Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, and Giveaway – Purpose by Andrew Q. Gordon

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Title: Purpose
Author: Andrew Q Gordon
Publisher: DSP Publications
Release Date: 6 October
Edition: Second (Re-written, re-edited, new cover)
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26796402-purpose
Genre: Paranormal, Gay Fiction

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Forty years ago the Spirit of Vengeance—a Purpose—took William Morgan as its host, demanding he avenge the innocent by killing the guilty. Since then Will has retreated behind Gar, a façade he uses to avoid dealing with what he’s become. Cold, impassive, and devoid of emotion, Gar goes about his life alone—until his tidy, orderly world is upended when he meets Ryan, a broken young man cast out by his family. Spurred to action for reasons he can’t understand, Gar saves Ryan from death and finds himself confronted by his humanity.

Spending time with Ryan helps Will claw out from under Gar’s shadow. He recognizes Ryan is the key to his reclaiming his humanity and facing his past. As Will struggles to control the Purpose, Ryan challenges him to rethink everything he knew about himself and the spirit that possesses him. In the process, he pushes Will to do something he hasn’t done in decades: care.

1st Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, June 2013.

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Gar walked toward the window in his bedroom, wrapping the towel around his waist as he moved. Pulling steadily, he opened the blinds to the city below. The kid woke something Gar kept dormant for a reason. People couldn’t understand what he’d become. Worse, caring for someone only put them at risk. The Purpose didn’t care about the position held by the guilty. If vengeance was required, Gar needed to exact punishment. He’d killed stupid kids, drug lords, government agents, and powerful politicians. Survival required he move around, hide his identity, and not leave witnesses.

Having someone around made it harder, and while he was fairly invulnerable, Ryan was most definitely not. Gar knew he should send the kid away, but he was also aware of the pain it would cause. Not just to Ryan, but to him.

If he wasn’t going to reject him, he owed him a full explanation. Without any proof to support it, Gar was certain Ryan wouldn’t leave once he found out. Even with the risks being around Gar posed, Ryan would stay. For the same reasons Gar couldn’t turn him out, Ryan couldn’t leave.

Footsteps and the movement of the air alerted him before Ryan’s image appeared in the glass. He had a towel around his waist and had managed to tame his still-damp hair.

“Gar?”

“Yes?”

“Please don’t sleep on the couch.” Although a hint of desire caught in Ryan’s voice, the need to be accepted was louder.

Keeping his gaze fixed on the city lights, Gar steeled himself to decline the request. “Ryan….”

“Please?” The need in his voice forced Gar to turn.

Skinny, pale, and mostly smooth, with a patch of hair just above the waist, Ryan looked vulnerable in just his towel. It occurred to him that Ryan was worried the moment had passed and Gar wouldn’t want someone who looked like him. If only he knew.

“Ryan, let me finish, please.” Gar waited until he received a tentative, sad nod. “Before we do anything, you need to know who and, more importantly, what I am. I can’t do that tonight. This isn’t a rejection. My reaction in the shower was genuine. I do want to be with you, and I do find you attractive. But we can’t be intimate tonight. Please accept that.”

Tears forming in his eyes, Ryan searched Gar’s face for something. When he looked away, Gar knew he had failed. For too long, he had renounced his feelings and expressing them to others. Tonight, when he needed to reassure, he failed.

No, he hadn’t failed, not yet. “Ryan….” Moving quickly, Gar took Ryan’s hand in his. “Don’t look away, please. If you give me a day, you have my word, if you still feel this way tomorrow, I won’t say no.”

“A day?”

Gar nodded, keeping his gaze locked on Ryan’s. “Tomorrow I’ll explain everything. After that… well, after that, you’ll have to let me know if the offer is still good.”

“Tomorrow,” Ryan repeated softly. “Okay, but will you at least hold me tonight? I’ll be good, but it’s been so long….”

He wanted to say no because that wasn’t much better. Sex wasn’t the problem; it was the emotional attachment. Attachment. That was the rub. Part of him was already attached. He just didn’t know when, how, or why.

“Okay,” he said.

