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Halloween Heat M/M Goodreads Giveaway

Would you like to win a copy of Halloween Heat M/M Paperback Edition?

Halloween Heat M/M contains all the stories from HH I and HH IV

An Anthology of Erotic Paranormal M/M Romance and Contemporary M/M Romance

Five erotic stories of gay love and passion with a paranormal twist-ghosts and spirits and otherworldly delights. “Love Lies Deep” by Tristram La Roche “Idle Hands” by Reneé George “Costumes” by Dianne Hartsock “Eden” by Kiran Hunter “Set in Stone” by Elin Gregory

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Two hot tales of contemporary gay romance.”Trex or Treat” by Tara Lain “Desert Candy” by AC Fox

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Halloween Heat M/M Paperback Now Available

Halloween Heat Paperback Anthology

M/M Edition

Available to order from Amazon US

Five erotic stories of gay love and passion with a paranormal twist-ghosts and spirits and otherworldly delights, plus two hot tales of contemporary gay romance to fill your goodie bag this Halloween.

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Clothes Maketh The Man? Costumes – Halloween Heat 1

Today I’m handing my blog over to Dianne Hartsock,  as she has a chat with Paul – one of the characters in her short story, Costumes, from the Halloween Heat 1 Paranormal M/M anthology.

Dianne: Hello! I’m glad you could make it. Come sit by me on the couch. Iced tea? Coffee? My name’s Dianne Hartsock, the author of the short story COSTUMES in the Halloween Heat Anthology.

*I motion to the young man in the chair across from us* This is my good friend Paul, the hero of my story, who’s kindly offered to talk about his terrifying experience in the attic. Paul, can you tell our guests a little about yourself?

Paul: *blushes at the word ‘hero’ and fiddles with his tie, looking adorable* Hi, I’m Paul, obviously. I’m a student at OSU working toward a journalism major with a minor in English Literature. Um… I live with my boyfriend Bennie in an apartment off campus.

Me: Thanks, Paul. *I sit back and take a sip of coffee, hoping to make him feel more relaxed* Are you ready to tell us what happened at Bennie’s aunt’s house? It sounds like it was frightening.

Paul: You could say that. *He looks at our guests and frowns, biting his lip*

Me: It’s okay. These are friends.

Paul: *nods but still looks uncertain. He clears his throat, takes a sip of water* Well, Bennie’s aunt passes away a few weeks ago and his mom asked him to go through her things before they had the estate sale. I’ve known Bennie’s family forever and wanted to help out. Besides, it would give us a chance to be alone, away from the noise of our apartment complex.

I wish now neither of us had gone. *Paul takes a hard breath and covers his face.*

Me: *I lean forward and touch his knee* It’s okay. I won’t make you go through it again. It’s all in the book. But I’d really like to know how you and Bennie are doing now.

Paul: *draws another deep breath and gives us a tentative smile* We’re good. Bennie doesn’t like to talk about it much. He thinks most of the bad stuff was a dream. He doesn’t want to believe he actually hurt me. And that’s fine with me. I wouldn’t hurt his gentle heart for all the world.

Me: And you?

Paul: I’m fine. Some nightmares. And sometimes I catch myself watching Bennie’s eyes, making sure…But I’m being stupid. Everything’s okay with us.

Me: Glad to hear it, honey. Thank you so much for sharing with us, Paul. I hope you and Bennie can put this frightening experience behind you. *I look at our guests* More tea?

Thank you Kiran for having me and Paul on your lovely site today and everyone for stopping by. You can read Paul and Bennie’s story in COSTUMES and you can find me at:

Blog: http://diannehartsocksalex.wordpress.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/diannehartsock

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/diannehartsock

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4707011-dianne-hartsock

COSTUMES- Halloween Heat Anthology

There’s a presence in the attic, malevolent, waiting.  When Bennie’s aunt passes away he’s given the task of sorting her things before the estate sale. But the chore that should have been a pleasant visit to the past becomes a nightmare for him and his longtime lover, Paul, as the dark presence seeks a new home in them.  Their once gentle and sensual love turns to a dark passion, hard and rough and hurtful.  Paul sees the change, but will his love be strong enough to save them?

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Excerpt:

“Oh my God, Paul! You gotta see this.”

Paul chuckled to himself and smiled fondly. He lowered his lashes, thinking of Bennie’s creativity in bed that morning. It took all his effort not to moan aloud as he recalled his lover’s lips on his body, sliding over his dick—

“Paul?”

