Blog Tour and Giveaway – Souls For Sale by Asta Idonea


Title: Hell To Pay & 21st Century Demon
Author: Asta Idonea
Series: Souls For Sale
Genre: Gay Romance, Paranormal
Length: Long Novella/Short Story
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing

Hell To Pay Synopsis

The contract was destroyed and Tom’s soul saved from Hell.

Or so they thought.

Demon deal-maker, Saul, and his mortal lover, Thomas Ives, find themselves on the run when the other demons take none too kindly to Saul’s bending of the rules. With the denizens of Hell on their heels, Saul and Tom must fight to stay one step ahead, knowing that if they’re caught there’s only one direction they’re headed: down.

When Heaven decides to get involved, Saul’s actions are no longer a mere bureaucratic misdemeanour but the basis of a factional confrontation. And now only one question remains: to whom does Tom’s soul truly belong?


21st Century Demon Synopsis

It should have been an easy job: a contract signed and a new soul earmarked for Hell. But when suave demon deal-maker Saul chooses nerdy Thomas Ives as his next target, events take an unexpected turn. The lines between business transaction and pleasure blur, and Saul must decide whether he cares more for his professional reputation or the soul he just condemned to eternal damnation.


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About the author

NICKI J. MARKUS was born in England in 1982, but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia with her husband. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.

Nicki launched her writing career in 2011. She published works through Wicked Nights Publishing and Silver Publishing before both companies closed their doors. She is now self-publishing some of her works, including the novella Time Keepers and the fantasy novel The Ragnarök Chronicles.

Nicki also writes M/M fiction under the alternate pen name of ASTA IDONEA and has had several short stories published by Wayward Ink Publishing. She is currently working on her first M/M novella.

Nicki works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys: music, theatre, cinema, photography, sketching, and cross stitch. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel.

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Guest Post – Tracefinder: Contact by Kaje Harper, When is Happy-For-Now Enough?

Ah, romance. At the end of the classic story, two lovers ride off into the sunset— or drive away from the chapel in their limo— for a lifetime of joy, together forever. Like many readers, I love stories like that. I adore believing that two people have found their soulmate, someone they will love in good times and in bad, for as long as they live (or longer, if they’re vampires.) 

But I also like Happy-For-Now endings— the hard-won moment of peace that still has to keep working to achieve a future. After all, no realistic ending is so solid that it can’t be shaken by fate. In real life, the best we ever get is Happy-For-Now. Then again, sometimes that’s why we read— to find a sweetness in fiction that life doesn’t give us, including Happy-Ever-Afters. 

So are you an HEA-only reader? Do you want to close each book with a completely satisfied sigh and not worry about whether life will push two beloved characters apart? Is romance reading an escape from the uncertainties of the real world? 

Or are you okay with HFN? As long as the two men get a temporary break from fighting for every inch of happiness, do you like watching a story unfold in increments through a series? Can you take each subsequent book and really enjoy it, content with the renewed promise of slowly building HFN endings?

And what about a stand-alone HFN, where that bright future will happen only in your own imagination? Can you close that book with pleasure? What about true cliff-hangers? Do you gleefully wait with bated breath for what comes next, as our guys are now separated or in peril? Or do you have to restrain yourself from flinging your Kindle across the room, and vowing not to buy any more of those until the series is finished? 

Every reader is different. And every writer also decides where we’re comfortable leaving our guys at the end of a book. Some of us are too attached, or too slow at writing, to leave the main characters hanging. Others are capable of writing tense cliff-hangers or even serial stories, with each installment ending in a moment of stress. Our writing choices may depend on how fast we write, how many series we’re working on, our own tolerance for anxiety, and whether we plan a multi-book arc ahead or just let it happen. 

It’s no secret that if you write M/M, the solid Happy-Ever-After ending is the least controversial. Those books tend to sell well, and get fewer complaints. They leave most readers content.

But sometimes, getting there in one book requires tying a bow on loose ends that, realistically, should still dangle. Sometimes, for an author, trying for a simple HEA brings with it the temptation to fall back on drama— OMG, you almost died— to skip development, or reconcile feuding families quickly. And in a series, finishing the first book with what looks like a solid HEA can make readers feel betrayed, if the main characters develop relationship problems in the next volume. So it’s not a simple choice. 

I write a lot of Happy-For-Now endings. Mostly, that’s a side effect of my drive for realism. My goal is to create guys you could meet in the bar down the street, or in the house next door. Even my werewolves and sorcerers are meant to seem like real people under the supernatural trappings. So an HEA—  the total, unshakable romance wrap-up— is hard for my guys to achieve, especially in a single book.

