New to Kindle Unlimited

 

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His Guilty Secret is now available from Kindle Unlimited.

I’m testing to see how successful that is. If it works out, I’m considering placing Lunar Affair, Untouchable and Pirate in the program as well.

At this stage, Gothic Romance is still doing well in Kindle Unlimited, but I’m considering removing it in a few weeks so I can publish the book with Smashwords, Kobo, Apple etc so don’t leave it too long!

Happy reading,

LV

Falling Hard by Dale Lowry

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Title: Falling Hard
Author: Dale Cameron Lowry
Length: 233 pages/57,000 words
Publisher: Terrestrial Press
Genres: short stories, contemporary romance, paranormal romance, erotic romance

Blurb

Falling Hard features nine of Dale Cameron Lowry’s best short romance stories, available for the first time in one book. Meet a sign language interpreter who finds unexpected love at middle-age, college students in their first relationships, a vampire who would rather be a vegan, and a proudly gay ex-Mormon atheist who sells Bibles for a living. From sweet to erotic, this collection exhibits the quirkiness, fun, and diversity Dale’s writing is known for.

Here are just a few of the stories in Falling Hard:

  • Mi Alma — Ex-Mormon Alma Larsen doesn’t know the first thing about alcohol, so he hires bartender Damian Banks to help out at his winter holiday party. They build a friendship that simmers with sexual tension—and possibly something much deeper. Will this Christmas bring them both a love that lasts?
  • Loggerhead — Soon after they fall in love, Jake makes Eric a promise inspired by an old track uniform. But demanding work schedules at Jake’s four-star restaurant and Eric’s newspaper keep them from following through. Six years later, they take the honeymoon they never had, heading to the Florida coast in search of sea turtles—and rekindling their passion for each other in the process.
  • Reading the Signs — The only thing twenty-three-year-old Theo De Jong expects when he enrolls in a summer school for linguists in New Mexico is to get more ideas for his master’s thesis in Dutch Sign Language. But then he meets the American sign language expert Alfonso Grossman, and sparks fly.
  • Rough Love — Blake thinks new boyfriend Michael doesn’t like French kissing. Michael thinks Blake doesn’t like rough sex. Neither are virgins, except in the art of conversation. Can they set things straight before the honeymoon’s over?

Excerpt

From Reading the Signs:

Twenty-three-year-old Theo De Jong was in trouble. Deep, deep trouble.

Here he was, five thousand miles from home at the University of New Mexico for a rare opportunity to study with a few hundred of the world’s most brilliant linguists.

And instead of paying attention on his first day of the summer session, his mind—and eyes—kept wandering over to the man two desks ahead of him.

“Alfonso Grossman,” the man had said when they’d introduced themselves before class, speaking and fingerspelling his name at the same time.

“I know who you are,” Theo had answered in English, his heart almost beating out of his chest as he shook Alfonso’s hand. Dr. Grossman was an American linguist who’d been traveling to Nicaragua for almost two decades to help document the evolution of the country’s sign language. “I’ve read your papers. I’m a bit of a fanboy.” Theo bit his tongue after the last word slipped out, but it was too late. Besides, it was true. “Intellectually speaking, of course.” That was also true. Theo had never seen a photo of Alfonso before, and in his wildest dreams couldn’t have imagined how cute the American was, with his head full of salt-and-pepper curls and crow’s feet at the corners of his eyes that made him look like he was perpetually smiling.

The crow’s feet grew deeper as Alfonso broke into an actual grin. It was a nice look on him. Adorable. Theo felt something tug at his heart. “What’s your area?” Alfonso said, glancing down at Theo’s nametag. “And should I pronounce your name ‘tay-o’ or ‘thee-o’?”

“Dutch Sign Language. My parents are deaf, so it’s my first language. I’m doing a comparative study of the dialects for my master’s thesis. And ‘tay-o’ is how we say it in Holland, but whatever’s easiest for you.”

“I like ‘tay-o,’” Alfonso said.

Theo felt himself blushing. He hoped his sunburn camouflaged it.

