Monday, August 29, 2016

Tuesday Tales - Picture Prompt



Hello! It`s time for Tuesday Tales.





Welcome back! It’s time for another snippet from my new book! I'm now working on an M/M hockey romance titled Open Net. This is the second novella in the Cayuga Cougars duology featuring LGBT players. This story centers on a young goalie, August Miles, a newcomer to the Cougars that we met in Mario and Lila's novella.

It`s our picture prompt week and the excerpt must reflect the image and be under 300 words.  Don`t forget to visit the other talented Tuesday Tales authors. Thanks for stopping by!




“Maybe we can just cruise around town.” The thought of heading anywhere that didn’t have paved roads made me twitchy. Heather stuck to her guns and so off to the farmlands we went, my gut knotting more and more tightly with every civilized mile we left behind. “I’m sorry Sal called you.”

            Heather glanced at me from the rolling green countryside. Her eyelids looked heavy.

            “I’m not,” she replied sleepily. I hadn’t heard a peep out of Jack for about five minutes so I assumed he had fallen asleep. The air coming in the windows grew cooler as we left Cayuga proper, so I rolled up my window and Heather did the same, leaving them just cracked an inch or two. “Let’s go down this road here. Brooks and I came up here a couple weeks ago. There’s this petting farm about ten miles down the road. Jack just loved the sheep.”

            I followed her directions. The dirt road was shaded by towering trees. The sun pushed early morning beams of light through the oaks and birch. My foot slid off the gas and we just sat there admiring the beauty of nature.


Copyright 2016 ©by V.L. Locey


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Author/Book Spotlight - Ellie Mack's Quotidiandose: 30 Days of Sass Cover Reveal!



Please welcome a dear online friend and fellow author, Ellie Mack! Today Ellie is here to talk about her newest non-fiction book. It's a wonderful compilation of blog posts filled with sass and lots of humor that you're going to love! 





GENRE: nonfiction; humor

Blurb: 

This collection of daily musings combine edgy, funny, practical, everyday reality with a dose of personal sass. There are life-lessons in the words that are applicable for everyone. I hope they will put a smile on your face and brighten your day!


A portion of proceeds from print copies of this book will go to Action for Autism.

You can preorder here:

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Excerpts:

Why continue in unhappiness?  Change is inevitable, but most people fear it.  Better the devil you know than the one you don't know sort of thing.   That attitude leads to a mundane, unhappy existence.  I want to live and thrive and be about living my life, not watch it pass me by while I sit on the bleachers and wish I could or worse, wish I would have gotten in the game.

It is a brave step, that first step off the bleachers. Pulse quickening, mouth going dry, butterflies in the stomach yet continuing to put one foot in front of the other, moving away from the bleachers. The scenery is all new and fresh. Nothing is familiar because I haven't gone this way before.

Life is a grand adventure. It becomes thrilling and exciting; an element of danger is always there. Safe and orthodox is not safe, now is it?   Because if you remain in a safe job, doing the safe thing that sucks the life out of you, you are dying a little each day inside. Eventually high blood pressure, pot bellies, drinking and eating in excess and various other vices because the insanity of safe breaks our need to live, breathe, and thrive.

An excerpt of Ellie’s fiction writing is also included.



Author Bio:

Ellie Mack received her BS in cartography from Southeast Missouri State University. After leaving the corporate world for the title of MOM, she has pursued her writing dreams. Nowadays Ellie charts unmapped territory through her fiction and humor writing. She lives near St. Louis with her husband of 30 years and their two teen daughters. When she's not writing, she can be found scrapbooking, crocheting, or cooking. You can find her musings on her blog Quotidiandose. (https://quotidiandose.wordpress.com)

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Silent Sunday




*Lonely Old Barn*









Monday, August 22, 2016

Tuesday Tales - Fan




Hello! It`s time for Tuesday Tales.



 Welcome back! It’s time for another snippet from my new book! I'm now working on an M/M hockey romance titled Open Net. This is the second novella in the Cayuga Cougars duology featuring LGBT players. This story centers on a young goalie, August Miles, a newcomer to the Cougars that we met in Mario and Lila's novella. This week we get to see our shy netminder play some hockey! Woo-hoo!

 This story contains crude language and gay sexual situations. We are telling tales about hockey players so if that offends now would be the time to move onto another Tuesday Tales offering.  Our word prompt for the week is "Fan”.









