Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, & Giveaway – Indigo Road by RJ Jones

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Title: Indigo Road
Author: R.J. Jones
Genre: New Adult, Gay Romance, Contemporary
Length: Novel
Cover artist: Meredith Russell

Synopsis

Two best friends take a year off to find themselves… and end up finding each other.

Joshua Simpson has just finished four years at Purdue University, but that’s not why he’s buzzing with excitement. Once they’ve said goodbye to their families, Josh and his best friend Alex are taking off to discover America in an old but reliable VW van, planning on not seeing snow for an entire year.

Josh has always considered himself straight—except for that one time in college—so when he and Alex are living in such close proximity on the road, he’s unsure what these new feelings mean. Is it because they’re spending 24/7 together, or is it something deeper? And does it really matter since Josh has only ever seen Alex with women?

While in Oregon, Josh meets Johnno, a sexy but confusing Aussie surfer. While having an impromptu surfing lesson, Johnno helps Josh realize who he is and what he wants—but Alex’s reaction leaves Josh confused.

From a Montana ranch to the bright lights and dangerous streets of Los Angeles to a dark and lonely deserted highway in Alabama, join Josh and Alex as they drive around the US, discovering not only who they are, but who they can be together.

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Exclusive Excerpt

“YOU FEELING okay?” Alex asked with a frown as I trudged back to Maude after having a quick shower at the RV site we’d stopped at.

We’d passed through what felt like a million national parks on our way to the Washington state line and when Alex flashed an annual parks pass to avoid entry fees, I realized just how much thought he’d put into this trip.

We’d left the ranch four days ago, but my muscles hadn’t recovered yet and I was slow at doing things, like collecting firewood or packing up. I was still exhausted, despite having plenty of sleep.

“Yeah, just sore from all the horse shit shoveling I did, I think.”

Alex came closer and cradled my face gently in his hands, searching my eyes for something. For a second I thought he was about to kiss me and I questioned whether I wanted him to or not. Before I could make up my mind, he kissed my forehead, his soft lips lingering for a second longer than necessary. My heart raced. Yes, I realized, I did want him to kiss me. At least I now knew the answer.

Alex and I hadn’t moved past the finger-holding stage. I sensed a hesitancy about him, and although I wanted more, I didn’t push. We fell asleep holding hands, only to wake up and pretend we hadn’t.

“You’re hot,” he exclaimed, releasing my face and stepping back.

“I just had a hot shower.”

“You sure?”

“Yes, I’m sure I just had a shower.” I laughed, trying to make the concerned look in his eyes go away. It didn’t.

“Okay.” He nodded and started lighting the campfire, but he kept one worried eye on me.

After dinner, Alex doused the flames and crawled into bed beside me. I was half-asleep when he asked, “You want to watch a movie?”

“Hmm, sure.” I closed my eyes again, exhaustion pulling me under. A moment later, I felt Alex’s lips at my forehead once more. “Why are you kissing my head?” I asked without opening my eyes.

“I’m not kissing you, I’m checking your temperature. It’s a little high, by the way.”

“You’re checking my temperature?”

“Yes, your lips are more sensitive to temperature so it’s a more accurate way to check for a fever,” Alex stated matter-of-factly.

“Who told you that?” I asked, opening my eyes, only to close them again.

“Rachael was a nursing student.” When I looked at him again, he rolled his eyes. “I dated her for like, two months in our second year at Purdue.”

“You never kiss and tell, so don’t blame me for not remembering her.”

“Redhead, freckles. Big tits.”

Now I remembered. “She was cute.”

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About the author

R.J. Jones started as a reader and eventually made the progression to reviewing. It wasn’t until two men popped into her thoughts, insisting on telling her their story that she started to write.

It started with one scene. A hot and dirty one in the shower…

R.J.’s initial thought was if she could write their scene then they’d shut up and allow her to concentrate on other aspects of her day. Not so. That shower scene ended up being 3000 words long and three hours of work.  And still, they didn’t shut up.  They told her their entire story and she didn’t sleep for days. Sometimes she couldn’t keep up with what they were telling her and she had to keep a notebook by her bed.

Whilst she was writing their story a side character decided he needed his story told too. Then other characters followed suit.

You see the problem? If she ever wants to sleep again then she needs to write.

R.J. is a wife and a mother to two boys. She is surrounded by males. Even her dog is a boy.

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The M/M Newlywed Game Part II – Sunset Park by Santino Hassell

Thank you for watching Episode 2 of The M/M Newlywed Game with Raymond Rodriguez and David Butler. You can find Episode 1—David’s answers about Raymond—at Santino’s blog tour stop at The Novel Approach on December 11th!