 

Where to Buy

Falling Hard is currently available through the secure downloading platform PayHip, Amazon, Apple, and other sellers worldwide. You can read a preview and find sales outlets at:

Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Falling Hard, Dale is running a giveaway. The prize is one of Dale’s short romances that is not in the anthology: Love Unmasked, a lighthearted romance about Aaron Loreto, a gay man who’s been unlucky in love because he occasionally turns into a raccoon. For some reason, his ex-boyfriend didn’t like the way he’d spend all night digging through the trash. But somewhere out there is a guy who’s more understanding, and Aaron might just have found him at his favorite coffee shop.

You can enter every day to increase your chances. Enjoy!

(If you can’t see the Rafflecopter giveaway here, go to www.dalecameronlowry.com/falling-hard-giveaway/ to enter.)

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Author Bio & Links

Dale Cameron Lowry lives in the Upper Midwest with a partner and three cats, one of whom enjoys eating dish towels, quilts, and wool socks. It’s up to you to guess whether the fabric eater is one of the cats or the partner. When not busy mending items destroyed by the aforementioned fabric eater, Dale is a writer and editor who enjoys wasting time on Tumblr, listening to podcasts, studying anatomy, getting annoyed at Duolingo, and reading fairy tales. Previous careers include sign language linguist, grocery store clerk, journalist, gardener, and camp counselor.

Dale began writing for fun at the age of eight and has been making up stories ever since, from overly workshopped literary fiction to off-the-cuff fanfic. Queer Mormons have a way of popping up in Dale’s work, whether it’s romance or erotica, sci fi or fairy tales, slice-of-life contemporary fiction or spine-tingling horror. So do immigrants and emigrants, people with disabilities, multilingual folks, and others who live their lives navigating multiple cultures.

 

Queeromance Ink

Welcome to Queeromance Ink. We’re a brand new site aiming to connect queer romance readers with the authors and books that they love.

There are a number of other great sites out there that help authors and readers connect. But there’s nothing quite like QRI:

–Our library of authors will be deeply searchable. When it’s complete, your customers will have ways to find your books that cater to their exact interests, combining multiple factors – pairing, heat level, genre, character age, and much more to zero in on the books that meet their needs.

–We do not sell books on the site. We made this decision for several reasons. First, it eliminates the risk of the site going out of business and taking author royalties with it. Second, it allows authors the flexibility to direct buyers to the sites in the order in which they prefer, and soon will allow them to feature the retailer where they make the best return.

–We are run by a gay couple who is deeply involved in the queer romance community – a writer and an avid reader of queer fiction.

We’re excited about this new site, and would love to hear from y’all if you have any questions.

🙂

–Scott & Mark

 

Note from LV – I’m very excited to be a part of this new venture! Click here if you would like to check out my profile, or if you would like the home page, then click on this link Queeromance Ink.

 

Santa For Hire by Asta Idonea

Santa for Hire

Asta Idonea

1 December 2016

Dreamspinner Press

Short Story/MM/Contemporary

Heat Level: 1

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Dumped by his ex on Christmas Eve two years ago, Oxford Street department store manager Richard Barrett now hates the holidays. Things go from bad to worse when the store’s usual Santa is too ill to reprise his role and the firm sends cocky but handsome Blaine Ryder to take his place. The attraction between the two is clear, but Blaine is an incorrigible player who reminds Richard of his ex. His idea of a relationship is a quick roll in the hay, and his advances have Richard running for the hills. It might take some special intervention for both of them to realize they can change enough to have a chance at a holiday romance.

 

Audio Excerpt: https://soundcloud.com/nickijmarkus/santa-for-hire-by-asta-idonea-mm-short-story-excerpt

 

Dreamspinner Press: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/santa-for-hire-by-asta-idonea-7983-b

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-santaforhire-2173065-149.html

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Santa-Hire-2016-Advent-Calendar-ebook/dp/B01MZZUYYI

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Santa-Hire-2016-Advent-Calendar-ebook/dp/B01MZZUYYI

 

Excerpt

The awful moment had arrived. Not long ago he’d felt there was plenty of time in which to prepare, to steel himself for the agony ahead, but somehow the dreaded hour had snuck up on him. What had one day seemed far off was already here the next.

