Release Day Blitz – It’s Not Yule, It’s Me by Michael P. Thomas

Title: It’s Not Yule, It’s Me
Author: Michael P. Thomas
Genre: Gay Romance, Holiday themed, Comedy
Length: 15,700 words
Publisher: JMS Books

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Shannon hates Christmas. Mostly because Christmas hates him. It sure seems like it, anyway: every crummy thing that’s happened to him since high school has befallen him at the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Every humiliating break-up, every high-rise hotel fire—heck, a few years back, one guy he had the hots for up and died. Which goes a long way toward explaining why he’s a whimpering mess when he meets Ben the barista one Christmas morning at his neighborhood coffee house. It doesn’t completely excuse his using Ben’s T-shirt as a handkerchief—while Ben’s still in it—but Ben’s nothing if not a good sport. Ben’s such a bright spot that after a while Shannon wonders if maybe his Christmas Curse hasn’t been lifted. And what better place to test this theory than at Ben’s family festivities? It’s not like Christmas is actually cursed.

Is it?


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“I’m Shannon, by the way,” he eventually says. “Have we done that already?”

“I don’t think so. Not officially, anyhow. I’m Ben.”

“You don’t sound French.”

“You should hear me arguing on the phone with my mom.”

“I mean ‘Ben.’ Doesn’t sound like a very French name.”

“Maybe not, but Benoît is more trouble than it’s worth.”



I was born in France, but raised in Colorado; I’ve only been to France a handful of times, none of them recent. My mother was born in this country and raised in Washington, DC, but by French parents. Her mother is ethnically Gujarati, but French by virtue of being from Réunion. We’re still parsing the extent of my French-ness when Seth rolls in, only fifteen minutes late.

“Hiya, Benny-Boy” he warbles, planting a kiss on the top of my head as he swoops by; Seth enjoys flaunting his straight-but-not-narrow status. “What’s goin’ on?”

“What you get is what you see,” I tell him.

“Zis what Santa brought you?” He jerks his chin at Shannon, makes a show of sizing us up as a party of two. “You musta been a pretty good boy this year.”

Shannon groans.

“Ix-nay on the Anta-Say,” I scold Seth, although we’re all three laughing. I get up from the table and bus it clean by way of making preparations to call it a day.

“Rough trip down the chimney, eh?” Seth says, waggling his eyebrows.

“Pretty much the worst euphemism ever,” I assure him as I shrug into my jacket.

He laughs, offers me a fist bump and a “Peace out,” both of which I return.

“So …” I say to Shannon, sidling up to him. “I’m done here. You wanna get a drink or something?”

“It’s like noon.”

“Lunch, then?”

“It’s Christmas Day.”

“Dude, how hard are you gonna make me work for this? What, you never had Chinese food?”

“It’s just, I’m supposed to go to my aunt and uncle’s … it’s not that I don’t want to … maybe another time?”

I shrug. “You know where to find me.”

2015NewAbout the author

Michael P. Thomas is a flight attendant whose writing is continually inspired by his work with the flying public, who flatly refuse to be boring. The author of three novel-length gay romances and a number of romantic and erotic shorts, he writes gay fiction because when he was coming out he sure was glad to have it to read. After misspending his youth in San Francisco, he now lives in his native Colorado with his husband.



Release Day Spotlight & Exclusive Excerpt – Signs of Desire by Tempeste O’Riley


AboutTheBookSignsofDesireLG (2)TITLE: Signs of Desire

SERIES: Desires Entwined

AUTHOR: Tempeste O’Riley

PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press


LENGTH: 200 Pages

RELEASE DATE: November 30, 2015

BLURB: Desires Entwined: Book Four

Simon Tyler knows his job as a gay romance author makes his lack of faith in love more than a little ironic, but he’s tired of being used for his wallet. When a night out turns into a matchmaking scheme orchestrated by his best friends, Simon’s not thrilled, but since he’s not the target and he’s sworn off happily-ever-after anyway, he goes along with it… until he meets Adrian, the object of their efforts, and finds perhaps he hasn’t given up on love after all.

Professor Adrian Keys has tried to date Hearing men before, but being Deaf himself, he’s never had any success at making a connection. After his friends con him into going out and Adrian realizes it’s all an elaborate plan to set him up, he braces for yet another failure, only to discover there is a spark—except it’s not with the man his friends had in mind, but with Simon Tyler instead.

Not all their friends have found a way past their romantic failures, but Simon and Adrian might be on the path to happily-ever-after.


