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A Taste of Honey – edited by B.G. Thomas

Blurb:

In the mood to try something sweet? How about a collection of stories about bears and the special men in their lives? Guys don’t have to be in their twenties, perfectly sculpted, and hairless to be hot. Bears are real men with real bodies—and that doesn’t always mean a perfect six-pack or an immaculately smooth chest. With bears, it can mean more man to love. The men in this anthology are chubs, cubs, grizzlies, pandas, polar bears, and more—all looking for a connection. And beneath their burly physiques are hearts of gold. Explore the bear scene and beyond with these big, hairy guys and the men who find them irresistibly sexy.

The Bear Fetish by John Amory
The Bear Next Door by Jack Byrne
The Bear at the Bar by J. Scott Coatsworth
Barefoot by Lillian Francis
Just Breathe by John Genest
Bear Chasing by Renae Kaye
Golden Bear by G.P. Keith
Hunting Bear: A Fairy Tale with a Very Hairy Ending by Edmond Manning
The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Getting Over Yourself by Robert B. McDiarmid
Truck Stop by Christopher Hawthorne Moss
Banyan Court by Samuel Scott Preston
Amped by Zoe X. Rider
The Bear King of Snowbird Mountain by Michael Rupured
Life’s Tiny Surprises by Tara Spears

Available now from Dreamspinner Press

Title: RESCUED
Author: Felice Stevens
Publisher: LooseId
Book Link: http://www.loose-id.com/rescued.html

Book Blurb: Ryder Daniels has spent the last year recovering from rejection: his parents couldn’t accept his sexuality and his lover chose drugs over his love. The only bright lights in his life are his younger brother and his rescued pit bull. But now his mother’s punishment for his lifestyle has cut him off from his brother he loves so deeply. Devastated, he throws himself into the work of the Pit Bull Foundation he and his friends started.

Jason Mallory can no longer hide the dissatisfaction of his relationship with his longtime girlfriend. When her marriage ultimatum pushes him to break things off, he’s determined not to jump into the dating scene. But when a group of injured pit bulls are found on his construction site, he can’t forget the guy who shows up to help.

After Jason adopts one of the dogs, he and Ryder become fast friends—until one night, Ryder lets down his guard and Jason recognizes his desire. Soon, they can’t deny the passion between them but will family differences and ugly prejudices keep them apart, or can they fight to prove that love is precious, no matter the flavor?

Author Bio: Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. She believes that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending just around the corner. She started reading traditional historical romances when she was a teenager, then life and law school got in the way. It wasn’t until she picked up a copy of Bertrice Small and became swept away to Queen Elizabeth’s court that her interest in romance novels became renewed.

But somewhere along the way, her tastes shifted. While she still enjoys a juicy Historical romance, she began experimenting with newer, more cutting edge genres and discovered the world of Male/Male romance. And once she picked up her first, she became so enamored of the authors, the character-driven stories and the overwhelming emotion of the books, she knew she wanted to write her own.

Felice lives in New York City with her husband and two children and hopefully soon a cat of her own. Her day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. She practices law but daydreams of a time when she can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be angst along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.

Connect with Felice Stevens
Website- ww.felicestevens.com
Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/felice.stevens.1?fref=ts
Twitter- https://twitter.com/FeliceStevens1

Buy Links:
LooseId- http://www.loose-id.com/rescued.html
Amazon- To be live on the 19th

55c46-1868508 It’s been a good week for reading – my laptop had a problem and writing hasn’t been possible so I’ve been comfort reading and picking at some recommendations. So this week I have not one but TWO books for you.

First of all I had best come clean that my first rec is a brand new release from one of my dearest friends – a book that I read in first draft mode – but I still think that I Knew Him by Erastes is superb and very unusual, as you will see.