Richard Barratt took a deep breath. He tugged at his collar and straightened his tie. He brushed off the already spotless arms of his suit jacket and glanced down at the perfectly tied laces on his leather shoes. Then, unable to put it off a moment longer, he pushed open the swing door and emerged onto the salesroom floor.

Overnight, while he failed to get a wink of sleep, crews had been hard at work. The Homeware department of Langley & Giles’s Oxford Street branch had been transformed from the pristine section he managed like a well-oiled machine to a hideous winter wonderland. Christmas had been infiltrating the store for weeks. The cards had started appearing downstairs in Stationery as early as September. Wrapping paper and labels had followed in October, along with Christmas puddings in the high-class Food Hall on the lower ground floor. And now the rest, signaling six weeks of Christmas-cheer hell.

Richard couldn’t understand why it had to be his section that bore the brunt of the deluge. Surely Toys and Games would make more sense. Christmas was all about children’s presents, after all. But upper management had been firm. Toys and Games required more space at Christmas, not less, and Homeware had the best layout to accommodate the monstrosity that formed the centerpiece of their annual Yuletide displays: Santa’s Grotto.

 

Author Bio & Links

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Asta Idonea (aka Nicki J Markus) was born in England but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.

Asta launched her writing career in 2011 and divides her efforts not only between MM and mainstream works but also between traditional and indie publishing. Her works span the genres, from paranormal to historical and from contemporary to fantasy. It just depends what story and which characters spring into her mind!

As a day job, Asta works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys music, theatre, cinema, photography, and sketching. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel, all of which have provided plenty of inspiration for her writing.

 

Blog: http://www.nickijmarkus.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NickiJMarkus

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NickiJMarkus

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickijmarkus/

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+NickiJMarkusAstaIdonea

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4567057.Nicki_J_Markus

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicolamarkus

Amazon Author US: http://www.amazon.com/Asta-Idonea/e/B00RMGGVYO

Amazon Author UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asta-Idonea/e/B00RMGGVYO

Flight – New Release!

front-coverThe 2016 Queer Sci Fi Flash Fiction anthology, “Flight”, is here, and I have a story in it! It’s a really cool concept:

A 300-word story should be easy, right? Many of our entrants say it’s the hardest thing they’ve ever written.

Queer Sci Fi’s Annual Flash Fiction Contest challenges authors to write a complete LGBTQ speculative fiction micro-story on a specific theme. “Flight” leaves much for the authors to interpret—winged creatures, flight and space vehicles, or fleeing from dire circumstances.

Some astonishing stories were submitted—from horrific, bloodcurdling pieces to sweet, contemplative ones—and all LGBTQ speculative fiction. The stories in this anthology include AI’s and angels, winged lions and wayward aliens. Smart, snappy slice of life pieces written for entertainment or for social commentary. Join us for brief and often surprising trips into 110 speculative fiction authors’ minds.

The book us available in eBook form (4.99), and will soon be available in paperback with b/w illustrations inside (12.99) and in a special collector’s edition with color illustrations (24.99).


Buy Links

Amazon eBook | Kobo | All Romance | Goodreads


Excerpt

I stripped off my leathers and sank gratefully into the bath Miranda had prepared for me.
“Tough day?” she asked, concern in her soft voice.
“Another runaway.” I winced as she found a sore spot. “A captive from the last engagement. Lucky for her, I found her before she tried to cross the river—she couldn’t swim.”
“Perhaps she preferred to risk death rather than stay chained,” Miranda’s dry tone had my eyes dropping to her ankles, ankles from which I had personally removed the chains more than a month ago.

Update – Free Book Promotion

We now have SEVEN books going free on amazon! Best day yet!

News Flash! Today Gothic Romance reached #1 on Amazon in its category for Free Reads – at least for a few hours 🙂

Check out the books and links below.

You’ll find a variety of genres from M/M romance, to Zombies, Vampires and even a children’s book.  Heaps to choose from or download them all!

Please check carefully, for the dates of the various promotions. As a bonus, some of the books previously advertised are still available until the 18th.

