Monday Flash Fiction: The Mural

Yay! Avery is back to participate in this week’s Monday Flash Fiction. Remember the flash is based on a picture, and the flash is supposed to be 500 words or less. Avery’s flash came in at 499 words. Woot woot! Thanks, Julie, for the editing help. *hugs*

So I don’t forget, here’s a link to the Monday Flash Group. Feel free to check out the other stories!

Now for the picture:LGBT_Life Gets Better

I want to give credit…the picture is from the Facebook site LGBT: Life Gets Better Together

Now, Avery’s story.

The Mural

I sprinted for the safety of my car. The little old Honda chugged along at best, but had been my refuge on more than one occasion. I locked the doors and breathed a short sigh. At least my asshole father only assaulted me with words, not his fists.

This wasn’t the first time we’d had issues. Thank goodness for Mom. She did her best to keep Dad in check—she was the reason I wasn’t homeless. When she was at work, however, I was at his mercy. This morning was one of those times.

I bit my lip to hold back the tears that threatened to spill. I fought to still my trembling hands as I retrieved my cell. I had to call Dan. Needed to hear his strong, soothing voice. Continue reading “Monday Flash Fiction: The Mural”

New Release: Remember Him

Thank you for having me, Denise! It’s amazing to be visiting so many great authors. I’m thrilled to celebrate the release of my first book, Remember Him, the first in the Amsel Clan series. I hope you enjoy it! Be sure to enter the giveaway for a US$20 gift card to Amazon. See the bottom of this post for ways to enter. Thanks for reading!  –Kazy

Please click here to check out my REMEMBER HIM page for more info on the blog tour.

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Will the bond of blood outweigh the passions of the heart?

BLURB

While sketching the Temple of Dendur, graduate student Carter Denwright meets—and is seduced by—a powerful vampire by the name of Alder. Once kept secret from the human world, now everyone knows of their existence. Blinded by mistaken feelings for Alder, Carter allows himself to be drawn into his life. Too late, he realizes two things: one, Alder is vicious and cruel, and two, Carter’s true love is Alder’s brother, Freyr.

The attraction between Carter and Freyr is strong, but they must fight this feeling or face the wrath of Alder. Despite their best efforts, Alder discovers the truth, and punishes Carter, hiding him from Freyr in a cruel game of cat and mouse.

Freyr is not as strong as his brother, but he vows that he will find Carter again and will stop at nothing to get him back. Carter, caught in Alder’s cruel grip, commits an act of desperation which will change all their lives forever. The question is: can Freyr find Carter and is the bond between him and Carter enough to break Alder’s hold and spoil his plans to ruin them both?

EXCERPT

Freyr practically dragged me upstairs. I turned to go toward our room, but he went in the opposite direction.

“Oof!” I grunted when he yanked my arm. “Where are we going?”

“Shh!”

“But where—”

He stopped suddenly and I crashed into the back of him. “Carter, what part of ‘shh!’ do you not comprehend?”

“Bully.”

His jaw tightened and raised an eyebrow. I clasped my hands not-so-innocently behind my back, tilted my hips out and ran my tongue slowly over my fangs. Freyr’s breathing came faster and he moved toward me, but then he remembered his original purpose and continued down the hall. Halfway down the east wing, he reached behind a huge Grecian amphora and pressed a button on the wall behind it. A piece of the wood-paneled wall slid open to reveal a modern keypad. Continue reading “New Release: Remember Him”

Top Ten Books with Men in Uniform (M-M)

Today’s theme from The Broke and the Bookish is Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who… 

I’m filling in that blank with gay men in uniform. Woot woot! So all the books below are from the M-M Genre and include either a gay fire fighter, paramedic, police officer, US Marshal, Navy SEAL, etc.

As I started putting my list together, I didn’t realize I was going to have so many choices. It’s going to be tough to pick just 10!

Be sure to drop a comment and let me know if you’ve read any of the books on my list and what you think *smiles* And be sure to head over to the The Broke and the Bookish to visit the other bloggers who are participating!

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My Top Ten Books with LGBT Men in Uniform

1. Hot Head (Head #1) by Damon Suede. This read features Brooklyn firefighter Griff Muir who has the “hots” (heh, heh–I couldn’t resist) for his best friend Dante Anastagio.

2. Hard Fall (Deputy Joe #1) by James Buchanan. This read has Deputy Joe Peterson “falling” (sorry, I’m full of bad puns tonight) for ex-con Kabe Varghese.

3. Private Eye (Liaisons #1) by S.E. Culpepper. P.I. Rafe Bridges is all about helping straight cop Jeremy Halliday.

4. A Sinner Born (Brooklyn Sinners #3) by Avril Ashton. It was hard to pick just one book in this series. Kane Ashby is a hunky Marshal and Syren Rua is damaged and has a hot panty fetish. ‘Nuff said!