Young Harry Bircham, up at Cambridge, seems at first sight to be our traditional historical hero. He’s handsome, intelligent and is desperately in love with his best friend. But there’s SO much more to Harry than that. Perhaps his wit is a little vicious? Well it was the fashion of the time. Perhaps he’s a little possessive? One can excuse his anxiety when one reflects that the object of his devotion doesn’t seem quite as into Harry as Harry is into him. Maybe he’s inclined to cut corners to get what he wants? But then Harry is moving in top drawer circles without a lot of family money to back him up. Harry does what he has to and is always going to come out on top – unless it’s his whim to be on the bottom. Pushy? I should say so.

The book is filled with delicious 1920s set pieces, from Cambridge student life, to country house parties to polo matches and Harry sails through it all, doing his own thing. What his thing is would be a spoiler, and I don’t want to do that, but I remember when I first read it that my eyes got wider and wider.

This is absolutely NOT a M/M romance so shouldn’t be read as such, but it is a riveting and exciting story – one that you’ll read alternately cheering Harry on, then saying “Oh no he DIDN’T!” I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

And I promised another, didn’t I? I saw this book recommended by S. A. Meade, whose work I think is cracking, so I took a chance.

So what if you’re a retired spy, a faithful servant of your masters, now out to grass and enjoying a quiet coffee in a cafe in Britanny? What if, as you tussle with the cross word and look out across the street to the sea, a man sits down at your table – a man you were sure was dead and who you know has every reason to want to end your life in the most painful way possible.

That’s the premise of In the Presence of Mine Enemy by Helena Maeve. I’m wondering why I’ve never read anything by this author before but I fear that it’s because her work is labelled as erotica. Yes, the sex in this book is explicit, but there was some point to most of it and the bits that didn’t seem to have much point plotwise showed character development.

This is another strong, exciting and edgy book that’s not at all run of the mill romance. Give it a go.

Yay for a re-release with extra oomph from one of my favourite authory people, Kay Berrisford.

Catching Kit, Book One of the Underground Elves series is released today from Love Lane Books.

Blurb:
Denny is a top secret agent on a mission to protect London from Ethereal Beings – elves – who are seen as dangerous mind-reading parasites who prey on human emotions.

Kit is an elf on the run, misunderstood and persecuted by humans. When Denny catches him, he shatters everything Denny’s been taught about elves. He’s gorgeous and funny and claims he’s been searching a long time for a guy like Denny. He shares Denny’s kinks and now he needs Denny’s love to survive.

But if Denny doesn’t take Kit to jail, he’s in big trouble. Dare Denny break the law and gamble his life to save the Ethereal Being in his bed?

Catching Kit is available today from Love Lane Books, from Amazon UK and Amazon US.

My guest today is Douglas Black – a new-to-me author whose work I will definitely be following up. In addition to that he has a profession for which I have a huge affection and I wish he lived a bit closer so I could run some of the weird stuff past him that members of the public bring into the museum for identification. “It’s just a stone” comes much more easily from a man with letters after his name. :)

BUT today he is here to talk about his new book.

Welcome, Douglas. Perhaps you could kick off the interview by telling us a bit about yourself?

Hello! Thanks so much for having me! I confess, interviews are a little strange for me since I really don’t like talking about myself, but I promise to give it my best shot. Shall we start with the basics?

My name is Douglas Black and I’m an archaeologist by day and an MM erotic romance author by night.

The writing really started when I was in university. I was by no means destitute, but there came a point in my third year where textbooks and field equipment got a lot more expensive and the amount of meat in my diet and central heating going on in my flat took a real nose-dive as a result. One of my friends wrote short stories for pornographic magazines to earn money on the side. She suggested I try it, and I didn’t take much convincing.

I stopped writing after university, but in 2012 I came back to the genre, because I had a story I really wanted to tell. A character called Jake jumped into my head while I was on holiday and I started messing around, writing about him. He’s really an amalgam of my wonderful partner, and the one who got away, and he’s by far the favourite character I’ve ever written. Jake started this journey, and now, after telling his story, I’m still here two years later because I enjoy writing. It’s that simple really.

