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Monday, July 24, 2017

Interview & #Giveaway: It Could Happen by Mia Kerick @MiaKerick


 Please help me welcome author Mia Kerick to Full Moon Bites for an interview and GIVEAWAY. Read on below to learn more about her novel It Could Happen, a New Adult LGBTQ+ Romance! :)


Hi! Would you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Mia Kerick: My name is Mia Kerick. I’m the author of 20-23 LGBTQ romance/fiction—I write so much that I honestly lose count!! Here’s a new detail in my life- I just returned from the Euro Pride Con 2017 in Berlin, Germany where I was the keynote speaker. I spoke about my life journey—from teacher to mother to author/e-activist. I met many wonderful readers and authors.

What do you do when you are not writing?
Mia Kerick: I am the mother of four who are all in school—one in high school, two in college, and one in law school. Somehow I am as busy doing things with them now as I was when they were little. Whether it is traveling to NYC to dance events, going to Boston College to move my daughter in or out, traveling to Washington DC for a college graduation, or attending AAU basketball games, it seems being a mom is the biggest part of what I do.

How do you market your book(s)?
Mia Kerick: I market my books by going on blog tours like this one (thanks for hosting me), posting on Facebook and Twitter about my new book, and I make promos to share on canva.com with quotations from the books to hook readers’ interest.

When did you realize that you would like to write and publish a book?
Mia Kerick: I copy everything my older sister does. No joke. She is my main role model in life. So when she decided it was time to write a book and seek the representation of an agent, I did the same. However, she persists in searching for an agent and I have written 20 books, all published by small publishers.

Can you tell us, in your own words not the book description, a little about your book?
Mia Kerick: It Could Happen is a coming-of-age story of three young men. High school seniors Brody, Danny, and Henry are best friends, and they are falling in love. Yes—all three with each other. But there are challenges for each to falling in love. Danny is emotionally dependent on the attention of his older lovers, Henry is the son of very conservative, religious parents who would not appreciate that their son was in a gay, polyamorous relationship, and Brody is terrified to open up emotionally. The gay polyamory of three teenagers sounds like a risky and complicated topic to write a book on, but it is really a beautiful and honest story with the simple theme: love is love.

Which came first for you, the characters or the plot?
Mia Kerick: The idea of writing another teenage threesome lingered in my mind since I wrote Us Three. And the truth is, I had several ideas that joined together to form
It Could Happen. The notion that I could use poetry to express one character’s viewpoint was something I wanted to try. I also had the concept of a character who is a total adrenaline junkie in my head. And then, I had a scene mentally written that needed a story: the scene when the three boys are away at an accepted-student weekend at the college they want to attend together and they sleep together for the very first time under a pile of sleeping bags in the common room of a dormitory. It was a random series of ideas that came together to form the story.

Where can we purchase this book?
Mia Kerick: Go to Amazon.com or Dreamspinner Press!!

Can we expect more novels from you in 2017?
Mia Kerick: I have a YA romantic suspense with Raine O’Tierney coming out from Harmony Ink Press toward the end of the year. It is called Sound of Silence and I will say, the contrast of Raine’s smooth author’s voice and my jagged one makes for great reading.

Are you reading anything interesting at the moment? If so, what is it?
Mia Kerick: I just finished Caught Inside by Jamie Deacon and am reading Into the Blue by Pene Henson. Coincidentally, they are both surfing stories and, less coincidentally, both were Lambda Literary Awards finalists. Pene’s actually won the category of gay romance. Both are fantastic stories.

Why this genre(s)?
Mia Kerick: I believe everyone should be able to find him/herself in a book. There are not enough coming-of-age LGBTQ books out there, and it is meaningful to me to write books that may inspire this community.

Can you tell us some of your latest news?
Mia Kerick: I just have signed two contracts with Harmony Ink Press for YA stories with trans characters. My Crunchy Life is a romance and The Princess of Baker Street is fiction. Very excited about them!

