminating time travel. When love unexpectedly arrives in a distant century, George must use all his skill to thwart his foes while trying to save his beloved from their malice.

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Her hand was limp in his, and her eyes had ceased to move under closed lids.


He couldn’t take a breath until she took one, but her breathing was shallow and slow. George finally inhaled, a lump in his throat. But he couldn’t allow the tears. Not yet. Not while she lived.

A single window above her bed let in a feeble shaft of light, but not much air. The stone walls oppressed him. This backward place. If only he could have transported his beloved to the airy apartment he lived in, four hundred years in the future. She could have recovered there. No one could get well in this backward century.

He had offered to take Elisabetta with him, knowing that she would die of this unknown disease. In his time, they might have been able to cure her, but she’d refused. He wouldn’t force this brilliant young painter to leave everything she’d ever known when that might ruin her and disturb history.

This was all his fault. If George hadn’t allowed his teenage passion for rock and roll to lead him to an even deeper passion for delving into history, he might not be sitting in this stone-walled room in the seventeenth century, keeping vigil at the bedside of the only woman he would ever love.

He could jump right now to the future and ask Dr. Zheng for another remedy, but since this one had gone so wrong, the next cure could be worse. And he couldn’t leave Elisabetta alone now.

About the Author:
Rachel Dacus is the author of three novels touched with the supernatural, The Time Gatherer, The Renaissance Club and The Invisibles. Magical realism also runs through her four poetry collections: Arabesque, Gods of Water and Air, Femme au Chapeau, and Earth Lessons. Her writing has appeared in many journals, including Atlanta Review, Boulevard, Gargoyle, and Prairie Schooner, as well as the anthology Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and a tiny but feisty Silky Terrier. She loves exploring the outdoors and raising funds for good causes.


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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Playing to Score Book Promo


New Release!

Playing to Score

By Lisabet Sarai

 With the right opponent, even Scrabble can be foreplay

MM BDSM Erotic Romance

16,700 words, 65 pages

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ISBN (Smashwords): 9781005046934



#BDSM  #Dominance #Submission #Bondage #Discipline #AnalSex #GaySex #MMRomance #Scrabble #Nebraska #LGBTQ 


Matt was supposed to be just a hot hook-up. Then he turned on the charm and brought out the bondage gear.

Jason Hofstadter comes to the Four States Annual Scrabble Tournament for two reasons: to play for the trophy and to get laid. Every year since his first, he’s managed to score with one of the other guys attending. He figures that he’s hit the jackpot when he spots handsome, bookish Matt Sawyer, who's competing at the Four States for the first time.

Shy and seemingly innocent, Matt turns out to be full of surprises. First he jumps Jason in the rest room at Starbucks. Then he reveals that he's into BDSM and encourages Jason to top him. Finally, despite his lack of experience with tournament play, Matt ends up facing Jason across the board in the semi-final round. When Matt throws the game he should have won, Jason is forced to confront his own feelings: about winning, about casual sex, and about Matt.

Note: This book was previously published by Totally Bound under the title Crossed Hearts. It has been revised, expanded and re-edited for this release.


Clusters of empty chairs lined the wall. Most people were standing, jostling for a position in the queue as the officials settled themselves behind the registration desk.

One armchair was occupied, however, by a loose-limbed man who appeared to be in his mid twenties. His tousled head bent over a sheaf of papers. Jason crept closer, not wanting to startle his prey. The young man was dressed in worn jeans and a short-sleeved plaid shirt that screamed WalMart. On his feet were dingy basketball sneakers. Under the clothes, though, it looked like the guy was well-built, lean and strong. Jason suspected he might be a farm kid, though he didn’t have much of a tan. Jason’s cock stirred. This one looked promising.

The seated man looked up, staring into space through his dark-rimmed eyeglasses. He seemed oblivious to Jason’s presence. Jason could see the youth’s lips moving. The boy was cramming, memorizing the two, three and four-letter words that were so important to tournament strategy.

“First championship?” Jason asked softly. The other man started like a frightened rabbit.

“What?” The guy struggled to focus on the man interrogating him. “Um―yeah. Is it that obvious?” A smile transformed his serious face. Full lips curved invitingly, revealing perfect teeth. Brown eyes twinkled behind those sexy schoolboy glasses.  A dimple appeared in each cheek.

Jason laughed. His tailored jeans suddenly became much tighter. “We all do it. The memorization. The alphagrams. But at the tournaments, we don’t admit it. We’d like to pretend that it’s all genius, no sweat or study involved.” He settled himself in the chair next to the black-haired novice then, confident that his companion would accept a fait accompli, asked, “Mind if I sit down?”  Spreading his thighs, he tried to relieve the pressure in his groin.

The other man’s eyes flicked in the direction of Jason’s swollen crotch. The movement was tiny, almost imperceptible, but Jason noticed. Yes! 

“I’m Jason.” He held out his hand.

The other man’s fingers were smooth, long, well-manicured. Not a farmer, then. “Matt. Matthew Sawyer. Pleased to meet you.”

“The pleasure is mine.” At least, I hope it will be, Jason added mentally.

“I gather you’ve competed here before?”

“This is my sixth time.” Jason couldn’t stop staring at Matt’s face. Something about those lively eyes, that laughing mouth... “Last year I took second place.”

“Wow! Congratulations.” Matt’s admiration seemed completely sincere. “Guess I’m not likely to be playing you, then.”

“Well, you never know. It depends on the other players. As well as your own skill, of course. What’s your rating?”

“I’ve never played an official tournament. We’ve got a little club at home―back in North Platte―but mostly I don’t have the money to shell out for tournaments.” Matt levered himself out of his chair and stuffed his crib sheet into his back pocket. “Maybe we should get in line. It looks like they’ve finally started the registration.”

Jason stood as well. He could see that he’d guessed correctly. The guy had a great body. Matt was close to Jason’s height but probably weighed more. He was more solid than Jason, but he moved well. His muscles were well-defined without being exaggerated. A fine sheen of moisture glistened on his bare arms.

Jason’s nostrils twitched as he caught a whiff of the other man’s clean sweat. He stole a glance at Matt’s groin, but the jeans were too loose to tell how the guy was hung.

With some luck, he thought, I’ll know soon.

He led Matt over to the desk. “Go ahead, get in front of me. Did you pre-register?”

Matt looked over his shoulder to answer. “Yeah. You?”

“Always. Makes things go much more smoothly.” That and the lube I brought. Two tubes. After all, he wouldn’t want to run out.

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Lisabet Sarai became addicted to words at an early age. She began reading when she was four. She wrote her first story at five years old and her first poem at seven. Since then, she has written plays, tutorials, scholarly articles, marketing brochures, software specifications, self-help books, press releases, a five-hundred page dissertation, and lots of erotica and erotic romance – over one hundred titles, and counting, in nearly every sub-genreparanormal, scifi, ménage, BDSM, GLBT, and more. Regardless of the genre, every one of her stories illustrates her motto: Imagination is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

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