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Author Spotlight – Rachel Sparks

I’d like to welcome to my blog today Rachel Sparks, here to talk a little bit about herself, her writing habits and most importantly, about her new book, Giving Love a Chance. Keep reading to find out how you can win a FREE ebook of Giving Love a Chance!

Take it away, Rachel!

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1.) I know this was an intensely personal book for you to write. Can you tell us why you decided to tackle the subject of domestic abuse?

I was in an abusive marriage when I was 19 years old. It lasted almost 3 years. Ever since then I have had horrible nightmares. Also people are always asking why did say? I wouldn’t let that happen to me. So I decided it was time for people to understand and see it from the survivors’ point of view. Also to allow me to tell my story and maybe people will understand me a little better.

2) How or why did you get started writing in the m/m world?

I used to write what people wanted me to write, and what they expected me to write. I wasn’t happy. I found some videos of John Barrowman talking about being who he is and not changing because he was happy being himself. That made me think and I decided that I wanted to write what was in heart and soul. M/M was wanted I wanted to write about. It makes me happy.

3) What was your first published m/m work? Tell us a little about it.

I published my first M/M last year called To Be Whole. It is a western based in 1860s.

4) Tell us one thing hardly anyone knows about you.

That I am totally addicted to John Barrowman’s singing and cannot sleep unless I have it playing at night.

5) Do you have any strange writing habits or superstitions?

When I am writing I have to have my favorite TV Shows playing in the background. Doctor Who, Torchwood, Arrow… I can’t write any other way.

6) Are you a plotter or a do you fly by the seat of your pants?

Well, I will make an outline but that don’t guarantee that I will go by it. I do start out with making an outline of characters, the storyline, ideas things like that.

7) What are you working on now, and when can we expect it?

I’m bouncing between A Chance At Love which is book two of Second Chance For Love Series and a Sci-Fi/superhero/alpha/omega *not shifters* story. One of those will be out in 2016.


Rachel Sparks grew up in South Carolina .With a degree in Early Childhood education and one in social work, she brings those skills to the table to write stories involving current social issues, a sprinkling of romance and powerful story lines.

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Book Blurb

The perfect life was just a lie…

John Burrows had a wonderful husband who loved him. The job of his dreams. He had a loving family, loyal friends and adoring fans. His life was everything a man could hope for until it fell apart. Society says it does not happen, that it is all a lie, so John hid the truth from everyone until it was almost too late.

The truth was revealed…

Ben Tensley thought that meeting your soulmate on the most traumatic night of his life was hard. He discovered that watching the man you love try and heal in the middle of chaos was even harder. Ben and John struggle to find solid ground…until John’s nightmare returns.

Will John be strong enough to give love a chance?

This book deals with domestic abuse. I, myself, am a survivor of domestic abuse.


John looked down at their hands and then laced his fingers with Ben’s.

Ben placed his hand lightly on John’s cheek. He stared deeply into John’s eyes. Ben could see the pain no matter how hard John tried to hide it. “Are you going to let me in John?”

John swallowed and licked his lips.

Ben leaned in closer and closer to John. He was so close that John could feel the hot breath against his lips. He closed his eyes as he felt Ben press his mouth firmly, offering no resistance. He let Ben explore the depths of his mouth with his tongue. Ben knew this was more than just a connection. This was what he had been yearning for all these years. John was exactly what he needed.

John put his hands on Ben’s chest and pushed him away. He could feel his heart pounding and hear it in his ears. “Wait… stop… please.”

Ben raised his hands and moved back. “I’m sorry, I thought you…”

John got up and walked over and placed his hands on a nearby table with his head down. He was trying to calm down. He felt fear gripping him.

Ben got up and walked over to the table. “Hey…”

John stood up. “Could you just back up please? I need some breathing room.”

Ben raised his hands and backed up. “I’m sorry.” Ben could have kicked himself. He had taken it too far and he knew it. At this rate he would never have a chance for a relationship with John.

John picked up a bottle of wine and poured himself a glass. He drained the entire glass in a matter of minutes.

“You want me to leave?”

