Excerpt & Giveaway: An Angel in Eyeliner by Hunter Frost

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Title: An Angel in Eyeliner
Author: Hunter Frost
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-910635-07-0
ASIN: B00PS8RVMY
Length: 44 Pages
Genre: LGBT, Religion and Spirituality, Short Stories,Contemporary Fiction, Holidays and Celebrations
Release Date: Dec 1st, 2014

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All Mitch wants for Christmas is a quiet holiday free from grief. Patching up the target of a mugging in the back alley of his bar seems to throw that wish right out into the cold Chicago night. But the tatted, pierced, and skinny-jean wearing Keller Graham is fearless and proves to be more than a pair of icy blue eyes lined in black. Keller may be a thief, but Mitch never expected him to steal his lonely heart.

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“Hey!” he barked at the group of men crowding around the chain-link fence across the alleyway. None of them must have heard, for they carried on with their shoving and cussing. Light was scarce except for the multi-colored glow above Mitch’s back door, but he squinted toward the group’s kicking feet, down among the soot-tinged snow and puddles.

Someone was on the ground.

Mitch held the gun up and racked the slide.

They heard that. He hadn’t seen heads turn that fast since the tank backfired at camp in Fallujah.

“Get the hell out of here!” Mitch yelled as he stalked toward the group, the gun held high.

The guys instantly took off in all directions, cursing and scrambling through the snow, slicks, and refuse. Nothing like a shotgun to scatter a mob. It was too easy.

Once the last of the men had cleared out and he could only hear distant footfalls, Mitch’s gaze landed on what the jerks had been crowding. A lanky man wearing all black, lay on his back amid the trash, most of his face hidden behind his long hair.

As Mitch moved closer, the cracked streetlight cast a shimmering halo in the pool of water around the man’s head. An angel…with a bruised cheek and a bloody cut under his eye. But an angel nonetheless.

When the man saw Mitch’s gun, he raised his head, his kohl-rimmed eyes going wide. He struggled to get up, attempting to skitter away like a crab. If Mitch wasn’t so concerned about him, he might have laughed.

Mitch squatted down and reached out.

“Don’t touch me!” The man brought his arms up to protect his face and in the process fell back into a chunk of dirty snow. Stagnant water splashed outward.

Mitch shifted to avoid the splatter. “Are you hurt?”

“No.” He coughed once and groaned, his breath misting before him. “Just sore.”

The guy shivered and Mitch realized how cold it was out here, and how cold he must be in his thin, and now wet, jacket. Didn’t he have something warmer for these vicious Chicago winters?

“Let’s get you up, then.” Mitch stood and opened his palm.

The guy leaned up onto his elbows. “Just leave me alone, will you?”

“I can’t.”

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An Angel in Eyeliner is from the Boughs of Evergreen Holiday Anthology from Beaten Track Publishing.

Boughs of Evergreen is a two-volume collection of short stories celebrating the holiday season in all its diversity. Penned by authors from the UK, the USA, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, these are tales of the young and the not-so-young from many different walks of life.

Themes of family, friendship and romance take readers on a journey through some of the major holidays, both past and present, including Thanksgiving, Advent, St. Lucia Day, Hanukkah, Eid, Saturnalia, Winter Solstice, Yule, Christmas and New Year. In each we find at the very least hope, and often love, peace and happiness.

Each story will also be published individually as ebooks on 1st December, 2014.

Proceeds from sales of this anthology will be donated to The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization [USA] providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. For more information, visit: www.thetrevorproject.org. 

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Hunter lost a bet at a blackjack table and begrudgingly traded temperate Southern California for the sweltering heat of Las Vegas. There she resides with an extremely tolerant boyfriend and two cats named after her favorite beverage, Latte and Java.

When she’s not dreaming of returning to coastal living, Hunter works at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, from where she recently received her Master’s in British history. In order to appease her muse, she writes the kind of fiction that keeps her sane. She adores romance in all forms, but prefers her stories with two heroes that find their happily-ever-after with each other.

