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Release Blitz: The Viking and the Drag Queen by V.L. Locey

The Viking and the Drag Queen | V.L. Locey

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Release Date: January 5th, 2022

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Blurb

Who will emerge the victor on the battlefield of love?

Tyr Hemmingsen had his life mapped out at a young age. The only son of the late Danish hockey great, Elias Hemmingsen, Tyr has always done his best to follow the plans his father had laid out for him. Finish school, make it into the pros, become team captain, find a biddable young lady to marry, and win a championship so the Hemmingsen name lived on eternally on the side of a massive silver cup. Like the good son he is, Tyr has done as his father wished, no matter how it peeled away layers of his true self.

Then, all the neatly placed supports that hold up his so-called life come crashing down during a night on the town. Tyr might be known as the “War God of Wilmington” on the ice, but there’s no battling the effect Gigi Patel LeBay has on him.

Elijah McBride lives for the spotlight. As Gigi, he bewitches and bedazzles the crowds at the Campo Royale Club. His vibrant stage persona is the face he presents to the world. Underneath the rouge, eyeliner, and lipstick is a young man who still feels the sting of his parents’ disapproval and rejection of the son who wears wigs and dates other men.

With his drag family and older brother in his corner, he’s finally found peace in his life. Until the fateful night a massive hockey player shows up at the club. There’s a world of hurt in Tyr’s soft brown eyes, and Eli finds himself falling for the big man, despite all the barriers he’s built around his tender heart.

The Viking and the Drag Queen is an opposites attract gay romance with heavy checking, lipstick worship, an out and proud queen, a closeted athlete, family lost and found, twink/jock, a new beginning, and a well-cinched happy ending.

About The Author

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V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee.

(Not necessarily in that order.)

She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a flock of assorted domestic fowl, and two Jersey steers.

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a fabulous introduction to Vicki’s new series featuring a Drag Queen bar and its inhabitants.

Book one has a touch of the familiar as well, it includes a closeted ice hockey player in the minor leagues, and the utterly delightful Gigi Patel LeBay aka Elijah McBride, the sweetest and sassiest Queen to grace the stage of the Campo Royale.

There is a very strong sense of family in this book, not only from the found family at the club, but also from Elijah’s brother Hank, who has championed him in the face of parental disapproval which forced Elijah to leave home when he was just 16.

Hank, once he left the Marines, went searching for his baby brother and has had his back ever since and I really loved their strong bond. Before Hank found him, Elijah found his home with Mother Patel and the rest of the gang at Campo Royale.

I loved Mother (and cannot wait for book two, which is her story), she is fiercely protective of her girls and wary of the motives for why ice hockey giant Tyr Hemmingsen is coming back to the club. Closeted jocks only bring heartache she warns Gigi.

But Tyr’s different. The attraction between the two is off the charts hot. He’s under insane personal pressure due to a promise he made to his dying father and this drives a lot of the narrative.

For me, Vicki pitches this perfectly, he doesn’t want to hide Gigi or Elijah, but he’s afraid he’ll fail his promise if he comes out and his ice hockey career implodes. I liked the way the narrative unfolds with this plotline and it felt genuine.

This book just gave me a big smile the whole way through, even with the troubles on the way and I firmly believed in their long term future!

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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Release Blitz: Kim & Skip by Sam E. Kraemer

Kim & Skip | Sam E. Kraemer

Men of Memphis Blues #0.5

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Release Date: June 25th, 2021

Cover Artist: Arden O’Keefe – KSL Designs

Length: 15,000

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Blurb

Kimber “Kim” Donlyn

Mistakes… I can’t say I’ve made any. I couldn’t have imagined some of the things that came my way, but I wouldn’t change them for anything because if I did, I wouldn’t be the man I am, nor would I have the people I love. I live my life without regrets because life is too short… That’s a lesson I would prefer to skip, but that’s not possible.

I’m a drag queen—Gimme Dong—and I co-own a drag club, Ben Dover’s Dragtime Cabaret. I’ve had men come and go in my life, but one stuck around—in a most peculiar way. Our relationship isn’t for everyone, but it works for us. I’ll never find another man like mine. Here’s how my grand love affair started…

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Stephen “Skip” Mitchell

I’m a baseball scout for the Miami Sharks, and I’m a cliché—I find a boy in every port. One night I get some life changing news, and I don’t want to be alone with it. Down the block from my apartment, there’s a bar, and lo-and-behold—there’s a stool that fits me well. The bartender is just the eye candy I need, but he becomes much more than I can imagine I’d want… or need.

Finding the person who is made for me is a blessing. I find my priorities change in ways I’d have never believed. This is the beginning of a story I never thought I’d tell.

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Excerpt

There was a cute guy—about five-eight with light brown hair and a bubble butt that deserved an award—pouring drinks. He had a big smile and exuded positivity, based on his body language.

He had some meat on his bones, which I liked a lot, and the five guys at the bar were laughing at whatever story he was telling. I decided his jocularity was just the pick-me-up I needed, so I walked over and took a seat in an empty chair to listen.

“So, I had my wetsuit around my waist while I was checking the equipment before we got on the boat. I’d seen him giving me the once over a couple of times, so I just smiled and went about my work. Unfortunately, his girlfriend didn’t miss him checking me out either.

“After everyone was settled and we were headed out to open water, I started organizing things for the dive.” I could see the other guys at the bar were intrigued by his story, and I was looking for any fucking thing to take my mind off the news I’d just received. The bartender seemed to notice me and nodded before he turned to his friends.

“Hang on, y’all.” The good-looking guy held up a finger and headed in my direction. “Hello and welcome. I’m Kim, and I pour the booze. What can I get for you?” He had the most incredible brown eyes and a killer grin.

“Uh… I’ll have a Jack on the rocks, please. Actually, make it a double.” The guy—Kim—nodded and stepped away to pour my drink, returning to where I sat before he tossed a pink napkin on the bar, along with a fresh bowl of snack mix and my drink.

“‘S this about the size of a Tuesday night crowd? I live in the neighborhood and travel a lot. Been meaning to come in, but I’m usually too tired by the time I get home.” I was shit at chit-chat with a cute guy.

He grinned, thankfully. “It was busy earlier—Queen Karaoke semi-finals were tonight. We’ve been having a contest since the beginning of the year for the best drag karaoke performer in Miami. Next Tuesday we’ll have the finals from eight until eleven. What’s your name?”

I took a sip of the mind-numbing elixir that was the dream-child of Jasper Newton “Jack” Daniel. It burned all the way down, but it didn’t burn away my broken heart.

I placed the glass on the napkin and looked into sparkling eyes. He was a damn attractive guy, and his smile was uplifting to my shitty state of mind. “I’m Stephen, but someone as handsome as you better call me Skip, as in ‘let’s Skip the small talk’.” The bartender released a raucous laugh, and I immediately liked the guy.

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About The Author

I grew up in the rural Midwest before moving to the East Coast with a dashing young man who swept me off my feet, and we’ve now settled in the desert of Nevada. I write M/M contemporary romance, subgenres: sweet low angst, age-gap, cowboys, mysteries, and military/mercenary to name a few.

I am a firm believer in “Love is Love” regardless of how it presents itself, and I’m a staunch ally of the LGBTQIA+ community.

I have a loving, supportive family, and I feel blessed by the universe and thankful every day for all I have been given. I’m old enough to know how to have fun, but too old to care what others think about my definition of a good time. In my heart and soul, I believe I hit the cosmic jackpot. Cheers!

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