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Blog Tour: Steadfast by K.L. Noone

Steadfast | K.L. Noone

Character Bleed #3

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Release Date: October 3rd, 2020

Publisher: JMS Books

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Blurb

A love story for the ages! An intimate confession! An epic quest! And happily ever after on the horizon…

Jason Mirelli loves Colby Kent. And Colby loves him. They’ve told the world. And Colby’s recovered from injury, so they’re back at work and back on set. Jason just might have everything he’s ever dreamed of, with a serious leading role, an epic love story, and Colby safe and happy in his arms—but they only have two weeks of filming to go. He’s afraid of the dream falling apart, and he knows Colby has a secret to confess—one that could transform both the ending of their movie and their future together.

Colby never got around to telling Jason his final secret before the accident on set. Now that he’s recovered, he wants to share his writing and his silent script doctor work with the man he loves. Besides, he’s rewritten this script to give their characters a proper happy ending. But he’s nervous about making changes to a classic novel, and he wants the author’s approval.

Colby’s hoping to seek out the famously reclusive author in question, but first he’ll need to trust Jason with this last piece of himself. If he can, he and Jason might finally find their happily-ever-after both on screen and off—for their characters and for themselves.

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Excerpt

Jason steadied Colby and himself as best he could. His heart hadn’t calmed down yet. Slamming into his ribs—seeing Colby come running through a doorway, eyes wide, breath quick—hearing Colby ask for help—

But Colby’s eyes were bright. And Colby’s hand on his arm was exuberant, not frightened.

“—I’ve saved them, you see,” Colby was saying, voice tripping all over itself in excitement, accent rippling and delighted. “I’ve worked it out, the happy ending, and I’m very sorry you’ll have to lose an arm, but that won’t be too dreadful, and your Stephen can come home to Will after all, but if I’m going to change anything that drastic I do want to explain, so I’ll need your help, but anyway, here, tell me whether you think it’s all right—”

“You’re okay,” Jason said.

“Oh.” Colby blinked at him, then smiled. Will’s dressing gown slid off one shoulder; Jason moved to tug it back up, but Colby already was, unselfconsciously graceful. “Yes. Very much.”

“You…saved Will and Stephen?” He took offered script pages. “You changed the ending?”

“Yes, I had to—I couldn’t let them be tragic—yes, go on, read it—”

Serenity the PA had tactfully wandered down the hallway and was pretending to be texting. Night fell like a slowing carousel around them, through tall curtain-framed windows full of stars.

Jason kept an arm around Colby, who believed in happy endings. Found the beginning of the new scenes.

After a minute he said, “Holy shit yes.”

“Yes, I thought so too, did you like the bit when Stephen—”

“Hang on, I’m not done—” It was good. It was so good. He wanted to leap headlong into Colby’s words, to plunge into this imagined historical future. He could see himself playing it out, knowing exactly the quaking weight in Stephen’s steps toward Will’s townhouse, fearful and hopeful, reunion only a possibility until it became triumphantly real…

He knew how Stephen would gather Will close with his one good arm, and how the tears would burn: Will lived, Will still wanted him, they would face the rebuilding of their lives together.

His chest ached, because Colby had written words that reached in and gripped his heart and shook it apart and then soothed it into a soft safe rhythm again.

He looked up, after. “This is right.”

“Yes,” Colby said. “Yes. It’s a good history—two men getting to be happy together, because they did, they could, we have to tell those stories—”

“But it’s also right for them. What they do with the house, with their lives—”

“I wanted it,” Colby said, “to feel like joy.” He looked like joy too, wrapped up in an embroidered period dressing gown.

“It does,” Jason said. “It does.”

“But to make that change…” Colby hesitated, excitement not dimmed but reshaped. “First we’ll have to tell Jillian. It’ll alter the tone of the film.”

“She’ll love it. I do.”

“I think she will—we’d talked about the ending, and I’d said I wasn’t entirely happy—but it’ll mean a longer shoot. I can put more money into it, that’s not a problem, but we’ll be asking the crew to extend their commitment. I’ll understand if some of them can’t, of course.”

Jason mentally skipped over the financing comment. It was a reminder—Colby had a hell of a lot of money even compared to Jason’s action-hero income, enough to casually fling at a production in need—but he’d already made peace with that. He knew Colby used it to help people.

More importantly, he guessed that most if not all of their crew would stay on. If not for the paycheck, for Colby. “Bet they’ll want to. This is big. This kind of story. Telling it.”

“That’s the other part. I know how much the novel means to the people who love it.” Colby squared shoulders. “I think, in order to do this…we should go and find George Forrest and ask. Not permission, precisely—he gave that when we agreed on the rights, and he said he didn’t want to be involved—not bothered by all that nonsense, was how he put it—but I’d like some sort of…”

“Approval?”

