Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway – Frankie & Al by Sue Brown

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BOOK DETAILS

Title: Frankie & Al
Series: Frankie’s – Book 1
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: DWS Photography
ISBN: 9781627986588 [ebook]
Length: 158 Pages
Genre: Contemporary, Humor
Release Date: March 24th, 2014

2015About the book

Dumped by his boyfriend, Frankie Mason goes out with the girls, gets totally trashed, and ends his night by falling in front of a taxi. He’s rescued by a man with beautiful green eyes who takes care of him until he’s put into an ambulance. Frankie curses himself as he realizes he doesn’t have the man’s phone number. Still in pain a few days later, he is dragged out to a club only to be saved by Green Eyes once more. This time, he isn’t letting the man go.

Unfortunately Frankie has to attend a team-building exercise, nicknamed Womb Weekend, organized by his company. Al is working so he doesn’t mind, until he discovers who the team leader is. Al has a lot of explaining to do!

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2015Excerpt

ONE OF the joys of working in a large insurance company was that Frankie had a Monday-to-Friday job processing new insurance policies. He waved good-bye at five o’clock Friday evening and didn’t have to think about work or his colleagues until eight thirty Monday morning.

Until the day Frankie opened the e-mail from Human Resources. “You’ve got to be fucking kidding me.”

Charlotte looked over from her desk. “What?”

“They’re sending me on a team-building exercise.” He didn’t appreciate Charlotte’s chuckle. “Winning Ways? What the fuck is that?”

“You’ve been caught. They get us all in the end. You get to spend the weekend in a swanky hotel, building egg wombs and sucking up to managers. Don’t sweat it. You’ll enjoy it.”

“Don’t bank on it,” he muttered. “Wait, egg what?”

“Egg wombs. You know.” At Frankie’s frown, she said, “You have to drop the egg out of a window without it cracking, using only a plastic bag and a cup.”

“Is that what they really call it?”

She shrugged. “Who knows? That’s what you’ve got to do. And the sucking up to the managers. They give you the ‘We’re all equal here. Call me Jeff’ speech but you know they’re just spying on everything you do.”

It was Frankie’s recurring nightmare—to be stuck in a small room with his colleagues and not be able to get away. He got that five days a week but at the weekend as well? “Karma’s a bitch.”

“What have you done?”

“Do you want the list?”

“You’ve been that bad?”

“Probably worse,” he admitted.

She smirked at him. “Frankie’s been a bad, bad boy, and now he is going to get his bottom spanked?”

“I wouldn’t mind if it was that sort of weekend.” Frankie grinned as Charlotte’s cheeks crimsoned. “Gotcha!”

“You’re wicked,” she said. “My mother warned me about boys like you.”

“My mother warned me about boys like me too. They sounded much more fun than the good, church-going boys she wanted me to meet.”

She gave him an odd look. “She knew you were gay back then?”

He rolled his eyes. “Girl, look at me. Could anyone not realize I’m gay?”

“You have a point.”

Frankie’s mum said it was obvious he was gay from the moment he came out of the womb. According to her description, Frankie flounced out to the song on the radio. Frankie thought that being born to Kylie must have been prophetic. It could have been worse—he might have been born to Meat Loaf.

“When are you going on the exercise?”

Frankie scanned the e-mail. “Next month. They’ve got a dropout and they want me to fill in.”

“Can you go?”

Frankie shrugged. “It’s not like my calendar is full or anything.” It would give him something to do. Since Chaz had thrown him out, his social life consisted of clubbing with Jonno or staring at the walls in his tiny flat, eating ready meals he could ill afford and wishing he had Sky TV instead of Freeview. “It might be fun.”

She gave him a dubious look. “Your life really is boring at the moment, isn’t it?”

“You have no idea.”

“Why don’t you come out with me and the girls? We’re going to try that new club in town.”

“Uh, gay, remember?”

“Uh, gay club, remember?”

He frowned. “There’s a new gay club in town? In this dump of a town?”

“God, Frankie, you really are out of it. It opened a couple of weeks ago. It’s near Primark, over the slappers’ shop.”

“I didn’t know. Anyway, why’re you going to a gay club?”

“Ignorance is no excuse, and I’m going to a gay club because most of my mates are dykes and the rest of us are married. It suits us fine not to be hit on by sleazebags. Anyway, the booze is cheaper and the music’s better.”

“How did you end up with lesbians for friends?”

Charlotte grinned at him. “Some of us aren’t narrow-minded little pricks like some people I could mention.”

