Raven and Tanis are trying very hard to merge their vastly different lifestyles, but Tanis issues with his own past could prove to be more than their fragile relationship can handle. Is their love for each other strong enough to weather the oncoming storm?
Everyone assumes that the only threat lies outside their walls, the group of rebels led by Cillian. But something is happening within House Gaeland, something that hasn’t happened since GWI. And with all the attention focused on that, their guard is down. An evil that was under their nose all along strikes, and someone will make the ultimate sacrifice to save another.
Appearances is the second book in the Opposites series, the series should be read in order.
** Warning, Opposites is an Adult Dystopian majorly M/M series that contains explicit sexual content and relationships between gay, straight and lesbian couples. **
Thank you to T.M. Smith for joining Two
Chicks Obsessed with Books and Eye Candy for an author interview. Let’s get started!!!
with a society where the norm is exactly “Opposite” what we have always
had. What made you want to write the
book from this perspective?
friends and seeing the treatment they receive at times when we are out in
public. That, and the treatment the LGBT community received as a whole at the
time I started toying with concepts for a story. I had recently went out with a
friend who was literally glared and snarled at in a restaurant we went to, and
then came home to a news story about a young gay man being beaten outside of a
club in a town close to where I live. In the interviews in days after that some
people were so cruel, “Gay’s don’t have the same rights we have.” Ummm, who is this we?
I’m thinking I’m one of the we’s if
you mean straight people and I think you’ve lost your damn mind! Just the
constant, they shouldn’t have the same rights, marriage is between a man and a
the monopoly on were different, upside down, opposite.
this society being formed, a valid reason why sexuality would be a base reason
to completely re-write the way of life. Dystopian is one of my favorite genre’s
to read, I’m fascinated with the what if’s that some authors come up with and
the way they show completely plausible and outlandish possible futures.
write in affect your future books?
editing as I write. I have to write whatever is in my head at the time, which
ever character is talking to me, and then I put it all in order later. This
style of writing can change something that would happen later in the back, if I
write something that takes place early on and it changes the outcome of the
future event. Does that make sense?
choosing my favorite child, I love you all I swear! LOL. I’ll have to go with
Aiyan and Kaden, I always think of them as one because they are quite literally
one soul in two bodies. It’s so much fun writing these two characters that have
an undying, unyielding love for one another. They are so complimentary and
equals in every way. They are my only versatile couple and they have a nasty
habit of breaking things when they get busy.
feel to it? Does your cover come first, or writing first?
for Opposites was not the original cover. The first book really centers around
the twins, Aiya and Aiyan, they were the original cover art. A lot of people
questioned why there was a girl on the cover for a majorly M/M book, so I
updated it to be Aiyan and Kaden on the cover. I love how my cover artist
captured the Dominate brown of Aiyan’s eyes, the water beneath them since the
world is now over ninety percent covered in water, and the violent colors of
comes first, and the cover is drawn to fit it. For The Library what you see on
the cover is verbatim to that chapter in the book. And for Appearances my
artist captured the purple highlights in Raven’s hair and the beauty of Greece
beneath the title, which is where a good portion of the story in this book
takes place. The title of the next novella will be The Cellar and that will
feature Taryn and Thanos on the cover, in a cellar, in a compromising position.
Again, very relevant to the story.
A music playlist? Vampire hours?
is peppered throughout my stories as well. I have two people that play violin,
some piano, a flute and several singers. My hours are so varying I’m not even
sure they could be considered Vampire hours, I’ve been known to wake up in the
middle of the night and jot something I was just dreaming about down while it’s
watch plenty of television and movies. There is a whole bunch of Brian Kinney
and Justin Taylor in Aiyan and Kaden, and I just love Dante’s Cove.
where the series would start and end. I have a tentative list in my head for
the books as they progress…
centers around the groups of fathers. The Library was for Cirian and Rian, The
Cellar is for Taryn and Thanos, Outkast will differ slightly as it will be
about Cillian and Sawyer growing up as Outkast. I haven’t decided on a name for
the final novella, but it will be for Arjun and Kadam. I plan on telling this story until I’ve
finished, whether it sells or not, it’s a story I want to tell. In the future,
I just hope everyone sticks around and my fanbase continues to grow.
will learn more about growing up at House Orion for the brother and sister that
are loving, yet lethal.
LGBT community. What do you see as the
ultimate utopian society for these two communities in such a challenging
congratulations on your new release!!!
answering your questions and I can’t wait to visit with you guys again when
it’s time to release The Cellar.
