Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, & Giveaway – Rooftops by John Wiley

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I get inspiration in a lot of places. Sometimes it’s from real life.

In 2003 my family went on a cruise to Mexico and it was one of the best Christmases ever. I loved it so much that it inspired me to start my first novel: My Guide to Surviving a Cruise Vacation With the Family of a Friend. It still remains unfinished, but it is all mapped out and will likely be the next book that I work on. It’s definitely not that same story that it started out as, but any art project is likely to change from inception to completion.

Television is another inspiration for me. Shows with smart writing, humor, heart, and likable characters inspire me. Wonderfalls for example always inspires me to start writing again. It’s a show that on paper sounds ridiculous:

“Although a recent graduate of Brown University, Jaye Tyler decides to ignore her degree, live in a trailer and work at a tourist gift shop in Niagara Falls called Wonderfalls—-much to the despair of her well-to-do family. But Jaye’s aimless life takes a startling turn after a lion figurine begins talking to her. Her family calls it an “episode,” but Jaye knows better.

Fearing for her sanity, Jaye nevertheless starts doing exactly what an increasing number of inanimate objects tell her to do and is amazed when her outrageous actions begin changing people’s lives in unexpected ways.”

Maybe the bizarre plot is why it was cancelled after only four episodes. Luckily the entire series was released on DVD so we get to see how the story ends – one of the perfect endings to a TV series in my opinion.

But I digress. The relationships between the characters inspire me to have believable relationships between my characters. The way someone is casually mentioned in one episode and then shows up later in the season is something I want to be able to do in my writing. I want to hint at something that ends up being important, but you don’t realize it’s important at the time.

The hardest part of inspiration, for me though, is to not take from what inspired you. For example, hearing a joke that you like and subconsciously putting it in your work could get you in trouble. But if you’re truly inspired and creative, you won’t have to steal someone else’s material: they’ll want to steal yours.

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Title: Rooftops
Author: John Wiley
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, New Adult
Length: Novel
Publisher: Wayward ink Publishing

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Its summer and three friends from Ohio graduate college, ready to start making their way in the real world.

Rhys; the eternal optimist who wants to be an actor and moves to Los Angeles.

Erick; the career man, seeking money and position who moves with him.

And Joey; the aspiring artist, who for the love of his girlfriend, Cheryl, stays behind in Ohio.

While attempting to follow their dreams each must face their share of personal and professional obstacles. Each is tested. Will they lose sight of themselves?

Will old friendships fall apart and new friendships form?

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“Beggars can’t be choosers.”

“Well this beggar isn’t interested in dating someone with a tattoo of a Smurf on his arm. Well, what started as a Smurf anyway. Last I saw it was more the size of Babe the blue ox. But even more of an issue is why a grown man would have a Smurf tattooed on him!”

Joey laughs as he flicks his cigarette butt into the parking lot below. “It’s crazy, though, how fast these four years have gone by.”

“I know,” Rhys agrees. “Luckily I got a good roommate. I don’t think I ever told you how nervous I was.”

“What about?”

Rhys sighs. “Being gay at college, I guess. I knew I would come out during my first year; the pressure of basically living a lie was eating away at me and making me incredibly depressed. I was terrified, though, that I would get some big homophobe roommate.” Rhys chuckles.

“What?” Joey asks, smirking.

“I had such a crush on you when I first met you.”

“Oh, I knew that.”

“What?”

“Erick knows that you used to have a crush on him too.”

“That’s a lie!” Rhys yells.

“What’s going on?” Erick asks, coming out to the porch with a beer in hand.

“I was just telling Rhys about that night we talked about how he was in love with both of us.”

“Love is an awfully strong word, guys. And besides, I never had a crush on Erick.”

“Uh, the first time we met you checked out my ass.”

“Oh my God, you saw that?” Rhys turns red. “Oh my God, that’s so embarrassing!” He covers his head with his arms and shakes with laughter. “I can never face you again.”

“That’s going to make living together awkward.”

“I probably set the gay-rights movement back a few years, lusting after both of my straight best friends. Straights will never be comfortable around gays again, all thanks to me.”

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JOHN WILEY is currently a barista that hates coffee, but is really good at making it. When not writing, he likes to expose his cat to as many Christmas movies as possible. Just like his life, his biography is a work in progress.

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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

The tour organizer will select a winner from entries received as of close of business 21 October.  Be sure to leave a thoughtful comment on each stop on the tour for additional chances to win.

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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 – Author Susan Mac Nicol (https://susanmacnicol.wordpress.com/)

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/)

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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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Spotlight Blitz, Excerpt, & Giveaway – The Love of Wicked Men by Brandon Shire

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First, let me say thanks for hosting the Wicked Men blog tour. The creation of this lengthy novel was quite an adventure. Throughout the course of writing each episode, readers were offered the opportunity to give their input and suggestions on how they thought the story should move along. And I threw in a few twists and surprises along the way, just to keep them on their toes. The Wicked Men blitz features seven unique excerpts, so don’t miss any. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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Sid Rivers and Jack Brown are two sides of the same coin. One is a lawyer with his own firm and dreams of money and power; the other is a criminal with a lengthy record and a quest for vengeance. When they meet, sparks fly. But was their meeting an accident? Or was it planned by the billionaires who want to control their destiny?