Paul had trouble tearing his eyes away from the stained glass window in the door. Such a strange door, set in the middle of the west wall of the attic, leading nowhere as far as he could tell. He tried the handle again. Locked. But unless there was a balcony he hadn’t noticed from the outside, one would step through it right into empty space.

He glanced across the room, through the dust motes, and caught his breath in sudden alarm. Sunlight streamed through the old glass of the window and splashed color over Bennie’s face: yellow, green, blue, with a slash of blood red across his tender throat.

Paul drew a troubled breath. “What is it, hon?”

Bennie waved him over, and the movement centered the splash of red over his heart. “Come see what’s in this trunk! Our old Halloween costumes.”

Paul swallowed the lump in his throat. He was being silly. The reflected light didn’t mean anything. Just because Bennie’s aunt had died in the house … He didn’t believe in ghosts. No fucking way. Still, he hurried to Bennie’s side and slipped an arm around his waist.

“Which ones?” he asked, looking down into the musty trunk.

“All of them, as far as I can tell.” Bennie started pulling out wigs and hats and scarves, a pirate shirt and a werewolf mask. “Remember this one?” he asked and giggled as he held up a pink tutu.

“Oh god, yes. I thought your father was going to have a seizure. What were we, ten?”  Paul rubbed the frilly skirt between his fingers. He’d grown up in the house next to the Ramseys, and he and Bennie were as close as brothers. Closer, when at fourteen they discovered it was more fun to sleep in the same bed than separately.

Bennie flashed him a look, light blue eyes dancing with mischief. Paul’s heartbeat quickened. Bennie’s hair fell in reddish-blond ringlets around his pale face. A few freckles brushed his checks, and Paul bent his head and licked them. He’d teased Bennie as a child that he’d wash them away one day with his tongue.  One night, in Paul’s room, Bennie had shown him where his other freckles were. Now he could never taste these without wanting the others.

Bennie quirked a brow. “Think it will still fit me?”

Halloween Heat 1 Paranormal M/M

Love Lies Deep by Tristram La Roche
Idle Hands by Reneé George
Costumes by Dianne Hartsock
Eden by Kiran Hunter
Set in Stone by Elin Gregory

To buy Halloween Heat 1, click on the links in the side bar. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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It’s Been Oh, So Quiet….

…but not for much longer – the nights are drawing in (here in the UK) and things will be going bump in the night more often as Halloween approaches.

Coming soon from Etopia Press – just the thing to warm things up on a spooky winter’s evening –  Halloween Heat… including my erotic short story – Eden!

Release date to be announced soon….

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M/M Author Interview – Dianne Hartsock

This week I’m delighted to introduce a new acquaintance – Dianne Hartsock. Dianne’s MM Fantasy novella, Nathaniel, was released by Etopia Press earlier this month. I was delighted when she said she’d let me interrogate her 🙂 So let’s find out more about Dianne and Nathaniel!

Kiran: What you made you want to be a writer. Why did you choose the genre you write?

Dianne: I’ve been captivated by stories from as far back as I can remember. It started with the stories my older sister would tell us at bedtime. From the moment I learned to read, I became an avid bookworm. Then, when I was fourteen years old I discovered Ray Bradbury. His stories changed the way I perceived the world. They’re filled with the wonder and magic and terror of childhood. His science fiction opened my mind to new possibilities. I decided then that I wanted to write like him when I grew up. I began then, penning short stories in all genres, trying to capture his feeling in my own work. It took a while, but I finally discovered my own style and have enjoyed writing ever since.

As for picking a genre, I haven’t, really. I’ve written a paranormal thriller, fantasy adventure and m/m erotic contemporary and fantasy stories. But the one thing in common all my stories share is that I focus almost solely on the emotions driving the characters. I love to delve into their minds and discover their motivations.

 Kiran: What do your friends and family think of your writing?

 Dianne: They’ve been so supportive! I’ve been writing for most of my life, and they’re very happy to see me finally fulfilling my dream of being a published author. Of course, there are times when I’m distracted with working out a scene in my mind and not being there with them. Also, my husband sometimes frowns when I become lost in the bed sheets with my men. But I tell him it’s okay. The men in my stories don’t like girls that way.

 Kiran: Tell me what inspired your latest release, Nathaniel.

 Dianne: I’ve written several fantasy novels where a reader can become lost in my world, leave reality and enter the realm of fantasy and adventure and romance. It’s a world very much like our own, with a touch of magic and awe that lifts you out of your every day life and sets you in the midst of a battle between free will and destiny.

