Release Day Review ~ Manners & Mannerisms by Tanya Chris (Excerpt)

Manners & Mannerisms

by Tanya Chris
Published by Tanya Chris Publishing (self-published)

M/M Regency Romance, 63K words

Available 11/7/19 from Amazon in ebook and paperback. Eligible for Kindle Unlimited.

Universal Amazon link: http://mybook.to/manners

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48493680-manners-mannerisms

Blurb:

Everyone in Highley eagerly anticipates the arrival of Reginald Abernathy, the new master of Albon Manor. Everyone, that is, except Lord William Bascomb. William knows he’ll be expected to woo Reginald’s sister, and he can’t summon the interest for it. But when the Abernathys arrive at last, William discovers he’s interested after all—in Reginald. Reginald is the most handsome, most dashing, most intriguing man he’s ever known. Better yet, he seems to share William’s preference for men.

The addition of the Abernathys to Highley suits everyone. William’s sister adores Reginald’s, Aunt Harriet foresees many happy matches between the two families, William’s sister-in-law is pleased at the prospect of unloading her penniless relatives at last, and all the eligible ladies in Highley want the man who only has eyes for William.

Against a backdrop of elegant balls and frolicking picnics, William and Reginald enjoy furtive moments of ecstasy until a scandal erupts, forcing William to choose between Reginald and the only life he’s ever known.

See how many matches Aunt Harriet can make in this low-angst, warm and fuzzy Jane Austen-inspired M/M Regency romance.

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Release Day Review ~Yuletide Treasure (Goddess-Blessed #3) by Eliot Grayson

Yuletide Treasure by Eliot Grayson

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BLURB:

There’s not enough Yuletide spirit in the world to fix this holiday disaster…

Eben Sypeman’s world is falling apart. It’s two days before Yule and his business partner is dead, leaving behind empty accounts and looming bankruptcy. And if that isn’t bad enough, his patron goddess is irritated with him. It seems she’s tired of his tendency to mince words and avoid conflict. She’s insisting—quite forcefully—that he start being totally honest with everyone, including himself. Divinely enforced honesty couldn’t have come at a less opportune time, especially when his clerk’s tall, dark and distractingly handsome son enters the picture.

The last thing on Tim Pratchett’s mind is romance. All the former soldier wants is to fill in for his sick father at work and recover from his war wounds in peace. But there’s something about the grumpy Eben that confounds and entices him in equal measure. Their timing couldn’t be worse. They’re complete opposites. And yet…none of that matters when he’s with Eben.

But if Eben and Tim have any hope of finding their very own happily ever after, they’ll have to survive a dickens of a truth curse and the machinations of a trickster goddess—all while searching for enough yuletide treasure to save them all.

A joyous, relaxing Yule indeed. Bah, humbug.

This is an M/M romance with explicit scenes, a voyeuristic pagan goddess, and an odious nephew. Despite any other possible similarities to A Christmas Carol, there are neither ghosts nor geese, but readers can expect a happy ending and at least one use of the word “dickens.”

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Release Blitz: Rise of a Nobleman (Possession Book 1) by Valentina C. Brin (Excerpt + Giveaway)

RELEASE BLITZ

Book Title: Rise of a Nobleman

Author: Valentina C. Brin

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow Design

Release Date: June 10, 2019

Genre/s: M/M historical, dark

Trope/s: Forbidden love, master and servant

Themes: Heartbreak of betrayal, hurt/comfort, possession, falling in love,

revenge, trust issues, murderer, ambition, sexual awakening, self-acceptance

Heat Rating: 4 flames

Length: 113 800 words/352 pages

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Blurb

London, 1680. For the young Charles Rochester, Marquess of Bolton and heir to the Duke of Norfolk, desiring another man is unacceptable. His fierce attraction to the new scullery boy must be suffocated at all cost. But it’s not easy to silence your heart when the people who should understand you end up betraying you, and the only one loyal seems to be the one you’re desperately trying to avoid.

