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Friday, January 17, 2020

HOWLING ON HOLD by E.J. Russell Blog Tour


About Howling on Hold
Sometimes it’s harder to teach a young dog new tricks.
That’s why werewolves embark on a Howling: a three-year rite of passage in which they’re sent to a group residence to wrestle with their wolfy instincts and assimilate into the Wider World. But Tanner Araya’s Howling is almost over, and he could be called back to his remote pack at any moment. His twenty-first birthday might be his last chance to act on his strongest instinct and finally kiss Chase Denney.
Chase is RA at the Howling residence affectionately dubbed “the Doghouse,” and he takes his job seriously. So seriously that when he realized he was developing feelings for a resident, he forced himself to keep Tanner at a distance. But now that Tanner’s twenty-one, he’s not Chase’s charge any longer. They could be friends or—if Chase is lucky—something more. At least until they both return to their home packs for good, as tradition demands.
It would take a miracle for them to get together—especially when the other Doghouse werewolves insist on “helping.”
Warning: Many Frisbees are harmed in this story, forgiveness is not always easier than permission, and the five-second rule does not apply.

Howling on Hold marks my seventh book in my Mythmatched story universe. When I sat down to write the first book (Cutie and the Beast), I’d planned on a trilogy based on the fae in Celtic mythology. After the third book in the Fae Out of Water trilogy was published, though, my editor told me it was clear that the supernatural world surrounding the Kendrick brothers was much wider than Faerie. She encouraged me to expand on the world, which led to the Supernatural Selection trilogy.
In Single White Incubus, I got to create my take on, well, incubi and succubi. In Vampire With Benefits, I developed my own theory of vampire society and its restrictions. In Demon on the Down-Low—you guessed it—demons and their realm. But even though each one of those books featured a shifter MC (bear, beaver, and kangaroo, respectively), I hadn’t delved much into werewolves.
Enter Howling on Hold.
Since I pulled attributes from my Supernatural Selection shifters from their animal counterparts, my first step with this book was to research wolves. I found this little factoid at the Western Wildlife website (
As pups begin eating more solids, they are moved to one or more “rendezvous sites,” where they spend the remainder of the summer learning proper pack behavior and etiquette.
Well, hey! What if werewolves had the same kind of “send the kids off somewhere so they learn how to behave and don’t get in our way” system? Of course, werewolves (since they’re humanoid much of the time) would mature much slower than ordinary gray wolves, so they wouldn’t be shipped off until they were older—closer to college age. Voila! The concept of the Howling was born.
Because of a couple of offhand decisions I made writing Cutie and the Beast, my Oregon werewolf packs are tied to a counties that include significant forest land (public or private). But because gray wolf populations are so diminished from what they were before the westward expansion, my werewolves aren’t very populous either. Consequently, there wouldn’t be a convenient Howling Residence near every pack.
Besides, if the pack elders wanted their juniors to learn independence, best get them as far away from the pack as possible to avoid backsliding (and presumably reduce the annoyance factor of exuberant new adult werewolves). Portland Howling Residence Seven (aka, the Doghouse) includes juniors from the Deschutes, Jackson, Lincoln, Wallowa, and Umatilla packs. Chase, their RA, is from the Lane pack.
Their shifted forms are all gray wolves, but they originated from different regions. Chase, Dakota, Hector, and Jordan are all northwestern wolves. Tanner is a Mexican wolf (aka lobo), a smaller subspecies. Gage is a coastal wolf, a subspecies that’s sometimes called a “sea wolf” because they live near and consume resources from the ocean. He’s the only guy in the Doghouse who likes seafood--and he can’t convince any of the others to try it!
And by the way—check out this link. A photographer documented a friendship between a bear and a wolf (who are normally enemies), and it could be a scene right out of the Mythmatched universe!

About the Mythmatched Universe
Wait . . . Is that . . . No, it couldn’t be. Could it? A fae at the florist? A demon at the deli? A werewolf at the Y?
Humans will never know. They can’t know, or the lives of every supernatural creature on this world—or under it—would be at risk.
So the supes of every nation, culture, and pantheon joined together in uneasy alliance, vowing to keep their society secret in order to survive among humans.
But when you spend every moment hiding your true nature, how can you ever find true love?

About E.J. Russell
E.J. Russell holds a BA and an MFA in theater, so naturally she’s spent the last three decades as a financial manager, database designer, and business-intelligence consultant. After her twin sons left for college and she no longer spent half her waking hours ferrying them to dance class, she returned to her childhood love of writing fiction. Now she wonders why she ever thought an empty nest meant leisure.
E.J. lives in rural Oregon with her curmudgeonly husband, the only man on the planet who cares less about sports than she does. She enjoys visits from her wonderful adult children, and indulges in good books, red wine, and the occasional hyperbole.
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To celebrate this release, one lucky person will win a $25 gift card to Riptide and their pick of an ebook from E.J.'s backlist. Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on January 17, 2020. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. For more chances to enter, follow the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!   


Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

KEYSTONE by Katie Delahanty Release Day Blitz

Today we have the release day blitz for Katie Delahanty’s KEYSTONE! Check it out and be sure to grab your copy today!!

Title: Keystone

Author: Katie Delahanty

Genre: YA Scifi

About Keystone:

When Ella Karman debuts on the Social Stock Exchange, she finds out life as a high profile “Influencer” isn’t what she expected. Everyone around her is consumed by their rankings, in creating the smoke and mirrors that make them the envy of the world.   But then Ella’s best friend betrays her, her rankings tank, and she loses—everything.   Leaving her old life behind, she joins Keystone, a secret school for thieves, where students are trained to seal everything analog and original because something—or someone—is changing history to suit their needs.   Partnered with the annoyingly hot—and utterly impossible—Garrett Alexander, who has plenty of his own secrets, Ella is forced to return to the Influencer world, while unraveling a conspiracy that began decades ago.

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“But doesn’t being a Disconnect mean no technology? How would anyone even know about me?” I ask. “We may live off the grid, but it’s important we’re aware of what’s going on in the world. At Keystone, we’re a special legion of Disconnects. Our mission is to steal analog history—to preserve the truth—before corporations and the government can alter the past to benefit their personal futures. We’re in danger of entering a Digital Dark Age, where the only information available is digital. Tape recordings, printed books, films, photographs—proof of history—are decaying and becoming scarce. Digital information is easy to tamper with, and there are forces at work that want current society to reflect their version of the past.” Allard sips her tea before continuing. “Often, we’re after priceless works that are protected by the latest technology, so we have to understand tech even though we don’t use it ourselves. We have internet access in the Crypt—that’s our code-breaking library—and the TMI-feed is likely a guilty pleasure for some of the girls. They watch the Networks—they have to. For your Initiation Heist, you’ll be asked to go under cover in Influencer society, and you’ll need to know how to fit in—and how to hide in plain sight.” “Initiation Heist?” I almost choke on my tea, the cup rattling in my trembling hands at having to reenter society. “It’s the final test before becoming a full-fledged Keystone member with access to our top-level secrets, but don’t worry,” Allard says. “You’ll have plenty of time to learn our ways—and you’ll participate in a heist as an assistant to an Initiate—before you’re asked to lead a heist the following year.” “Lead a heist?” My eyes bulge. “Right.”  

About the Author:


 Katie lives in Los Angeles with her husband, twin daughters, and son. Growing up in Pittsburgh, she loved old movies and playing dress up, but never considered telling stories of her own until she was asked to start a blog for the sleepwear company she worked for. Unsure what to say about lingerie, she wrote a fictional serial about a girl chasing her costume design dreams who fell in love with a rock star along the way. And that’s when Katie fell in love with storytelling. That blog became The Brightside Series and she’s been waking before dawn to write ever since.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

ANYONE BUT YOU by Brien Michaels Blog Tour

About Anyone But You
Murder is one hell of a drag.
Jack Kieza has a problem. He’s deeply attracted to men, but his homophobic family has left him too afraid to act on it. With his thirtieth birthday around the corner, his curiosity gets the best of him, and he finds himself at a gay club. After spending a fiery night with drag queen Sheila Saltue, everything changes. Especially when he discovers her alter ego: his boss, Ryan Swift.
Ryan knew he should’ve said no the second Jack approached him. Now he can’t stop himself from texting Jack every chance he gets. But Jack won’t let him take the wig off during sex, and being Sheila off-stage is wearing thin.
The more time they spend together, the more intense their feelings get, but Jack isn’t ready to date a man yet. When drag queens start turning up murdered, it forces Jack to reexamine his feelings, because what if Ryan is next? While Jack wants their burgeoning relationship to work, it would mean having to admit who he is to the world. And that’s an idea as frightening as death.

About Brien Michaels
Brien Michaels was hatched shortly before the turn of the century. He grew up in the DMV area and has been creating characters for as long as he can remember, starting with an imaginary friend named Farquad Beaverhausen. Before turning his considerably wicked imagination to writing, he was an actor, aspiring film student, movie theater concessionist, and the first human to enter the seventy-second dimension. Though it is unclear whether he made it back or if Farquad’s evil twin, Brad, has taken control of his body. He’s currently on the run from the Secret Police, who want to bring him in for questioning regarding the whereabouts of erotica authors L.A. Witt and Lauren Gallagher. If you encounter him, please contact his publishers immediately, as he likely should be chained to a desk writing and not out walking children in nature.
Twitter: @BrienMichaels

To celebrate this release, one lucky person will win a $10 gift card to Riptide. Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 14, 2019. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following along, and don’t forget to leave your contact info


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