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Guest Post & Giveaway – Broken Mercies by Lucy Marker

Hello! I’m Lucy Marker, author of Broken Mercies. Many thanks to Charlie Cochet for hosting me on her Purple Rose Teahouse blog and for her gracious advice as she helped this newbie along the promotional learning curve.

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Title: Broken Mercies
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-63216-215-1
Length: Novel | 200 pages
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
Release Date: November 24th, 2014

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Musician Daniel Gilchrist has decided he’s broken.

He doesn’t deserve Jeremy Evans, a sensible, sweet artist who insists they belong together. Bad choices after a hellish childhood make Dan more suited to guys like his ex-lover, a toxic mega-star who wants to resume their affair.

But Jeremy is irresistible, and he’s survived a few nightmares of his own. He challenges Dan to get rid of the false shame imposed by his mentally ill mother. Her twisted zealotry had influenced his choices, and it’s time to stop blaming himself for inadequately protecting his little sisters from her cruelty.

While Dan wrestles with old guilt, his former lover persuades him to collaborate on a song that protests religious bigotry. Dan grows suspicious of the star’s odd behavior, and then law enforcement shows up.

That clinches it—Dan really isn’t good enough for Jeremy. Somehow he’s managed to drag the poor guy into danger.

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DAN GILCHRIST slid lower in the leprechaun-sized folding chair. The battered metal screeched in protest, freezing his six-foot frame midslouch.

Well, fuck. Why didn’t he just holler, “Look at me, everyone!”

The therapist looked at him. “You wanna talk now, Dan?”

“Absolutely not.”

Everyone chuckled. Ya, he was hilarious.

Carl shifted in the chair beside him, earning an even louder metallic objection. The former linebacker always placed himself next to the mope who most desperately wanted to remain unnoticed, and evidently Dan was the lucky winner of today’s therapeutic torture.

“I’ll speak.” The guy on the other side of Carl’s girth was hidden from view, but his soft, masculine voice ruffled down Dan’s spine. “I want to get my first time over with fast.”

Another group chuckle.

Dan didn’t want to call attention to himself by leaning forward to look at the new guy. Instead he crossed a foot over the opposite knee and sat back to enjoy the velvety voice. “My name’s Jeremy, and I’m here because I had one slip after years of sobriety.” With zero self-pity, the guy went on to describe an abusive mother and a high school descent into addiction. His tale, too much like Dan’s, was less riveting than his tenor voice, enriched with deeper undertones.

Notes of melodic accompaniment began to sift through Dan’s mind, and his fingers twitched over invisible guitar chords.

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Dan escapes from harsh reality into music. I’ve always escaped into books. I read all kinds of genres, but sometimes only fantasy is strong enough to take me out of the ugliness in the world. Charlie Cochet’s THIRDS series is a great example. She gives us heroes with superpowers who win against the bad guys.  Somehow we win along with them.

Comedies are another reliable break from reality. In Broken Mercies, Dan shares my appreciation of Bugs Bunny’s insouciance and the simple brilliance of “Young Frankenstein.”

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I’m sure you readers must have a favorite method of distraction, whether it’s books, comedies or even wall climbing. I’d love to know which comedies or books you consider to be staples to get through the daily grind. Please comment below, and one of you will win a free copy of Broken Mercies. I’ll check back by December 2nd to determine the winner.

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Lucy Marker learned very young that stories hold great power. Whether written on a page or created in her mind, a story could be trusted to carry her into a different world. In the midst of a large, chaotic family, she grew up worshiping books.

The uncertain health of several relatives gave Lucy strong empathy for the mentally ill and those who care for them. Naturally, Lucy’s life experiences have colored her writing. She is inspired by the uncommon courage of ordinary men and women who survive trauma, face down their issues and dare to love.

Lucy Marker has been writing romance, women’s fiction, and gay romance for many years. She’s a member of several writing organizations and has won top placement in the Silicon Valley Romance Writers of America’s “Gotcha!” contest. She is thrilled to reside quietly in the San Francisco Bay Area and write full time.

Thanks!

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E-mail: lucy@lucymarker.com

Guest Post & Giveaway: Andrea Speed – A chat with Paris

For the relaunch of my Infected series, I thought I’d Google random questions from the internet, and have characters from the series answer them. This time, it’s Paris’s turn in the hot seat.