But Dorian Pratt knows he’s hopelessly lost the second he first lays eyes on his new master. As a lowly servant, he understands he can never have him, but he can’t stop his body—and heart—from reacting to the dark, handsome nobleman.

When dangerous secrets hidden within the walls of Norfolk Manor come to light, everything collapses. Charles has only one hope for hanging onto Dorian, but to make it work he must be prepared to sacrifice the most valuable gift God has bestowed upon him: his very humanity.

Sins will not be forgiven and there’s always a price to pay when blood is spilled.

Warning: Due to some raw content of a violent nature which some may find upsetting, as well as the depiction of graphic sex between men, Rise of a Nobleman is recommended only for consenting adults.

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Release Day Review ~ The Reluctant Husband by Eliot Grayson

Blurb:

Disowned, disgraced, and with nowhere to turn, Tom Drake is willing to barter anything — even himself — for a reprieve from starvation and despair. Years spent lying to protect his secrets have left him longing for someone to value him, even if it’s only for his body and the blessing of his patron goddess.

Mal Leighton’s cousin and heir is dying. Only a miracle can save him — and if a miracle doesn’t appear, Mal’s damn well going to create one. Marrying Tom for his blessing is his last desperate hope to preserve his family. And if Tom happens to be as irresistibly seductive as he is untrustworthy? Well, Mal can focus on more than one goal at a time.

Tom doesn’t fall in love, and Mal knows better than to believe he’s the exception. But when Tom’s blessing doesn’t provide the quick cure they’d hoped, it’s clear that the goddess expects them to have a marriage in more than name. To save Mal’s family and find their own happiness, they will both need to sacrifice their pride and risk their hearts.

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Cover Reveal: Rise of a Nobleman (Possession #1) by Valentina C. Brin (Excerpt +Teasers)

COVER REVEAL

Book Title: Rise of a Nobleman

Author: Valentina C. Brin

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow Design

Release Date: June 10, 2019

Genre/s: M/M historical, dark

Trope/s: Forbidden love, master and servant

Themes: Heartbreak of betrayal, hurt/comfort, possession, falling in love,

revenge, trust issues, murderer, ambition, sexual awakening, self-acceptance

Heat Rating: 4 flames

Blurb

London, 1680. For the young Charles Rochester, Marquess of Bolton and heir to the Duke of Norfolk, desiring another man is unacceptable. His fierce attraction to the new scullery boy must be suffocated at all cost. But it’s not easy to silence your heart when the people who should understand you end up betraying you, and the only one loyal seems to be the one you’re desperately trying to avoid.

But Dorian Pratt knows he’s hopelessly lost the second he first lays eyes on his new master. As a lowly servant, he understands he can never have him, but he can’t stop his body—and heart—from reacting to the dark, handsome nobleman.

When dangerous secrets hidden within the walls of Norfolk Manor come to light, everything collapses. Charles has only one hope for hanging onto Dorian, but to make it work he must be prepared to sacrifice the most valuable gift God has bestowed upon him: his very humanity.

Sins will not be forgiven and there’s always a price to pay when blood is spilled.

Warning: Due to some raw content of a violent nature which some may find upsetting, as well as the depiction of graphic sex between men, Rise of a Nobleman is recommended only for consenting adults.

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Release Blitz ~ The Duke & The Dandy Highwayman Trilogy By Zakarrie Clarke (Excerpt+Giveaway)

Book Title: The Duke & The Dandy Highwayman Trilogy

Author: Zakarrie Clarke

Publisher: Self-published

Release Date: May 6, 2019

Genre/s: Historical M/M Romance (Regency), Comedy/Humour

Trope/s: Forbidden Love, Highwayman/Duke

Themes: Duty, Expectations of Society, Redemption Tale

Heat Rating: 4 flames

Length: approx. 100,000 words

It is a standalone story

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Blurb

‘The Most High, Noble and Potent Prince, His Grace Padraic, Duke of Waterford.’

