Against the Odds Pre-order

Once their paths cross, their fates are sealed.

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Sid is a master at solving cold cases. His mind thrives on the challenge. He has a knack for finding elusive clues and piecing the puzzle together, until he starts on the trail of a privileged teenage debutante who in a fit of rage burned down her design studio and brutally murdered her closest competitor.

As the years go by, the case becomes an obsession. Using age progression techniques, he knows the girl has grown into a beautiful woman. He wonders how many others have fallen into her web of deadly deceit.

https://www.totallybound.com/book/against-the-odds

Character’s Perspective with Detective Nick Peyton from Peyton’s Pursuit by Jenna Byrnes.

A home invasion leaves one man dead. Can the KCPD track down the killer before anyone else is murdered?

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What is one thing your storyteller got right?

The instant attraction between me and the man I now share my life with. From the first moment I walked into Hewlett Pawn, I fell into a deep case of lust with one of the owners, Rob Hewlett. His eyes, his lips, his long ponytail…my mind did not want to stay on the case I was working. In fact, and I’ll deny this if you repeat it, but I probably got a little distracted from my case because of the immediate attraction Rob and I shared.

Excluding your own, what is your favorite book?

Must admit I enjoyed Dixon’s Duty, about my friend at the KCPD Dix. Oh, and NYPD Heat by Jenna Byrnes. That one rocked!

Pick a scene in your story. What song is playing in the background?

When Rob stops by the police department to drop off my stuff—This Ain’t Goodbye by Train

Who would you want to play you in a movie-retelling of your story? Who would play your love interest?

I’d go with Alex O’Laughlin for myself and Bradley Cooper for Rob. Drooling already!

Your storyteller told some pretty embarrassing tales about you. Is there any secrets you’d like to share about them?

Oh yeah!  Jenna can’t keep a secret worth a damn. She really didn’t need to tell that I’d like to have mirrors on my bedroom ceiling. Or that I cry when I get emotional. That was intrusive, to say the least! So I’ll just let you know here and now, she cries watching Little House on the Prairie, even the episodes she’s seen a hundred times.

What is your favorite chapter of your story?

The epilogue. It’s not giving anything away because Jenna always writes happy endings. But I freaking love that ending.

What is a quote you live by?

It’s one Jenna uses in her bio: Be careful who you hate. It may be someone you love.

Want to learn more?

I knew you did. Check out this blurb froPeyton’s Pursuit by Jenna Byrnes

This is book two in the Kansas City Heat series.

A home invasion leaves one man dead. Can the KCPD track down the killer before anyone else is murdered?

Detective Nick Peyton lands a homicide case involving stolen property. He finds himself with the tedious task of visiting pawn shops, showing photos of jewelry and other missing items. When he meets store owner Rob Hewlett, Nick suddenly feels like this is the best job he’s ever had.

Nick and Rob share an immediate attraction and act on it without much thought. With his mind on other things, Nick exchanges only the most basic information with the hot stud who has captivated his heart and soul. He soon comes to realize how little they know about each other and that, sometimes, secrets can be deadly.

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About the Author

Jenna Byrnes could use more cabinet space and more hours in a day. She’d fill the kitchen with gadgets her husband purchases off TV and let him cook for her to his heart’s content. She’d breeze through the days adding hours of sleep, and more time for writing the hot, erotic romance she loves to read.

Jenna thinks everyone deserves a happy ending, and loves to provide as many of those as possible to her gay, lesbian and hetero characters. Her favorite quote, from a pro-gay billboard, is “Be careful who you hate. It may be someone you love.”

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Character’s Perspective with Viv from N.J. Nielsen’s Family Connections

Ray and Viv realise love isn’t always what they expect it to be, but learning to deal with the road ahead can be worth the heartache.

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 Welcome Viv. Glad you stopped by. Please tell us, what do you hope readers take away from this retelling of your story?

To be honest—I hope that they just get it. That the story makes sense and touches them in some way. I’ve never been one to put myself out there on the line until that line was forced on my by interfering friends and family. I want the readers to see that no matter how this started out and even though I may have been a bit of an arse in the beginning things eventually worked out in the end. I also want them to see how happy I am.

What is one thing your storyteller got right?