When you arenít writing, is there any other creative activity you enjoy? Have you ever written about it?

At the moment, I pretty much just work and write, but I used to fancy myself as a bit of an artist. I had what, I suppose, might be considered an unorthodox approach (my art teacher certainly thought it was!) I used mixed media, combining paints with pencil and pen sketches before throwing in newspaper cuttings, photographs and old placards from protest marches. My work was always very political.

It’s been years since I created anything new. I know it’s the excuse everyone uses, but I just don’t have the time anymore. However, I am writing a story that involves a character, Teddy, who’s very much based on me when I was in my late teens and early twenties (very opinionated, political and always off on some protest march or another) so maybe I’ll make him an artist on the side!

What are you reading? Can you recommend something that you wished you’d written yourself?

There are books I wish I had written, but they don’t fall into the MM erotic romance genre.

Three spring to mind. The Crimson Petal and The White (Michel Faber), Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel), and Into The Wild (Jon Krakauer). All three authors, I think, took writing to a higher plane with those books. You have to look at how they use words. It’s as simple as that, but that’s what being a master of ‘The Craft’ means, and you can see those authors’ level of skill in those books.

In that crucial inspiration stage of a new story which comes first? Plot, situation or character?

For me, the situation comes first. The one exception to that was my novel, Port In A Storm (which will be rereleased this year). My character Jake emerged fully formed and I just wrote down his story. Jake is my ideal man, my personal fantasy though, so I think that’s why that book was different.

Normally I come up with a situation, then I have a look around and see what type of character would do least well in that situation and once I find that character, I chuck them in and try to help them not drown. How cruel does that sound?!

Do your characters arrive fully fledged and ready to fly or do they develop as you work with them? Do you have a crisp mental picture of them or are they more a thought and a feeling than an image?

They definitely never arrive fully formed. I don’t like perfect characters, because people aren’t perfect in real life, so all of my heroes have flaws. Not necessarily big ones – I haven’t written a character yet who just cant stop killing people, for example – but they have flaws and the situation I’ve created usually informs what those flaws are and how they (and the character) changes and develops throughout the story.

Is there any genre you would love to write, ditto one you would avoid like a rattlesnake? What inspired you to write about a private investigator?

I’d like to try my hand at crime fiction, but I’ve avoided doing so thus far because I just don’t know how good I’d be at it. It’s on my ‘To Do’ list!

Villains challenge the main protagonists and give them something to contend with beyond the tension of a developing relationship. The cruel sea. The serial killer. The society itself. Your hero’s inner demons. What sort of villains do you prize?

Villains are incredibly important, so I try to be very careful when it comes to telling their story. I think it was Stephen King who said no one in life sees themselves as the villain, so I always try to look for the motivating factors behind a character. I don’t want a cardboard cutout bad guy. I want my readers to be able to understand where the anti-hero is coming from, even if they don’t like him or her.

What are you working on at the moment? Can you discuss it or do you prefer to keep it a secret until it’s finished.

I have two releases coming out in August. The Bucket List, and Spanish Heat (due out on August 22nd) so I’m naturally very excited about those. I’m also snowed under trying to bring Jake’s story back to life. I originally self-published Port In A Storm, but I was never happy with it. It’s such a personal story for me, so I want to make it perfect before it gets rereleased, but I certainly hope to be able to share it with everyone soon!

Could we please have an excerpt of something?

Of course, have an excerpt from The Bucket List. (And would you believe it? It’s available now!)


Kade looked up at the unfamiliar facade of the building in front of him. If he hadn’t just checked his location for the third time, using both the sat-nav on his phone and the one in his car, he would have sworn he must have taken a wrong turn when he reached the unfamiliar streets of Glasgow’s East End.

Unlike the supermarket he normally frequented, this one had no branding or signage to speak of. There were no garish colors and definitely no cheesy logos. If it had an official name, the owners clearly didn’t think it was worth sharing with their customers.