After enduring the Ducal Grand Entrance, one might be forgiven for thinking that an evening could only improve. One would be wrong. Padraic was then duty bound to find an amiable miss to romance and dance attendance upon. In truth, the Duke was rather more partial to establishments that promised charms he would ne’er find in the arms of a Lady. Such dalliances did add a dash of decadence to his life of ducal drudgery, but time was tick-tocking and a blue-stocking bride must be wooed, and wed…

Raff of the Rookeries. The most afeared rake-hell to have haunted the highways since Darkin denied them the pleasure at the gallows…by stepping off the ladder before they could whip it from under his feet. Raff had fought his way up to rule the roost with instincts as razor-sharp as his dirk. His sword skills, fists, and wily wits had stood him in good stead, but none had proved as invaluable as the weapon he’d ne’er needed to tend. His fury. A rage every bit as lethal as arsenic—deadlier than brawn, brains, or bravado—Raphael had carried it like a toxic plague. Until, he became Raff of the Rookeries. Unleashed upon the underworld, it was the most formidable foe in London. Two men from two different worlds…a mere few miles apart. That is, until the fateful night when The Duke was halted in his tracks by a very Dandy Highwayman…

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Blog Tour: Anthony, Earl of Crofton by Rebecca Cohen (Guest Post+Giveaway)

My new release, Anthony, Earl of Crofton, is set in 1604, during the first few years of the Stuart era. Now the previous settings for Anthony’s adventures (those in my other series The Crofton Chronicles) were at the end of Elizabeth I’s reign, so the very end of the Tudor period, but what did a few years matter? As I set about researching the novel, I did ask myself the same question – was life so different? For normal people, the day to day life was probably not so different, surviving rather than living in many cases, and not just in the sense of not succumbing to the plague. Every day life would change a few decades later with the civil war, but for Anthony, as noble who was a favourite of the old queen, a new monarch would be a very different proposition.

Sources from the time talk of the new king being a breath of fresh air after the old queen, but also argumentative and not exactly good looking. There are also reference to him having male favourites, and recently a hidden passage was found linking King James’s room to another man’s in one of the palaces, so very likely bisexual. So he was very different to his predecessor, and Anthony would have used all his charm to make sure his cherish position at court was not lost. He manages to walk the difficult line and still be the darling of the new court.

In this extract Anthony has been called to the palace – to see the king:

“Ah, Lord Crofton. You arrive promptly as ever. I am sure His Majesty will appreciate you attending him.”

Anthony knew to be cautious. Dorset had been one of the men who had presided over the trial of Walter Raleigh for treason against the king. He’d not only survived the political upheaval of the coronation of a new monarch but had thrived.

“I am a servant of the Crown, my lord. There was never a question of my tarrying to see the king.”

Dorset chuckled, the long hair of his beard quivering. “Indeed not, but I sense a great unease about you. Fear not, Lord Crofton, your help is required, not your head. Follow me.”

Despite being close to three score and ten, Dorset moved with the grace and strength of a younger man, sweeping down the corridor towards a door guarded by a soldier. Dorset’s words were of some comfort, but until Anthony knew the reason for his summons, he would not allow himself to breathe easy.

He followed in silence, Dorset ordering the guard to step aside so they could enter. The king sat in a chair by the fireplace, handing a stack of parchment to his secretary.

“Lord Crofton is here,” announced Dorset.

Anthony removed his hat and bowed low to the king. James extended his hand, and Anthony did as expected and kissed it before straightening. “Your Majesty.”

James was a spritely king, only a few years Anthony’s senior, which made a great contrast to the aging queen he had succeeded. James was not unattractive, but neither was he a beauty. His small build and spindly legs made for some unkind comments, spoken in whispers and never to his face. Anthony found him charming, but then he had seen the king’s stare linger on him in an appreciative manner, and it never hurt to have that sort of attention from the monarch. Anthony waited while James dismissed his secretary.

“Lord Crofton, a pleasure as always to have your company,” James said, now it was just the three of them. “I fear, though, today our discussions will not be as free and merry as their predecessors. I will need to call on your loyalty and support.”

“Both are freely given, sire.”

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