She listened to what I had to tell her, and even though she sided with Ray more often than not she still managed to show the real me. Insecurities and all.

What is one thing your storyteller misrepresented?

Probably how easy it was for me to switch sides in who my desired lover should be. I mean, I was straight. I’d always been straight and then she kind of pushed Ray right into my line of sight—I never believed in insta-love, so in reality I think it would have been stretched out a little more.

If you could have changed one of your actions – just one – what would it be, and why?

I would have never have let Grace into our lives. I would have…actually I don’t know what I would have done. They say all things happen for a reason. Mistakes sometimes get made and Grace Kennedy is my biggest mistake that I will regret until my dying day.

Who would you want to play you in a movie-retelling of your story? Who would play your love interest?

Shane Brolly—the guy who played Kraven in underworld…NJ says he was the role model for my looks… so I guess he’s as good a guy as anyone.

What is a quote you live by?

Life is like an ice-cream cone – when you think you have it licked – it drips all over you.

Excluding your own, what is your favorite book?

David Eddings: The Diamond Throne—Sparhawk is the best character ever written.

What would you have named your story?

My Knight in Tarnished Armor, but too many people thought it would make people think it was a historical instead of being set in the here and now… Ray once told me I was his night in tarnished armor and I jokingly told him he was my damsel in disgrace. So yeah. I would have called it that.

What event in your life would make a wonderful short-story addition to your story?

If you want something romantic then maybe my wedding day—or, more so my inner thoughts of everything that was happening.

Was there anything your storyteller left out that you’d like your fans to know?

Honestly. I think for people to understand me, they need to see the younger me. Surviving my mother and step-father… it would be sad, maybe even a little scary… but it would go a long way in explaining why I am the way I am.

Were you reluctant to have your story told?

No…Yes… Oh Hell, I was a little apprehensive about people learning all there is to know about me and realising I’m not at cool, calm, and collected as I like people to think I am. It was a little daunting to know the readers were going to see the real me—warts and all, but other than that I was kind of excited for everyone to see that—hey, it really does get better. All you have to do is take that first step.

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

I would like to be more open and honest with the people who are important in my life. I try to be but sometimes I catch myself standing back and watching from the sidelines. Ray is so much better at all this stuff than I am. Most times he sees the whole picture while I just see the part I’m standing in.

Did your storyteller take any artistic liberties? If so, please set the story straight.

Yes… NJ made me more together than I usually am. When reading through the story of my life I sometimes found myself wishing that I was that guy. I was at first reluctant to put myself on display for the world to see—so sometimes NJ needed to give me a little kick in the arse.

In what setting would you have preferred your story to have taken place?

Well, don’t tell anyone but I really am a bit of a sci-fi geek… I would have loved for us all to have lived on a space station. The setting in our story is real—Grandma really did let us move in and take over her house. I know she’d share my vision of living on a space station—it’s never mentioned, but Grandma is a secret Star Wars fan. Her and I have spent a few afternoons watching the movies.

Your storyteller told some pretty embarrassing tales about you. Is there any secrets you’d like to share about them?

I will deny I ever said this if she finds out, but… NJ once went screaming bare-arsed naked up the street when a huge spider jumped on her in the shower. She had the shower curtain in her hand as she ran 4 doors down demanding her friend get the spider off of her. True story I tell you—one of her neighbours said those that were home and in the yard gave her a standing ovation. She has never lived it down…Did I mention she is terrified of spiders?

Retell your story in a haiku.

I’m not good at this sort of thing but here goes.

Crazy filled life

Finding true love

Lasting forever and a day

I’d just like to add that I’m a researcher, not a poet…

Sounded great to me! Let’s pretend your story is being made into a musical. What’s the name of your song?

Don’t Ever Let It End—by Nickelback.

Pick a scene in your story. What song is playing in the background?

The scene where Ray walks in on me and Grace in the office. Maybe this is just me be spiteful, but this song is aimed at Grace and not Ray or myself… Theory of a Deadman’s: The Bitch Came Back.

Great songs! What is your favorite chapter of your story?

Chapter 3, because it’s where Ray’s and my story really began. If Girly and Dan hadn’t decided to interfere than we wouldn’t be sitting here having this chat today.

If price was no consequence, what gift would you buy your love interest?