What is your favorite part of writing?
Mia Kerick: I’m just so creative that writing is a release of all the ideas fermenting in my brain. It feels good!

What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
Mia Kerick: Be the change you wish to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi.
If we want things to look different in society, we need to act. Not just to talk or think or wish, but to act in the way that we think is correct. Only then will change occur. This is beautiful, if not difficult, advice to take.

Can you tell us about your main character?
Mia Kerick: It Could Happen has three MCs:
Danny… the tortured artist and poet.
Henry… athletic and scholarly.
Brody… will do anything to get a high!

Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?
Mia Kerick: I thank you for reading my books and writing reviews. As you all know, it wouldn’t very satisfying to write books that nobody reads—so for me, you make it happen!

Random Quickies!


Pepsi or coke? Coke

Favorite kind of chocolate? Belgian Milk Chocolate, slightly melted

Cats or dogs? Cats

Do you read more than you write? Lately, yes.

Favorite movie? Lion

Favorite book to movie? Twilight

Favorite book or author? Yeah we know it can be hard to choose! ;)
Charlotte Bronte

Hardback/Paperback or eReader? paperback

Why do you like hardcover/paperback more?
I can go back easily and reread passages for factual details.

Favorite color? Green… and orange.

How many paperback/hardcover books do you own? Way too many

Right now in your line of site, how many books can you see? Seven

Do you own a laptop or desktop computer? Oh, yeah!

If a laptop, what kind do you own and would you recommend it to other authors?
I love my MacBook Air. It is light enough to carry with me.

What book are you reading today? Pene Henson’s Into the Blue.

Have you ever been out of the state where you live?


Many times. I’ve visited cities of Boston, NYC, DC, and Chicago, as well as many towns and cities in Florida!  Just returned from an author’s trip to Germany for the Euro Pride Con where I was a keynote speaker!

It Could Happen
Mia Kerick
Published by: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: June 5th 2017
Genres: LGBTQ+, New Adult, Romance

Three misfits, mismatched in every way—Henry Perkins, Brody Decker, and Danny Denisco—have been friends throughout high school. Now in their senior year, the boys realize their relationship is changing, that they’re falling in love. But they face opposition at every turn—from outside and from within themselves. Moving to the next level will take all the courage, understanding, and commitment they can muster. But it could happen.
Henry is a star athlete and the son of religious parents who have little concern for the future he wants. Brody is a quirky dreamer and adrenaline junkie, and Danny is an emo artist and the target of bullies. Despite their differences they’ve always had each other’s backs, and with each of them facing a new and unique set of challenges, that support is more important than ever. Is it worth risking the friendship they all depend on for the physical and romantic relationship they all desire?
In this unconventional new adult romance, three gay teens brave societal backlash—as well as the chance that they might lose their treasured friendship—to embark on a committed polyamorous relationship.

Author Bio:
Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.
Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.
Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Excerpt & #Giveaway: Veritas by Quinn Coleridge


Veritas
Quinn Coleridge
Publication date: July 13th 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Historical

The ghosts are angry, thinking I’ve neglected them.
Do not forget us, they call out from the grave.
I won’t, I promise them. Upon my life, I won’t.

Being a demigoddess in 1892 Stonehenge, Colorado isn’t all one might suppose, especially when the dead are involved. Yet as Veritas of the Rocky Mountain sovereignty, it is Hester Grayson’s calling to help restless spirits cross over by bringing their killers to justice. Blind and pale as an albino, she dwells on the fringes of the nouveau riche, working with her telepathic beau Tom Craddock to catch the guilty.
When a young woman is brutally murdered, Hester and Tom are determined to solve the case as they have every other. But this one demands more. The killer wears many faces and wields greater magic than even Hester possesses. All sleuthing stops, however, when Tom is gravely wounded, and Hester is cast out of her parent’s mansion into the brutal squalor of an asylum.
At the mercy of an insane doctor, surrounded by agitated ghosts, Hester fights to maintain her own sanity by planning her escape and the downfall of her enemies. Can she achieve her goal and expose the madman who sent her to hell? Or will he continue his bloody reign in Stonehenge?