John ignored Ben and filled his glass again, draining it quickly before slamming it on the table. “Hell no! I just need some space dammit!”

Ben walked around the table and took the wine bottle. “Look, I’m not going to stand here watch you drink an entire bottle of wine and cuss me out.”

John tried to reach for his wine bottle. “Then leave!”

Ben wouldn’t let him have the wine bottle. “I am not going to let you start drinking when you feel nervous around me. I’m not going to rape you. You wanted me to stop, and I did.”

John was curling his hands into fists.

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Rachel is graciously giving away a FREE copy of her ebook, Giving Love a Chance to one random commenter! PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN YOUR COMMENT! Winner will be chosen on Friday, October 2nd. Good luck!

Fiction Friday with Lorraine Reguly

I’d like to welcome to my blog today author Lorraine Reguly. I’m grateful to be able to return the favor that Lorraine showed me last year when she gave me my first ever author interview to promote my new ebook Memory’s Prisoner. It was a wonderful experience for me and now I have the chance to interview Lorraine.

Lorraine is an interesting person who happens to be a rape survivor, a former prostitute, and an English teacher-turned-freelancer. She’s also the author of Risky Issues, which is a short book of stories (both fiction and non-fiction) prefaced by a touching poem.

Today, I’m going to talk to Lorraine about what’s going on in her world, her book, and her extremely important message that Risky Issues sets forth. You’ll want to listen in on our conversation, from beginning to end, too. Trust me!


Why I Have to Rave About Lorraine’s Short Book (and why EVERYONE should read it too)

Risky Issues      Lorraine

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Fiction Friday with Rachel Sparks

I’d like to welcome to my blog today first time m/m author Rachel Sparks! She’s here to talk about her new release, To Be Whole, and what her inspiration was for writing it. Keep reading for how you can win a FREE copy of her novel! Take it away, Rachel!


I have been receiving emails, FB messages etc. on why I am doing a m/m book. I can answer all kinds of reasons why or say nothing at all. So a blog hit me.

Back in January I was sick and could only read. Well, that didn’t bother me since I love to read. But then what author doesn’t. After going through many free books, books I already read, I decided to go through my closet and see what I haven’t read in a while. I came across a folder of things from when I went to Limestone College and got my BA in Social Work.

There was a class where we had to write about an event that happened to us in life. It could have been a life changing event or something dark. But it had to be life changing and not having a child or getting married. We had to have it so long and typed up and we couldn’t have our names on it. It was a class of around 15 adults. The professor passed them out for us to read and evaluate ourselves on what we read.

So I took them out of the folder and read them again. One story stood out to me. It really made me think and reevaluate my life now. It came to me on how I thought about things. Most importantly it made me want to change…better myself…stand up for myself…for what I believe in and what I am passionate about.

As a writer we have many opportunities to write about things we believe in and are passionate about. I like to think of myself as a romance writer with a different message. I always want to inspire people and to give them hope.

I also believe people have a right to love who they want to love. They have a right to happiness and love. I want the hatred to stop. It is time we speak life, hope and love. What a better world we would have if we would love and speak life instead of poison.


To Be Whole

The Love They Had For Each Other Was Strong…


Adam Colbert took Jarrod Baker up on his offer to train him in the law end of ranching contracts. Adam always believed you could never have enough education. Jarrod felt something for Adam as soon as he saw him sneaking late into the lecture. As they grow closer together and their love grows stronger, family members and outsiders want to break them apart. Will their love last or will they be forced to choose?


Jarrod found Adam at Ser Toda, the place where they had built their house. He sat on his horse and watched Adam for a little bit. He sighed as he got off his horse and tethered his horse to a tree.

He started walking towards Adam, but stopped. He watched Adam staring at the lake.

Adam knew Jarrod had found him. He waited for Jarrod to get closer before speaking. “I can’t do this anymore Jarrod. There are just too many scars, wounds.” Tears fell down his cheeks.

Jarrod felt like his world was collapsing and there was nothing he could do about it. “Adam…”

Adam shook his head. “Don’t, just don’t. I can’t do this anymore. I’m not strong, at least not anymore.” He looked down at the cane in his hand. “I wasn’t even able to help finish our house.”