Anything he wanted. Ray deserves it all.

What first attracted you to your love interest?

His crooked smile.

What surprises you most about your love interest?

His heart and how much capacity he had to love everyone in his life

At what moment did you know you were in love?

When I was sitting on the plane and I said the words out loud, and for the first time it finally clicked that they were no longer just words. I wasn’t playing a game anymore—for me it was scarily real.

If you could watch your love interest’s childhood as a film, would you?

Only if he wanted me to. I know there are some things in his past that are painful and better left where they are. I know I’d love to see a montage on all the gigs they’d played over the years.

What is one moment in your love interest’s life – before you met – you wish you could have experienced?

I wished I could have been with him the day he found out his sister had left him as guardian of his niece. Ray and Girly are really close. He’s a great father but I would have liked to have been there for the early years. I know the time wasn’t all roses and candy that there were some hard things and I wish I could have been the one to support him—thank God he had Grandma.

Put three items in a time capsule you will open in 25 years. What are your items?

  • Our first family photo. To show people our story is real.
  • A David Bowie CD, so everyone else gets a chance to listen to a legend.
  • A beer glass with the Declan’s logo. As my nightclub is where I first laid eyes on Ray.

Thank you so much for being here today, Viv! I’m sure my readers are excited to read your story!

Let’s learn a little bit more about N.J. Nielsen

NJ needs to write like she needs to breathe. It’s an addiction that she never intends to find a cure for. When you don’t find NJ writing about the wonderful men in her stories you find her reading work by others who she greatly admires. NJ lives in the SE of Qld, Australia with her family who all encourage her writing career even if she does occasionally call them by her character’s names. NJ thinks that anyone taking the time to read her stuff is totally awesome.

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Business or Pleasure by Ashley Ladd

 

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Long long ago, in a galaxy far far away my ex-fiancé revealed to me that he was bi-sexual and he had a boyfriend. I was seventeen and I was in shock. This was long before the time I was a romance writer, especially a male-male, ménage romance writer.

The way he told me could have been a scene in a book. He took me to a party which turned out to be a gay party where I was the only female. If that wasn’t strange enough to me (it took a few minutes to dawn on me what kind of party it was) my fiancé French kissed another man. Then he introduced me to him as his boyfriend.

Why I didn’t run out of the party screaming and crying I don’t know. I guess it’s good I kept my cool. The truth is I was in total denial. I couldn’t process what was going on.

Then the man tried to persuade me he wasn’t cheating on me by being with another man. That it would only be cheating if he was with another woman. He also succeeded in convincing me that all men were attracted to other men.

For years I believed that and had great difficulty believing men when they told me they were attracted to me, or (gulp) loved me. I was badly scarred. Perhaps I still have trouble believing that any man is only attracted to women.

Since then a lot of changes have happened to me. One of my best friends is gay, my oldest child is transgender female and is attracted to females not males, and now, believe it or not, I write male-male and even ménage romance.

And most recently, I used one of my book covers as my icon on one of my social media outlets. When I realized too many men were flocking to my profile and especially when they began making lewd proposals every time I went online, I knew for a fact that many men are attracted to women.

It’s been a long journey with a lot of bumps in the road but now I know that people are people. Each one of is a unique individual with different desires and needs. And so I write stories with a mixture of sexual orientations (mm, mf, mmf, mfm, mmm, transgender and maybe one day ff) because people are people.

In Business or Pleasure, the heroes are gay much to their families’ dismay. Luckily, they don’t let other people’s views about their sexual orientation bother them. They have other issues they’re struggling with.

Ashley Ladd bio

Ashley Ladd lives in South Florida with her husband, five children, and beloved pets. She loves the water, animals (especially cats), and playing on the computer.

She’s been told she has a wicked sense of humour and often incorporates humour and adventure into her books. She also adores very spicy romance, which she weaves into her stories.

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Character’s Perspective with Jorja Lovett’s Jonah Hamilton from First Floor: Cosmetics

Welcome to this weeks Character’s Perspective. I’m honored to have Jonah Hamilton with us today.

Take one younger man, add some illicit outdoor sex, and Maggie Fenton is inclined to forget she’s the oldest cosmetics girl at Kelsey’s Department Store.

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What do you hope readers take away from this retelling of your story?

