Review Tour: Benoit (Owatonna U Hockey #3) by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey (Giveaway)

 
Length: 56,000 words approx.
 
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
 
Owatonna U Hockey Series
 
Book #1 – Ryker – Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link
Book #2 – Scott – Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link
 
Blurb

Senior year is here, and everything is on the line. Benoit’s time to shine in the crease is now, and he’s going to do everything he can to make sure those professional scouts take notice. He’s earned a great reputation for his skills in the net, and his laid-back demeanor is his key to maintaining his cool when things get heated in the goal crease. 

As the Eagles roar into a new season, Ben’s laser-sharp focus is shattered by his attraction to Ethan Girard, the team’s new defensive consultant. Trying his best to ignore the budding friendship that’s taking a hard, fast turn into something far more passionate, Ben is determined to keep his mind on the sport he loves and not let his feelings for the handsome older man creep into his performance. But love, like hockey, is wildly unpredictable, and soon Ben finds that he’s unable to distance himself from Ethan who is slowly and surely working himself into his heart.

Famed Boston defenseman, Ethan Girard, isn’t stupid. Celebrating his thirty-second birthday in the emergency room after breaking his leg, and with a warning that healing will be a long process, he knows he has to think about his future. He was drafted at eighteen, and he’s never known anything but hockey, but with no contract in place yet for the new season he considers that maybe it’s time for him to hang up his skates for good.
 
Volunteering to help out with the Owatonna Eagles fills his time, but from the moment he lays eyes on goalie Ben, he knows his world will never be the same again. Falling in lust is as easy as stealing his first kiss, but Ben refuses to engage. Has Ethan finally met his match?

When the lines between career and love blur, will Ethan and Ben find a way to create a future that will work for both of them?

Cover Reveal: Shake the Stars by V.L. Locey (Giveaway)

Pre-Order Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link
 
Length: 100,000 words approx.
 
Cover Design: Sloan J Designs
 
Publisher: Gone Writing Publishing
 
Blurb

Spending time in the Poconos with his family was the last thing Dane Forrester wanted to do over the summer. He had dreams of spending his last break touring Europe and gathering story ideas for his upcoming creative writing classes before heading to college. Maybe even finding that elusive first love in a small café in Paris, or along the Rhine, or even in a sultry villa in Italy. But no, he was stuck at the Silver Fir Lodge with his family where his dreams of romance and passion would wither and die a slow painful death, or so he imagined.

When all seemed lost, the budding wordsmith is saved—in more than one sense—by Khalid Novak, a lifeguard at the lodge’s pool. Khalid is two years older, a bit more sophisticated, and the most incredibly alluring thing Dane has ever seen. The two young men find themselves joyously wound in a searing romance that teaches Dane that love can be wildly intense yet fleeting so one should revel in it when the discovery is made.

Can this summer romance survive the chill of autumn as well as the winds of time? Continue reading “Cover Reveal: Shake the Stars by V.L. Locey (Giveaway)”

Sale Blitz ~ First Season (Harrisburg Railers #2) by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey (Guest Post + Giveaway)

Thanks to Bayou Book Junkie for having us today! 

Some of our readers sent over some questions and we’ve answered them here.

Do you read reviews that people have done on the Railers’ hockey romance series? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

RJ: The reviews that we have received on our Railers’ Hockey Romance series have been wonderful to read. Not everyone likes hockey, not everyone likes sports romance, hell, not everyone liked that our main character was a closet Pokemon fan, but in the main the series has been incredibly well received and reviewed. We have a wonderful close knit community of supporters in the MM Hockey Romance Facebook group, who get together and discuss the books, and pass on some wonderful reviews. For me, Railers is my happy place, and I love the community it has built for Vicki and me.