Just a reminder, the purpose of The Newlywed Game is to see how well newlyweds, or newlyfriended as David claims, know each other. Today, I’ll be asking Raymond questions about David to see how well he knows his new BFF. They need fifty points total to win. Last week David got one wrong, which put him at twenty two and a half points. Let’s see if Ray can do better.

Raymond: Oh, I know I’ll do better.

David: That’s because you’re full of crap. You take way longer to get ready than I do. I still maintain I should get full credit for my realistic response. There’s no way a guy with hair that long gets ready faster than me. And I know you maintain it because it’s shiny and silky as fuck. My hair doesn’t look that good and I actually try.

Raymond: Cry more, blondie.

Host: You two are so cute together.

Raymond: Whatever.

Host: Okay Mr. Cheerful, let’s get started. Question 1—What’s David’s favorite comfort food? 

Raymond: *side eyes David* Pasta. Any kind of pasta. When he isn’t on his no-carb crap.

David: *flips card that says ‘All of the pasta!!! Especially with seafood and lots of butter and garlic.’*

Host: Good start. How about his favorite comfort movie?

Raymond: A comfort movie? What the hell is that? I’m just going to say Lost in Translation because he thinks he can relate to some people having an existential crisis in Japan. Either that or something Disney-related like Mulan.

David: *laughs and holds up a sign that says ‘Disney movies!’*

Raymond: See? Dork.

David: But you watch it with me, soooo….

Raymond: If I don’t, you’ll get pouty.

Host: Who is David’s favorite singer?

Raymond: Adele.

David: *holds up sign that says ‘Adele is my spirit human’* That was super easy, though.

Host: What about his favorite designer? 

Raymond: *sighs* Why I gotta get these wack questions? You didn’t ask him that.

Host: The question can’t all be the same.

Raymond: Whatever. Cole Haan. And I only know that shit because he dragged me out shopping and kept asking my opinion on billions of shoes designed by this Cole person.

David: *hiding a smile, he holds up a sign that says ‘The only designer I consistently purchase is Cole Haan. Other than that, I just go to Express or Urban Outfitters. Shoes make the outfit, tbh.’*

Raymond: Leave it to you to write this long-ass explanation.

David: Well, it’s true!

Host: Question 5—what’s one thing you consistently do when you’re spending time together that David really appreciates? 

Raymond: I dunno. I tend to feed him a lot but he always starts whining about carbs, so I can’t tell if he likes it.

David: Of course I like it. You’re trying to take care of me even though it may result in me having to go to the gym an extra day. *holds up sign that says ‘Raymond is a really good cook, and he always makes me something to eat without making a big deal of it. He will make someone an amazing husband one day ;)*

Raymond: So extra.

Host: If I asked David what his most embarrassing moment was that you witnessed, what would he say? 

Raymond: The Nicki Minaj thing.

David: UGH. *holds up sign that says ‘Anaconda work out’*

Raymond: Hahahahaaaaa.

Host: Wait, I want to hear this story. Tell us!

Raymond: One day I dropped by David’s apartment without calling ahead of time, and walked in on him twerking in his underwear to that song Anaconda.

David: It was part of this cardio workout! Jesus.

Raymond: It was amazing.

Host: I bet. *smirks* So, you have a key to David’s apartment?

Raymond: He gave it to me.

David: I had a spare!

Raymond: I didn’t ask for it.

David: Well I’ll take it back if you don’t want it. *rolls eyes*

Raymond: Nope. It’s mine now.

Host: Heh heh. Okay, let’s move on. Raymond, what would David say stresses him out the most? 

Raymond: Probably his job. David’s a control freak, so him being a teacher is basically a set up for complete disaster. He can’t predict or control most of the shit that happens at school, and he is the highest strung person in the world because of it. When he’s on vacation though, he’s like a totally different dude.

David: High strung and a control freak? Geez, tell me how you really feel. *flips card that reads ‘Everything work-related. Especially standardized testing. OMG Kill me now.’*

Raymond: *pokes David in the side*

Host: Next question—What does David look for in a guy? 

Raymond: If I judge by the last asshole he dated—

David: Don’t say that! He might see this.

Raymond: Yeah, and? He ain’t gonna do shit. *crosses arms over chest* Anyway, if I judge by the last dickhead he dated, I’d figure he likes dudes with money and bomb-ass jobs.

David: I can’t believe that’s your answer! That’s seriously your answer?

Host: He can’t change it now that you’ve made it obvious it’s not the answer.

David: *scowls and flips card* I said I’m looking for a guy who isn’t afraid to be sweet to me, and who listens instead of just waiting for his turn to speak. I can’t believe you fucked this up.

Raymond: You fucked it up by being fake as hell in that answer. Your ex was a legit billionaire heir.