I guess we want people to realize they don’t have to live their lives according to how other people think they should. It doesn’t matter how old, or young, you are, if you’re unhappy in your situation, do something about it.

If you could have changed one of your actions – just one – what would it be and why?

Ah. I can’t tell you the part of the story where I threw my toys out of the pram because Jorja would kill me for giving away too much. Let’s just say, I reacted very badly to some news and it was the one time the age difference between Maggie and I became apparent.

What event in your life would make a wonderful short-story addition to your story?

Well, as you know, I’m a bit of a free spirit. I think the journal I kept during my travels might make for an interesting read…

In what setting would you have preferred your story to have taken place?

Let’s be honest, a department store in rainy Belfast wasn’t the most glamorous setting! Given half the chance I’d have preferred to meet Maggie at a beach bar on a sun-drenched island.

What is your favourite chapter of your story?

I’m not going to lie, chapter three stands out <grins> Not only does Maggie agree to go out with me for the first time, but things get hot and steamy pretty quickly. What? I’m a guy, give me a break!

What first attracted you to your love interest?

It’s no secret that Maggie is stunningly beautiful, and there’s something sexy about a sophisticated older woman. But there was also an air of sadness around her and I really wanted to be the person who could make her smile.

At what moment did you know you were in love?

I probably fell for Maggie that same night but I didn’t realize it until she told me it was a mistake. I should’ve been happy when she tried to make it work with her husband, because up until then I didn’t do commitment. But, I couldn’t get her out of my head, and friendship simply didn’t seem enough. You have no idea how hard it was to lie in bed comforting her and not make a move on her. Pun intended!

What is one moment in your love interest’s life – before you met – you wish you could have experienced?

I should’ve been there to stop her from making the biggest mistake of her life in marrying that eejit, Peter. Although, I would’ve been, like, ten, so any grand declaration of my love then would’ve seen me laughed out of the church. In the end, fate knows what it’s doing.

 

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Blurb

Take one younger man, add some illicit outdoor sex, and Maggie Fenton is inclined to forget she’s the oldest cosmetics girl at Kelsey’s Department Store.

 

From the outside, it looks as though Maggie Fenton has it all. The glamorous head of the cosmetics department lives a life of luxury, but money definitely hasn’t bought her happiness. In reality, she’s married to a serial cheat who has made her life a misery for over a decade. With her husband chasing younger women, and her teenage co-workers’ catty comments ringing in her ears, Maggie’s resigned herself to being on the scrap heap. Until Jonah Hamilton puts temptation in her way and reminds her she’s still a red-blooded woman.

 

Commitment is a four letter word as far as Jonah is concerned. He has no intention of settling down when he has the whole world at his feet. The only reason he takes a summer job at Kelsey’s is to fund his travels. Well, that, and the sexy older woman he can’t help flirting with over the makeup counter. Maggie soon becomes a good friend and someone who shows him how good love can be.

 

The chemistry between them is undeniable but is a fling enough to satisfy their desires, or is it simply the start of something bigger?

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Author Bio:

Jorja Lovett is a British author with both Irish and Scottish roots, which makes for a very dry sense of humour. Writing since she was old enough to wield a pen, it wasn’t until she joined her crit group, UCW, that she pursued her passion seriously.

Now, with Joe Manganiello as her permanent muse, if she can leave the pause button on her Magic Mike dvd long enough, she hopes to spend the rest of her days writing steamy romances.

 

 

Bondage Unlimited

Bondage Unlimited is about complete. The last couple of days I’ve been a writing fool. 

Eva, the heroine, was beginning to really annoy me. She wouldn’t see reason or cut Gio a break. He’s really a great guy, but she refused to even consider a relationship with him. Even the best sex of her life wasn’t swaying her decision.

Unless one of them throws me a curve (and it’s been known to happen) I should have it wrapped up by the end of the month.

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Making Progress

It’s been a really productive week. Today alone, I wrote a little over five thousand words. More importantly, I got past a scene that had been dogging me and the end is in sight.

Today, I also received the author copies of Desired Discipline Volume II, the paperback version of Bondage Wedding and Bondage Seduction. I was also notified that Totally Bound has included Bondage Anniversary in an upcoming promotion. They only chose three titles. I’m so excited that mine was included.