As to reviews in general I’m afraid I’m an old jaded author. I’ve been published for 9 years now, and I’ve seen the good and the bad. I could spend hours looking at the bad ones but in the end I think as an author you have to look at bad reviews just enough to learn why the reviewer didn’t like your book. Often the bad review is because the reader expected a book that was like *insert another of my books here* and obviously not every book is going to be a Texas book, or a Montana book, or a repeat of The Christmas Throwaway. Sometimes I will get a review of book 5 in a series that mentions they hadn’t read books 1-4, and the worlds I try to create are just as entwined as the ones in Railers series. So I will read reviews I see, and if I realise that there is a consensus in moments I maybe missed in a manuscript, then I will learn from that.

However the ones who tell me that they are giving me a 1 star because they didn’t realise it was a *gay* book, I ignore those. LOL

VL: I honestly don’t have much to add to RJ’s incredible answer. I tend to shy away from terribly negative reviews as they mess with my creativity and throw me off my game. Constructive comments and criticism are fine and I take that back to my work table and try to learn from readers views, but the mean reviews where people are homophobic or irate because a character is gay, bi, trans or whatever I ignore much as RJ does. I find that overall most readers are generous and honest and so that makes up for the haters who just got to hate. Railers for sure is one of my happy places!

Have you ever gotten reader’s block?

RJ: This is a really good question. Writer’s block is something I think writers all get at one point or another. That moment when a story isn’t going the right way, or a character is determined not to act the way we want them to… those moments can freeze you. When I get writers block I do something else, like color in shapes I draw on paper, and I just empty my thoughts and somehow the story comes back to me after a short while.

Readers block is a whole other question, and i wasn’t sure what it even meant at first. The definition is: when you cannot, for the life of you, pick up a book and read it. I think I suffer with that a lot. I have go-to authors that I auto-read, because I feel like I’m in my happy space with them (Jordan L Hawk, NR Walker, Eli Easton, Marie Sexton, and VL Locey of course!). The problem for me is that my head is so full of stories that I can’t concentrate on reading at all. The curse of the writer’s brain. Oh, and another curse of that same brain is the inability to read a book, or watch a film without trying to guess the storyline. LOL

VL:  Oh boy, this is a tough one. I read a lot. Or as much as I can possibly fit in given my time writing and doing life things, but I don’t know as I can say I’ve ever gotten a block about reading. I’m open to a wide variety of genres from gay romance to fantasy tales to horror and everything in between. Perhaps that’s why I don’t get blocked on a certain genre. If I’ve read a lot of one trope I can leap from say a millionaire romance to something about a demonic clown in a sewer. Nothing shakes up your bored reader mind faster than a leap into a brand new genre!

Now writer’s block is a whole different kettle of fish. I have to assume every author deals with that at one time or another. Mine don’t seem to last too long but I do have moments where I’m typing along and then BLAM! a brick wall appears. In those instances I tend to leave the story for a bit and then come back to it the next day with the knot worked out. Knock on wood my blocks are small and easily resolved. So far anyway…

 
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Release Blitz ~ Benoit (Owatonna U Hockey #3) by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey (Giveaway)

 
Length: 56,000 words approx.
 
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
 
Owatonna U Hockey Series
 
Book #1 – Ryker – Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link
Book #2 – Scott – Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link
 
Blurb

Senior year is here, and everything is on the line. Benoit’s time to shine in the crease is now, and he’s going to do everything he can to make sure those professional scouts take notice. He’s earned a great reputation for his skills in the net, and his laid-back demeanor is his key to maintaining his cool when things get heated in the goal crease. 

As the Eagles roar into a new season, Ben’s laser-sharp focus is shattered by his attraction to Ethan Girard, the team’s new defensive consultant. Trying his best to ignore the budding friendship that’s taking a hard, fast turn into something far more passionate, Ben is determined to keep his mind on the sport he loves and not let his feelings for the handsome older man creep into his performance. But love, like hockey, is wildly unpredictable, and soon Ben finds that he’s unable to distance himself from Ethan who is slowly and surely working himself into his heart.

