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Release Blitz: Hopelessly Hooked by Rose Sinclair

Hopelessly Hooked | Rose Sinclair

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Release Date: August 30th, 2022

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Sail in, sail out. Steal a man’s heart and plenty of his art.

Warren, darling

Try as I may, I can’t get the voice of the Jolly Roger’s captain out of my head. Captain Hook believes my magic keeps him safe, but in truth I’m pushing him out to sea.

We are destined to be together, but what Hook doesn’t know can’t hurt me. Can’t tempt me away from the sanctuary I’m trying to build on land. No matter how badly I want to taste the salt water on his skin.

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The difference between a curse and a blessing is perspective. What was meant as a punishment has given me a wonderful life of piracy. The only cost is I’m bound to the mage who cast the spell.

Warren is a darling artist who claims to get seasick with black hair, and one sky-blue eye that captivates me like only the ocean can. If he’s as uninterested as he claims, why does he say my real name like my heart is the only treasure that matters?

Hopelessly Hooked is a standalone gay fantasy romance featuring a fated mates trope, an art loving pirate, scorching sexy magic, and a guaranteed a happily ever after!

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Excerpt

Men who lived at sea always looked like rough trade. But their captain had a duality around all those hard muscular edges with black curls flowing down to his shoulders.

My first brush with fate had been when his crew searched the town for a healer and brought me onto their docked ship. The Captain’s hand was completely missing, and blood-soaked rags covered where the limb should have been.

Given the extent of the injury, it was no surprise they wanted a mage instead of a regular doctor. This hadn’t been the only time I’ve bore witness to the end result of a sharp cleave. But being alone in a room with a pirate captain while his crew waited outside blocking off any escape made my hands sweat.

“I can’t reattach limbs.” My words came out in a panic, weaker than they had been in years. Strangers in town often grew upset when I couldn’t do the impossible after their trip to the castle. What would bloody pirates do?

The Captain looked at me with amusement in his sharp, beautiful eyes marked by heterochromia. The mismatch made one brown and the other blue. “What’s your name?” The voice was friendly despite the amount of pain he must have been holding back.

“Warren.”

“Well, Warren,” he said with a confident smile before his voice dropped to a near whisper that I instinctively leaned closer to hear. “My name is James, and I don’t need you to return the hand. Heal me as I am.”

My face flushed, and I realized how rare and precious that specific truth was. “Why would you tell me that?” I blurted out, my voice stronger now. “Don’t you know the power a true name has with a mage?”

“Aye,” James said, giving the vulnerability a beat. “But you seem more scared than I. No one fears a pirate with a commonplace name.” He offered his wounded arm out as if to remind me he needed care. “If you’d please.”

About the Author

Rose Sinclair

Rose Sinclair is a bi-trans author and former community leader who started with a blog in 2013. The biggest noisemaker they spearheaded was a protest in 2015 that made GLADD step up for the wider LGBTQIA+ community, paving the way for future acceptance of those communities and on-screen TV representation.

Before becoming a full-time writer, they popularized several community terms and set up a decentralized support system with a “Dear Abby” style approach. They are the author of HELLO WORLD, organizer of community projects such as UNBURIED FABLES, and a steamy BIG BAD MAGIC SERIES.

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To celebrate the release of Hopelessly Hooked, Rose is giving away:

a Paperback copy of the release & exclusive bookmarks (US Winner)

an e-copy of the release & exclusive bookmarks (International Winner)

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Fabulous fantasy romance romp from this author duo

Pool of Dreams by Sam Burns &  W.M. Fawkes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love it when authors take common tropes and give them a twist and then you get a glorious fantasy romance with mythological undertones like this.

It draws on many folk takes, lore and myths from what generally gets put under the Celtic umbrella but also pulls in the Arthurian element of a magic sword and an unlikely heir.

I couldn’t have been happier when I got to read this book early because I knew it would be a good one and the authors delivered in spades.

Syren and Audric both have huge fears to overcome, neither of them feels they’re particularly brave, but as they set off together on their quest it becomes clear that together they may be the answer.

There were times throughout this book when I had no idea what was going to come next.

While I spotted the likely villain fairly early on, it didn’t spoil any part of the narrative because the beauty of a fantasy story using the Fae as inspiration is that there are almost limitless ways they can do people over!

Here it’s Syren’s former lover, the Fae Prince, who’s threatening to extinguish all human life and return the Fae to Audric’s kingdom.

Without revealing any spoilers, the plot takes you through an emotional rollercoaster of action, feelings, the beginnings of a deep connection, friendships within Audric’s keep and dangers lurking in plain sight.

The eventual final confrontation is as epic as in any fantasy series and I was internally screaming as things come to a head.

At one point I thought I’d be having some serious words with the authors as I got very teary. Thankfully they redeemed themselves later 😁

While I could ramble on even more about Pool of Dreams without much trouble, I’ll wrap up by saying if you like your fantasy to have high stakes, want villains to despise and heroes to love, and a romance that makes your heart sing, this book will meet all those needs and more.

I’ve already told them I want more in this world!

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

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Release Blitz: Deceiving D’Vaire by Jessamyn Kingley

Deceiving D’Vaire | Jessamyn Kingley

D’Vaire #30

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Release Date: July 7th, 2022

Cover Artist: LJ Anderson of Mayhem Cover Creations

Heat Rating: 3 flames

Length: 92,990 words

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Deception is new to Greyson and Morgen, but they’ll soon learn it has surrounded them all along.