The building looked like a windowless warehouse, and the car park, devoid of neatly painted grid lines and pointless shrubbery, was just a gravel-covered, pothole-ridden piece of ground hemmed in by a giant metal fence. If it hadn’t been for the steady stream of people coming and going through the single-door entrance, Kade wouldn’t have known if the shop was open or closed.

He sighed and leaned against the bonnet of his car. All he really wanted to do was get back behind the wheel and drive back to what was familiar. The temptation was almost overwhelming. It wasn’t like he hadn’t had enough changes and uncertainties to deal with recently without dragging the weekly shopping into the mix. He pulled out his phone and scrolled down until he found Ian’s number. Ian answered on the second ring.

“I’m standing outside an Asian supermarket. Are you happy now?”

“That depends,” Ian said. “Are you actually going to go inside, or are you just planning on standing in the car park, biting your bottom lip and looking at your feet?”

Kade looked up from his boots and removed the phone from his ear momentarily so he could stare at it instead. He heard Ian’s laughter through the handset.

“Fuck you very much,” Kade said under his breath when he put the phone back to his ear.

“And you. I’ll see you tonight. You know, I’m impressed. Doing two things outside of your comfort zone in one day? Hell, the council must be pumping chemicals into the water again.”

“Yeah, yeah. Very funny.” Ian was still laughing when Kade rang off and slipped his phone back into his pocket.

Ian’s jokes didn’t feel very funny to Kade at the moment, and his behavior had nothing to do with too much fluoride in the city’s water supply, as Ian well knew. Instead, it had everything to do with that stupid bloody list.

The bucket list. His bucket list. Only it wasn’t really his at all, because Kade hadn’t had any say in whether or not he wanted a bucket list, let alone what he wanted to put on it. Ian and his boyfriend, Paul, had drawn it up the morning after Kade had shown up on Ian’s doorstep, shouting and ranting and crying because Niall had left.

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The Bucket List

Blurb:
When Kade Doherty gets dumped, he expects sympathy from his friends. Instead, he gets a bucket list. His friends want to help him enjoy life again, but Kade isn’t convinced a list of outlandish leisure pursuits will help much with that. To keep the peace he goes along with the plan and in the process, he meets Blake. Blake’s Australian accent and surfer-boy looks are the stuff of sexual fantasies and Kade surprises everyone – including himself – when he wastes no time making a move.

Kade goes with Blake into the Scottish highlands, but just as he is beginning to get used to life with his very own Mr. Australia, reality comes knocking. Kade’s newfound happiness falls apart when his abusive ex demands they meet. Blake senses something is wrong and he wants to help, but Kade knows he can’t confide in Blake.

After all, Kade hasn’t exactly been honest. He might feel like a different man when he’s with Blake, but Kade knows he’s still just an accountant from Glasgow with slight obsessive compulsions and a bucket list that someone else wrote. He knows Blake won’t hang around, let alone help, when he finds out the truth.

Or will he?
Buy The Bucket List here

Author Biography

Douglas Black was born and raised in bonnie Scotland. An archaeologist by trade, Douglas started writing MM erotica as a means of avoiding starvation at university before returning to the genre in 2012.

Welcome to your fantasy.

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55c46-1868508Here we go again – and apologies for not posting last week.

This week I have been reading a variety of things, mostly non-fiction, and the fiction has been mostly comfort reads because I’ve been feeling in need of comfort. But I have grabbed one excellent piece of science fiction that kept me very happy for 48 hours or so.