The Love of Wicked Men is an erotic journey into the underbelly of the legal profession, the corporate culture of profit-at-any-cost, and the secret world of industrial espionage.

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Jack had to agree. His body ached like he’d been jumped by a group of men. He waited a moment and Rivers came on the mat acting exactly as Jack expected him to.

“My turn,” Sid snarled.

Jack bowed and they began to circle.

“You’re a long way from Huntsville,” Sid remarked with a sneer.

“I could say the same about you,” Jack replied as he feigned a left handed takedown. Sid turned quickly, spinning. His foot connected with Jack’s midsection, forcing Jack’s breath in a woof. Sid grinned but didn’t press his advantage.

Jack capitalized on his mistake and lashed out with a side kick that caught Sid in the head. When Sid attempted to block the next kick, Jack changed up and stunned him with three quick punches to the right flank. Sid lunged, and Jack tossed him over his shoulder. Jack rushed in, struck him in the face once, tapping his cheekbone with his knuckles, before he backed off to let Sid recover.

Sid jumped to his feet quickly, pure rage in his eyes.

“What’s the matter, Counselor? Can’t hang?” Jack taunted. He’d left a thin but visible welt on Sid’s face. It would bruise by the evening. With a little more force, he could’ve broken his cheekbone and dislocated his jaw.

Sid stepped away, signaling his next kick. Jack rotated his upper body, the kick catching his arm at an ineffective angle. He grabbed Sid’s shin and twisted, whirling Rivers in the air and dropping him on the mat with a hard thud. Those watching the match muttered quietly.

“You through?” he asked Sid, knowing the question would only incense him more.

“Not by far,” Sid growled.

Jack wagged his fingers, moving across the mat, his mind on Sid and not the audience they’d attracted. “Come on then.”

Sid bounced to his feet and leapt forward with a side kick. Jack blocked him, spun and drove an elbow into Sid’s thigh while ushering his graceless plunge to the mat. Sid came back quickly – punch, left, right, and then three attempted palm strikes. It was a standard set, but ineffective against an experienced fighter and Jack brushed each blow away easily.

A touch of respect welled in Rivers’ eyes, but it was obscured by his growing resentment. Jack knew it was time to finish before one of them got seriously hurt. Sid thought he was better than he actually was, and he was angry enough to do something stupid. He knew how to fight within the rules, but when there were no rules, he would end up hurt, or dead.

Jack feinted with a left fist, then went sideways into the throat and knee at the same time. Sid blocked to protect his throat, but missed the knee and dropped to the mat groaning in pain. Jack was on him in an instant, closing the space between them with a flurry of kicks to Sid’s ribs that would leave no portion unbruised.

He didn’t give Sid a chance to recover this time. He changed disciplines, showing Rivers what actual fighting was about. As Sid rose, Jack slid behind him, jabbing at Sid’s throat with his fingers.

Sid gasped and sputtered. His eyes flared. His discipline unfocused because of his anger, he grabbed at his throat, and then reached for whatever piece of Jack’s flesh he could get his hands on. Jack snatched his wrist from the air, twisted it and wrapped himself around Sid’s body, bringing them both back to the floor. Sid heaved against his grip, but Jack’s hold was solid.

Jack placed his lips against Sid’s ear. “I have a present being delivered to you later. You better pay attention to it.”

“Fuck you,” Sid spat. He attempted to roll, but couldn’t get Jack off.

Jack tightened his grip, slipped his opposite arm around Sid’s neck and cut off his air. “You’re a little boy in a man’s game,” Jack whispered, his voice full of contempt.

“And what’s it to you?” Sid rasped.

“Because you’re going to end up dead.”

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2015NewAbout the author

Great stories should not depend on gender or sexual preference of a character, but instead upon the strength of the characters and the honesty and urgency of the story.

Brandon Shire proves he understands the complexity of writing LGBT fiction from two very different viewpoints – serious and smexy. His serious fiction is written for those who enjoy a book, which explores life’s darker elements in a more literary form, while the smexy fiction is for those who enjoy a graphically erotic romance.

Regardless of the differentiation above, Brandon writes for people who enjoy being challenged, and for those who strive to understand situations they don’t typically encounter. He pens raw, emotional stories about characters, which readers will either love or love to hate.

Life and love are pretty damned special, but neither is always perfect. Life can be painful, and real love hard to find. Brandon’s fiction is an exploration of the (sometimes) arduous search for the happiness we all desire.

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June 11

Diverse Reader & Boys in Our Books

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3 Chicks After Dark, Attention Is Arbitrary, Because Two Men Are Better Than One, Bike Book Reviews, Book Reviews & More by Kathy, Charlie Cochet, Cup o’ Porn, Divine Magazine, Foxylutely, Gay Media Reviews, GGR-Review, Hearts On Fire, Love Bytes, Multitaskingmommas Book Reviews, Nautical Star Books, The Novel Approach, On Top Down Under Book Reviews, Prism Book Alliance, Rainbow Gold Reviews, Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words & Sinfully… Addicted to All Male Romance

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