Famed Boston defenseman, Ethan Girard, isn’t stupid. Celebrating his thirty-second birthday in the emergency room after breaking his leg, and with a warning that healing will be a long process, he knows he has to think about his future. He was drafted at eighteen, and he’s never known anything but hockey, but with no contract in place yet for the new season he considers that maybe it’s time for him to hang up his skates for good.
 
Volunteering to help out with the Owatonna Eagles fills his time, but from the moment he lays eyes on goalie Ben, he knows his world will never be the same again. Falling in lust is as easy as stealing his first kiss, but Ben refuses to engage. Has Ethan finally met his match?

When the lines between career and love blur, will Ethan and Ben find a way to create a future that will work for both of them?

Review Tour: Love is a Walk in the Park by V.L. Locey & Stephanie Locey (Giveaway)

 
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
 
Length: 50,000 words approx.
 
Blurb

Sullivan Haines knows exactly what he wants out of life. Fame as a Broadway dancer and to find the man of his dreams. Sadly, his love life is a dismal mess, his roommate is PMS personified, and working at a dingy dance studio teaching old people how to tango and foxtrot is not exactly the bright lights. Actually, life in the Big Apple is pretty rotten, until he and his dog run into tall, dark, and oh-so-handsome Duane Hart in the park. Their pooches hit it right off, but can the two men find romance along the park’s winding paths?

Duane Hart hasn’t had a lot go right in his life. His girlfriend recently broke up with him, taking everything that wasn’t nailed down or in his roommate’s name. Well, everything except the Yorkshire terrier that he didn’t want to get in the first place, and that she now refuses to take back. However, when he meets a handsome stranger and his pit bull in the dog park, will the blooming heat in his chest be able to convince him to start dating again? Or will fate prove love isn’t a walk in the park, after all?
Continue reading “Review Tour: Love is a Walk in the Park by V.L. Locey & Stephanie Locey (Giveaway)”

Release Blitz: Love is a Walk in the Park by V.L. Locey & Stephanie Locey (Giveaway)

 

Pre-Order Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link
 
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
 
Length: 50,000 words approx.
 
Blurb

Sullivan Haines knows exactly what he wants out of life. Fame as a Broadway dancer and to find the man of his dreams. Sadly, his love life is a dismal mess, his roommate is PMS personified, and working at a dingy dance studio teaching old people how to tango and foxtrot is not exactly the bright lights. Actually, life in the Big Apple is pretty rotten, until he and his dog run into tall, dark, and oh-so-handsome Duane Hart in the park. Their pooches hit it right off, but can the two men find romance along the park’s winding paths?

Duane Hart hasn’t had a lot go right in his life. His girlfriend recently broke up with him, taking everything that wasn’t nailed down or in his roommate’s name. Well, everything except the Yorkshire terrier that he didn’t want to get in the first place, and that she now refuses to take back. However, when he meets a handsome stranger and his pit bull in the dog park, will the blooming heat in his chest be able to convince him to start dating again? Or will fate prove love isn’t a walk in the park, after all?

Continue reading “Release Blitz: Love is a Walk in the Park by V.L. Locey & Stephanie Locey (Giveaway)”

Review Tour ~ Tales of Bryant by V.L. Locey (Review + Giveaway)

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK
 
Cover Design: Sloan J Designs
Length: 35,000 words approx.
Blurb

Four Seasons. Two Men. One Love.

For struggling film student Isamu Taylor, life’s refrain is about to change from boring documentary about a passionless delivery boy to a blazing and wildly erotic love story.

After spending weeks admiring handsome but older Manhattan executive Brian Gilles while delivering brioche to him in Bryant Park, the man of his lusty dreams has just expressed a desire to get to know Isamu better. A night on the town is just the beginning of a whirlwind romance that will span not only four seasons but countless years.

Amid the beauty and charm of Bryant Park, New York City, two men are about to discover that love knows no age or economic boundaries. This is a collection of four short stories starring these two amazing men, their one sublime love, and the park where it all started. Continue reading “Review Tour ~ Tales of Bryant by V.L. Locey (Review + Giveaway)”