Gravitational Attraction by Angel Martinez is a cracking romp of a space opera.
ESTO, an organisation that I imagine started off pretty much like the East India Trading Company but that has evolved into a military led dictatorship, is the villain of the piece and interferes in the life of hero Isaac Ozawa when he assists in the rescue from a wrecked space ship of the sole survivor of an attack by alien pirates. The survivor, Turk, a man of massive stature and scary mental abilities, is both the other protagonist and the Macguffin that ESTO wants to get its cold hearted exploitative claws into.
If that’s not enough to attract interest, Isaac is ex-ESTO himself, a highly trained tactitian and fighter pilot whose career was ruined when the brain implant required for flying the fighting ships was rejected by his body. Isaac has to cope with severe headaches and other symptom that reduce his efficiency. Turk on the other hand, comes from a secretive warrior race with a whole range of customs and behaviours that conflict with those that are natural to Isaac. The differences between them and the way a simple thing like a beaming smile can cause bloodshed is very nicely depicted.
They go from freighter – some lovely characters amongst the crew, to space station, to deep shit and back out again, and then to refuge on Turk’s home world, and that’s another joy.
This is immersive stuff and I’m very pleased that there are more standalone stories set in that universe. Very highly recommended.

comfy chairKay Berrisford writes contemporary paranormal and fantasy stories, usually set in her native England. Her latest book, The Merman and the Barbarian Pirate, is out 30th July from Less Than Three Press.

Kay has often visited my blog as a guest and has written several exciting posts but this is the first time she has ever settled into the comfy chair to answer my questions.

Welcome Kay and thanks for being such a good sport.

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Elin: Can you tell me a little about yourself? For instance, do you have to have a day job as well as being a writer?

Kay: I have a day job! I work at a medieval house and city museum, which is great fun, as I get to turn my hand to everything from researching exhibitions to giving tours of creepy crypts. I keep on meaning to write a book set somewhere similar…but never seem to get around to it.

Elin:When you aren’t writing, is there any other creative activity you enjoy? Have you ever written about it?

Kay: At the moment, all my spare time goes into the creative business of house-hunting! My hobby is basically trying not to be homeless at the end of August…and no doubt the (mild) trauma will be channeled into a book sometime soon!

Elin:In that crucial inspiration stage of a new story which comes first? Plot, situation or character?

Kay: It varies from story to story. With “The Merman and the Barbarian Pirate” it was the situation—the setting (inspired, as I explain later, by the Pembrokeshire Coast) and the idea of a lonely merman watching and pining for his unattainable love, a handsome nobleman. And then a pirate ship sails over the horizon and the dashing rogue of a captain confuses him horribly!

For the book I’m working on now, “Alfie’s Game” (a sequel to “Catching Kit,” for a new series I’m developing for Love Lane Books) I had the characters in my head and they basically told me the plot. John (the neighbor of Denny, the hero of the first book) is a shy computer programmer who’s never had a proper relationship. He’s had a crush on Fox Mulder from The X-Files for twenty years and also fancies Denny next door… till Alfie, a wannabe-actor elf on the run from the elf-catchers turns up and disrupts John’s neat and lonely life for good.

Alfie is a bit of a handful. My original character notes said something like “John-Barrowman-meets-Robbie-Williams-meets-Laurence-Olivier.” Agh! Nobody can be that larger than life, right? Plus, in the end, he’s not really like any of the above. He’s all himself, and fortunately, Alfie’s been showing me his sensitive side too.

Elin:Which of all your characters would you like to snog marry or push down the stairs (in theory since they are spoken for?)

Kay: Snog: Jon Kemp (the pirate in “The Merman and the Barbarian Pirate”) or Herne the Hunter (“Bound to the Beast.”)
Marry: Robin Hood (“Lord of the Forest.”)
Push down the stairs: Baron Odo (“Lord of the Forest.”) He’s probably my evilest human bad guy!

Elin:There is a very strong sense of place in TMATBP. Are the settings based on real places or are they all out of your imagination?

Kay: A bit of both. The story was inspired by a trip to the gorgeous Pembrokeshire coast, in Wales, last September. It really is one of the most stunning places in the world—miles of relatively unspoilt cliffs, seals, wildfowl, and the rolling seas. We were staying in a castle overlooking a beautiful bay. How could I not start dreaming of mermen and pirates? Very inspiring!