Greyson Variusdraconis is a newly shifted dragon searching for purpose. Growing up in the Consilium Veneficus, his tutors taught him not to trust Fate. Raised by his elder brother who serves their king directly, Greyson still lives under his sibling’s roof. King Varius recently signed a treaty, so Greyson’s job is guarding wizards. Greyson finds it boring, and he worries his brother will never accept his desire to avoid a political arranged marriage.

As a child, Morgen Bassett struggled to find his footing. Two centuries later, the wizard works in a tiny library, lacks family, and has a rented room barely large enough for its furniture. Although Morgen’s early education included mentions of matebonds, the split between the Council of Sorcery and Shifters and the Consilium changed everything. With no promise of his other half or anything else, Morgen is doing little more than surviving.

On an otherwise normal trip to the supermarket, Greyson and Morgen meet, and neither man is prepared for the force of their connection. Not long after the sparks fly between them, Greyson accepts a mission to infiltrate the Draconis High Court of D’Vaire. The pair will have to find a way to stay together.

Should they be successful in gaining entry, they’ll also need to learn how to unearth all the D’Vaire secrets. However, Greyson and Morgen will soon find that nothing about their lives is what it seems.

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When Morgen lifted to his toes and tilted his chin up for a kiss, Greyson’s mouth landed on the wizard’s, and he tugged him into his arms for a hug. Everything in Greyson settled for a minute, then his worry over the conversation they needed to have filled his senses again.

“Sorry I’m late.”

“Was there traffic?” Morgen asked, stepping away from Greyson and leading him to his room.

“No, my brother wanted to talk to me.”

“Is everything okay?”

“I hope so,” Greyson said. “Sit on the bed with me.”

Once Morgen was settled on the bed next to Greyson, he gently pushed some of his bangs out of the wizard’s unique eyes. There was concern in them, and Greyson wanted to alleviate it, so he got straight to the point.

“I’m being sent on assignment in a few weeks. King Varius and my brother are going to help me get into the sanctuary at D’Vaire. We need to figure out how to recruit dragons. Either we discover D’Vaire is not what it seems, or I study the Council to find the weak points so we can advertise that the Council is inferior to the Consilium. They want me to stay until I gain everyone’s trust, so they expect I’ll be gone for many months or longer.”

Morgen’s gaze hit his lap, and he exhaled heavily. Instead of putting his hand into Greyson’s as he usually did, Morgen clasped them together and put them between his legs.

“You’re leaving?”

“In a couple of weeks, yes,” Greyson said. “It has me thinking about us. We don’t know everything about each other after a week, but we’re both determined to learn more. We’re united in following what our souls and Fate are telling us. I’d hoped someday to ask you to move to Court Varius. Today at lunch, I was looking around online and found that there’s a library within biking distance from my brother’s house. I thought it could possibly be a good place for you to work if you wanted.”

“I biked to work prior to finding this room.”

The words were soft, and Morgen still wouldn’t look at him.

“Come to D’Vaire with me. We could work on our relationship while I handle my assignment. We’ll potentially be there for a long time. I bet we’ll be ready to seal our bond before we learn the things King Varius wants to know. When we return to Court Varius, we could be bonded mates. My brother wouldn’t be able to say shite about political marriages or anything else. We’d be together, and he’d have to accept it.”

Morgen’s head lifted, and he stared at Greyson for several seconds, then he bit his bottom lip. “You want me to go with you?”

“Didn’t I just ask you to? Of course I do. Think about it. Our only job would be research. That’s something we both love, and we’d be together the whole time. We’d get to learn everything about each other, and these feelings we’re building would grow.”

“How could I go?”

“We’ll figure it out. I promise. There’s no question that I’ll leave here without you. I can’t say no to my king, but I think I can be pretty convincing. You do seem to like me.”

With a small smile, Morgen reached over and slipped his hand into Greyson’s. “There’s nothing keeping me bound to my job or this room. I don’t like the idea of springing us on your brother when we get back, though.”

“We’ll tell him before we make the trip home. No worries. We’ll figure out the best way to tackle the entire situation as a team. What do you say? Do you want to handle this secret mission with me?”

“As long as you promise I get to take a trip to the Spectra Library.”

“I’m not leaving the Council without seeing it either,” Greyson assured him. “What do you say we get some takeaway and start our research?”

“A kiss could sway me.”

Greyson grinned. His fingers danced over Morgen’s jaw, his lovely lips, then Greyson settled his mouth on the wizard’s. Morgen touched his tongue to Greyson’s, and all thoughts of subterfuge, D’Vaire, and giant libraries flowed out of his brain.

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About the Author

Jessamyn Kingley lives in Nevada where she begs the men in her head to tell her their amazing stories which she dutifully writes it all down in what has become a small mountain of notebooks. She falls in love with each couple and swears whatever book she wrote last is her absolute favorite.

Jessamyn is married and working toward remembering to start the dishwasher without being distracted by the scent of the magical detergent. For personal enjoyment, she aids in cat rescue while slashing and gashing her way through mobs in various MMORPGs. Caffeine is her very best friend and is only cast aside briefly for the sin better known as BBQ potato chips.

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