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Release Blitz: Merlot Rebellion by Leigh Jarrett

Merlot Rebellion | Leigh Jarrett


Release Date: May 16th, 2023

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Devastated when things don’t work out, Patrick refuses to even consider risking his heart again. As soon as he proclaims his love, everything always falls apart.

One afternoon while heading a wine tour, Patrick recoils when he encounters a man he’s been told is a monster by his latest ex-boyfriend.

Heartbroken, Charles is convinced his last breakup was his fault. His seductive looks are the only reason anyone ever picks him up. He has no other worth. His latest partner of seven years told him as much. He was cheated on, abandoned for another—replaced by a blond boy toy.

Then the vapid adulterer has the gall to walk into his winery.

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About The Author

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Leigh Jarrett (she/he/they) is an unabashedly queer, quirky, and passionate author of LGBTQ+ Romantic Fiction, their books embracing the rainbow’s full spectrum.

Their published contemporary works include gritty and angst-filled romances featuring Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Lesbian characters. Their paranormal romance series, “Drakkar Coven”, is brimming with lust-driven vampires, werewolves, and shapeshifters. And their epic gay fantasy series, “Circle Trilogy”, takes you to another time and place with three powerful men struggling to control their empire.

In their hometown of Victoria, BC, in Canada, Leigh can be found nestled up with their fabulously supportive wife and trusty laptop or enjoying the wondrous Vancouver Island outdoors.

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Blog Tour: Adverse Conditions by Elle Keaton

Adverse Conditions | Elle Keaton

Reclaimed Hearts #1

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Release Date: March 30th, 2023

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Xavier swore he’d never move back to the flyspeck of a town he’d grown up in and he kept that promise for over twenty years. Now he’s back for good.

Vincent never left. After earning his teaching certificate, he stayed in town to be close to his elderly parents. These days he’s the single dad of a fifteen-year-old daughter and working two jobs to make ends meet. He’s perfectly happy with his life.

Xavier’s mission is to save Cooper Springs. But his efforts are being hindered by his stodgy, straight-laced, rule-following neighbor, Vincent Barone. Dark-eyed, broad-shouldered, and muscly Vincent, who Xav stealthily ogles when he toils in his yard sans shirt. For a high school shop teacher, Vincent is too sexy. And he has a kid. And he infuriates Xavier. And anyway, love is for suckers.

Vincent doesn’t have time to date. And he certainly wouldn’t date his flashy, arrogant, neighbor who he absolutely did not have a crush on in high school. Who did Xavier think he was, moving back to town and throwing his weight around, causing butterflies in Vincent’s stomach, and making his stupid heart beat faster every time he saw him?

Cooper Springs has changed since they were kids, and maybe two guys can move from hate to love. But are they ready? Will Vincent bend a few of his rules? Will Xavier reign in his chaotic tendencies? Is love in the air?

Then there’s the matter of the grisly discovery in the woods, murder is bad for business.

Welcome to Cooper Springs, home to UFO chasers, Sasquatch believers, conspiracy theorists, chainsaw artists, and regular folk just trying to make a living. And, quite possibly, a killer.

Adverse Conditions is the first in the Reclaimed Hearts series, set in the wilds of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, it is an opposites-attract, older lovers, enemies to lovers, small-town romance, with a little murder.

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Xavier glanced out the window again. Across the street, Liam Wright’s most recent chainsaw sculpture was proudly displayed in his front yard. He couldn’t quite tell what it was supposed to be, he’d have to ask Liam when he saw him.

“Yeah—” Movement in the yard next to Liam’s caught Xav’s attention. He leaned closer to the windowpane for a better view of his hunky, muscly neighbor as he stomped out into the street. The man carried a long-handled yard tool slung over his shoulder like some character out of a Monty Python movie and was dragging a clean green bin behind him.

Halting at the corner, he hefted the cast iron grating off in one swift movement and began aggressively raking the leaves and other debris out of and away from the drain. Even though he was bundled up in a yellow rain slicker, Xavier would have recognized the Samaritan anywhere. “And also, you don’t have to deal with Vincent Barone.”

Vincent Barone. His nemesis.

All Xavier wanted to do was sell property and help Cooper Springs grow. But Vincent Barone had decided to get himself certified as a real estate appraiser and stymie Xavier at every fucking turn. Every damn i and every damn t that possibly needed dotting or crossing—and many that didn’t—were mentioned in every single one of Barone’s reports. Didn’t Barone understand that there needed to be room for negotiation? Maybe Mrs. Nelson’s estate didn’t want to fix the roof and would instead reduce the sale price for a potential buyer.

“It’s his literal job, Xavier,” Daisy reminded him with a laugh. Probably hoping to stop the rant she’d spotted from over a hundred miles away. “He is supposed to find things the seller should fix. No one wants the surprise of the AC failing the day after move-in.”

“He won’t listen to reason, Daisy,” Xavier grumbled. “He is literally the most aggravating person in all of Cooper Springs. There’s a guy coming all the way from Seattle today to look at the cabins and I know Vinny-boy is going to screw it up—if it gets as far as an offer.”

