Friday, May 22, 2015

Review ~ Forbidden by Matthew Freake, a #LGBT #Romance

Sapphyria's Steamy Books is proud to be reviewing Forbidden by Matthew Freake!

“The only man I ever loved is dead. This is our story…”

Title: Forbidden

Author Name:  Matthew Freake

Genre(s): LGBT, Gay Fiction, Romance

Tags: #LGBT, #GayFiction, #Romance, #CanadianHistory, #Drama, #Railways, #Tragedy‬

Length: Approx. 128 pages

ISBN (Print Copy): 978-0-9920490-6-5
ISBN (eBook):  978-0-9920490-7-2

Release Date: May 17, 2015

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Publisher:  Mirror World Publishing


About Forbidden:

It’s the summer of 1957 and Nathan is ready to get away from home to start working for his future. And what better way than to join the rail yard in Lakefield, Ontario? Hoping for some new experiences and a change of scenery, Nathan gets more than he bargains for. His cabin mate and co-worker, Alex, is helpful in showing Nathan around, but there’s something unique about him that keeps Nathan captivated. Stolen glances and close encounters soon lead to unfamiliar feelings between the two of them. But as they sort out their emotions, Nathan must confront painful scars that resurface from the past. Forbidden is an insightful tale of true love found and of ultimate tragedy. It explores the complexity of life’s obstacles for two young men discovering not only themselves, but each other, in a time where anything out of the ordinary is dangerous.


Sapphyria's Review:

Nathan and his best friend, James, take jobs at a new rail yard hoping to escape their homes and build their lives the way they want - without the interference of parents. Both acclimate to their surroundings and attempt to make friends with those that share their sleeping quarters. Nathan didn't expect to meet the man of his dreams - the man he didn't even know he was looking for. Alex stirs up emotions that are alien to Nathan but yet, comfortable at the same time. The only problem is that what Alex and Nathan feel for one another is not something that can be shown out in the open. Painful memories from Nathan's childhood threaten to tear them apart, as the relationship between Alex and Nathan intensifies; yet they manage to figure things out.

Just as Nathan and Alex are preparing for a life of forever, everything shatters.

Forbidden by Matthew Freake is a profound telling of true love in the face of adversity. Things were quite different in our world in the 1950's regarding who could love whom in terms of gender and race. Anything out of what the general populace thought was "normal" was despised and considered illegal, and violence was the way of the land - all you have to do is search the internet and you'll find prime examples of the horrific behaviors committed against people who were deemed "different" by others.  We've made leaps and bounds in society today but still have a long way to go.

The only real issue I had with Forbidden is that Nathan's feelings were more vibrant than Alex's throughout the entire story. The unequal level almost gave their romance a one-sided feel. Even now, I'm still not sure that Alex loved Nathan as much as Nathan loved him.  I truly felt Nathan's love but Alex seemed distant - maybe it's because of the time in history - Alex forced himself to be cool and aloof to avoid "suspicion."  This didn't detract from the story, it's just something that I noticed as I was reading along.

Forbidden reads more like a diary than a story. which is a different from anything else I've read. The way that Matthew wrote the story gives it a realistic and believable quality that is so important to me. I felt the uncertainty, the joy, the pain, and ultimately, the devastation.

Review copy courtesy of the publisher, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

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Meet the Author:

Matthew Freake is an avid lover of books and storytelling in all forms, including theatre. He has won awards for set and costume design with the dramatic presentations of “A Gap in Generations” by Jerry Blunt and “A Bird of Prey” by Jim Grimsley. For the latter, he was also awarded for exceptional directing. He is also the author of the ‘A Fairy Tale Murder’ short story series.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Meet Aurelia T. Evans, Author of Fortune (Arcanium, Book 1), Read an Excerpt, and Enter the Giveaway

Please welcome Aurelia T. Evans to the blog:

I used to be a standalone-story writer. I used to be sane. One and done, complete conclusions, satisfying solutions, “the end” was “the end.” Then I wrote the first Sanctuary book and thought, You know, I think I have another story in me for this universe.

When I started the demonic circus series Arcanium, it wasn’t a series. Fortune was just called Arcanium, and it was only meant to be one novel. At the time, I interspersed the book with vignettes of the lives of other cast members because I wasn’t content or comfortable just writing about Maya and Bell’s story—the rest of the characters and their stories were too intriguing, and it seemed wrong to have the book center around a freak show but not have it from the perspective of any of the oddities ever. Eventually, my editor recommended that I take those stories out to focus on the central relationship and plot—and it was a good suggestion. Then I broached my growing inspiration to write more stories about the other cast members.