However, the book isn’t actually set in Pembrokeshire, but on an imagined part of the English coast. I feel a bit bad for not setting it in Wales (although if I’d decided to have the locals speaking Welsh, poor Raef might have been even more confused, and my own shortcomings in the language would have become obvious!) The book was also a personal nod to the writings of Daphne Du Maurier, who set her books in Cornwall, so there’s a bit of the West Country in there too.

Probably not the castle Kay is mentioning but one of my favourites – Manorbier Castle and bay

Elin:Do your characters arrive fully fledged and ready to fly or do they develop as you work with them? Do you have a crisp mental picture of them or are they more a thought and a feeling than an image?

Kay: Alfie (“Alfie’s Game”) turned up pretty much fully fledged, but I’m not that far into writing the book, so we’ll see if he evolves in any way. Raef the merman certainly developed. He was a little more vain and arrogant in my original drafts of the early chapters, but he told me he wanted to be sweet and naïve…so sweet and naïve he was.

Elin:Is there any genre you would love to write, ditto one you would avoid like a rattlesnake?

Kay: I’d love to write sci-fi. I have a half-finished sci-fi manuscript I need to get back too, which should be a lot of angsty fun when I pull it together. Though I love history, I’ve never really written an m/m historicals or got that close to trying. I think it’s because of all the complicated issues, which need to be tackled with thoroughness and respect. I always bounce off into the realm of fantasy fun or contemporary instead. I often have characters, like the elves in my Underground Elves series, who have traveled through time instead of being rooted in one particular age. Then I get the best of all worlds.

Elin:Villains are incredibly important in fiction since they challenge the main protagonists and give them something to contend with beyond the tension of a developing relationship. The cruel sea. The serial killer. The society itself. Your hero’s inner demons. What sort of villains do you prize?

Kay: I write fun romps, so I like good old-fashioned moustache-twirling bad guys! However, I also find my books have a strong revolutionary subplots that often wend their way in without my realizing. My guys tend to have to overthrow some sort of tyrannical regime or individual before they can get together (see the overthrow of King Lyam in “Bad Slave,” the toppling of Baron Odo in “Lord of the Forest.”) In the Underground Elves series (“Catching Kit” and the forthcoming “Alfie’s Game”) my lads have to liberate elves from centuries of persecution before they can have their happy ever afters.

Given all the effort it takes to write all these regime changes (and the epic battle scenes often involved) I’m wondering why I don’t bother with historicals. The issues there can’t be much more complicated, right?

Elin:What are you working on at the moment? Can you discuss it or do you prefer to keep it a secret until it’s finished.

Kay: At the moment, I’m doing edits for my first m/m contemporary, “Between The Frescoes,” which is a sweet holiday romance about two grad students in Florence, Italy. It’s out on September 9th from Loose Id. Writing-wise, it’s all steam ahead with “Alfie’s Game,” which should hopefully be out sometime in the autumn.

Elin:Could we please have an excerpt of something?

Kay: Here’s an excerpt from The Merman and the Barbarian Pirate. In this scene, Raef has shifted into human form.


“W-we need to talk.” What was it about Kemp that made Raef stammer? He couldn’t gauge it.

“That’s a sound plan.” Kemp placed the book on the table and came closer. “I can’t work you out at all, my lad. You’ve still not told me what it is you do for Lord Haverford. You’re clearly neither a servant nor a so-called gentleman, and you’re no Navy man, that’s for sure. So what are you?”

“It doesn’t matter.” Flustered by the unanswerable question, Raef fell to his knees.

Kemp jumped, clutching the handle of a cutlass at his side. Raef prayed Kemp wouldn’t strike, and gazed up at him, imploring. “I want to apologize for being unfriendly earlier. You, er, you’ve been good to me, at least good for a pirate, and…”

Raef’s attention slammed onto the formidable package at the front of Kemp’s breeches, and a ravenous hunger overtook him. He moistened his dry lips. Now he understood exactly why those young mer threw themselves at lords and princes. These cravings swamped even those he’d harbored for Haverford. He was so desperate to see what lay beneath Kemp’s clothing, he’d all but lay down his life for a peek.