I have done it. At the end of books like Into Deep Waters or Like the Taste of Summer, or a series like Life Lessons, my two men stand united, bruised by life but not shaken out of their love or faith in each other and their relationship. Never again to be shaken.

Getting there is sometimes a tentative journey, though. I do try, with every book, to leave the reader with a warm, contented sigh at the end. Because that’s what works for me. I write multiple stand-alones and series, and I don’t want to walk away from my own guys until I feel they’re temporarily safe in each other’s arms, whatever may still be coming down the pike at them.

Many readers seem content with the HFNs in my stories; a few aren’t. At the end of the first Life Lessons book, despite the moment of sweet warmth, some readers felt that Mac and Tony weren’t solid enough to leave off at that point. (Hopefully by the end of four novels and three short stories, everyone was satisfied.)

I approached my new book, Tracefinder: Contact, the same way. I have other writing to finish before I can tackle the second in the Tracefinder series. And I love Nick and Brian (as I do all the guys who’ve lived in my head). I needed to end their first book with the guys together enough that life was better for them— warmer, more secure— than when the story began. I feel like I did that.

Some readers will disagree, as they always do. Nick and Brian are complex characters, perhaps the most atypical heroes I’ve written. Brian has mental health issues and it’s not clear how deep they run, even at the end of the book. Hell, it’s not yet clear to Brian how deep they run. When Nick holds him, is that safety? Does Nick really see him as strong and capable, as an equal?

Nick has a temper, and a law-enforcement job that says he should sacrifice bystanders to get the bad guys. But Brian was alone, and vulnerable, and their attraction was definitely two-sided. So now, when Brian touches him, is that sweet comfort fair to both of them? Can it last? Will his cop duties let him be free to fall in love?

There are a lot of questions left at the end of the book. This is a series, and I plan at least two more novels, to watch how Nick and Brian deal with their challenges as they move forward, together. Since this is mystery/romance (and I’m not sadistic) the “together” is definitely part of the long story arc.

At the end of this first installment, you see these guys in a quiet moment, not in immediate peril, and looking forward to more. But their future holds a lot of uncertainty. To me, that’s Happy-Enough-For-Now. What about you?

How solid does Happy-For-Now have to be, to please you? Do you need to be able to envision this temporary peace lasting for a day? A week? A year? Is it all right to see possible relationship setbacks ahead, as long as the guys make it through eventually? Or do you need to be sure the men are so solid together that nothing will shake them apart, and every future plot challenge will now be met as a couple?

I read a lot of books, and write reviews, and look at other people’s reviews of the same stories. I find it fascinating how small details, and main-character personality traits, can reassure one reviewer that a book’s ending is solid, while another feels too uncertain for comfort. What looks like character strength to one reader may feel like cool distance to another. The reading rainbow— that array of preferences which means every book will get both five-star reviews and one-stars— is nowhere more evident than in the discussion of what it takes to make an acceptable romantic “Happy-Enough” ending.

I look forward to seeing how Tracefinder: Contact works out for readers, as I develop book two for Nick and Brian.


2015NewAbout the Book

What could an undercover cop and a drug lord’s pet psychic have in common?

Brian Kerr has spent years hiding behind a facade of mental slowness. His brother and sister got all three of them off the streets and into a cushy life, under the protection of a dangerous criminal. But to keep that safety, Brian has to use his Finding talent to track down the boss’s enemies. Although he pretends not to know what he’s really doing, each Find takes its toll, and he’s trapped in a life he hates, losing touch with his true self.

Nick Rugo’s job is to protect and serve the people of Minneapolis as an undercover cop. He isn’t closeted, but he isn’t out at work, and there’s a wild, angry side to him that he’s managed to keep hidden until now. When he’s assigned to bring Brian’s boss to justice, he intends to use anything and anyone it takes to do that.

Nick initially sees Brian as a pawn to be played in his case, but he keeps getting glimpses of a different man behind the slow, simpleminded mask. As the two men get to know each other, it becomes clear they share secrets, some of which might get them both killed.

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2015NewAbout the author

Kaje Harper grew up in Montreal, and spent her teen years writing, filling binders with stories. But as life got busy, the stories began to just live in her head. The characters grew, met, endured, and loved, in any quiet moment, but the stories rarely made it to paper. Her time was taken up by work in psychology, teaching, and a biomedical career, and the fun of raising children.

Eventually the kids became more independent and her husband gave her a computer she didn’t have to share. She started putting words down in print again, just for fun. Hours of fun. Lots of hours of fun. The stories began piling up, and her husband suggested if she was going to spend that much time on the keyboard she ought to try to publish one. MLR Press accepted her first submission, the M/M mystery Life Lessons, which came out in May 2011. Kaje now has many novels and short stories published, including Amazon bestseller The Rebuilding Year, and a selection of free short stories and novels in a variety of gay romance genres, available on Smashwords and elsewhere. She currently lives in Minnesota with a creative teenager, a crazy omnivorous little white dog, and a remarkably patient spouse.




