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Convergence and Rocking Hard 1, up for pre-order!

There are loads of amazing books hitting the Coming Soon page over at Less Than Three Press!

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Newly available for pre-order at a sweet 15% discount, you can grab a copy of Convergence, going up for sale October 8th as part of the “Proud to Be a Vampire” collection.

Chris and Ling travel the world in search of rare, exquisite curiosities, but treasure hunting is rife with danger and comes with a price. In order to retrieve a lost treasure deep within a perilous mountain, Chris hires on a vampire. But traveling with a predator comes with its own risks, and their venture may collapse into absolute loss unless they can each find the opportunity in one another.

Tomorrow’s WIP Wednesday excerpt will be from Convergence, so please look forward to it!

Also up for a pre-order discount is Rocking Hard: Volume One, which includes some awesome tracks, as well as my novella Courage Wolf Never Sings the Gorram Blues.

Summary:

Bailey Kravitz, lead singer of Courage Wolf, is a high-strung, perfectionist diva of a front man. Gunner Lansing, bassist of Courage Wolf, is a laid-back, hang loose ladies’ man who is only serious about guitars and sex. They say opposites attract, but Bailey’s terminal crush on oblivious Gunner is tearing the band apart. Meanwhile, his longtime friend, quiet but intense guitarist Tor Macleod, helps him pick up the pieces yet again. Between annihilating everything they’ve built and reeling from total rejection, there may be a third option Bailey has been overlooking all this time. Problem is, Bailey’s always been more than a little difficult when he’s out to get his way, and that may ruin his prospects after all.

Don’t miss ’em!

Pre-order time: Rocking Hard Vol One!

Time to rock out with your…ahem. Maybe I shouldn’t finish that.

It’s almost here!

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You can pre-order Rocking Hard Vol One and save 15% off if you purchase direct from the press!

The anthology features a great range of hot, rocking good times, and includes my novella, Courage Wolf Never Sings the Gorram Blues. All blurbs for the five stories are available at the link.

Like several of my stories, Courage Wolf features characters who don’t fall into the traditional gay paradigm. Tor is bisexual, Bailey identifies as gay but he’s been with women and believes that love knows no boundaries, and he certainly hopes to pull Gunner over the line into man-love with him. Drummer Sasha isn’t saying.

My story follows Bailey’s personal love crisis, but the trappings of their rock star life style are a strong background throughout as they go from massive stage performances to clubs to photo shoots and even a radio show appearance.

This is something I can’t wait for you all to read!

It’s Appetite week!

Giveaways! Blog tour! Sales! Upcoming print release! Everything is coming up Appetite!

First and foremost, do not miss this week’s blog tour for Surfeit for the Senses. Every day, you can read more about the story, the characters, what went into the world building or research, and enter a new chance to win an ebook copy of Surfeit at each stop on the blog tour.

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The final Tour de Foodie is the biggest and best yet!

This week’s tour:

Themes of Progression at Cole Riann’s Armchair Reader
Author interview at Romance Lives Forever
What’s in a Name? The Restaurants of Appetite at It’s Raining Men
Five Tricks to Fine Dining’s (Sinfully) Delicious Food at Sean Norris’s World of Diversity Fiction
The Hero’s Journey: Appetite from Beginning to End at Megan Derr’s blog

If you’ve been waiting to sate your Appetite, wait no longer!

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This week is a fantastic deal, with all three volumes at 20% off to celebrate the final course’s release! (I’m also pretending it’s for my birthday. :D) All three books are currently marked at 20% off through Less Than Three Press, so take advantage of the deal that goes through July 28th and make your collection complete. Please note, Surfeit for the Senses will not be available for download until the evening of Tuesday July 23rd.

Have you been waiting for the print compilation of Appetite? Have I got a teaser for you!

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Isn’t it glorious?? Here’s your sneak peek. This is both cover and spine. It’s off to the printer’s soon, and the next you’ll hear of it, you’ll be able to get your hot little hands on a trade paperback copy.

Check back with my blog this evening for giveaways! In honor of Surfeit‘s release, I will be offering chances at each of the ebook copies of Appetite to complete your collection, or get it started.