“And?” Kemp eased his grip about the pommel.

Raef’s voice sounded weak and distant. “I, uh, wondered if you and I could get to know each other a bit better.”

“Did you indeed? And why exactly are you kneeling before me?”

“Um, because…” With shaking hands, Raef reached for the silver buckle on Kemp’s belt. He didn’t know what he was doing, but some uncontrollable urge within him shouted this was right. Perhaps it was because he was unused to folk being dressed, because he needed Kemp naked.

“Poseidon’s teeth.” Kemp seized his wrists and pushed him away so hard he tumbled backward. “I don’t think you really want this.”

Raef couldn’t answer; desire quaked through him, though the rational shouts in the back of his mind grew louder. Stripping Kemp’s breeches was more than friendship required.

Kemp eased his glower, then took Raef’s hands and drew him up before leading him over to the bunk. He sat Raef down and settled close by. Their thighs almost brushed. “Is this what Lord Haverford makes you do for him? Is that how you’ve earned your crust?”

On gathering what he could of his fractured wits, Raef neither understood nor liked the melancholy in Kemp’s tone. After all, if Lord Haverford allowed him to give pleasure and be cherished, that would be a glorious thing. He shook his head, and a silky lock drooped across his brow. “No, he doesn’t make me. Nobody has ever made me do anything like that, in all my twenty-one years. Nobody has ever even asked.” He puffed his hair from where it tickled his nose, and the final confession slipped out before he could stop it. “I wish someone would.”

Kemp emitted a noise caught between a sigh and groan, and a roguish glimmer lit his eyes. That shoal of fish in Raef’s belly took flight once more, manic, as if a predator were in their midst.

“Well, my callow colt, we’d better start at the beginning.” Kemp leaned in, obliterating the gap between them, and pressed his lush lips to Raef’s.

Raef’s heartbeat seemed to stop, then it surged forward like rolling thunder. All he could feel was the gentle brush of Kemp’s mouth against his, kindling a wondrous and flourishing heat. Kemp lingered there a moment, offering a kiss of snowflake-light caresses. Then Raef felt Kemp’s tongue, hard and wet and tracing the seam of his lips.

Raef parted them, inviting Kemp inside. Kemp thrust forward, plundering toward Raef’s depths, and pushed his hand up Raef’s thigh toward his achingly-hard loins. He hoped Kemp knew exactly what to do about that, though for now, the kiss incited rapture enough. Coarse beard scraped Raef’s smooth chin, grazing the skin, but he didn’t care. He hugged Kemp tight, gratefully enveloped in Kemp’s embrace. He scrubbed his tongue against Kemp’s, tasting spice, rum, and something uniquely, wonderfully him.

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The Merman and the Barbarian Pirate

Blurb:

Raef, a lonely merman, spends his days watching the dashing Lord Haverford from afar and dreaming of love. When Haverford is robbed by a pirate, Raef vows to reclaim the stolen goods, hoping his victory will buy him the happiness he yearns for with Haverford.

But Jon Kemp does not match what Raef knows about pirates, and the simple quest Raef anticipated turns out to be an epic journey. For while Jon might be a nobler man than Raef believed, he’s still a pirate. Love and loyalty are not on Jon’s agenda, and he certainly has no plans to love someone not entirely human …

Buy The Merman and the Barbarian Pirate here.

To celebrate the release of The Merman and the Barbarian Pirate, Kay has organised a giveaway – please click here to go to the link.

Kay’s first paranormal m/m romance, Catching Kit, is also about to be reissued as the start of a new series. Details for preorders are here at Love Lane Books

Kay’s books on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kay-Berrisford/e/B006JLQ4L8/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Kay’s books on All Romance: http://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html?searchBy=author&qString=Kay+Berrisford

Kay’s books on Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/kay-berrisford

Kay’s website: http://kayberrisford.com/

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