“You mean….”

“Uh-huh.”

She did a dramatic head roll to their manager who sat not ten feet away, oblivious to their conversation. Ed Winters was a 1950s Tory poster boy. He disliked women, black people, anyone from the Indian subcontinent, curry, the French, the Irish, dogs, and particularly hom-o-sex-uals—he always enunciated the word as if a bad smell was under his nose.

Frankie grinned at her. Taking the piss out of Ed was one of the few joys in his life. “I’m on for the club. You say where and when.”

Maybe he needed a change from the scene with Jonno. Those clubs were hook-up sites, and much as he needed action, he needed fun. God, he really needed some fun.

“Done. Don’t worry. I’ll make sure the straight girls don’t treat you like their pet poodle for the evening.”

He shrugged. “They can be my bitches.”

“They’ll love it. Do you want to bring the leashes?”

“I worry about you sometimes.”

Charlotte tossed her hair. “You love it.”

“Hell yeah!”

“Mr. Mason, Ms. Tiller, is something wrong?” Winters peered over his frameless glasses to stare at them.

They shook their heads and smirked at each other when he scowled and turned away.

Frankie looked at the files on his desk, and the e-mail telling him he had to play nice for a weekend. Charlotte was one bright sparkle in a sea of beige and gray. He pecked disconsolately at the keyboard. “Okay, I’ve confirmed my attendance at the egg womb thing. Now you take me out.”

Charlotte looked up from her phone. “Friday? The girls can’t wait to meet you.”

Frankie nodded. “I’m all yours.”

“Ah baby, if only that were true.” Charlotte blew him a kiss and turned her attention back to her own work.

Hmmm, a new club, potential new meat. Frankie needed something new to wear. He might be short of cash, but he could work that budget. Frankie rocked at the vintage look.

2015About the author

Author picSue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot and has gotten expert at ignoring the orders.

Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. The series was boring; the kissing was not. She may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.

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2015Giveaway

Winner’s Prize: $20 Amazon Gift Card

2 Runners Up get: An e-copy set of – Frankie & Al (Book 1); Ed & Marchant (Book 2)

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March 2nd

Charlie Cochet | Because Two Men Are Better Than One 

March 3rd

My Fiction Nook | Anne Barwell 

March 4th

The Kimi Chan Experience | Prism Book Alliance 

March 5th

Elin Gregory | Rick R. Reed | Literary Nymphs Hotlist 

March 6th

Hearts on Fire Reviews 

March 9th

L.M. Brown | Elisa: My Reviews and Ramblings 

March 10th

Nephy’s World | MM Good Book Reviews

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COMING SOON from Sue Brown

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BOOK DETAILS

Title: Anthony & Leo
Series: Frankie’s – Book 3
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
ISBN: 971632168252
Length: 30k Approx.
Genre: Contemporary, BDSM
Release Date: March 25th, 2015

2015About the book

Watching Marchant train his new sub leaves Tony unhappy at not having found a Dom of his own. Running Marchant’s BDSM club, Tony sees who the Doms prefer and it isn’t him—too big, too old, and too hairy. When his friend Jordan suggests he look outside the club, Tony’s mind turns to Leo, a man he met in a traffic jam. Tony manages to arrange a date and happily learns Leo is funny, very toppy, and not averse to Tony’s lifestyle. As a bonus, Leo sells sex toys.

 When tragedy strikes the club, Tony fears he can’t help the mourning club members, but Leo offers his unwavering support. After such a tough start, Tony believes Leo is the Dom he’s been looking for… until he catches him kissing another man.

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Guest Post & Giveaway – The Next Call by Sue Brown

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When I submitted this story I knew I was taking a risk. The Next Call is not your conventional boy meets boy love story. Nothing about it is conventional. I’m just lucky that Dreamspinner are prepared to take chances with me and I appreciate it very much.

Who are you? What do you do? I am mum, author, employee, dog walker, chief slave and head cook, sister, friend, step-daughter, theology graduate, reader, shoulder if needed and taxi to the kids. Sometimes I’m one of those things, most times I’m multi-tasking. Most people are like that. We are all something or multiple somethings. Our identities change during the day depending on who or what we are dealing with.

I’ve missed out one identity. Bisexual. Not that it isn’t important. It’s just what I am, not what I do. But I can be bi and say it out loud. I won’t lose my job or my home by being honest. What’s happens when what you do prevents you being what you are. That’s the whole point of The Next Call. Mark’s anonymous caller is very aware of what he will lose by admitting he is gay. This is not restricted to people in the spotlight. Over the world LGBT people are incredibly vulnerable to others’ reactions to their news. They lose their families, their homes, their jobs, their lives.