Jarrod moved closer and placed his hands on Adam’s shoulders and turned him to face him. It broke his heart to see Adam hurting so much. “Some scars are visible and some are not. I can’t live without you Adam. To me you are beautiful, you are my… everything. Every breath I take, every beat of my heart is for you.” He moved his hands up to cup Adam’s face. His thumbs wiped away the tears. “You are not alone. I’m here, and together we can do this. We can make it. Nobody can break us apart or tear us down, as long as we are together. We are stronger together. I love you Adam, and I know you love me.”

Adam nodded his head.

Jarrod got closer to Adam’s mouth and then his lips covered Adam’s.

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Nominated For 2006/2007/2008 Preditors and Editors Readers’ Poll

Factor Of Love ranked number 14 out of 201 romance novels!

Now Available: Innocent Hearts Of Courage, Unconditional Love, Factor Of Love, Rochelle’s Life, The Invisible Child, Faith To Love Again, A Reason To Love, Love Heals The Broken, Love Makes You Whole {Sequel to Love Heals The Broken}

Rachel has appeared on WGGS-TV 16 Dove Broadcasting in November of 2006, February 2009 and March 2010. Also in March 2008 Rachel appeared on Your Carolina WSPA-TV 7.

CONTEST: Simply leave a comment here (along with your email address) and you’re entered! Simple as that! Contest ends August 5th. Winner will be drawn on August 6th. Good luck!

Fiction Friday with Bru Baker

I’d like to welcome to my blog today author Bru Baker, here to talk about her newest release, Finding Home, book two in the Dropping Anchor series. Take it away, Bru!

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Thanks for inviting me to your corner of the internet, Jamie Lynn! I’ve been making the rounds promoting my newest release, Finding Home, which is book two in the Dropping Anchor series.

It’s a very different book than the first one, Island House. There’s a lot less angst, for starters. (There’s still a bit…I can’t help myself! I like to make them work for their HEA.) There’s also a lot more humor, and another very important difference—there’s a kid.

I have two kiddos, so writing a book where children factor into the plot wasn’t too far-fetched for me. How someone interacts with kids is pretty telling about their personality, I think, so using kids as a plot device to get to know a character has always been something I’ve wanted to try.

In Finding Home, we see Ian, a self-professed playboy who has been pretty lax on responsibilities over the last few years, start volunteering with a group of at-risk kids. He’s very skeptical about it at first, but he soon finds that relating to kids isn’t quite as difficult as he’d anticipated. Being responsible for someone else’s safety and growth does good things for Ian, helping him grow up a bit himself.

I have seven-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl, so a lot of six-year-old Leo’s dialogue and antics was inspired by them. There’s a scene where Ian is babysitting and nearly kills himself on a Lego minefield, and that’s definitely a case of fiction mirroring fact. I probably have a permanent imprint of the Lego logo somewhere on the bottom of my foot. * g*

The next book in the series follows Frank and Warner, a couple we meet in Finding Home, as they struggle with the question of whether or not to adopt. So it’s tangentially a kid book, but more focused on how the decision to have a child changes a couple and how fraught (and rewarding) the process can be. I’m hoping for a fall release on that one, and it will conclude the Dropping Anchor series. I have mixed feelings about that—I’ve really loved getting to spend time with all the characters, following all of them through their emotional journeys to stability and love. On the other hand, I’m excited to move on and start getting to know some new guys!


When an inheritance fell in Ian Mackay’s lap, he fled the high-pressure banking industry and didn’t look back. Since then, he’s spent four years living carefree on the island of Tortola, his life a series of hookups and hanging out with friends.

After his best friend moves to Seattle and gets married, Ian finds himself lost. His unapologetic existence doesn’t hold the same appeal, and he wonders if he’s throwing his life away. After visiting Niall in Seattle, Ian decides to stay, but that means taking his life off hold and finding a real job. Meeting Luke Keys, who is about as far from a player as possible, isn’t the plan but might be just what Ian needs. Luke and his values intrigue Ian, and he pursues Luke ruthlessly until Luke agrees to a date.