EXCERPT:

My prayer for relief goes unanswered, and faces flash through my mind. Those I saw in my last vision, the one initiated when the doctor touched my skin. Men, women, old, young—they appear and blur a moment later, shifting into the next person. All of Faust’s victims are deep-branded inside me. They are angry, thinking I’ve neglected them.
Do not forget us, they call out from the grave. I won’t, I promise them. Upon my life, I won’t.
The ghosts tell me to find the Book and steal it. Escape the asylum and expose Faust to the world. Let him answer for every crime, they say, condemned by his own words. If only these spirits could be a bit more specific. How exactly do I escape to do their bidding? Have they any suggestions? But the dead only wail and cry for justice. Blasted ghosts always leave the finer points of the plan for me to figure out.
Further enraged by my hesitation, they cause me to burn hotter. All right, all right, I reply through my psyche. As you wish, I so promise. Truth vibrates through the Pit, and the dead finally set my body free. They have accepted my vow, for the moment, but might be less forgiving tomorrow if I don’t take action. I work for a very impatient crowd.
Most people belong to another in some capacity, as a daughter or son, a sister, spouse, or neighbor, but the inmates of this place have been forgotten. They have no one to speak for them, or to avenge their wrongs. And so I’m here, dumb and blind, to serve as the mouthpiece of the wretched, whether I like it or not. That brazen hussy Fate does love a paradox.
Ironically, serving the dead gives me a reason to live, to go on breathing each day. It answers Hamlet’s eternal question of whether to be or not to be with an affirmative. That is why I crawl about the Pit on my knees, searching for a palm-sized piece of metal. It has been hidden and used many times by the inmates before me. I find the broken iron strip and turn toward the northern wall. The rough surface is covered with spider webs and dirt, but something else as well.
Words.
Hundreds of them have been scratched into the crumbling stone with this strip of iron. I trace the curves and the straight lines of the letters, as I did with my alphabet stencils at home. Of sound mind, one inmate wrote, never insane. In another place, I find Hungry, God Sees, and Died Alone. I scrape the iron against rock. Over and over, until each letter is formed, perfect and smooth. Wiping the sweat from my brow, I blow the dust away from my masterpiece, my call to arms.
LEX TALIONIS
YOUR DAY OF RECKONING AWAITS, FAUST


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Thursday, July 20, 2017

COVER REVEAL: André by Sybil Bartel @SybilBartel


André
Sybil Bartel
(Uncompromising #3)
Publication date: October 16th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

André
The Marines trained me to set my sights and wait for the shot. For eight years, I guarded my brothers and defended my country. Now I protect my clients. My personal security firm is the best in the business because I leave nothing to chance… until a dark-haired, hazel-eyed spitfire crosses my path.
She and her sexy-as-hell striptease were supposed to be a one-night distraction. But too late I noticed the branding on her back and my blood ran cold. This woman wasn’t a distraction—she was a death sentence.
Knowing who she was left me no choice. I took her on as my client. But running from her past wasn’t an option.
The Marines didn’t train me to retreat. They taught me to engage.
One shot. One kill.
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Author Bio:
Sybil Bartel grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew her into the world of storytelling. She loves the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes her swoon.
Sybil now resides in Southern Florida and while she doesn’t get to read as much as she likes, she still buries her toes in the sand. If she isn’t writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her handsomely tattooed husband, her brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…
But Seriously?
Here are ten things you probably really want to know about Sybil.
She grew up a faculty brat. She can swear like a sailor. She loves men in uniform. She hates being told what to do. She can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks her out. Her favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—she can’t decide. She has a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on her for driving directions, ever. And she has a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell her husband.
To find out more about Sybil Bartel, be sure to follow her on Twitter (she loves to hear about your favorite book boyfriend!), visit her website, like her on Facebook or join her Facebook group Book Boyfriend Heroes for exclusive excerpts and giveaways.