“Perhaps. I want to be respectful. I’ll show him my version, and he can comment, I’d not mind, he knows Will and Stephen the best—I wonder if he’d like raspberry tarts as a sort of gift—”

The next realization hit Jason’s brain like a falling ton of Regency-era bricks. “Colby?”

“That’s the bit I’d like your help with, not the baking but the travel, because—”

“Colby.”

“Possibly not tarts?”

“If you do this…if we do this…” He had both hands on Colby’s shoulders. Bracing. “It’ll mean telling people. About your writing. It’ll have to. We could try to keep your secret, I know you and Jill’ve been good at that, and I’ll help, you know I will. But it won’t work for long. If you’re the one finding the author, if you’re showing him this—if even one person says even one thing—with the press we’ve already got…” He gave up, said it again: “You’ll have to tell people. And I know you don’t want to.”

Colby didn’t flinch. “I know. I’m fine with it.”

“You are?”

“I am. I’d already decided that, last night. I thought…yes, it’ll change things, but I’m proud of what I write. And I love Stephen and Will, and I believe in romance, and if giving them a happy ending means being a bit brave about sharing myself, I can do that.”

You can, Jason thought. His hands gentled, holding those slender shoulders; his heart skipped a beat, caught breath, felt awe like sunrise. He thought that even without being in love with Colby, which he was, he’d love Colby: someone who cared about happiness deeply enough to face the price of it with open eyes. With freshly-made raspberry tarts in hand.

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About the Series

An epic motion picture! A gay Napoleonic War love story! Ballrooms and battles at sea! Romantic happy endings on the silver screen! And a film that’ll change everything for its stars …

Jason Mirelli can’t play adrenaline-fueled action heroes forever. He’s getting older, plus the action star parts have grown a little thinner since he came out as bisexual. This role could finally let him be seen as a serious dramatic actor, and he needs it to go well — for his career, and because he’s fallen in love with the story and the chance to tell it.

The first problem? He’ll be playing a ship’s captain … and he hasn’t exactly mentioned his fear of water. The second problem? His co-star: award-winning, overly talkative, annoyingly adorable — and openly gay — box office idol Colby Kent.

Colby’s always loved the novel this film’s based on, and he leapt at the chance to adapt it, now that he has the money and reputation to make it happen. But scars and secrets from his past make filming a love story difficult … until Jason takes his hand and wakes up all his buried desires. Jason could be everything Colby’s ever wanted: generous and kind, a fantastic partner on set, not to mention those heroic muscles. But Colby just can’t take that chance … or can he?

As their characters fall in love and fight a war, Colby and Jason find themselves falling, too … and facing the return of their own past demons. But together they just might win … and write their own love story.

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About The Author

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K.L. Noone employs her academic research for writing romance, frequently LGBTQIA, often paranormal, fantasy, or historical. Her full-length romance novels include the Character Bleed trilogy (Seaworthy, Stalwart, Steadfast), Cadence and the Pearl, and A Demon for Midwinter, available from JMS Books, and A Prophecy for Two, available from Inkshares.

She’s also the author of multiple romance short stories with JMS Books, and previously with Less Than Three Press, Circlet Press, and Ellora’s Cave. Her non-romance fantasy fiction has appeared in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Sword and Sorceress and the magazine Aoife’s Kiss.

With the Professor Hat on, she’s published scholarly work on romance, fantasy, and folklore, including a book on Welsh mythology in popular culture and a book on ethics in Terry Pratchett’s fantasy. She is happily bisexual, married to the marvelous Awesome Husband, and currently owned by a long-legged black cat named Merlyn.

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Release Blitz: Nobody’s Groom by DJ Jamison

Nobody’s Groom | DJ Jamison

A Marital Bliss Novella

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Release Date: April 9th, 2020

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Blurb

Can two enemies find love after a rocky start?

TJ hoped the Triple J Ranch would be a fresh start under a new name, with his tarnished family reputation behind him. He didn’t count on the young, spirited Colby provoking him at every turn. But when tempers boil over, TJ discovers that Colby’s disgust with him is more like lust, and that he’d do just about anything to tangle with the confused kitten.

Colby likes everyone, but something about the new, unfriendly cowboy on the crew gets under his skin. He doesn’t understand just how worked up TJ has him until his body reacts, shocking them both. Colby’s never been with a man, but he can’t fight the desire TJ’s rough hands have awakened in him.

It’s just physical, an opportunity to indulge Colby’s secret desires. But the young ranch hand’s innocence softens something inside TJ, and he can’t deny he wants more. He’s nobody’s groom, but could he be Colby’s love — or will his lies come between them?

Nobody’s Groom is a novella in the Marital Bliss series. It can stand alone but is best read after Wrangling A Groom, as it may contain spoilers.

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eMarriage2-683x1024 The Marital Bliss series is a contemporary MM romance series that explores marriages tropes.

Books 1 and 2 explore marriage contract and marriage pact themes.