The third period was just as physical but far less sloppy. It seemed as if both teams had been read the riot act because sin bin time was significantly reduced. The hard hits continued but they were clean hits. The net crashing spiked into outrageous levels however. After I had been knocked to my ass for a third time, I got a little upset and had a talk with the ref. I explained that I was worried about how impaired his vision must be since he didn’t see the blatant goaltender interference happening right under his nose. He told me to get back to my crease or I’d get slapped with a delay of game penalty.

            “Blind motherfucker,” I mumbled as I slapped my mask back on my head.

            “I got that dickwad Danielson,” Mario informed me as we waited for a problem with the clock to be fixed. “You just worry about keeping that puck out of our net.”

            I gave him a nod. The forwards gathered to my right for a faceoff. Dan Arou, who had been quiet all night due to defensive pressure, won the faceoff, shuttled the puck back to Mario and then punched Bryce Danielson in the face. It was like that old Bible story about David and Goliath with Dan in the role of David. Dan might be short but he is a freaking force when he’s mad. As Dan and Bryce tossed gloves to the side of me, Mario managed to break away from the glut of players in my end. A couple of the Broncos were distracted by the slugfest and that was all Mario needed. 

            He broke over the blue line and took a snap shot. The Bronco goalie threw his glove up. The puck caught the edge of the catcher glove, spun up into the air, and then landed behind the Bronco goalie right on the line. Mario dove at the crease, his stick extended in front of him. He nudged the puck just enough to send it slowly creeping to the back of the twine. A linesman standing behind the goal pointed at the puck in the net. The goal light came on and the fans went bonkers.

Copyright 2016 ©by V.L. Locey

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Author/Book Spotlight & Gift Card Giveaway - R.J. Scott's The Code Ice Dragons #1

Please welcome a new friend, the lively and lovely R.J. Scott! Today she's here to talk about hockey and hockey romance. Two of my favorite things!





Obsession and things

I’ve always loved Ice Hockey, well, as far back as I remember, to the year that Torvill and Dean won Gold with Bolero. That was when I first saw it, and was just gob smacked at how fast and dangerous and sexy it was. I live in England, and we don’t have a lot of exposure to Ice Hockey here – we have the Elite League, Cardiff, Edinburgh, there is even a team only fifteen miles up the road from me – The MK Lightning, although, they aren’t in Elite at the moment (soon though).

Fast forward and I have always read hockey books. I’m not much into American football, and baseball just bores me (reminds me too much of cricket – too slow!). But Hockey? That is fast and passionate and did I mention, sexy. So I found this group, The Sin Bin, and I joined, and watched and commented, and found some new authors to read. I’m sure I have run out of hockey books to read now and I wait (not so patiently) for my favorite authors to release new books for me to devour.
But I never supported a US team, because… well… life happened, and I’m in England, and also I have a tendency to get passionately involved in anything I like to the point where it just won’t leave me alone.

So, I announced in the group that I needed a team to follow. Bear in mind that I knew nothing concrete about US Hockey, and the only name I really know is Sidney Crosby, because even he gets mentioned over here, and in the UK coverage of hockey (when it happens, which isn’t a lot of times!). I decided to look at stats, news reports and… no wait, I actually didn’t do any of that.
I opened Google and typed in *sexy NHL players*.

Well, I skimmed the list, and you’d laugh if you could see the way my tongue hung out. People in the group were throwing names at me, Tyler, Johnny, Patrick (several of those) and of course, Sidney.
I realized that one guy jumped out at me… well two actually… and that pretty much made up my mind. It was a simple equation.

The beautiful Kris Letang + the steel jawed sexy Sidney Crosby = Pittsburgh Penguins

And hey, I like penguins, they are cute. I did however have to look up where Pittsburgh was, LOL.
There was me deciding, and then I find out the Pens might make it to the end of round one of the playoffs, and I thought, yay, this is cool.
Then they only went and won the Stanley cup!!!!
I think, clearly, that I am a good luck charm. Nods.
I also fell for Geno, Rusty, and Horny, and Hags, and Kessel, and… you can see where I’m coming from.



Then of course, I had to write my own hockey book. Because, I’m a writer and I can’t leave it alone now. LOLs. The Code will be out in October, and is about a D with anger issues and his best friends little sister.