Surfeit for the Senses available for preorder

That day has arrived!

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With the buzz and drama of competition behind them, Alex is determined to focus on the one thing that matters most: his budding relationship with Nik. All the pieces seem to be finally falling into place, as he settles into his new living arrangements and gets back into the rhythm of the kitchen, while he and Nik spend all their precious free time together.

Life never stays smooth for long, however. The combined weight of family tragedy, television fame, and new, unexpected responsibilities strain the bonds of Alex and Nik’s partnership, and conflict between them demands they settle the question of equality once and for all. Pulled in so many directions, it may be more than a new relationship can take.

Surfeit for the Senses is the third installment of the Appetite series. You can read a story excerpt here. You can also preorder Surfeit for the Senses here through Less Than Three Press.

I am really excited. As much as I loved the story before I submitted it for publication, I am so much more proud of this story post-edit than I ever would have thought. It’s a happy occasion to see the third volume go up, which means we’re going to get the omnibus print version of Appetite, very soon!

The Competitive Edge release day

Today is the day! The Competitive Edge goes live this evening at around 8 pm Eastern time. Until then, you can still snag it at the pre-order price of 15% off directly from the press. After today, it’ll be available from Less Than Three and third-party distributors.

To celebrate the release, join me for the first two stops on the blog tour:

The Allure of Competitive Cooking Shows at the Armchair Reader

Food is Sex at It’s Raining Men

…with more to come!

Thanks, everyone, for your marvelous support and I can’t wait for you to read Course Two of the Appetite series. And please, let me know what you think of the blog hop entries! Have a fabulous day.

The Competitive Edge giveaway

Greetings, happy early Memorial Day, and welcome to my giveaway to celebrate the release for The Competitive Edge! This is the second book in the Appetite series and I’m really excited to see it released.

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It’s been six months since Alex became Sous Chef at Schulze’s, and in that time Alex has been working strenuously to improve and expand his skills, working toward the goal of becoming Nik’s equal. He is kept motivated by the occasional breakfast shared with Nik, flirting and talking and offering tender bites of his culinary creations.

But just as his hard work seems to be paying off, a new challenge is thrust upon him. Selected to be one of five challengers on a new cooking competition, Alex is quick to accept the offer, certain that winning will prove his abilities to Nik and everyone else.

Except that to win, he will have to beat not only a handful of strangers, but also Nik, thrusting them right back to the ruthless competition of their school days—and quite possibly ruining any hope of a future as lovers.

The Competitive Edge is available for pre-order for a couple days more at Less Than Three Press here. You can read an excerpt of the story, too, to whet your…er…anticipation.

The Appetite series is near and dear to my heart, because it marries my love of food, my love of guys being stupid over each other, and the personal growth they have to get through in order to be together.

The Giveaway:
To celebrate the release, I’m offering an e-book copy of The Competitive Edge to one lucky winner, chosen by random numbers selected by random.org from the comments of this entry. This is the e-book version, and I will send a copy in your preferred format; epub, HTML, mobi, PDF.

To enter, drop a comment (you MUST include an email or means of contact or I CANNOT count your entry). If you enter your email as part of submitting the comment, that counts. Comment between now and next Sunday, June 2nd. Winners will be chosen Monday morning.

To win additional chances to enter, you may do the following:

– Promote/share my Facebook post promoting Appetite’s release.
– Post a comment on my/your Facebook about the novel.
– Promote/share my Tumblr post promoting Appetite’s release.
– Like my Tumblr post regarding the release and get an additional chance!
– Retweet my author tweet on Twitter regarding the release.
– Become a fan on Goodreads.
– Leave a comment or make a post promoting the novel on your own social venue (any and all – WordPress, LJ, DW, blogspot, just link me so I can verify)

Basically, spread the word in any possible fashion and you can get an additional chance to win your own ebook copy of A Cut Above the Rest!

Many thanks, I appreciate your stopping by, and good luck with the giveaway. (And hey, if you’ve already pre-ordered, enter anyhow! You can always give a copy to a friend. ^_~)

Also, the blog tour begins tomorrow at The Armchair Reader, so join me for exclusive sneak peeks and bonus content all week!