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Dystopian (M/M F/F M/F)
Date: June 1st 2013 (re-released Nov 23 2013)
Dystopian (M/M F/F M/F)
apocalyptic scale. When the dust settled and the water receded Dr. Anthony
Smith, one of only a few hundred survivors of GWI, started society anew. Having
come to the conclusion that injudicious breeding played a huge role in the
destruction of Earth as we knew it in the twenty first century, he worked
closely with other survivors to isolate the Dionysus gene. This gene has the
ability to manipulate human DNA to ensure that all male children be born gay,
and all female children be born lesbians. A new society is born.
In the year 2300 Dr. Smith’s descendants are ushering in the twenty fourth
century having maintained control of the government that still rules society.
Twins Aiya and Aiyan are preparing to meet their matches and take control of
House Gaeland, the current ruling House. But not everything is as it seems.
Love is Love.. it knows no gender and doesn’t conform to restrictions and
boundaries. Aiyan has found his soul mate in Kaden, the prince of House Devi
that he is matched with and eventually marries. But when the person Aiya falls
in love with tests the boundaries put in place after GWI, all hell breaks
loose. And in the midst of one secret unraveling, another will emerge. There is
a growing anomaly that threatens to destroy over two hundred years of
progression. This anomaly is known as Opposites.
*WARNING* Opposites is an Adult Dystopian majorly M/M series that contains
explicit sexual content and relationships between gay, lesbian and straight
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clothing, beds, even four walls are all optional!
Want to know what happened that night in the library?
Cirian and Rian had a fight in the library and Rian ends up naked on the desk,
on his back, at Cirian’s mercy.
Want to know how far things went with ice cream?
A romantic evening by the fire feeding his husband ice cream leads to a lot
more than heavy petting for Aiyan and Kaden.
Want to know what was going on when those birds fled?
Travelling hundreds of miles, battling the rebels and then travelling back to
House Gaeland will take it out of you. But when Tanis wants something, he takes
it. Raven is about to be bent over a tree!
A Note from the Author: I’ve taken three scenes from Opposites that were cut
short and elaborated on the shenanigans that ensued. I also focused more in the
beginning on the relationship between Cirian and Rian, to give readers a chance
to know them and their inner workings better. I hope you enjoy this free read
set in my world of Opposites!
**Warning, The Library is a novella set in the same world as Opposites. It’s an
adult dystopian majorly M/M novel that includes consenting and explicit sexual
relationships between gay, lesbian and straight couples**
military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia; Smith is an avid reader,
reviewer and writer. She now calls Texas home from her small town on the
outskirts of the DFW Metroplex. Most days you can find her curled up with her
kindle and a good book alongside a glass of something aged and red or a
steaming cup of coffee!
years young, she’s decided to enter the next phase of her life by adding the
title of “author” to her list of accomplishments that includes single
mom of three disturbingly outspoken and decidedly different kids, one of which
is Autistic. Smith is and outspoken advocate for Autism and equal rights for
the LGBTQ community.
Opposites series is based outside the normal parameters of social
acceptability, examining a ‘what if’… What If to be gay or lesbian were the
norm? What if to be straight labeled you as an Opposite and made YOU the
Author website: www.ttcbooksandmore.com
Author Twitter – https://twitter.com/TTCBooksandmore
GoodReads book: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17619257-opposites
GoodReads author: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6997897.T_M_Smith
Up until Travis arrived on his doorstep, Charlie had lived a very solitary life. He had surrounded himself with isolation; a couple million acres of red dirt, scorching sun and loneliness.
Six months on, winter has settled over the desert, and Charlie has the life he never dreamed possible. But living and working together, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, for six months straight starts to take its toll.
Charlie is a stubborn, stubborn man, who tends to have more conversations in his head than what comes out his mouth, whereas Travis has no problem saying what’s on his mind. And even as they both struggle to communicate, struggle to make sense of need versus want, Charlie can see that he’s pushing Travis away – yet seems helpless to stop it.
When it all boils down to whether Travis should stay or go, maybe the decision won’t be theirs to make.
When I read the first book in the Red Dirt Heart series earlier this year, I found it to be an enjoyable read, that I would have likely given four pieces of eye candy as a blog review. We learned a lot about Charlie, since the story is told from his POV, but I did feel like I would have liked to know Travis a little more. After reading Read Dirt Heart 2, I think perhaps that was Ms. Walker’s intent.