Barone was extremely thorough. Which was great when building bridges or, in Vincent’s case, teaching shop at the high school and needing to make sure the bored teenagers didn’t cut their extremities off. But Vincent’s part-time second job was home appraisal, and Xavier was tired of being surprised by what Barone wrote up in his official reports. At least give a guy a heads-up that the sump pump had backed up into the garage and caused water damage. Even if Barone had noted that the damage “appeared to be years old,” banks hated comments like that. Banks wanted to hear about new roofs and perfect sewer lines, not repairs that could reduce the value of their investment. And Xavier liked to be prepared with the bad news before he talked to his clients, not in the middle of meeting with them.

How fucking hard was that?

“Have you actually tried talking to him? Or do you just stand at your window and shoot dagger glares through the plate glass?”

Xavier moved away from the window so he wouldn’t be lying when he said, “No.”

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About The Author

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Elle Keaton writes MM romantic suspense set in the Pacific Northwest with some contemporary romance thrown in. She’s passionate about writing inclusive romances with complex characters and a unique sense of place.

Her characters start out broken, and maybe they’re still banged up by the end, but they find the other half of their hearts and ALWAYS get their happily ever after. In 2017 Elle hit the publish button for the first time and hasn’t looked back.

Being an author is the best job Elle has ever had and now she has over thirty books available for you to read or listen to! She loves cats and dogs, Star Wars and Star Trek, pineapple on pizza, and has a cribbage habit her husband encourages.

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Release Blitz: Baiting Burke by Jaclyn Quinn

Baiting Burke | Jaclyn Quinn

Shore Thing #5


Release Date: March 6th, 2023

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Burke Russo

I don’t do lovey dovey. Watching my four best friends trip and fall into their forever person has been both comical and confusing. When a hurricane hits Coral Pointe Inlet, it throws me into a tailspin I didn’t see coming—with a man who lives to drive me crazy. Jared, the sexy—I mean, the snarky fisherman, has been the bane of my existence for the last three years. How I find myself by his side during a difficult situation is beyond me. Realizing I may actually want to be that person for him makes me question a choice I made a long time ago. Which doesn’t make any sense because my decisions are never wrong…right?

Jared Boone

I’ve lived a simple life in Coral Pointe since the day I was born. All I need is my bait shop, my boat, my dog, Brutus, and the home I’ve lived in for the past several years with the only family I have who matters. Unexpectedly, life has thrown a stone into my calm waters. Somehow, I find myself leaning on Burke, the sexy, stubborn chef of Oceanside Bar and Grill. I’ve made it my mission to bait that man every chance I get. The question is, now that I’ve got him on the hook, do I toss him back into murky waters, or is he finally ready to admit he’s been caught?

Baiting Burke is the fifth book in the Shore Thing series. It can be read as a standalone, but if you’d like to truly dive into the shenanigans between these five best friends and love being immersed in a fun, quirky small town, it’s suggested the books be read in order.

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NOTE: This conversation takes place between Burke and his sous chef, Megan…after the hurricane.

“Megan, where the hell is the ribeye for table seven?” The kitchen staff grew insanely quiet as Megan’s hard gaze pinned mine.

“Burke, a word?” she calmly said, though anyone could hear the venom lining her words.

Instead of answering, I stomped back to the small office like the petulant child I was, closing us both in. “Make it quick. We’re busy as hell out there.”

Megan didn’t say a thing. She didn’t need to as she stood there with her arms crossed over her chest, her mouth pursed, and a pissed-off glare in her eyes. Damn, she was good at saying everything by saying nothing at all.

“Stop staring at me like that,” I snapped. Her only response was arching one perfectly shaped, chestnut eyebrow. “If you’re not gonna say anything, we need to get back out there.” The woman still didn’t utter a single word. The only other person who could make me squirm with unease from one look was my mom. I exhaled and sat on the edge of my desk, scrubbing a hand over my scruffy chin. “F*ck. I’m sorry.”

“Sorry for what, Burke? For being a pain in my a** the last two days? For snapping at your incredibly patient staff? Or for not telling me what happened with you and Jared during the storm? Because, in case you’re wondering, you’re being an a**hole and have been ever since that night. And if you think you’re being slick by denying something happened with you and that sexy-as-hell fisherman, your ridiculous behavior is screaming, I kissed a boy and I liked it!” She waved her hands emphatically in the air.

“What the hell are you talking about? I’m gay. All I do is kiss boys.” I cleared my throat. “Men. I kiss men. And I have no trouble finding willing participants. I don’t need the sexy-as-hell—” Fck.* “I don’t need Jared.” Because that statement didn’t add to the sexually frustrated, grumpy, teenage persona I’d adopted since leaving Jared f*cking Boone’s house a couple of days ago.

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About The Author

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I have been an artist from a very young age. From drawing cartoon characters and evolving into portraits, making jewelry, photography, and now writing. I have an amazing support system in my family and friends and couldn’t be more grateful.#

I live in central New Jersey, love summers at the Jersey Shore, rock music, wine, sexy men, and laughing a lot with my amazing friends and family. Sunday dinners at my parents’ house are crazy, hysterical and you can count on a movie quote…or ten…being thrown out. Insults between siblings is how we show our love for each other!
When I’m not creating, you can find me reading books from my favorite authors. I’m a hopeless romantic, starving for passionate characters and always craving that happy ending, whether in reading or in writing my own books.

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