David: That’s not why I dated him, for God’s sake. I am so annoyed now. You made us lose because you think I’m a gold digger.

Raymond: Great now he’ll sulk. *watches David pout* *frowns* Jesus, I’m sorry.

David: Hmph. *doesn’t resist when Raymond forces him into a side-hug* *fights a smile*

Host: Aw. You two. Okay, last question! Raymond—what’s one thing David wants to change about your relationship?

 Raymond: Probably… wants us to meet each other’s friends. Which is stupid, FYI. I don’t see why we have to involve other annoying people when I only want to spend time with him.

Host: *raises eyebrow*

Raymond: What? It’s true.

David: *flips card that says ‘Be more involved in each other’s lives. I’ve never even met his friends! And I only get to come over when Michael isn’t home L.’* I find it really off-putting and hurtful, but he’s never explained it like that before so I’m finding it hard to be mad.

Raymond: Look, it’s not a big deal. You just happen to momentarily be the person who irritates me the least.

David: You love me. Just admit it. You love me and you don’t want anyone to know because—

Raymond: Stop right there before you say something to annoy me and I have to retract the nice thing I said.

David: No! I like it when you’re sweet to me. *plasters himself to Raymond*

Host: Are you sure you’re not together?

Raymond: No.

Host: You’re not sure?

Raymond: We’re not together!

Host: Well, maybe you should consider it.

David: Oh?

Host: Yes. You’d get to know each other better and wouldn’t have lost! Sorry, kids. Better luck next time.

Raymond: What a fucking scam. We literally had to get nothing wrong in order to win. Your show sucks.

David: That is so lame.

Host: Stay tuned for the next round of The M/M Newlyweds Game!

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SUNSET PARK blurb:

Sunset Park

A Five Boroughs Story

Raymond Rodriguez’s days of shoving responsibility to the wayside are over. His older brother wants to live with his boyfriend, so Raymond has to get his act together and find a place of his own. But when out-and-proud David Butler offers to be his roommate, Raymond agrees for reasons other than needing a place to crash.

David is Raymond’s opposite in almost every way—he’s Connecticut prim and proper while Raymond is a sarcastic longshoreman from Queens—but their friendship is solid. Their closeness surprises everyone as does their not-so-playful flirtation, since Raymond has always kept his bicurious side a secret.

Once they’re under the same roof, flirting turns physical, and soon their easy camaraderie is in danger of being lost to frustrating sexual tension and the stark cultural differences that set them apart. Now Raymond not only has to commit to his new independence—he has to commit to his feelings for David or risk losing him for good.

ISBN-13         978-1-62380-749-8

Cover Artist    Paul Richmond

Cover Model   Juan Forgia

Cover Photo Credit     Mel Seser Photography

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Review Quotes for the Five Boroughs series

SUNSET PARK: 

“While this second novel of Hassell’s Five Boroughs novels has all the heat, overwhelming desire and tension that readers have come to expect, he also grounds his tale in very real issues, like class and ethnic divides, social struggles, and the difficulty of growing up.” – RT Magazine 

SUTPHIN BOULEVARD:

“Having two sexy, dirty-talking alphas wrestle their strong feelings for each other is mouthwatering.” — RT Web Reviews 

“Hassell doesn’t sugarcoat his vibrant characters, making them as gritty as the Queens neighborhood in which they grew up… There are plenty of steamy sex scenes; overall, a welcome addition to romance collections in urban libraries.” — Library Journal

Other books in the Five Boroughs series:

Book 1: SUTPHIN BOULEVARD

Book 3: FIRST AND FIRST coming in April 2016

Other books by Santino Hassell:

STYGIAN

AFTER MIDNIGHT

Author Bio:

Santino is a writer of queer romance heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.

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Spotlight & Giveaway – Dream God by J. Johanis

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Title:  Dream God

Series:   S-Gods #2

Author:   J. Johanis

Length:  185 Pages

Genre:   Dark Erotica/ M/M Fantasy/ Romance

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For the first time in three years, Aya is finally free, but with his freedom comes the pain of all he’s lost. Seeing Akad and Marduk together makes him realize how badly he has messed up. By betraying Marduk, he ruined his chance with the one god he desires more than anything.

Aya needs time to heal and put his world back together, but the trial against the Order looms over him. As the trial begins, Akad, Marduk, and Aya are ensnared in a web of jealousy, backstabbing, and cut-throat politics. Were they crazy to think they could stand up to the Order? If the gods of the Order can still rip their lives apart, their chances of receiving justice may be next to impossible. But if they fail to bring the Order down, Aya may never truly be free.
Content Advisory: Graphic violence, abuse, & dub-con.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25651430-dream-god

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J. Johanis writes dark M/M erotic fantasy and enjoys plots that are historical or myth-based.

 

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