 

1. What song do you sing in the shower?

Paris: I Wanna Be Adored.

 

2. When was the last time you really laughed?

Paris: Probably ten minutes ago. Roan is hysterical. Mostly on purpose.

 

3. Do you speak another language?

Paris: Of course, darling, I’m Canadian. I know how to say a whole bunch of things in half-assed French. I know some Spanish too, but mostly curses.

 

4. What are two things that you consider yourself to be very good at?

Paris: Sex, and being really entertaining at parties.

 

5. If you could break one law with impunity what would it be?

Paris: I’d steal everything not nailed down. And I’d be constantly high.

 

6. If you had an extra room in your house what would you use it for?

Paris: Ooh. What about a sauna? That’d be fun, wouldn’t it? Your own personal sauna. Or a bounce house. That would be fun too. Hey, do you think they could be combined?

 

7. What would be your personal hell?

Paris: CSPAN. Nothing but CSPAN.

 

8. What is your earliest memory?

Paris: I think it’s petting a rabbit. Funny, huh?

 

9. If you had to apply a label to yourself, what would it be?

Paris: Fabulous!

 

10. What music do you hate?

Paris: Smooth jazz. That kind they play in dentist’s offices? Ugh. It’s music to be sedated to, and not in a good way.

 

11. What do you dislike most about modern life?

Paris: Put down your goddamn phone for five minutes! I realize that makes me sound like somebody’s grandpa, but I’ll hike my pants up to my armpits for that one. I’m tired of people paying more attention to their screens than me. That’s just wrong.

 

12. If you were going to go into business for yourself what would you do?

Paris: Ooh. I think I’d make a great strip-o-gram. Or I could rent myself out to sad parties, to liven them up. As I said, I’m very good at them.

 

13. What is the worst flavor of ice cream?

Paris: Anything with peanut butter. I’m sorry, but I just can’t tolerate peanut butter in my ice cream.

 

14. What was the first thing you learned to cook?

Paris: I’m pretty sure it was toast. If that doesn’t count, then it was scrambled eggs.

 

15. If you could live at any time in history when would it be?

Paris: Can I pick the shiny, Star Trek future? If not, then I’m good with now. I have all my stuff here.

 

16. What was your first paying job?

Paris: I mowed some lawns around the neighborhood, I think.

 

17: What is your favorite winter activity?

Paris: Snuggling. Out of propriety, I’m giving you the G rated version.

 

18. When was your best Valentine Day?

Paris: This past one. I bought Roan some really tacky underwear and made him model them for me. Don’t tell him I told you!

 

19. What makes you lose your inhibitions?

Paris: That would require me to have inhibitions in the first place.

 

20. What three adjectives best describe you?

Paris: Scintillating, seductive, fabulous.

 

I’m really good at …

Paris: Blowing people’s minds. And other things, if I like you.

 

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Infected: Book One

In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds.

The murder of a former cop draws Roan into an odd case where an unidentifiable species of cat appears to be showing an unusual level of intelligence. He juggles that with trying to find a missing teenage boy, who, unbeknownst to his parents, was “cat” obsessed. And when someone is brutally murdering infecteds, Eli Winters, leader of the Church of the Divine Transformation, hires Roan to find the killer before he closes in on Eli.

Working the crimes will lead Roan through a maze of hate, personal grudges, and mortal danger. With help from his tiger-strain infected partner, Paris Lehane, he does his best to survive in a world that hates and fears their kind… and occasionally worships them.

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Andrea Speed will be giving away an eBook from the series to one lucky winner. Just leave a comment below to enter.

 

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Andrea Speed writes way too much (and yet seemingly not enough). She is the writer of the Infected series for DSP Publications as well as a bunch of other stuff, and is Editor In Chief of CxPulp.com, where she reviews comics as well as movies and other stuff. She’s won a couple of Rainbow Awards, and feels she may be ubiquitous on the web. But she is not (sadly) the Italian DJ of the same name that often comes up first in Google searches.

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