In book 2, you really get to understand that part of the issue is that Charlie just doesn’t know how to communicate, so learning about Travis previously is difficult because Charlie just doesn’t ask. However, as book 2 opens, these two cowboys have been in a relationship for six months, and are just starting to get to know each other. Travis really develops as a character you learn to love and appreciate in this book. He becomes more engaging, teasing and downright fun. The reader really gets to know Travis in this sequel.
Watching the relationship between Travis and Charlie grow was indicative of real life relationships, where you really begin to learn more about each other after the initial honeymoon phase has begun to wear off. The fun that these two character had with each other really brought their relationship to a whole new level in this book.
I found that this book had so many laugh out loud moments, Mathilda in their bed is just classic, and there were some very sad moments, Travis trying to deal with the idea of leaving Sutton Station for good. In the end, I really enjoyed how their relationship grew closer through their challenges, rather than what many books would use as angst, and allow them to drift apart. It was great of the author to take this in another direction and have the MC’s appreciate and enjoy their time, and try to solve the issue together.
In addition, kudos to the author for research. There was a lot of information in the book that honestly was beyond my comprehension as a US city girl. However, it was quite obvious that the author has either lived or been to that location or researched like crazy to ensure that the descriptions in the book were correct. Very well done.
And some very good news! When I got to the end of the book, I found that there is a Red Dirt Heart 3 planned by the author. I love the idea of seeing more of these two sexy men working on their relationship in the midst of the Australian desert.
One last note, love both covers. Just beautiful.
My final determination on Red Dirt Heart 2 is 4.5 pieces of eye candy. Eagerly awaiting book 3. 🙂
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The stories are interrelated, so you’ll see characters from stories
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seasons of academic fun—from the first students arriving in Fall, to
winter holidays, to March Madness and Spring Flings, to Summer
loving—there’s something for every part of the academic year.
pairings—whether you like friends-to-lovers, enemies-to-lovers, reunion
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Ollie shrugged, an insolent lift of surprisingly wide shoulders inside a
too-big shirt. “I mean not all day. But sure, you want me to be a slave
for an hour or something, I can take it.”
firecracker exploded, hot want raining down on Edwin, sparking against
his skin. Anything. Ollie-as-slave images began to run on repeat in his
brain, Ollie getting considerably less clothing with each pass. Edwin
could ask for anything, and it would just be a joke to Ollie—a lark to
be laughed over later, no more of a big deal than opening up with a can
of silly string or shorting his sheets every night for a week.
my god. Would it work? Could he use something like this—a stupid bet on
stupid basketball—to exorcise the Ollie demons that had plagued him
for years, all without having to admit how he felt about Ollie? Because
while Ollie had been busy with the jock-crush-of-the-month plan, Edwin
had been hung up on Ollie. For three and a half years. If a stupid bet
could shake Edwin free, then it was worth having to learn something
Ollie clambered off the bed, springs squeaking as he hit the floor.
“You’ll see. This is going to be a great couple of weeks! So what are we
going to play for this week? If my bracket does better by Sunday night, you send an email supporting the next watch party and you show up. And if you win…”
want a kiss.” The words escaped Edwin before he could call them back,
before he could temper them with logic or suppress them with reality.
Author: Nicola Haken
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: September 2014
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You met Ryder Richardson in Being Sawyer Knight. Now, this is his story.
I’ve done it. I’ve stuck a whopping two fingers up at my parents, I’ve made a name for myself as one of the world’s biggest porn stars and I’ve finally found a family I belong in.
Life is amazing. I get paid to do all my favourite things. Fuck. Party. Travel the world. What’s not to love?
And then he comes along. Mason George – Back Door Studio’s newest exclusive model and the guy who has the potential to either fuck it all up, or take me on the best ride of my life.
I’m desperate. I’ve got nothing and nobody left. Entering the daunting world of adult entertainment is less of a dream and more of a necessity. Signing as Back Door Studio’s latest model has the ability to either ruin or make me, but I made a vow at my first audition never to let myself regret it.
I continue to question myself each day, but no amount of what’s, why’s or what ifs will change where I am or where I’m heading. Am I strong enough to do this? To embrace it? To enjoy it? I have no idea.
The only thing I’m certain of, is that if anyone can teach me who I’m supposed to be, it’s Ryder Richardson.
“Because the most exciting things in life always happen via the back door”
“Perfect! You’re getting into the spirit faster than I thought you would.”
“Why’d you say that?”
“I just get the feeling this isn’t your first choice sometimes. The porn I mean.”
Mason’s eyebrows furrowed, his eyes narrowing as he contemplated my words.
