“Spell Bound” Month Long Pre-Release Extravaganza Week 2

It’s week 2 of magical content this month celebrating the pre-release of Spell Bound, the first book of the Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge series. I hope you enjoyed the graphics, mini-author readings, and blog posts I’ve shared so far in week 1. If you missed any of it, here’s a link to a complete list of last week’s fun with magic and men.

Here’s the list of dates and places for week 2’s content.

May 4–Facebook

May 5–My blog

May 6–My blog

May 7–Twitter

May 8–Rhys Ford‘s author website

May 9–My blog

May 10–Google+

I can’t wait! <3

Why Does Magic Fascinate Us?

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Um, wrong type of magic, but yes Channing Tatum humping the floor is quite magical in its own right.

What I’m talking about is witchcraft, sorcery, the paranormal version of magic, which has been around ever since our species first developed rational thought. It was the way our primitive ancestors explained the world around them to themselves and each other.

But as we developed as a species, we learned that what we thought was magical was actually just a natural process. The sun rose and set not because some god hoisted it across the sky but because our planet orbited around the sun as it rotated. The blooming of the flowers wasn’t because the fairies tended to the plants but because the plants had been pollenated by insects or the seeds had germinated and sprouted into new growth.

So even though we have science to explain so many aspects of our lives, why are so many people still fascinated by magic?

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Sigh. Yes very fascinating.

But back to my question. I don’t claim to have the definitive answer, but I can tell you why magic fascinates me.

The Lure of the Unknown

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Maybe I’m weird, but I like thinking there are things out there in the world that science and rational thought cannot explain. Having answers for everything makes life boring and routine. There’s a certain freedom that comes with fantasy and imagination. Do I hate science? Not at all, but magic appeals to me on a spiritual sense. It tells me there is more out there than what can be explained.

It Challenges Mortality

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It’s part of our human nature to fear death to a certain extent. While there are not many certainties in life, death is one of them. We are all born, and we will all die. But magic gives us a potential out. If magic truly exists, if there was some spell we could master or fountain of youth to unearth, many of us might be tempted to do just that because face it, no one really wants to die.

It Can Give Us Powers

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Since most of us were children, we were fascinated by the thought of flying, turning invisible, or shooting fire balls out of our hands. How many of us pretended to be some kind of superhero in our youth? That’s another draw of magic. It’s a fantasy that appeals to our inner child who secretly wishes to be more than just human.

So what is it about magic that fascinates you?

 

“Spell Bound” Mini Author Reading #1

Hey, all! Today, I’ll be sharing a short 2-3 minute video reading from my upcoming release Spell Bound. It’s just a little snippet of this magical world I’ve have created. I hope you enjoy!

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Blurb:

Mason Blackmoor just can’t compete with his brothers, much less his father. They represent the epitome of black magic, strong, dark, and wicked, and though Mason tries to live up to his respected lineage, most of the spells he casts go awry. To make matters worse, his active power has yet to kick in. While his brothers wield lightning and harness the cold, Mason sits on the sidelines, waiting for the moment when he can finally enter the magical game.

When a dead body is discovered on the football field of his high school, Mason meets Drake Carpenter, the new kid in town. Drake’s confident demeanor and quick wit rub Mason the wrong way. Drake is far too self-assured for someone without an ounce of magical blood in his body, and Mason aims to teach him a lesson—like turn him into a roach. And if he’s lucky, maybe this time Mason won’t be the one turned into an insect.

Not surprisingly, the dislike is mutual and Drake does nothing to dispel Mason’s suspicion that the sexy boy with a southern drawl is somehow connected to the murder.

If only Mason didn’t find himself inexplicably spellbound whenever they are together, they might actually find out what danger hides in the shadows.

To purchase Spell Bound, click here.

 

“Spell Bound” Month Long Pre-Release Extravaganza Week 1

I’m so excited. The first book of my new gay paranormal series The Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge releases on May 27th, and before I go any further I just have to share with you the fabulous cover drawn by Dreamspinner’s own, Paul Richmond.

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Isn’t it gorgeous?

I can’t tell you how excited I am that I finally get to share this book with you, especially since I’m currently in the middle of writing the third book of the series, and BOY, is there a lot of strange and romantic things going on in the small, New England town of Havenbridge.

Another exciting fact about this release is that Spell Bound marks the publication of my 10th book. It’s really hard to believe I’m celebrating such a milestone. In my little world, it’s a pretty big thing.

So to celebrate the release of Spell Bound, I’ve come up with 30 days of unique content to whet everyone’s appetite. I’ll be sharing that content in various places; some will be here on my website. Others will be on my various social media–Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, so if you’re not connected with me on all three, now might be a good time to start because what I share on one social media site won’t be shared on the others.

To help you find the content, I’ll be providing a weekly list of dates and where I’ll be sharing the goodies. Here’s the list for Week 1!

April 27–Facebook

April 28–My blog

April 29–Love Bytes Reviews

April 30–Twitter

May 1–The Novel Approach

May 2–My blog

May 3–Google+

I’ll see you all around next week. It should be a blast!

A Reference Guide to the Gay Bear Culture UPDATED

About four years ago, I wrote “A Reference Guide to the Gay Bear Culture,” and you know what, it has been one of my most popular posts. I guess a lot of people love bears just like I do.

So today, I decided to update the post with new subcategories that have been provided to me through comments and e-mails on this pretty popular post. A big hearty thanks to all the contributors!

Here’s the link to that updated post if you’d like to read it. I’m planning a future update with pictures.

Growl indeed!

Growl indeed!

The “Please Remember Me” Blog Tour: The Final Stop–Literary Nymphs

The Please Remember Me blog tour comes to an end today at Literary Nymphs. I end the tour with a song playlist inspired by the book. If you’re interested in listening to it or entering the double giveaway, then click here to head on over. It’s your last chance to try to win a copy of an e-book from my backlist or the $50 Amazon gift certificate.

Please Remember Me Blog Tour: Stops 9, 10, & 11

My Please Remember Me blog tour made three stops over the past few days.

I’m over at Guys Like Romance Too where I blog about my inspiration for the novel.

At It’s Raining Men, I talk about the origin of my latest book.

Finally, at Sizzling Hot Books, I sit down for an interview.

The double giveaway is still going on over at all three sites. You have a chance to win a free copy of a book from my backlist at each site, and the grand prize is a $50 Amazon gift card!

I hope to see you all there! <3

Please Remember Me Blog Tour: Stop #8–Joyfully Jay

I’m spending some time with one of my favorite gals today–Joyfully Jay! She’s the next stop on my Please Remember Me blog tour. Today, I sit down for an interview with my characters Santi and Hank. As usual, the interview doesn’t quite go as planned. Those characters have a mind of their own some times. If you’d like to read the interview or are interested in the double giveaway, then click here and one of Jay’s studs will arrive on a white steed to take you over to her place. <3

Please Remember Me Blog Tour: Stop #7–Christy Loves 2 Read

I’m over at Christy Loves 2 Read today for the next stop on my Please Remember Me blog tour. I wrote an interesting post about me and my muse, the finicky little bastard. We have a love/hate relationship at times, so I wanted to share that with you. The double giveaway is still going strong, so if you’d like to read my post and enter for the giveaway then click here and Christy will send limo to collect you. 😀