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Guest Post & #Giveaway: In the Beginning by BCE @bceauthor


We have a different sort of guest post today by author BCE, please help me welcome him to Full Moon Bites! Also see below a giveaway!



Pet Peeves of the Publishing Industry
The query letter. The “grab my attention with the first line”. The agents. They’re not artists, they’re agents. They suck.
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Becoming a Published Author
The incredible backlash and controversy you can create, even within your own circle of friends and family. People are crazy.
10 Things You Didn’t Know About BCE.
I have a BATCAVE-literally. I drive a BATMOBILE-literally. I think that Battlestar Galactica (2003) is the greatest thing that has ever been done in the entertainment industry bar none.
10 Things You Didn’t Know About “In the Beginning” It’s actually a study of: Does life have meaning if there is no God or Gods. Do you need a god or gods in your life to give your existence purpose and meaning?
How to Avoid the Slush Pile? I’d like to give you an answer. So far-it’s more luck than anything from what I’ve seen. Write to write-because it’s who you are. The rest will work itself out.
How to Meet Deadlines and Remain Sane? What fun is it being sane?!
How to Avoid the Rejection Blues? Rejection from others is not an indication of your worth. Basically-Fuck ‘em.
Why Book Covers are So Important? They are not. You cannot judge. There’s a reason that’s a saying.
10 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer? Who am I to say? Write what you write, when you feel inspired to write. If you’re not inspired to write, you may not be a writer.
How to Sell Your First Novel? Beg, plead, grovel, peddle, pray, work. Work, Work, Work.
Practical Advice for Beginning Fiction (or other genre) Writers? Same basic advice you always hear. Write the story you want to read. That’s where your passion is at. Passion will always come through your words.
Most Common Mistake in (genre here) Writing? There are no mistakes, just people’s perception of your mistakes. Again, Fuck ‘em. Write what you write, the way you want to write it and people will like it or they won’t. Who are you as a writer to edit and censor the words that pour forth from your fingers? You have a duty to put it out there the way it comes to you.
How Do You Keep Your Writing Different ? I don’t know. I just write.
How to Identify Your Writing Problems? I have enough people who identify “my problems”.
Hardest Thing About Character Development? There’s no difficulty. The character morphs into what it is meant to be. Don’t over think it.
10 Favorite Authors & Why? Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Homer, Confucius, Nietzsche, John Locke, Voltaire, Epicurus, Laozi, and …John Lennon. No reason for a “why”.
10 Things Reader's Would Be Surprised To Know About You? I don’t think there’s a God-but I pray all the time. Who am I praying too?
Starting Out As A Writer – 5 Things You Should Know? Don’t research anything. Just write.
5 Reasons to Writer Sci Fi-Let’s you study the human condition without pissing Everyone in the world off. They’ll still be pissed off-but whaddya goin do?
Authors That Have Inspired You? Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Homer, Confucius, Nietzsche, John Locke, Voltaire, Epicurus, Laozi, and …John Lennon.
Inspiration To Your Writing? I don’t know. I get a story in my head and it has to come out. If it doesn’t ,it feels like I might explode. I don’t want to explode.
Top 10 Favorite Books & Why? Iliad, Odyssey, Mahabharata, Ramayana, Buddhist Triptikas, Kebra Nagast, Book of Enoch. “Why” is self explanatory.
What Does Your Office Look Like? It is literally a BATCAVE with a BATCOMPUTER.
What Are Your Writing Quirks & Must-Haves To Write? Quiet, quiet and quiet.
Your Writing Process? Feels like an outside unknown entity downloads a living creature (the book) into my head and then I am forced to write this story out on paper or I will die. It drives me nuts. I try to ignore, it won’t shut up. I finally just say “Fuck It!” Sit down and start pouring it out. It’s awful.
A Day In Your Writing Life? See the question above. There’s no rest until the damn thing is out of me. It’s a miserable existence.