Their courtship sweeps Ian off his feet, and when the relationship gets complicated, Ian has the chance to cut and run. Habits born from years of being on his own are hard to shake, and self-proclaimed playboy Ian must decide if love is worth fighting for.


Finding Home is available through Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, AllRomance, and other book retailers.


Bru Baker is a freelance journalist who writes for newspapers and magazines. Fiction makes her happiest, whether it’s creating her own characters or getting caught up in someone else’s. She and her husband live in the Midwest with their two young children, whose antics make finding time to write difficult but never let life get boring.

Visit Bru online at http://www.bru-baker.com or follow her on Twitter.

Guest author Tempeste O’Riley and the Desires’ Guardian blog tour & giveaway

I’d like to welcome Tempeste O’Riley to my website today, on her blog tour for her latest release, Desires’ Guardian!

Desires’ Guardian
by Tempeste O’Riley

Desires Entwined series book #2

M/M Erotic Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Release Date: June 6th, 2014 (ebook/print)

Length: Novel / 200 pages


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Most people see Chase Manning as the party-boy twink he seems on the surface. Only James, Chase’s BFF, knows the depth of his loyalty and the extent of the wounds Chase carries inside. When Chase meets Rhys Sayer things don’t go well, but he can’t shake his attraction to the huge, sexy man.

Rhys is a man of contradictions and fear—a strange combination for a PI and bodyguard. He’s in a bad place emotionally when he sets eyes on Chase for the first time. When Chase puts the moves on him, Rhys insults him, thwarting any possibility of a relationship. Rhys doesn’t see himself as a complicated man, but he dreads the very kind of connection he desires.

Just as they’re trying to overcome their uncertainties, Chase is put in harm’s way. Luckily Rhys and their friends have all the right talents to help Rhys save the man of his dreams.


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Tempeste O’Riley is an out and proud omnisexual / bi-woman whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what she couldn’t–defy the hate and come out. He has been her hero ever since.

Tempe is a hopeless romantic that loves strong relationships and happily-ever-afters. Though new to writing M/M, she has done many things in her life, though writing has always drawn her back–no matter what else life has thrown her way. She counts her friends, family, and Muse as her greatest blessings in life. She lives in Wisconsin with her children, reading, writing, and enjoying life.

Tempe is also a proud PAN member of Romance Writers of America®, Rainbow Romance Writers, and WisRWA. Learn more about Tempeste and her writing at http://tempesteoriley.com.

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Fiction Friday with Sarah Madison

The Boys of Summer


I’d like to welcome to my blog today author Sarah Madison, here to promote her book The Boys of Summer along with an excellent post called “The True Secret to Being a Successful Author”. Take it away, Sarah!


It’s the end of the quarter.

You know what that means. Every author is getting that royalty statement, that email that validates them as a writer. They immediately head out to their favorite social media site to crow about their successes—real or imagined. I commiserated with a Facebook friend today about this time in the lives of writers. It’s a moment where too many of us compare ourselves with everyone else around us and decide that we’re never going to be part of the elite crowd, the best-sellers, the people being quoted on USA Today, or winning a prestigious award (you know, the kind that comes with an actual physical trophy to place on your shelf).

Well, guess what. Writing is a lot like acting. There are a lot of us out there, but very, very few of us are pulling in the kind of bucks that the cast of Friends used to make with every episode. I sat down and figured out once what it took to be successful as a writer. You either make it big with a phenomenal success, like the Harry Potter series, in which case almost everything else you produce will be brushed with the same golden touch, or you write a lot of stories. There really doesn’t seem to be a middle ground, as far as I can tell.

Talent alone doesn’t cut it. There are tremendous best-sellers that despite major flaws, somehow caught the public imagination and caused people who normally don’t consider themselves readers to buy the book. There are brilliantly beautifully written stories that only a handful of people have ever read. Luck has a role in it, as well as timing, two factors that are largely out of your control. Most of us aren’t going to have a runaway bestseller; that’s like winning the lottery. We might keep buying tickets, but it would be foolish to count on winning.

In fact, I believe the secret to being a successful writer is a lot like the secret to dieting and keeping the weight off.

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