With Nathaniel, I wanted to take this world one step further. Sure, there’s magic, but I wanted my hero, Taden, to be completely enchanted by my magic user. Nathaniel is beautiful and sensual and possesses powers far beyond anything Taden has encountered before. Taden is bewildered and captivated by him, falling hopelessly in love despite his better judgment. The story focuses on their love affair, weaving Nathaniel’s magic throughout the pages until Taden surrenders to his charms

Kiran: How do you approach writing sex scenes? Do you find it difficult to keep them fresh?

Dianne: The sex definitely has to be realistic and hot! But I have to love and sympathize with my characters. If they can make me laugh and cry and be happy for them, then I know I’ve written something worthwhile. There’s just something so sensual and arousing in reading and writing about men in love. I can’t explain it, but I have so much fun writing the love scenes between my beautiful men. I approach the sex scenes slowly, letting the characters lead me through each touch, from the first caress to the very last tender kiss. I suppose I keep them fresh by having them in new settings and in different stages of their relationships.

Kiran: Do you have a favourite character from your own stories? If so, tell us who it is and why.

Dianne: I have several fantasy adventure novels that I’m working on, and it’s the second book in this series that I like the most. It’s an exciting tale with lots of action and some very sexy, powerful heroes. My favourite character is from this book, a rogue named Korel. He’s lovely and smart, with a shock of copper hair and brilliant blue eyes full of mischief. He enjoys good food and wine and lovely objects. He’s also an incorrigible tease. If there’s any trouble around, you’re sure to find Korel in the middle of it.

 Kiran: Who do you imagine is your ideal reader? What do you want them to take away from your writing?

Dianne: I suppose they would be someone who loves the adventure and otherworldliness and magic of fantasy, but also the eroticism and thrill of gay romance. I hope they’d close the book with a smile on their face from a well told, exciting story.

Kiran: Do you have any plans to try your hand at writing in a completely different genre?

Dianne: I’ve been working on a scifi story for some time now, but I’m having trouble with the science part! The story has to be at least plausible or the readers will tear me to shreds. But the story’s plotted out. Now it’s time to get serious and do some research. I’m terrified, though, that my story will get bogged down and boring with too much explanation. You see! I still have a long way to go with this one. But I do like the challenge of stepping outside my comfort zone.

 Kiran: Who is your all-time favourite gay fiction author? Are there any new authors who have grabbed your interest?

Dianne: My very favourite author has to be Poppy Z. Brite. Her novel ‘Lost Souls’ was the first book I’d read where two men’s love was handled delicately and sweetly. I was moved by their friendship and the care they took of each other. I decided then that I wanted to write my own love story, using this same feeling of compassion and fondness.

There are so many new authors out there with great books I couldn’t name them all, but here are a few of my favourites:

Vivien Dean http://vivien-dean.blogspot.com/

Gem Sivad http://www.gemsivad.com/blog/

Alix Cameron http://romancingalix.wordpress.com/

Marie Dees http://mariedees.com/

Lee Brazil http://leebrazilauthor.blogspot.com/?zx=afceeb645da3822a

Kiran: What can we expect from Dianne Hartsock in the future?

Dianne: Lots of stories, I hope! At the moment I’m working on a stand alone fantasy story involving gargoyles and witches. I also have the outline plotted for a sequel to Nathaniel, which will be my next project. I hadn’t planned on doing a sequel, but now that Nathaniel is out, I miss him and Taden, Miranda and the gorgeous, deadly Corin.

Thank you so much, Kiran, for having me here today!

And many thanks to you, Dianne, for taking time out to answer my questions! And now to find out more about the book…

Nathaniel:

From the moment Taden rescues Nathaniel from the Sutherlin soldiers’ torture, he finds himself caught in the gaze of the most beautiful eyes he’s ever seen; amazing eyes that hold him thrilled and confused. The Sutherlins are planning to invade the beautiful Tahon Valley, but as Taden secrets Nathaniel from their reach, he finds himself drawn to the young man. Not only does he feel the urge to protect him, but he feels an ache he hasn’t felt in many long years.

 Nathaniel claims to be a traveler from a distant continent, saying he comes in peace. True or not, the youth has powers beyond anything Taden has seen—control over men and animals and the very weather. Taden falls hard for the strange traveler, protecting him not only from the Sutherlins but from his own mistrustful people, who don’t understand Nathaniel’s powers and accuse him of being a witch…

You can purchase Nathaniel from:

AMAZON UK
AMAZON US

and find out more about Dianne Hartsock here:

Blog: http://diannehartsock.wordpress.com/

FB: http://www.facebook.com/diannehartsock

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/diannehartsock

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4850270.Dianne_Hartsock

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