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Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, and Giveaway – The Case No One Foretold by L.G. Fabbo-Gonnella



Title: The Case No One Foretold
Author: L.G. Fabbo-Gonnella
Series: Mark Julian, Vampire P.I., book five
Genre: Mystery, Detective, Gay romance, Paranormal
Length: Novel
Publisher: Ai Press

2015NewAbout the Book

Two men engage in an altercation in a movie lobby. Later one of the men turns up dead in a New York City alley. But this is no ordinary murder. The deceased is a sex demon and his fellow combatant was the werewolf, Jean-Claude Roué, fiancé of Mark’s shape-shifter secretary. Now the werewolf is accused of his murder and faces a trial by before a supernatural tribunal. If Jean-Claude is convicted for causing this death it will mean his execution. This time however, Mark Julian is away on a personal investigation in Kenya so Tortego, the crafty vampire chief, goes to an unusual source to secure help. Using his powers as head of New York City’s supernatural community he appoints Mark’s human partner, Detective Vincent Pasquale, to be one of the three judges for Jean-Claude’s trial. Now Vinnie must not only fight to clear his friend, Jean-Claude, he must deal with his supernatural co-jurists: the werewolf Viola Lupa and the sex demon Dale Carter. Both of his companion judges are on record as sworn enemies of “any mixed supernatural mating.” Throw in a shifty shape shifter named Andelan Clarke, Ja-ne the original Oracle of Delphi and, a sexy TV newsman from the island of Guernsey who appears to be more interested in bedding Vinnie than nailing a story and it truly becomes “The Case No One Foretold!”

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In a desolate back alley the grungy clad man Jean-Claude had assaulted met with a shadowy hooded figure. “So I did just as you asked. I saw them approaching the lobby of the movie theatre and I made a few choice obscene comments to her.” The man laughed as he recalled the incident. “Wolf boy reacted just like you thought he would when I not only refused to apologize but also repeated the words to his bitch.”

“Go on,” the figure inquired. “Tell me how it ended.”

The man looked around and then went on speaking, “I shoved him in a way that no one would see and said a few more filthy words about her. He hauled off and hit me a good one. That lousy wolf broke my damned nose. That is going to cost more, got it!” the sex demon complained as he touched his taped nose and winced. “As expected, the movie guys called the cops and he gets picked up since it looked like he threw the first punch. I made sure to yell at him as they took him out. You know the drill, just some good trash talk to goad him to reply to me.”

“Did you, as you say, goad him sufficiently,” the now smiling figure inquired, putting on a pair of gloves.

The other man nodded. “Yeah, I got him to threaten me in front of the cops and quite a few people too,” the man hooted gleefully. “Then I refused to press charges so they let him go.” He gazed at his employer. “Oh yeah, I lifted his wallet when we scuffled. Here it is.” The sex demon handed over the item to the figure. “I’m not sure why you wanted it but I got it. Told you I was a good pickpocket,” He eagerly stated as if he was seeking approval from the person in front of him. “Speaking of what you wanted, I have a question about all this, if it’s okay to ask? Why did you need that last part? You know, about getting him arrested but me not pressing charges. I would have thought having him be in jail was the object of this whole setup scheme.”

“Oh, he had to be freed,” the shadowy person uttered as he reached into his overcoat pocket. “If he was locked up, who would suspect him?”

“Suspect him of what?” the now rapidly skittish sex demon asked. Something felt very wrong now. His sex demon senses were detecting something bad was coming. “What is he going to be suspected of, boss?” He nervously asked as he gazed around realizing he should make a fast exit but still lingering in order to get paid.

“Why, of killing you,” the employer replied as he took out a small gun from his pocket and pointed it at the other man.


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More in the Mark Julian, Vampire P.I. Series

While each individual mystery can be read as a stand along, there are storylines that continue from one book to another, so we recommend you use the series in order:

Book One – The Case of the Choirboy killer

Book Two – The Case of the Strega’s Touch

Book Three – The Case of the Heavenly Host

Book Four – The Case of the Vampire Hunter

Mark Julian, Vampire PI Series

2015NewAbout the author

L.G.Fabbo-Gonnella is a resident of NYC. He has often said Manhattan is the underlying unspoken character in many of his books. “I guess its a love affair that I have with her,” he once said. “I could live here forever and yet still find magical things about her that I never knew existed.

When not seeking out interesting new locales for his books he can be found dinning with friends and enjoying all the city he adores has to offer.

Though he has not yet met the supernatural denizens of NYC, he does hope too one day. And yes, there is a “letter Lounge” albeit under a different name.

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