5. The Rebuilding Year (#1) by Kaje Harper. This one features former fire fighter Ryan Ward and John Barrett. Definitely a good story! Continue reading “Top Ten Books with Men in Uniform (M-M)”

Mini Rant: IMHO

The other day, The Daily Post’s topic was IMHO (check out the link). Since I’m typically a day (or two) late and at least a dollar short, I’m finally getting to my mini-rant.

I’m going to tie my post to two, maybe three things. LGBT current news, Radical Islam current news, and Pastor Jaime’s homily from Easter Sunday.

I bet you’re wondering how I’m going to make this happen…well, here goes nuffin’!

We’ve all heard about Indiana, and their governor’s ridiculous religious freedom bill. From Christine Pelosi and found on the Huffington Post:

SB 101 is based on hate; no matter how Governor Pence tries to sell it, he is teaching discrimination, he is enshrining inequality into Indiana law, and he is justifying segregation under a false flag in which liberty would have no part.

Here’s a link to the full article.

Bear with me as I lay out all the pieces… Next is the university bombing in Kenya that killed 148. The bombing that was committed by Islamic extremists. If you’re not familiar with the story, check out this MSNBC report.

Now to where I tie it all together…and a special thanks to Pastor Jaime for his awesome homily.

In his homily, he urged us (Christians) to be radical. But unlike the radical Islamists, he challenged us to be radical in our faith by showing love and compassion to people everywhere. He didn’t specify that we should find out a person’s sexual orientation before doing this. He urged us to share God’s love.

I become very frustrated when I hear Christians talk poorly of LGBT folks, or when they look down upon them or judge them. Seems to me that’s not being very Christ-like in the world. God loves all His children—gay or straight, pink or blue or purple.

So, IMHO, Indiana’s governor needs to learn love and compassion. There’s no place in this world for narrow-minded, judgmental folks. It’s 2015 people. Time to wake up and smell the coffee known as equality. That’s directed at you Christians who have no place in your hearts for gays. Get over yourself and behave like one of God’s children.

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Image courtesy of http://www.gaychristianalliance.com/2012/01/24/usa-gop-presidential-candidates-on-gay-marriage/

Another excellent source of information on Indiana is the Human Rights Campaign. Check out their article here.

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Crossroads

Today I welcome Julie Lynn Hayes to the blog to share her latest release, Crossroads.

Blurb

crossroads72Crossroads: a point at which a crucial decision must be made that will have far-reaching consequences

Clete Deveraux is a little old Southern boy a long way from home, drifting the highways with his abusive boyfriend, Vern. Tal Clark is newly graduated from the University of Missouri in Columbia, but his plans for a carefree summer have just been derailed and he’s not sure what he’s going to do.

Things happen for a reason…

Clete and Tal’s lives intersect at a rest stop in central Missouri, but sometimes first impressions aren’t the best. And finding the right path isn’t always easy.

Clete and Tal have reached a crossroads… and now they have to decide which way they want to go. And who they want to go with.

Excerpt

As he rounded the corner, he stopped dead in his tracks, his thought not only unfinished, but completely slammed from his head by the sight before him. A figure stood in front of one of the vending machines, slender legs encased in tight blue jeans that led to the most gorgeous ass Tal thought he’d ever seen in his life, a notion that was seconded by his dick, which twitched its agreement.

Genie who?

The girl had fine blonde hair, so pale it seemed almost white, but maybe that was just due to the harshness of the lights. Tal’s heart was beating a staccato tattoo inside his chest at the way she shifted her weight from one leg to the next. His imagination began to run rampant, as he pictured himself placing his hands on those dainty hips, drawing her to him as he nibbled on her neck. He couldn’t remember the last time he’d been this turned on. A little voice inside his head rejoiced. Genie was wrong—he wasn’t what she’d said he was, and this was proof positive of that. It was all her fault if he found more pleasure in a book than in her bed. See? The proof of his sexuality was here, staring him in the face. Well, her ass, his face. Continue reading “Crossroads”

Pride BlogFest is Open

Pride Blogfest is Open (**whoo hoo**), Enter to win a eReader #pridefest

Welcome to Naughty Edition Reviews (NER) Fist annual Pride Blog-fest. We have 30 days to feature thirty authors and publishers who support the gay and lesbian community. Since June is national Pride month in the United States, I thought it time to celebrate too.

To enter in to the main contest for the grand prize at NER they will have a Rafflecopter widget click on and fill out. With this, I will require a Facebook page LIKE to Naughty Readers, and a comment on your blog, in addition, after that sharing via social media once a day for extra entries.  It is up to you what you would like the reader to do. Most ask them to follow them on various things like Twitter, Facebook or leave a comment and join the newsletter.

#pridefest is the hashtag for Twitter. And the event is on our Facebook Page for Naughty Readers.

Check out this link for participating publishers and authors: http://naughtyeditionreviews.com/pride-blogfest-is-open-enter-to-win-a-ereader-pridefest/

Be sure to visit on June 24th! Avery will be featured with a giveaway!