When he was finished dressing, Simon looked himself over in the full-length mirror in his large walk-in closet and nodded. The gray polished wool Korean slim-style peacoat with mini lapels and a Mandarin collar over a thin maroon faux turtleneck sweater and a pair of lightweight gray dress slacks worked well in his opinion. The slight tapering at the waist accentuated his lean but slightly muscular form without making him look too thin, he hoped.

Simon stepped back from the mirror and took a quick selfie, sending to Chase, Dale, and James, asking their opinion on his outfit. When he quickly received three positive responses, he finally calmed some. Now he just had to hope Adrian liked the way he looked as much as his friends did.

He slipped the jacket off again, not wanting to get hot as he waited for Adrian to arrive. Back in the living room, Simon draped it over one of the large overstuffed chairs before checking his watch, again. When he realized he still had half an hour, he started pacing, his nerves and racing thoughts increasing as he moved. What if he doesn’t like me once he gets to know me? What if he wants a different kind of guy? What if I’m just not the kind of guy anyone will ever love and want to keep?

When the doorbell rang, Simon was so tangled in doubts and worries he jumped and gasped. “Just a minute,” he called out before he remembered Adrian couldn’t hear him. Shaking his head at his stupidity, he hurried to open the door.

“Hello.” Adrian stood before him dressed simply. But wow! The dark smoky-gray V-neck pullover cashmere sweater, layered over what appeared to be a bright green silk T-shirt, hugged his fit body well. On his lower half he wore a fitted pair of gray straight-leg jeans and—he blinked hard, startled but enchanted—a pair of Chuck Taylor All Stars. The outer area was green, the inner canvas a dark gray, and the laces were half and half—the opposite color to the side they were coming from.

It took a moment for Simon’s brain to kick in. When he managed to pull his gaze from Adrian’s clothes, he smiled, thoroughly enjoying the light blush on the sexy man’s cheeks. “Hi. You want to come in while I get my jacket?”

“Thank you,” Adrian spoke, his voice softer but still clear, though Simon also noted his hands twitched at the same time.

Simon wondered idly if Adrian was trying not to sign to make him more comfortable and frowned as he retrieved his jacket and slipped it on. “I don’t know where you picked. Is this okay?” he asked, holding his arms out for approval. He knew it was a bad habit, but his last two boyfriends had harped on him regularly about his “odd sense of fashion.”

“Edible,” Adrian replied, the blush that hadn’t completely gone away suddenly getting much more pronounced.

Simon grinned, not caring if Adrian thought him silly. “Thank you,” he said and tried out the sign he’d picked up from the website earlier. “Shall we?” he added without signing.

Adrian signed something, but he had no idea what.

“I—” He paused, fidgeting as he continued “—I only remember a couple of the signs I looked up. What…. What did you say?”

Adrian laughed, a carefree, almost childish sound, completely at odds with the rich deepness of his voice. “I said, ‘You’re welcome and yes.’ As in ‘Let’s go.’ I’m eager to get you started on our date.”

Moments later they were down the stairs and on their way.


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AuthorPicTempeste O’Riley is an out and proud pansexual genderfluid whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what she couldn’t–defy the hate and come out. He has been her hero ever since.

Tempe is a hopeless romantic that loves strong relationships and happily-ever-afters. Though new to writing M/M, she has done many things in her life, though writing has always drawn her back–no matter what else life has thrown her way. She counts her friends, family, and Muse as her greatest blessings in life. She lives in Wisconsin with her children, reading, writing, and enjoying life.

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Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, & Giveaways – Freeing His Mercenary by Vanessa Sims

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How do you keep your ideas organized?

I keep my ideas organized by writing them all down in my purple Paris book. It has the characters, their love interests, if they have any siblings and where I want the story to go. I also write out how I want each chapter to go. Though sometimes I go off course or the chapters need to be split in two.

I also have a notebook for each book with the chapters written out, though I don’t write the sex scenes down. I think I’m afraid my kids or husband will pick up the books and start to read them.

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Author Name: Vanessa Sims
Book Title:  Freeing His Mercenary
Series: Mercenary in Love #3
Book Length: Novella
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Book Release Date: April 15th, 2015

2015About the book

What would you do if the man you loved woke up and didn’t remember you?

Christian Storm was your normal kick ass bad boy, until his best friend admitted to having feelings for him. One the heel of Rick’s confession, Christian gets his act together, and starts a relationship with Rick. The case they’re working on together goes sour at the end and Rick is taken.