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And as to where I got the name for the team, The Ice Dragons, from? I love Vermont, so decided to set the team there, and was researching and found Dragon boat races on Lake Champlain… this had to be done! So, the Burlington Ice Dragons team was born, an expansion team from back in 2010, not champions, but holding their own, finding their rhythm… I’m so excited, and have done so much research, guided by the awesome Lace Barton, a fellow Penguin fan who is explaining everything to me every time I have a question. Love that girl!

Competition

Win a $25 gift card for Amazon, just comment below on which team you support, and why, oh and who is your sexiest player? Or, if you’re not a hockey fan, what is your favorite sport to read?

Closing date – [August 29th 14:00 GMT (London)].

Find out more about RJ Scott (and her writing as Rozenn Scott) at:

https://www.facebook.com/author.rjscott
http://rjscottauthor.blogspot.com/
http://rozennscott.blogspot.co.uk/

email: rj@rjscott.co.uk


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Silent Sunday





*Grandma's Front Porch*









Friday, August 19, 2016

Hat Trick of Questions #3




I’m having such fun with this I couldn’t wait to do another! If there’s something you’d like to know about any of my upcoming books or just want to shoot a question at me, feel free to do so. I’ll do my best to answer your queries! Time to tackle this trio now.








1-What’s the one genre that you haven’t written but would love to?

Fantasy. I love, love, lovey love playing fantasy video games such as Dragon Age (Proud member of Team Alistair here), The Witcher, and the Elder Scrolls. I adored Skyrim so much I went out and got a tattoo of dragon language on my left forearm. My daughter has a matching one. It reads MOTHER AND CHILD.



Dragons, elves, fairies, mages, and dwarves. Sigh. I love them all but I’m not sure I have the skills necessary for the detailed world building that makes fantasy so amazing. Maybe one day I’ll work up enough nerve to try a simple short story about a young male elf falling in love with a young male dwarf. I do love me some forbidden love. Okay, maybe this needs to happen sooner than one day! *wink*



2-Do you read lots of “How-To Write” books?

Honestly, I haven’t read a How-To book about writing for years. I did when I first started seriously writing and it almost killed my muse. I’ve learned that other people’s process is not my process. I have to do what works for me and not what works for Mary Sue Author. When people ask me which How-To write book I recommended, I generally tell them to feel free to read whichever book sounds good to them but then toss it aside and write the way that feels natural to them.



3-If you could have one X-Man superpower what would it be?

I’ve always loved the notion of being able to teleport like Nightcrawler.



Imagine how awesome it would be to BAMF! to the grocery store and then BAMF! back home. No cars, no busses, no subway or train rides. Just a small cloud of brimstone-scented smoke and you’re there and back. Also, Kurt’s tail would be super handy when putting those groceries away!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Tuesday Tales - Gray



Hello! It`s time for Tuesday Tales.




Welcome back! It’s time for another snippet from my new book! I'm now working on an M/M hockey romance titled Open Net. This is the second novella in the Cayuga Cougars duology featuring LGBT players. This story centers on a young goalie, August Miles, a newcomer to the Cougars that we met in Mario and Lila's novella. This week our two leading men meet!

 This story contains crude language and gay sexual situations. We are telling tales about hockey players so if that offends now would be the time to move onto another Tuesday Tales offering.  Our word prompt for the week is "Gray”.






"Oh look, it's Salvatore! SAL!" Heather shouted over the horn section of the band. I glanced over her head and my gaze locked with warm, dark brown eyes set into an amazingly handsome face. I stumbled over my big feet as a rush of attraction danced over my skin. Salvatore gently wiggled around a dancing couple. As he closed the distance, I checked him out using Jack as a shield. Sal was an older Latina man, late thirties to early forties by the looks. His skin was tawny brown, his hair short and black as obsidian with lots of gray highlights. He was shorter than me by a good five or six inches. His compact frame was casually outfitted in jeans and a soft summer shirt with short sleeves.

He's hot, August. Try not to fall off the dock. Heather and Sal embraced each other, his eyes staying on me even as they briefly hugged. I glanced down at my feet and then up at the clear blue sky.

 "Congrats fellow new nurse, " Heather bubbled as they separated.

"Congratulations to you as well," Salvatore said. His voice was strong and deep. I liked it. I also liked how he stepped around Heather to stand by me. I could smell his cologne now. It was earthy. I glanced to the side to find his gaze still on me. "When you told the class you were pregnant; I didn't think you'd be able to graduate on time. She's an amazing young woman who pulled off something incredible, isn't she?"

"Yeah, she's amazing," I replied while trying to tear my sight from his.