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First Prize: $25 Giftcard to Dreamspinner Press

Second Prize: Autographed Paperback copy of Purpose

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6 Oct – Elin Gregory (https://elingregory.wordpress.com/)

6 Oct – Jessie G Books (http://jessiegbooks.com/)

7 Oct – Divine Magazine (http://divinemagazine.net/)

8 Oct – Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words (http://scatteredthoughtsandroguewords.com/)

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10 Oct – Wake Up Your Wild Side (http://galestanley.blogspot.com/)

11 Oct – The Purple Rose Tea House (http://purpleroseteahouse.charliecochet.com/)

12 Oct – Love Bytes Reviews (http://lovebytesreviews.com/)

12 Oct – Queer SciFi (https://queerscifi.com/)

13 Oct – World of Diversity Fiction (http://wodfreview.com/)

14 Oct – Prism Book Alliance (http://www.prismbookalliance.com)

15 Oct – Diverse Reader (http://diversereader.blogspot.com/)

16 Oct – Loving Without Limits (http://lexiander.blogspot.com/)

17 Oct – Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents (http://fangirlmomentsandmytwocents.blogspot.com/)

18 Oct – BFD Book Blog (http://bfdbookblog.net/)

18 Oct – Wicked Faeries Tales and Reviews (http://wickedfaeriesreviews.blogspot.com/)

19 Oct – Molly Lolly (https://mollylollyauthor.wordpress.com/)

20 Oct – Drops of Ink (https://annebarwell.wordpress.com/)

 

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AQGAuthorImage300x300Andrew Q. Gordon wrote his first story back when yellow legal pads, ball point pens were common and a Smith Corona correctable typewriter was considered high tech. Adapting to the times, he now writes with a shiny new MacBook that he sets on the same desk as his manual typewriter and vintage adding machine.

Long a fan of super heroes, wizards and sports, Andrew’s works include high fantasy, paranormal spirits, magic as well as contemporary fiction. He is still trying to find the perfect story that will include all his favorites under one cover.

He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his husband, their young daughter and dog.  In addition to dodging some very self-important D.C. ‘insiders’, Andrew uses his commute to catch up on his reading. When not working or writing, he enjoys soccer, high fantasy, baseball and occasionally sleeping.

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Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, and Giveaway – Redeeming Hope by Shell Taylor

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Author: Shell Taylor

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: L.C. Chase

Length: Novel – 206 Pages

Release Date: October 5, 2015

Blurb: Home for Hope: Book One

Fifteen years ago Elijah Langley’s world came to an abrupt halt with the death of his high school boyfriend. He keeps his past—and his sexual orientation—hidden until he attends a fundraiser for The Center for HOPE, an LGBT youth center, where he meets Adam Lancaster, HOPE’s infuriatingly stubborn and sexy founder.

A survivor of a turbulent childhood, Adam understands better than most the challenges his youth face. He’s drawn to Elijah’s baby blues and devilish smile but refuses to compromise his values and climb back into the closet for anyone—not even the man showering time and money on HOPE. Months of constant flirting wear down Adam’s resolve until he surrenders to his desires, but Elijah can’t shake his demons.

When a youth from the center is brutally assaulted, Elijah must find a way to confront the fears and memories that are starting to ruin his life, so he can stand strong for those he loves.

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ELIJAH SMACKED the ball out of Kollin’s hands as they walked outside onto the basketball court. “Play to twelve, win by two?”

“How about we just play a game of HORSE?” Kollin asked. “Wouldn’t want you to strain something trying to keep up with me.”

“I like how you think you got jokes.”

Kollin shrugged his shoulder and offered a grin that quickly fell.

“You okay? Everything all right at school?” Elijah hadn’t spent a lot of time with Kollin, but he’d never seen the kid abandon a battle of wits so quickly.

“Yeah, just… you know. That guy.” Kollin shrugged again.

“He’s here now. I’m sure Adam will take good care of him.”

Kollin grabbed the ball back from Elijah, dribbled a few times, and took a shot. When the ball swished through the net, he flashed Elijah a smile and stepped aside. “I know… it’s just… I mean, sometimes I think it’s better to just keep it all quiet if being honest about who you are means you’ll be kicked out of your house. Right? Seems like it’d be harder to lose your parents and your house, your clothes… food on the regular, than it would to just pretend for a few more years.”

Elijah took a deep breath and dribbled the ball. He was in no way prepared to have this conversation. “I don’t know, man. I’m not sure there’s an Easy button here. I can tell you I admire the hell out of anyone who owns who they are regardless of the consequences. Doesn’t mean I look down on anyone who does what they have to do to stay safe or stay sane.”

“Yeah. I guess.”

Elijah took a shot, not really taking the time to aim, and missed.