I don’t take my freedom for granted. I am lucky.

On the blog tour I want to highlight the amazing work LGBT helplines and charities do for people who really need them. I’ve focused on the UK because that is where I live. Please take the time to look at their sites.

The Kaleidoscope Trust is a UK based charity working to uphold the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people internationally. They promote that the rights of all people should be respected equally, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
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BOOK DETAILS

Title: The Next Call
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Christy Caughie
ISBN: 9781632166494 [ebook]
Length: 169 Pages
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: Feb 4th, 2015

2015About the book

Mark Grayson volunteers for an LGBT helpline, the same one that helped him through his teenage years. One day he takes a call from “Ricky,” a suicidal man being forced into a marriage he doesn’t want. For weeks Mark talks to Ricky and provides support, but he’s frustrated by the lack of information Ricky provides and the decisions he’s making. In the meantime, Mark starts a relationship with another volunteer. Then tragedy strikes and Mark takes time away from the helpline, but when he comes back, Ricky is waiting. Mark realizes Ricky is stronger than before and their relationship changes, but Mark isn’t sure what their future holds if their relationship is destined to be at the end of the phone.

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2015About the author

Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot and has gotten expert at ignoring the orders.

Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. The series was boring; the kissing was not. She may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.

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2015Giveaway

Sue Brown is giving away:
$20 Amazon Gift Card.
Paperback copy of Stolen Dreams
Ebook copies of Stolen Dreams & The Next Call

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Week 1

Jan 26thThe Novel Approach – Guest Post

                 My Fiction Nook – Promo Spotlight

Jan 27th MM Good Book Reviews – Book Review + Promo Spotlight

Jan 28thJ. P. Barnaby – Guest Post

                Bike Book Reviews – Book Review + Author Interview

Jan 29thAlicia Nordwell – Promo Spotlight

Jan 30thPrism Book Alliance – Author Interview

                BFD Book Blog – Book Review

Week 2

Feb 2ndLove Bytes Reviews – Book Review

Feb 3rdL.M. Brown – Guest Post

Feb 4th3 Chicks After Dark – Book Review

Feb 5thGGR Review – Book Review

Feb 6thQueer Town Abbey – Book Review

              Because Two Men Are Better Than One – Promo Spotlight

Week 3

Feb 9thFoxylutely Books – Promo Spotlight + Book Review

Feb 10thCharlie Cochet – Author Interview

Feb 11thJoyfully Jay – Guest Post

Feb 12thSinfully Sexy – Guest Post

Feb 13thAndrew Q. Gordon – Author Interview

Week 4

Feb 16thMolly Lolly – Promo Spotlight

Feb 17thNic Starr – Author Interview

Feb 18thWicked Faeries Tales and Reviews – Book Review + Spotlight

Feb 19thAmanda C. Stone – Promo Spotlight

Feb 20thRJ Scott – Promo Spotlight

Week 5

Feb 23rdElin Gregory – Promo Spotlight

Feb 24thDiverse Reader – Book Review

Feb 25thCharley Descoteaux – Guest Post

Feb 26thInked Rainbow Reads – Book Review

Feb 27thElisa: My Reviews and Ramblings – Promo Spotlight

                Fallen Angel Reviews – Book Review

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Author Interview & Giveaway – Stolen Dreams by Sue Brown

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Hello all! Thank you so much for joining me today. I have the lovely Sue Brown here, and she’s kindly taken some time to answer a few questions. Sue, could you tell us a little about yourself for the folks joining us?

Sue: Thank you for having me. I’m a mum of two teenagers and two dogs. They own me. I’m a Londoner born and bred and I have a thing about cowboys. I’ve been writing M/M Romance since 2010 when I submitted my first story to Dreamspinner. I came via fanfic and owe my writing career to Captain Jack Harkness (Doctor Who and Torchwood). Oh, and I can be bribed with chocolate.

Charlie: What do you feel is the most challenging part of being a published author? What do you enjoy most about being a published author?

Sue: I think the hardest thing for me is maintaining the momentum of promotion and writing, and working ‘Sue Brown’ as a business. It’s been a wretched few months and keeping all the balls in the air has been very difficult. What do I enjoy most? Talking to readers, authors and friends around the world. They’ve been a huge support in difficult times. It’s not just a writer/reader relationship. There is friendship and love both ways.