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Character’s Perspective with Rosalie Stanton’s Dante from Lost Wages of Sin

Working for Lucifer is the best job in the universe, until the day it’s not. Then you’re on your own, with Hell at your heels.
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What do you hope reader’s take away from this retelling of your story? 
 Honesty. Best fucking policy there is. Things woulda gone a lot different for me if I’d been upfront from the start. ’Course on the flip side, and there’s always a flip side, I think of how things are now between us. Me and Ava, I mean. I wouldn’t change a thing about where we are now. That I could’ve had it all along smarts like a bitch, but if it wasn’t like this all along, I dunno if I’d change it.

But I’ll stick with it and say honesty. ’Cause even if I wasn’t completely honest with her until recent, being anything but that won’t do me any favors going forward…and I am not going to lose this.

What is one thing your storyteller misrepresented?

I seem to remember kicking more ass than she gave me credit for. Sure, my lady packs a harder punch than I do, but I’m not the type to go down in a life-or-death battle without taking three or four assholes with me, you know?

If you could have changed one of your actions – just one – what would it be, and why?

If I could be guaranteed nothing would change? After Ava left, the first time, I mean…I wouldn’t have let my other head do the thinking. Don’t much like to think about it, but there it is. ’Course, I don’t know what woulda come of it. She came back. I should’ve known she’d come back. Ava never walks off forever. If I’d waited, we might’ve been together a lot longer.

But she’d been dancing around me for so long, you know? Lots of flirting, sure, and she knew I was hers if she just…but she was scared. I should’ve seen it. I know her better than anyone, but I thought she was running from me rather than herself. Couldn’t help but take it personally. Knowing what I know now, I would’ve waited for her. She’s worth waiting for till the end of the world. What was a few more weeks? I was a moron.

 Who would you want to play you in a movie-retelling of your story? Who would play your love interest?

Well, I know what my storyteller would say. Colin what’s-his-face who plays Hook in that fairy show. And Ava would be played by that girl on American Horror Story. The redhead? The one who played the sexed up housekeeper? The young one, of course. Ava might be two thousand years old, but she doesn’t look a day over twenty-five. Personally, though, we should just play ourselves. No one knows our story better than us.

Were you reluctant to have your story told?

Only that the author wouldn’t capture me in all my glory. She coulda done a better job, but considering what a task that was, I suppose I can live with it.

 Your storyteller told some pretty embarrassing tales about you. Is there any secrets you’d like to share about them?

Well, it took her two versions and four years to get the story right. Mighty embarrassing for her, don’t you think? Shouldn’t have been in such a hurry the first time. We deserve nothing but perfection.

 Your story is being made into a musical. What’s the name of your song?

Demons Do It Better. Take that as you will.

 What first attracted you to your love interest?

If you knew Ava, you wouldn’t have to ask…but here, I’ll give it a go. Umm…Everything. She’s the strongest person I know, and I mean that every way you can take it. She doesn’t take shit, least of all from me. She didn’t need rescuing. Never has. When I first met Ava, she was saving my ass from being a holy man’s campfire. She didn’t hesitate. Didn’t bat an eye. Didn’t ask for a fucking thank you. Just went on saving the lot of us—there were a few demons there who were seconds from being thrown on the pyre, and she had no reason to get involved. The second I saw her, I knew she was special. Just took a few hundred years to figure out just how much.

What surprises you most about your love interest?

That she actually loves me. Fuck knows what I did to deserve it. But I’ll fight for it every day for the rest of forever.

At what moment did you know you were in love?

For me, it was the beginning. Right from the beginning. Every moment after that just showed me why.

Thank you so much for sitting with me today, Dante. I’m sure my readers are going to love your story.

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Wow!!!

I will admit I’m cautious about reading reviews. My ego has taken more than a few hits and I’m a bit gun shy. I try to not take what people say personally, but each book expresses a little bit of myself and it’s hard, very hard, to stay objective. When my editor sent me an email concerning a review, I took my time opening it. Life has been crazier than usual and I didn’t need another ‘hit’ right now. Somewhere along the way, I found the courage to open it and read the review. Man, am I glad I did.

If you have a few moments, please check it out. http://www.thejeepdiva.com/review-one-tori-carson/

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