“Look who’s got H,” Kollin singsonged.

“Yeah, yeah. Take your next shot.”

Kollin grabbed the ball and dribbled to the basket for an easy layup.

“You know, the scary part is… maybe he didn’t even come out. Maybe his parents just found out because he wasn’t careful enough. So, one day his life is pretty good, and the next he’s on the street, feeling grateful his parents let him stuff some shit in his book bag before they threw him out.” Kollin tossed the ball to Elijah and stared him right in the eye. “That’s what happened to this girl, just a couple weeks after I started coming here. ’Cept she was only sixteen. So Adam had to call the cops eventually, but she took off before they got here. She told me she’d rather be on the streets than go in the system if she couldn’t stay here. That’s when I started helping Kirsten pass out stuff about our fundraisers. If we’d already had that inn, she might’ve had another option.”

Elijah had no idea what to say or what kind of assurances the kid was looking for, and his natural instinct was to fix whatever problems he encountered. Adam Lancaster needed money to buy an inn. Elijah could write a check. If Langley Lumber lost a big client, Elijah showed up at their door, and nine times out of ten, the client came back. Telling a fifteen-year-old gay boy everything was going to be okay… not really in Elijah’s bag of tricks.

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Shell Taylor is a full-time mother of three exuberant and loving kiddos and one fur baby, a tiny but fierce Yorkie-poo named Rocco. As a Christian who practices love, grace, and humility rather than hatred and judgement, she tries her best to instill these same virtues in her rowdy kids. She just recently learned how to crochet to start bombarding new mothers with matching hats and booties. She is a huge Marvel fan and because of the superhero-plastered tees paired with jeans and Chucks has been told when helping out in her son’s classroom that she looks more like the students than a parent. Her favorite way to procrastinate is to binge watch entire seasons on Netflix. Best of all, she’s been married ten years to a man who’s turned out to be everything she never knew she needed.

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October 6:

MM Good Book Reviews

Drops of Ink

October 7:

My Fiction Nook

October 8:

Molly Lolly: Reader, Reviewer, Lover of Words

Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents

October 9:

The Purple Rose Tea House

A Celebration of Books

October 12:

Wicked Faeries Tales & Reviews

Bike Book Reviews

October 13:

Hearts on Fire

October 14:

Diverse Reader

October 15:

Bayou Book Junkie

October 16:

Wake Up Your Wild Side

October 19:

Jessie G Books

October 20:

World of Diversity Fiction

Gay Media Reviews

October 21:

Prism Book Alliance

October 22:

BFD Book Blog

Love Bytes Reviews

October 23:

Divine Magazine

Blog Tour, Guest Post, & Giveaway – Bayou Fairy Tale by Lex Chase

Hello everyone! I’m Lex Chase and I want to thank Charlie for having me here today on the Bayou Fairy Tale Blog Tour! Bayou is the sequel to Americana Fairy Tale and tells the tale of fuck-up fairy tale princess dude Taylor Hatfield and his true love a jackass redneck huntsman by the name of Corentin Devereaux. After they saved the world once, their quiet retired life is interrupted when destiny comes knocking. Rude. It’s up to Taylor and Corentin to save Enchants and mundanes from the machinations of one apple turned rotten to the core.

Actually, let’s let Corentin catch us up…

We good? Awesome.

Let’s break it down about Corentin. We learn in Americana Fairy Tale he’s cursed to lose his memory every seven days. That’s pretty crappy for him, and awful for me, because the asshole is one huge math problem in the case of world building.

One of the things he does to cope with his curse is to write everything down in a monstrous journal. It’s ten composition notebooks duct taped together, color coded with sticky tabs, and stuffed to the gills with notes, pictures, post-its, receipts, maps, everything and more. We learn there’s also more than one of these crazy things. Each journal only keeps a record of the last four years of his life. Which in turn makes him a fucking headache for me.

And I decided to make one.

Like I had anything better to do! (Like write books!)

My inspiration for the journal came from two places. One of them is from being in art school for a handful of years, every semester students had to keep what was called a project log. It’s a hardcover 11X14 sketchbook. We had to fill it every semester and start a new one the following semester.

We had to fill every inch of the pages. Even the cover. I filled my journal with sketches, thumbnails, pictures, prints of projects, newspaper clippings, photos from magazines, even things like candy wrappers, gum wrappers, tags from clothing, scraps of yarn, even a paper towel. I kept mine and they still serve as a wellspring of inspiration.