Charlie: Is there a genre you don’t write in now that you would love to write? Do you have a favorite genre to read?

Sue: Answering this in reverse. I only read M/M romance, but within it I read everything from crime to BDSM to cowboy. I would like to write crime and fantasy with gay characters.

Charlie: You’ve visited the States quite a few times. Can you tell us what you’ve enjoyed the most about your trips to the US? Is there something you wish you could have taken back with you to the UK?

Sue: It’s the same answer both times. I loved meeting all the people, especially at the cons. There is something special about meeting all the people I talk to every day. And I wish I could have sneaked them all back in my suitcase.

Charlie: What’s your favorite part of the writing process? Your least favorite?

Sue: My favourite part? Typing the end. My least favourite part is mid-plot droop. For some reason I always struggle in the middle of the plot.

Charlie: If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Sue: Oooh, invisibility. I’d love to be able to sneak around and spy on people. That makes me sound a bit creepy, doesn’t it?

Charlie: Which one of your characters is more like you?

Sue: That is such a hard question! Probably Nathan in Nothing Ever Happens. We’ve been through similar experiences.

Charlie: If you were stranded on a desert island with one of your characters, who would you choose and why?

Sue: Sam from the Isle series. Definitely. Because all the Owens would come and rescue him. If Paul got stranded they’d probably leave him there.

Charlie: What five things would you have with you on the island? Food and water are provided.

Sue: Wifi, computer, chocolate, coffee and wine. I know I’m assuming there would be electricity.

Charlie: What’s one place you haven’t visited that you would like to?

Sue: New Zealand because of the scenery.

Charlie: What are you working on now?

Sue: Three books at the moment. In-Decision, part of a series with Lisa Worrall, The Gentlemen’s Club, a Regency, and finally a crime series – working title Last Week’s Murder.

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BOOK DETAILS

Title: Stolen Dreams
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
ISBN: 9781632164049 [ebook]
Length: 240 Pages
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: Jan 30th, 2015

2015About the book

After cheating on and losing the man he loved, Morgan Conway decided to get his life right. Now he owns a coffee shop and is engaged to Jase, an actor and rising star. All is perfect in his world until the man he thought was gone forever walks into his shop. His hidden feelings rush to the surface, unfortunately there for everyone to see, including his fiancé.

Shae Delamere was crushed when Morgan cheated on him five years ago. But he has a reason for seeking Morgan out. As Morgan and Shae get to know each other again, they discover the extent that friends meddled in their lives to keep them apart. Morgan cannot deny he is still in love with Shae, but he is engaged. With some hard decisions to make, Morgan struggles not to hurt the men he cares about—again. Shae has secrets he came to share with Morgan, but revealing them now could keep them apart for good.

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2015About the author

Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot and has gotten expert at ignoring the orders.

Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. The series was boring; the kissing was not. She may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.

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Week 1

Feb 2nd –  The Novel Approach – Guest Post

                Andrew Q. Gordon – Promo Spotlight

Feb 3rd –  Alicia Nordwell – Author Interview

               Diverse Reader – Book Review + Author Interview

Feb 4th –  Elin Gregory – Promo Spotlight

               Sinfully Sexy – Guest Post

Feb 5th –  MM Good Book Reviews – Book Review + Promo Spotlight

               Elisa: My Reviews and Ramblings – Guest Post

Feb 6th –  Molly Lolly – Author Interview

               Prism Book Alliance – Guest Post

Week 2

Feb 9th  –  Because Two Men Are Better Than One – Guest Post

                RJ Scott – Book Review

Feb 10thNic Starr – Promo Spotlight

                Inked Rainbow Reads – Book Review + Author Interview

Feb 11thWicked Faeries Tales and Reviews – Book Review + Author Interview

                Love Bytes Reviews – Author Interview

Feb 12thBFD Book Blog – Book Review

                Queer Town Abbey – Book Review

Feb 13th3 Chicks After Dark – Book Review

                Amanda C. Stone – Guest Post

Week 3

Feb 16thFoxylutely Books –Book Review

                Fallen Angel Reviews – Book Review

Feb 17thL.M. Brown – Guest Post

                Crystal’s Many Reviewers – Book Review

Feb 18thGGR Review – Author Interview

P. Barnaby – Guest Post

Feb 19thCharlie Cochet – Guest Post

Feb 20thBike Book Reviews – Book Review + Author Interview

                My Fiction Nook – Book Review

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