“Maybe it’s not. But I chose this, and as with every other job I’ve ever had I will give it my everything. To say I’m doing this because I’ve no other choice, like I’m being forced into it or only doing it because I’m desperate is disrespectful to both the industry and to me.”
“Hey, that’s not what I meant,” I said genuinely, worried I’d offended him.
“Oh I know you didn’t. I just wanted to put it out there, that’s all. I don’t know many people, but of those I do I know they’ll judge me for this when they find out. Too many people assume going into this industry means we’re either damaged, desperate or fucking whores who deserve to be seen as nothing more than a walking fuck hole.”
“Well fuck ‘em. Anyone who doesn’t see you for who you are isn’t worth knowing. We’re all in it for different reasons, and those reasons are no one else’s goddamn business. It’s just a job. A fucking great job, but still a job nonetheless.”
“You really think it’s a great job?”
“Sure I do! I love sex, and I get to fuck hot guys for a living. Who wouldn’t love that?”
“But it’s different, no? I know I’ve only done one scene, but it’s a whole different ballgame than when you’re intimate with someone.”
“I don’t do intimacy, so I wouldn’t know.”
“So, you’ve never had a relationship?”
“No. Not something I’m looking for.”
“You don’t think it’d work? Being in porn?”
“It’s got nothing to do with the porn. A few of the guys are in relationships. Gio’s been with his guy almost a year and they’re still going strong. It’s just not something I want, regardless of the career I’ve chosen.”
“You must get lonely though. We all do. Don’t you hope to find someone you can just… I don’t know, share things with one day? Be there for you?”
“No,” I said curtly, hoping my tone would be enough to stop him probing further.
I live in Rochdale, England with my wonderful family and when I’m not playing with my imaginary friends I can usually be found looking after my four adorable (sometimes!) children (six if you include the dogs, seven if you include the hubby!) or stalking gay porn stars!
All in all I’m just an ordinary mum with an addiction to reading about hot book guys, writing about hot book guys, tattoos and Pepsi Max! Oh, and if my kids ever ask… I moonlight as the Pink Power Ranger 😉
Sometimes, the road to happily ever after takes you where you least expect it.
Skye was only interested in finally losing his virginity, but he might have found much more than that. Two guys both feel so right to the twenty-one-year old art student, but maybe that means they cancel each other out. After all, if either was the one, Skye wouldn’t have feelings for both of them. Would he?
But what if he really did just meet the love of his life?
This male/male romance is for ADULT READERS ONLY. It includes graphic sex and explicit language. Skye Blue is the sixth book in Alexa Land’s best-selling Firsts and Forever series, but each book can also be read as a stand-alone, so jump in anywhere.
Chicks: Thank you so much, Alexa, for taking time out of your busy writing
schedule to answer these burning questions.
let’s get right to it. Big mystery in
Skye Blue. Anything you want to say on
it? **turns big pleading eyes to Alexa, hoping for a hint**
Nazi for a moment there! A lot of my
readers were asking me who Skye’s love interest was as I was writing Skye Blue,
but it wasn’t someone that had appeared in previous books. I really liked the
idea of Skye and my readers meeting this person at the same moment. The question
of who he ends up with continues through the first half of the book, so I’m
still not saying a word. 🙂
Firsts and Forever series is now on book 6, Skye Blue. Do you have ideas for future books in this
series? **still pleading, hoping for
some of her favorite characters to have stories ahead**
main characters, this series will keep going as long as my readers keep asking
for more. Christian’s book is next up, and I have plans for many books after
his. As to which characters will be the focus of those future stories, you’ll
just have to stay tuned and find out. 🙂
really enjoy continuing to catch up with previous books’ couples as we continue
this series. Even though each book is
stand alone, I love seeing what they are up to. Will we still see some cameos
by other couples in future books? (Please say yes…all of them! 🙂)
My books are about the beginnings of relationships, where two people find each
other and fall in love. As a reader, I always want to know what happens after a
book ends. Where does that happily ever after take the characters? What’s life
like for them months and years down the road? The nice thing about writing a
series is that these questions can be answered, and we never really have to say
goodbye to our favorite characters.