Other themes that might come up in the future include fake engagement, matchmaker, mistaken identity, and anything else DJ can dream up!

You can find the series on Amazon in Kindle Unlimited.

Excerpt

He whipped around, eyes narrowing. Colby stood there, peeking around the corner of the barn.

“You,” he growled.

Colby’s eyes went wide, flicking down to watch TJ shove his dick into his pants and zip up. “Oh, sorr—”

TJ was on him in two steps. He grabbed Colby’s arm, pulling him closer. “Did you enjoy watching me piss?”

“N-no,” Colby stuttered. “I was just…”

“What?”

Colby’s eyes met his, and electricity arced between them. The tension before the storm had broken at last.

“I didn’t know what you were doing. Just think someone should keep tabs on ya.”

Colby tried to sound tough, but he was just a kitten. TJ barked a nasty laugh that made him inwardly cringe. This guy brought out the worst in him.

“Let’s go,” he growled, yanking Colby toward the barn.

“What?” Colby said, trying to pull away as TJ pulled him around the corner and shoved him toward the open barn door. “No!”

Colby attempted to dart past him, and TJ grasped the back of his neck — just like he would a kitten — and pushed him into the barn, shoving him hard and releasing him. Colby stumbled forward, throwing out his arms for balance, and TJ slammed the barn door shut behind them.

“Time to end this shit. You don’t like me,” TJ said flatly. “That’s fine, but it don’t make me a criminal.”

“I didn’t say it did.”

Looking wary, Colby backed up toward the nearest wall. TJ advanced on him, shaking with fury. He’d done everything he could to put distance between himself and his past. He didn’t want to be seen as a bad element, never again.

“I didn’t come here to let a little boy like you ruin it for me. I work hard. I deserve to be here just as much as you.”

Colby took a step forward. “I’m not—”

TJ shoved him back against the wall, hard. He followed with his body, pinning Colby in place. Lowering his head, he whispered in his ear. “What’s wrong, you jealous?”

Colby went rigid, breath stuttering. “Jealous of what?”

“My body. My muscles. I’ve seen you looking.”

“No!” Colby’s voice was strangled. “Just let me go.”

He pushed forward, but TJ was an unmovable object. Little Colby did not have the force to budge him a step. He did bring them into even closer contact, however, pressing his hard cock against TJ’s upper thigh.

“Holy shit,” TJ whispered. Colby had a hard-on for him.

Colby turned bright red. “That’s not because… It’s just from the friction!”

TJ laughed, reaching down to cup Colby through his pants. He squeezed, possibly harder than was kind, his frustration still pumping adrenaline through his veins. “You little shit,” he said. “You’re hot for me.”

Colby shook his head violently, squeezing his eyes shut. “It’s not like that!”

TJ’s own cock was taking an interest in the proceedings now. Colby was the perfect little twink to tick his boxes. He was slender, almost willowy, but packed with muscle from working the ranch. He had a pretty smile, but a strong jaw dusted with stubble kept him from looking too soft. His chestnut-colored hair was rich and thick, always flopping over his eyes.

And there was that throat, Adam’s apple bobbing nervously as Colby breathed heavily. No matter what he said, his body was betraying him now. He was primed and wanting, and TJ couldn’t resist the opportunity to sample the goods.

He leaned forward and licked a stripe up the side of Colby’s neck.

Colby gasped, eyes flying open. “What are you doing? I…”

His voice gave out when TJ flicked open his button and drew down the zipper with a quiet rasp. “You’re awful worked up,” he said. “Might as well get it out of your system, so you can stop harassing me.”

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About The Author

DJ Jamison writes a variety of queer characters, from gay to bisexual to asexual, with a focus on telling love stories. DJ grew up in the Midwest in a working-class family, and those influences can be found in her writing through characters coping with real-life problems: money troubles, workplace drama, family conflicts, and, of course, falling in love.

DJ spent more than a decade in the newspaper industry before chasing her first dream to write fiction. She spent a lifetime reading before that and continues to avidly devour her fellow authors’ books each night. She lives in Kansas with her husband, two sons, one snake, and a sadistic cat named Birdie.

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Jay’s Cornish-set romance series is my ‘happy place’

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I think this is my favourite one yet in this series of quite excellent romances set in a wee Cornish town and centred on an LGBTQ cafe.

Here it’s journalist Quentin’s turn to go through the angst of falling for someone and it’s a narrative which runs a full gamut of emotions.

I felt so bad for George, at 45 he still hadn’t really come to terms with either his sexuality or his sexual desires.

But in Quentin’s capable hands, the awkwardness of his first time turned into something neither was expecting.

I loved the mild kink in this book, it fit perfectly with the awakening of a man who’d repressed his feelings for years. Dirty talk really does turn my crank 😁

A little bit of friendly Interference from cafe owner Seb and these two lonely men were put firmly on the path to happiness.

I’m excited to see where Jay takes this series next.

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

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