The other thing was hypergraphia, or compulsive writing relating to epilepsy. I thought it was an interesting idea for a character to have to write down every detail about his life. However, in the case of hypergraphia, people just write the same phrase or same words again and again. They don’t even write complete sentences, or often it’s just a jumble. Even though there’s mention of things Corentin wrote down in his head that’s probably what they are. But in actuality, it’s just repeated key words and phrases.

Here’s a few examples of the various pages. It was actually very meditative to write the same words and phrases again and again.

 

Corentin’s famous “About You” page. It’s the only one that says anything.

One of Taylor’s pages.

Atticus’s page.

Idi’s page.

A close up of the text of Atticus’s page.

It’s said every seven days Corentin can start again and be someone entirely different. That’s probably not true, but you never know in a land of magic and fairy tales!

My question for you is if you had the chance to be whoever you wanted to be, who would you be and why? Leave your comment below with your name and don’t forget to record your entry in the giveaway widget!


Genre: Urban Fantasy Fairy Tale
Series: The Screw-Up Princess and Skillful Huntsman Trilogy: Book Two (A Fairy Tales of the Open Road Novel)
Length: Novel
Published: October 19, 2015
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-62798-499-7
Buy: Paperback or eBook

Blurb:
Modern day fairy tale princess Taylor Hatfield has problems. One: he’s a guy. Two: he’s Sleeping Beauty, the most useless princess in existence. Throw in his true love, Corentin Devereaux, a huntsman descended from child-eating witches, and Taylor’s younger brother, Atticus—this generation’s Snow White—who tried to kill him. That didn’t go so hot.

For two years, Taylor and Corentin live their Happily Ever After. But Corentin’s cursed to lose his memory every seven days, including his life with Taylor—a painful reminder that he can’t provide for the man he loves. Taylor insists Corentin has the strength to succeed, and when Taylor discovers a way to break the curse, he is more than willing to pay the cost.

When an enchanted blizzard devastates Corentin’s hometown of New Orleans, Taylor is convinced Atticus is to blame and grows desperate to find him amidst the Big Easy turned frozen wasteland. Corentin believes Taylor is chasing a ghost while he chases the ghosts of his own past. Old tensions scratch open scars, leaving both to wonder if they have each other’s best interests at heart. The clock is ticking until Corentin loses his memory, and the rabbit hole goes so deep they may never come out.


About the Author:

madison_parker_MG_4269-WEBLex Chase once heard Stephen King say in a commercial, “We’re all going to die, I’m just trying to make it a little more interesting.” Now, she’s on a mission to make the world a hell of a lot more interesting.

Weaving tales of cinematic, sweeping adventure—and depending on how she feels that day—Lex sprinkles in high-speed chases, shower scenes, and more explosions than a Hollywood blockbuster. Her pride is in telling stories of men who kiss as much as they kick ass. If you’re going to march into the depths of hell, it better be beside the one you love.

Lex is a pop culture diva, her DVR is constantly backlogged, and unapologetically loved the ending of Lost. She wouldn’t last five minutes without technology in the event of the apocalypse and has nightmares about refusing to leave her cats behind.

She is grateful for and humbled by all the readers. She knows very well she wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them and welcomes feedback.

You can find in the Intarwebz here:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LXChase
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Lex_Chase
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Site: http://lexchase.com


I’m having a Down on the Bayou Giveaway where one lucky winner will walk away with a magical fairy tale prize pack! From Corentin’s mini journal, to a delicious bottle of Disney’s Snow White perfume, Lex Chase swag annnndddd….

This lovely necklace!

US residents only please, but for International residents, you’ll get a lovely 20 dollar Amazon Gift Card!

Don’t forget about the multiple ways to enter! Not only do you need to comment, you can tweet! Use the hashtag #BayouFairyTale! Or enter via Instagram!


Bayou Fairy Tale Tour Stops:

10/1 – Tali Spencer

10/3 – The Novel Approach

10/5 – Gay List Book Reviews

10/6 – Bru Baker

10/7 – Charlie Cochet’s Purple Rose Teahouse

10/8 – Sinfully Addicted to All Male Romance

10/10 – Aidee Ladnier

10/13 – Prism Book Alliance

10/15 – C.S. Poe

10/16 – Joyfully Jay

10/17 – Bayou Fairy Tale Facebook Chat

10/19 – Bayou Fairy Tale Release Day!