Sci Fi/Space Opera
Date Published: Releasing Sept 5th 2017

Purchase: Amazon

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The origins of Judeo-Christian religion and mythology come together in this mature science fiction page-turner. 
To combat overpopulation on the planet Orion, the government releases a birth control virus to keep women from becoming pregnant. Only the brightest and most attractive of their species are allowed to mate. But the virus rages out of control, killing both mother and child. Attempts to develop a cure fail. They only have one option left: search other worlds for advanced societies that may be able to help.
The two most intelligent minds on Orion—and former best friends—Lucifer and Zues band together to search for a secret planet. When they finally arrive, they are greeted with unexplainable death and destruction. This planet is not the answer. Something doesn’t add up. They discover an extra unknown planet in the solar system.  
The new planet is covered in lush land masses and bodies of water. Different species of hominids run—and mate—freely. Fire-breathing dragons guard the land. Lucifer is determined to figure out who or what created this planet. He thinks it just might be the key to saving Orion and the Orionites.


About the Author



 BCE is originally from parts unknown and currently resides in areas of the planet yet to be explored. His favorite pastime is reading old encyclopedias while eating Peanut M&M’s. He does believe that the warehouse depicted at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark actually exists. He has only one goal left in his life that he wishes to accomplish: to live long enough to see the aliens return so he may look over at his beautiful wife in her nursing-home bed and say, “I told you so.”

Contact Links
Twitter: @bceauthor


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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

EXCERPT: MOON STRUCK by DONNA GRANT @donna_grant




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HIS FIGHT TO BE WHOLE

Years ago, Solomon LaRue’s life was ripped apart when his fiancée was taken from him brutally and without cause. After, he vowed to never love again and put all of his energy into defending New Orleans from the evil Voodoo priestess out to destroy everything he held dear. Until a beautiful and maddening witch from the Quarter comes into his life and shakes everything up. Now, he thinks of nothing but her, and despite the dangers surrounding his family, he can’t help but alter his plans to make sure she stays safe. At all costs.

HER REASON FOR BEING

For most of her life, Minka Verdin thought she was nothing more than a gifted fortune teller until a life-altering experience brought her into her powers. Now, honed and hardened to be the weapon she knows she can be, she has no time for lust and love in her life. Unfortunately, a certain sexy-as-sin werewolf occupies her thoughts—and her heart—day in and day out. Minka knows that the survival of many is always more important than the safety of one, and she is more than willing to sacrifice herself so that those she loves remain untouched. But Solomon is having none of that and reminds her that there is no force as strong as the magic between them

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EXCERPT

Was it worse to want someone you couldn’t have? Or to never know that kind of longing? 
Minka wasn’t sure which was more awful. She knew that no matter how much she hungered for Solomon’s touch or craved his attention, that she would never be his. That kind of knowledge did strange things to a person.  
Her heart had jumped in her throat to find him there. It had felt like forever since she’d seen his face and those brilliant blue eyes. All the LaRues and Chiassons had them, but Solomon’s were brighter than the others’. 
And his hair. The dark blond strands were laced with pale brown that made her want to sink her hands into the locks.  
His face was all hard angles and ruggedness that she longed to touch and kiss. The shadow of dark whiskers on his jaw made her stomach flutter and her skin prickle with awareness. 
Then there was that body of his. Could anyone wear jeans like Solomon? The denim clung to his trim waist and hips, curving over his fine ass before encasing his long legs. Though it was his ability to wear a plain white shirt over the impeccably hard sinew of his chest and wide shoulders that could make her heart miss a beat. 
He was simply mouth-watering. The complete package...and utterly out of reach.

ABOUT DONNA GRANT

Donna Grant is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the sizzling Dark King series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae. She was born and raised in Texas but loves to travel. Her adventures have taken her throughout the United States as well as to Jamaica, Mexico, and Scotland. Growing up on the Texas/Louisiana border, Donna’s Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding. Despite deadlines and voracious reading, Donna still manages to keep up with her two children, four cats, and one long haired Chihuahua.

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