Nana up to her old tricks in Skye Blue? And was she a “surprise” character for
you? Did she pop out of nowhere, then
just continue to grow on you with each book?
as a bit of comic relief in All In, and she just took off! She’s such a joy to
write since she’ll pretty much say and do anything, and she has a lot of fun
scenes in Skye Blue. I love the fact that so many people have completely taken
her to heart.
love all the characters in this series, but will confess that Nana may just be
my favorite, since she reminds me a bit of my own sassy grandmother. Do you have a favorite character? (I’m
guessing it is a little like picking a favorite child?)
in a lot of ways, my characters almost become family! There are a couple
characters that really have a hold on my heart, though. I’ll always love Christopher
from In Pieces, especially his inner strength and resiliency. He’s had so much
to deal with in life, but he just keeps pushing forward no matter what.
paranormal series The Tinder Chronicles. The great thing about Tinder is that
he’s so human. He makes mistakes and
bad choices. He’s stubborn and snarky as hell. And I love him for it! Maybe
it’s ironic that the character that feels most “real” to me is a vampire hunter
in a paranormal series, but he really does.
BFC. Have you tried it? Is it delicious? Will you try it? And is it really as
big as I think it is?
didn’t like! I think everyone should try a BFC at least once in his or her
life. And afterwards, they should have a cocktail. 🙂
cover of Skye Blue is great! I might have heard from a little birdie that you
do your own covers. Is that true? If so, why do you choose to do that?
I do them myself. Since I’m an independent author, it started out as a
necessity. I needed covers for my books and had no budget whatsoever to hire
someone. Now though, I do my own covers because I love the creative control. I
spend huge amounts of time scouring stock photo sites for models that match the
characters in my mind’s eye. It’s such a great ah-ha moment when I find the
perfect photo! I’ve had readers tell me they love the fact that my cover models
really look like my descriptions of the characters. That right there is a great
reason to keep doing my own covers!
lived near San Francisco for many years, it is obvious to me that you know the
city and surrounding area very well.
Have you spent lots of time there?
Do you have a place you always like to go when you visit the area? (I’m
going to confess to being a super dork here.
I love to go to the San Francisco Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum. I
dorky! I’m just kidding. As my readers know, I’m a megadork, so who am I to
places! I lived in the heart of the city for five years and before and after
that I lived in Santa Cruz, just down the coast. It’s about a six hour drive
from where I live now, but I still get down there several times a year. My list
of must-dos in the city is huge! Every time I’m there, I just have to go to
Golden Gate Park, Chinatown, admire the view from Twin Peaks, enjoy a stroll
around the Palace of Fine Arts, have a meal at Greens, shop in the Haight – oh
man, now I want to visit the city!
its fourth day of release, Skye Blue hit Number One on Amazon in the categories
Gay Romance, Gay and Lesbian Fiction, Gay Fiction, and as I write this is #298
in the entire Kindle store. How are you feeling about that? (I’m gonna go ahead
and channel Nana here and say EFF YEAH for you…but I’ll let you answer.)
are the ones that made this happen. I told a friend once that without my
readers, I would just be some weirdo in Oregon writing stories about man-on-man
lovin’ for absolutely no reason, LOL! But that’s actually true. To every single
person that took a chance on an independent author they’d never heard of and
bought one of my books, then kept coming back for more: thank you.
appreciation party on my Facebook page beginning this weekend. Everyone should
come on over and check it out, because I’m giving away some fun prizes!
will you be working on next?
installment of The Tinder Chronicles. That series never really caught on, but
even so, it’s garnered a few incredibly loyal, enthusiastic readers. For their
sake – and mine – I just have to finish off the series, even if it isn’t a commercial
Forever series. Christian’s story is up next, and you can be sure Nana will be
bringing the laughs! She’s planning ambush weddings for Trevor and Vincent, as
well as Brian and Hunter! And of course, all the questions about our mysterious
graffiti artist Christian will be answered. His love interest, sweet and
oh-so-sexy police officer Shea Nolan really has his work cut out for him with
our boy Christian!
For a full review of Skye Blue by Alexa Land by Denise, please go to Rainbow Gold Reviews later today. This will be my first (of what I hope is many) reviews on RGR, so that is way cool!!!
Alexa Land is giving away some HUGE Prizes here!!!! One prize is an ecopy of all the books in her backlist, all nine of them!!! In addition, she is giving away TWO $50 gift cards. **bows head in thanks to the awesomeness of Alexa Land** Just click on the Rafflecopter for multiple chances to win!!!!
AND head over to Alexa Land’s Facebook page later today, and you won’t believe all the stuff she is giving away!!! So wishing I could enter this contest, but you dear readers, are going to SCORE on this stuff….hint…if you like indie stuff, then you are going to LOVE what she has in store for you for her big giveaway. Alexa, on behalf of your readers, thank you!!!
Alexa Land writes and independently publishes
M/M romances. She was born in Southern California and has been on a gradual
northern migration ever since, having lived in Santa Cruz, San Francisco and
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