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A “pot-au-feu” is a kind of mixed pot, a beef stew or literally “pot on fire.” I used it as an entry title for something else, because the post had a lot of diverse “ingredients.”

It, and all the food-related trappings on Hannibal, have got me thinking about my own foodie journeys upcoming this month.

The first is my own foodie tour to Chicago. I’ll be sure to take photos and make an extensive report. It’s going to be a lot of fun, and a ton of food! The second is one of my upcoming releases for this month:

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A Competitive Edge is coming out at the end of May, and I’ll be having a blog tour to accompany its release. What sort of topics would you like to see? What food-related posts, what sort of details about Alex or Nik, or perhaps what missing moments might you enjoy reading?

On a related tangent, are you looking for great stories to read? Jamie Sullivan has one worth checking out. Imaginary is releasing this coming week! Click here to get details on her giveaway and the upcoming blog tour to accompany her new story. Not only am I a fan, but Megan Derr says the story is amazing, so it shot to the top of my to-buy list.

Have a great week, everyone, and I’ll strive to keep this updated more often! April was a bit of a slump for me but I foresee amazing things for this month, and hopefully the rest of the year.

Guest Post and Giveaway: Casey K. Cox’s Finding King

Good morning readers! This morning, we have a guest post from Casey K. Cox discussing the exciting upcoming release, Finding King! I hope you enjoy this sneak peek at the space pirate novel that’s definitely on my list of books to check out.

Hello all, and thanks for tuning in to this stop on the Finding King blog tour. Finding King is the first installment in a new sci-fi trilogy The Breaker, published by Less Than Three Press. Each day sees a draw for a free copy of the book. I’m Casey K. Cox, and I’ll continue our look behind the scenes at CKC Muse HQ. Grab a coffee and settle in to this latest insight into The Breaker Series.

The crew of the Breaker started out as four young lads running away from a government-training program for unwanted kids. If you don’t have a future with your family on Rexalon, the government provides one for you. Jessie, Merrick, Taylor and Cooper, broke out of their training camp and stole an old cargo freighter that had been brought in to the workshop for spares. Over the years, the boys picked up stragglers around the quadrant and worked their way up stealing larger ships until the Breaker fell into their lap during a spot of R&R at a local Deport Station. With a military grade deep space starship, complete with two smaller cruisers, at their disposal the boys were able to expand their horizons and move out of the danger zone of recapture around the homeland territories. It wasn’t long before they discovered a small uninhabited planet they started using as a safe house and affectionately named the Rock.

In this excerpt we join the crew of the Breaker during a raid on a large freighter, The Den-Freight-Four…

Merrick led his men through the bowels of the newly acquired ship. It was clean and bright, a complete contrast to the Breaker. The corridors were smooth. A satin metallic sheen reflected the strip lights at ceiling and floor level. Even the air was sweet. Merrick could taste it through his supercharged skin sensors. The environment had been enriched with oxygen for the health of the passengers, and something else, hanging in the air. Something he couldn’t pin down, but it was familiar. The faintest trace of something his body recognized. The hairs on his arms and neck stood to attention.

“Stay vigilant.” He took a long, exaggerated breath trying to identify the scent, but there wasn’t enough to process. He grumbled under his breath. The last thing they wanted was trouble. “This has been too easy. I don’t like it.”

“What’s up, Captain? Got a sixth sense on trouble?”

“Don’t you smell it, Ace? Like we’ve been here before.”

“Got the heebie-jeebies, for sure. But this baby’s practically new.”

“And a bit too pretty for a freighter, wouldn’t you say?”

Ace shrugged, but Merrick wasn’t about to let down his guard. Captain Carlton and his late crew had already made that mistake. But Carlton had been at a disadvantage from the start. The youthful appearance and young voices belied the true age and experience of Merrick and his men. They were frequently underestimated.

“Merrick.” Cooper’s voice came over the comm, “She’s all clear, Captain. All crew accounted for.”

A smile quirked Merrick’s lips. No trouble after all. “Well done, Cooper. Head back to the Breaker and take the bridge. I’ll walk our new baby.”
“Any idea where we’re heading?”