"I had tons of help," Heather said and shifted her son to her other hip. "Brooks watched him at night so I could study and not fall behind. Vic and Dan took him every weekend so I could grab extra credit assignments."

"But it was you who broke her back to ensure she graduated on time," Sal argued pleasantly, our gazes still entangled. "Is this young man a friend of yours?"

"Oh gosh, I am such a bean-head!" Salvatore Castenada, this is August Miles. Augie plays goalie for the Cayuga Cougars," she said while bouncing Jack up and down. "Sal here was in my graduating class and is a new nurse too." Heather patted Sal's biceps affectionately.

"It's a real pleasure to meet you, August." Sal extended his hand. I placed my damp palm over his dry one and fissures of desire crawled up my arm. We shook for much longer than my father would have found acceptable.
                                                                                                 

Copyright 2016 ©by V.L. Locey


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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Monday, August 8, 2016

Tuesday Tales - Catch




Hello! It`s time for Tuesday Tales.



 It's time to kick off a new book! I'm now working on another M/M hockey romance titled Open Net. This is the second novella in the Cayuga Cougars duology featuring LGBT players. This story centers on a young goalie, August Miles, a newcomer to the Cougars that we met in Mario and Lila's novella. This week we're at the beginning of August's story and Victor Kalinski, an associate coach on August's team, is mouthing off about a disco band his baby momma hired for her college graduation party.

 This story contains crude language and gay sexual situations. We are telling tales about hockey players so if that offends now would be the time to move onto another Tuesday Tales offering.  Our word prompt for the week is "Catch.



            "I knew it," Vic smiled then leaned on me just a bit. "I told Heather that but she informed me that I was a smashed asshole and hired this lame-ass band anyway. If you see me wading out into Seneca Lake with a glazed look on my face, don't be alarmed. I'm just drowning myself to end the misery this music is inflicting."

            "Okay, I'll let you kill yourself," I muttered and dared a glance at the bearded redhead hanging off me. He gave me a scorching look.

            "I was kidding, Augie."

            "Oh, yeah, I knew that." I doubted I would ever really catch on about the sarcasm. Since that was mainly what Victor spoke, I was doomed to make a fool out of myself every time we made dialog happen.

            "No you didn't, you dweeb. So, did you bring a date?"

            "Oh no, nope, no date," I stammered, my gaze roaming the gathering in search of Mario and Madame Lila. 

            They were late. I really needed someone to buffer this man and me. The longer he talked the more anxious I got. Why he always needled me about my social life was another mystery for the ages. Maybe he was like a dog, and once he sensed your fear he just kept nipping at your heels. Not that Victor was mean. Well, okay, he was mean, but he was that way with everyone, not just me. 

            Probably it was just me being over-sensitive. Lila always says I'm too gentle of a soul to be associating with this wild band of skating gorillas. I liked Lila. She was the closest thing to a mother I had ever known, and she was so at peace with herself and her identity. I really envied her. Hell, I envied all the Cougars who were able to be themselves in public.



Copyright 2016 ©by V.L. Locey

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Silent Sunday




*Moon Over Treetops*





Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Tape to Tape Release Day



Watch out world! Dot West and Theo Grier's book Tape to Tape, Venom #3, is now available. If you love strong female athletes, great hockey action, sexy heroes, and lots of erotic bed play, then you'll want to pick up your copy of this brand new interracial romance today. Early reviews are saying that Theo is the man you love to hate and/or hate to love. One thing is for certain, when he and Dot are on the same page, sparks are sure to fly!






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Blurb:

Venom defensive coach Dot "The Shadow" West has made a nice life for herself. She's found a new position on an up-and-coming women's professional hockey team, her daughter is thriving, she gets along well with her fellow coaches and her players admire and respect her. She's proud to have accomplished so much by herself. Everything is running smoothly in her life with no help from anyone, thank you very much.

Sadly, there's one annoying glitch in Dot's new life, and it's in the form of good-looking Theo Grier, former Wildcat goalie and co-host of a controversial sports talk radio show based in Philadelphia, home of the Venom. When Dot loses her cool and calls in to spar with Theo on the air her structured and solitary existence takes a sudden unexpected turn. Before she can hip check the smug fool out of her life she somehow ends up working with him on a new talk radio sports program.

Can she defend her heart against the unwanted feelings Theo is stirring up? Or will she continue to guard herself, and her past decisions, against the offensive moves being made by the ex-goalie? The only man to ignite her passions - and ire - in years?