After a few days Rick is found broken and battered. When he wakes up in the hospital, Rick doesn’t know who he or anyone else is.

Now Christian has to find the man responsible for Rick’s abduction and attack before he strikes again. With his mind preoccupied with finding Logan, will Christian be able to convince Rick that they are deeply in love with each other? Or will Christian lose everything he holds dear?

Freeing His Mercenary is the continuation of Taming His Mercenary.

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Christian raised an eyebrow at Killian. “No. Logan has his daughter and from the very colorful messages I read on Elliot’s phone, he wants to see him. We were having a discussion on how to find Logan when we were attacked.”

“I already told you what I wanted and don’t talk about me as if I’m not standing right here.” Elliot huffed beside him.

Killian replied to Christian as if Elliot hadn’t just spoken. “So what are we going to do about him?” Killian paused for a moment gaging Christian for a moment before continuing. “The reason I came was because Chase has been trying to call you, but he keeps getting your voicemail. They’re going to be releasing Rick in a day or two.”

Trying not to show any emotion, Christian took his phone out of his pocket, he realized it was off, probably dead. “Fuck, okay.” Taking a deep breath, he got his thoughts in order. “Elliot is coming to the house with us. Logan wants him dead and he’s no good to us with a bullet in his head.”

“What the hell did I just say and I’m not going anywhere with you.” Elliot said in a huff.

Elliot stood there with a hand on his hip glaring at Christian. He tried to contain his laughter at the picture he made. “You said, ‘I already told you what I wanted and don’t talk about me as if I’m not standing right here.’ You’re going to come with us if you want to live long enough to get your daughter back.” Turning to Killian he said, “I’ll take him to the house, then go to the hospital.”

“All right. I’ll meet you there and stay with him until Chase and Cameron get home.”

“Oh my fucking God.” Elliot yelled before storming out of the kitchen.

“I wondered how long it would take for him to leave,” Killian said with a chuckle. “So, he’s legit?”

“Yeah, he was supposed to tell Logan where Rick was the night he was taken and didn’t. So I figure we help him, he helps us.”

“Yeah, I can see that. I’ll see you at the house.”

Christian nodded his head, then followed the sound of Elliot’s voice as he cursed him to hell. Finding him in his bedroom, zipping up a suitcase, Christian leaned against the door frame.

“If you wanted me to leave the fucking room you could have just asked. Then I would have kindly told you to go to your own fucking house so that you could talk to your friend.”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about.” He didn’t know why he was trying to get under Elliot’s skin. Maybe it gave him something to do besides obsessing about Rick, but he knew his mind wouldn’t stay away for long.


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2015About the author

I live in Texas but originally I am from Trenton, NJ. When I graduated from high school, I joined the military. Yay me. I did three years with one tour to Iraq. I am happily married because seriously would put that they are unhappy. I have three kids. No pets, they scare me. I am currently a stay at home mom and I love to read! A lot.








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2015About the book

Chase Black and his team are Mercenaries who go after Human Traffickers.
Working a case for the FBI, Chase meets special agent Cameron Allen.

Special Agent Cameron Allen has been with the FBI for five years.
Being an openly gay man in the agency is not easy, but he does his job well.

Chase and Cameron team up to find Angelo Marini, who has escaped from FBI custody. Working close together, Chase and Cameron can’t fight their attraction for each other, even if they wanted to.

What happens when a Mercenary and FBI agent come together to find a wanted fugitive and fall in love in the process?


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2015About the book

When a missing persons case turns into a race to save a woman from human traffickers, Christian Storm and Rick North must not only deal with the increasingly dangerous situation, but also the stormy emotions building between them.

Coworkers and best friends, Rick and Christian have always worked together seamlessly, but that is beginning to change. Rick has been denying his true feelings for Christian for years, but has finally been pushed to his breaking point. He decides it’s time to either move forward with Christian or move on.

Christian’s a one-night-stand kind of guy who lives for fun and has no interest in a serious relationship. When Rick lays his feelings on the line one night, Christian doesn’t know what to do. He’s never thought of Rick as anything more than a friend, and is terrified that no matter how he responds to Rick’s revelation their friendship will never be the same.

When the criminals they are chasing bring the fight to their doorstep one of their own is captured. Christian and Rick must put aside their emotions and work together like never before in order to stay one step ahead of the danger that threatens their very lives.

With so much on the line, will Rick and Christian be able to give love a chance, or are the odds against them stacked too high?

Warning: This book is intended for a mature audience.


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