“Depends on the cargo. Set a course for Deport Twelve for the moment. Keep an eye out for company.”

“Roger that.”

“Okay, lads. Take a corridor and let me know what you find.”

Merrick found the equipment store. It was a small office that branched out into racks of supplies and machinery. It was tidy and well organized, easy to find the inventory. Everything looked pristine. Merrick thought the Den-Freight could well be on her maiden voyage.

He made himself comfortable at the desk and methodically plodded through the catalogues, giving a whoop when he came across something that would fetch a good price. It felt good to fill his head with calculations, his time with work—anything to keep him from his own thoughts.

He paused to close his eyes and the memory slammed him in the face. Something about the place triggered it. It was almost tangible. Jessie laughing, holding a vidscreen over Cooper’s head making him jump for it. ‘Tell him to stop teasing, Merrick.’ They looked so young. Merrick smiled. A good memory.

Ace buzzed his comm and Merrick was startled out of his daydream. “Merrick, look at this.” A view of a second cargo hold came up on the vidscreen. Rows and rows of metal storage containers with small patches of light that looked like screens centered on the front panels lined the walls, casting an eerie green glow.

“Holy shit, is that what I think it is?” He sat forward too quickly, almost tipping the chair.

“Hell yes.”

Just what he needed. Unexpected company. He knew it’d been too easy. He tried to keep his voice even and pressed the comm at his ear. “Keen, we’re going to need you in cargo. Ace, send him directions.”

“On my way, Captain.”

Finding King (The Breaker #1) by Casey K. Cox is available for pre-order from http://www.lessthanthreepress.com
Find out more about my work on Goodreads.com and at http://caseykcox.blogspot.com
Or email me at caseyk_cox@yahoo.com

Thanks for stopping by, Casey! Dear readers, comment here for a chance to win a copy of Finding King. Giveaway closes April 2, 2013!

Tour de Foodie: Release Day!

Tonight, A Cut Above the Rest goes live at Less Than Three Press for download! It’s still available at the pre-order price until this evening.

In the meantime, the Tour de Foodie continues at Pants Off Reviews with Kitchen Newbie 101 and a guide to some basic terms you’ll be seeing in Appetite!

Looking forward to hearing what you all think. Have a great day and brush up on those kitchen terms in anticipation!

Next week is Appetite Week

One week left to Pre-order A Cut Above the Rest, first in the Appetite series!

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In the meantime, I am recuperating from a bad cold but putting things together for next week’s Tour de Foodie in honor of the release. Things to look forward to: a giveaway for a free copy of Appetite, and daily food and Appetite-themed posts with insight into the culinary world and sneak peeks into the chefs’ backgrounds.

Tour schedule:

Monday, March 11, Maderr:
http://maderr.livejournal.com/

Tuesday, March 12, Pants Off Reviews:
http://pantsoffreviews.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, March 13, Babes in Boyland:
http://www.babesinboyland.net/

Thursday, March 14, Joyfully Jay:
http://joyfullyjay.com/

Friday, March 15, The Armchair Reader:
http://coleriann.com/

Saturday, March 16, A.F. Henley:
http://afhenley.wordpress.com

Sunday, March 17, Chaos in the Moonlight:
http://chaosinthemoonlight.blogspot.ca

Mark your calendars and get ready for my next giveaway, going live Sunday night. And make sure to pick up some tasty treats to eat so that your hunger is sated when you’re reading the story.

I need to geek out for a bit … Kristin Kish is the latest Top Chef! She’s only the second female Top Chef, and the first Asian female Top Chef, and I’ve been a fan of her since she was top of her first round, so I’m triply happy that she fought her way back into the competition and won the whole thing. Fantastic work, Chef Kish! This humble fan is extremely happy for you.

For the first time all week, I haven’t had any tea today. Hmph, I think this calls for the “needs more tea” tag.

Back to finishing up entries for the blog hop. The writing’s been going rather poorly this week, I’m sad to say. Maybe once my brain comes back, I’ll be able to catch up over the weekend. There’s a lady-love tale and a deadline to make.