Monday, August 1, 2016

Tuesday Tales - Fly




Hello! It`s time for Tuesday Tales.



 It's time to have more zombie fun! Today we have one final excerpt from my LGBTQ zom-rom-com Two Guys Walk Into an Apocalypse 4 - Zombies, Zendra, and Ziegfeld Follies. Sadly, we've gotten to the part where releasing more from the book will reveal too much. Next week I'll be sharing from a new story, Open Net, which will be the second novella of the Cayuga Cougars LGBT duology..

 This story contains crude language, gore because of the darn zombies, and gay sexual situations. If that offends now would be the time to move onto another Tuesday Tales offering.  Our word prompt for the week is "Fly".

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Slug and his friends seemed to enjoy the fact that they could now hit me in new places. The bloody nose and ringing ear they gave me added new pain to the already sickening agony I was in. They then went back to work on my body. They could kill me, rape me, cut me into bits and feed me to the moose, but I was not telling them where to find Fort Acceptance. Finally, after a lifetime of abuse, the leader of this band of monsters reappeared. His voice broke through the terror of yet another round.

"Enough!" I heard Mercury bark. His voice dragged me out of the hazy world of unconsciousness. Someone doused me yet again. I hacked up sour water and lay on my face in the dirt, trying to clear my lungs. Coughing and groaning I could offer no resistance when a warm hand settled on the back of my cold, wet neck. "I admire your determination. Pity we don't have time to continue this but we have a Zendra representative to meet at the border. Why don't you take a little nap now, Mr. Cooke and we'll continue our conversation on the road back to the good old USA?"

No one had to wallop me upside the head. My body liked the sound of a nap and I flew face first into a swoon that would have made Pittypat Hamilton jealous.






Copyright 2016 ©by V.L. Locey

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A Hat Trick of Questions #2



Before we leap into the questioning and answering, I'd like to thank everyone who read my last Q&A post. It got the highest hit count that I've had on my blog for many a moon! So thank you to everyone who took the time to visit and read. You all are truly the best. So, let's get right into round 2, shall we?





What's your writing schedule for the rest of the year?

I just finished working on a short story for a charity hockey novella slated to release in early 2017. Faceoff is a 10K tale that will be a prequel for my upcoming LGBT Brighton Wood Blades hockey romance series. In it, you'll get to meet Dance Caldecott, one half of the duo of leading men in the first book of the series. We'll get to see how and why he ends up where he does when the Brighton Wood Blades series begins in the fall of 2017.

After I wrap up Faceoff, I'm going to start Playmaker, which will be an F/F Venom novella. I'm excited and nervous about this one because I've never written a lesbian romance. I just adore the two romantic leads already. Their chemistry is sparking like mad and that's only from character bios and a few scenes I had to write down beforehand!

Following Playmaker, I might begin work on the next Lake Erie shifter novella. There's a story about a gay nightclub owner and the crooner he hires and falls in love with that is beginning to nudge me strongly as well. Chances are good it will be one of these two that I choose to do for NaNoWriMo this year, but which one is still undecided. 

I have plans to whip up an M/M hockey romance short story that will be free for my newsletter readers, so make sure you sign up and keep opening those newsletters! More info about the free short will be available over the coming months. And of course, I better get cracking on the second novella for the Cayuga Cougars duology. Looks like I'll be busy for the next few months!


Will we see Mario and Madame Lila soon? I must have this book. No. Really. I MUST have this book!

All the Mario and Madame Lila fans will be happy to hear that I'm hoping to get the second part of the Cayuga Cougar duology written by the end of August or early September.  Add another book to that writing schedule list above! I do have Lila and Mario's novella completed. As soon as I get the second novella done I'll hustle things along as quickly as I possibly can. I cannot wait to bring you these two stories so if the pub accepts the book, we might hopefully see a release sometime in the early months of 2017. Fingers crossed!


 If you could spend a week in the world of a famous book series written by another author which world would you choose?

Oh boy, this is tough! There are so many wonderful series out there that I enjoy. Do I really have to pick only one? Okay, then it'll be seven days in the world of the Percy Jackson novels. I have this massive love of Greek mythology and spending time at Camp Half Blood would be the best! 

Although a week in Caldwell, New York with all those sexy Black Dagger Brotherhood boys wouldn't be too difficult to accept either. I do love me some V and Qhuay. 

Of course, there is always Hogwarts...