Sept promo 1

L.V.  Lloyd   Gothic Romance  Sept 14 – 16th

https://www.amazon.com /dp/B01ISAJ0B8

R.K. Close   Red Night  Sept 14 – 16th

https://www.amazon.com/Night-Vampire-Files-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B01EU051M2

Gabriela Cabezut  Hopelessly Imperfect  Sept 14 – 16th

https://www.amazon.com/Hopelessly-Imperfect-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01F3U8TKY

Ann Writes  The Imperfect Kid  Sept 14 – 18th

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AVCNUNU

Cassandra Fear  Above the Flames  Sept 14 – 18th

https://www.amazon.com/Above-Flames-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B01DOIBBZW

Michelle Hayes  Invoke  Sept 14 – 18th

https://www.amazon.com/Invoke-Michelle-Hayes-ebook/dp/B00EXRAWQI

Kristin Jacques  Zombies vs Aliens  Sept 15 – 17th

https://www.amazon.com/Zombies-Aliens-Book-Kristin-Jacques-ebook/dp/B01GIVYSOI

Michael Weekly  Mystical   Sept 16 – 18th

https://www.amazon.com/Mystical-Book-1-Michael-Weekly-ebook/dp/B018HB7AQA

Michelle Jo Quinn  Confessions of a Wedding Planner   Sept 16-18th

https://www.amazon.com/Confessions-Wedding-Planner-Bliss-Book-ebook/dp/B01HDLC4C0

Sara Schoen  Amber Alert  Sept 7 – 18th

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PZCM2JA

Sara Schoen  Suicide Mission  Sept 7 – 18th

https://www.amazon.com/Suicide-Mission-Guarded-Secrets-Book-ebook/dp/B011B1JMBY

EliseNoble  Pitch Black  Sept 7 – 18th

https://www.amazon.com/Pitch-Black-Romantic-Thriller-Blackwood-ebook/dp/B017G610AY/

Gothic Romance is now FREE on Amazon – until 16th Sept!

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The next round of Wattpad Writers Go Free on Amazon has just kicked off with six, yes SIX new books all available as a FREE download from Amazon!  Plus, a seventh will become available from the 15th.

Including my own book, Gothic Romance.

You’ll find a variety of genres from M/M romance, to Zombies, Vampires and even a children’s book.  Heaps to choose from or download them all!

Please check carefully, for the dates of the various promotions. As a bonus, some of the books previously advertised are still available until the 18th.

Check out the books and links below

Sept promo 1

L.V.  Lloyd   Gothic Romance  Sept 14 – 16th

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01ISAJ0B8

R.K. Close   Red Night  Sept 14 – 16th

https://www.amazon.com/Night-Vampire-Files-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B01EU051M2

Gabriela Cabezut  Hopelessly Imperfect  Sept 14 – 16th

https://www.amazon.com/Hopelessly-Imperfect-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01F3U8TKY

Ann Writes  The Imperfect Kid  Sept 14 – 18th https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AVCNUNU

Cassandra Fear  Above the Flames  Sept 14 – 18th

https://www.amazon.com/Above-Flames-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B01DOIBBZW

Michelle Hayes  Invoke  Sept 14 – 18th

https://www.amazon.com/Invoke-Michelle-Hayes-ebook/dp/B00EXRAWQI

Kristin Jacques  Zombies vs Aliens  Sept 15 – 17th  https://www.amazon.com/Zombies-Aliens-Book-Kristin-Jacques-ebook/dp/B01GIVYSOI

Michael Weekly  Mystical   Sept 16 – 18th

https://www.amazon.com/Mystical-Book-1-Michael-Weekly-ebook/dp/B018HB7AQA

Michelle Jo Quinn  Confessions of a Wedding Planner   Sept 16-18th

https://www.amazon.com/Confessions-Wedding-Planner-Bliss-Book-ebook/dp/B01HDLC4C0

Sara Schoen  Amber Alert  Sept 7 – 18th

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PZCM2JA

Sara Schoen  Suicide Mission  Sept 7 – 18th

https://www.amazon.com/Suicide-Mission-Guarded-Secrets-Book-ebook/dp/B011B1JMBY

EliseNoble  Pitch Black  Sept 7 – 18th

https://www.amazon.com/Pitch-Black-Romantic-Thriller-Blackwood-ebook/dp/B017G610AY/