I was told to write series synopses for each book I thought belonged in the series. And I went nuts. I kept coming up with ideas and having to write them down until I had at least nine synopses written. Then I had the same problem with another series that’s not yet out. That one’s even longer.

It’s a sickness. A sickness deep in my soul and connected to my fingers. But at this point, I’ve written five Arcanium novels, and the intrigue over the setting and characters of this purgatorial demonic circus has yet to fade.

The thing that keeps this series interesting for my easily bored mind is that I can change my focus for every story. They’re really standalone novels all set within the same small universe amongst a regular cast of characters (with more added on all the time). I get to play over and over again with the people I love the most…so I never have to let them go. But because I don’t have to stick with just one or two character arcs over the course of the series, I also never have to get bored.

The wonderful thing about the Arcanium series is that it has a little something for everyone—if everyone also has a taste for the weird and horrifying. Of my first five novels, Fortune, Ringmaster, and Contortion all have strong BDSM elements. Contortion has femdom. Aerial is partially an MM story. Carousel is about a threesome. And they’re all horror/romance/erotica in a blend that oddly works for this unique group of demons, jinn, voluntary human oddities, and cursed souls. If one doesn’t strike your fancy, you don’t have to read it to enjoy one that does.

So grab yourself a strong drink, and prepare yourself for wonders and horrors beyond your imagination. Welcome, friends, to Arcanium.

About the Book:

He’s the reason to be careful what you wish for.

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After her jealous boyfriend makes an angry, careless wish, Maya DeLuca finds herself trapped in a traveling demonic circus and at the mercy of a devious jinni, Bell Madoc. She joins the other lost souls of Arcanium who suffer in perpetual purgatory under the weight of their wishes, all making the best of a cursed situation.

But Maya’s not even cursed because of her own wish, which means she still has three for Bell to grant.

He may be fond of her—the passion they share is as hellfire hot as it is wrong—but that doesn’t mean she’s safe from his endlessly inventive, wicked imagination. He might twist her wishes at his whim for his own pleasure. Or he might just give her what she wants…which could be even worse.

Excerpt from Fortune:

“I’m not a cup of wine, Bell,” Maya said. “You don’t get to just pass me around for people to taste.”

“No, you’re not,” he agreed. He pressed his thumb against her full lower lip.

Maya stayed stubborn and close-mouthed at first, but as he continued to stare hungrily at where he touched her, she parted her lips and allowed him inside. She sucked lightly at the pad of his thumb and ran her teeth over it as he pulled out again.

“This isn’t like that,” he said.

“And I thought you said you didn’t intend to share,” Maya said.

“I meant that I had no intention to share then,” Bell replied. “This isn’t then. Now I want to watch you with them.”

“With them.Both of them. At the same time?” she asked incredulously. “Is that even physically possible?”

“I should think so,” Ciarán replied. It was the first time she’d ever heard him speak. He rumbled like a rolling groan of wind, his voice unbelievably low and round.

“Ciarán and Moss do everything together,” Bell said. “It’s necessary for them. They’re symbiotic. None of us quite know how how—even I—and they haven’t volunteered the information.”

“A man should have his secrets,” Moss said.

“Yeah, if there’s anything Arcanium needs, it’s more secrets,” Maya said.

Moss toyed with the leather part of her skirt.

“Hey,” she exclaimed, shifting out of his grip.

Moss raised his hands defensively, stepping back.

Maya turned back to Bell, grasping his shoulders, her lips near his ear. “This is feeling distinctly like sharing a cup of wine, Bell,” she said.

“Would it assuage your concern if I told you that you would derive incomprehensible pleasure from it?” Bell asked. He toyed with her draped sleeves, drawing them down her forearms to tease the fabric into a gradual fold over her prominent curves. “Do it for me, Maya.”

He seemed to be trying to tell her something underneath the request.

“So…you mean it would please you,” Maya said slowly. Derrick’s wish whispered through her head as soon as she said it, and she understood.

Bell couldn’t lock her in with the demons according to his own principles. But he could open the door.

“Yes. It would,” Bell purred, kissing down her neck. He dragged his lips over her breast. When his lips met thin fabric, he didn’t let that deter him. He closed his mouth over the peak of her breast, dampening the shirt as he worried her nipple into a hard nub that was evident against the fabric when he raised his head again. “Watching your pleasure would please me greatly.”

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Aurelia T. Evans is an up-and-coming erotica author with a penchant for horror and the supernatural.

She's the twisted mind behind the were/shifter Sanctuary trilogy, demonic circus series Arcanium, and spiritual gothic urban fantasy series Meridian (publication TBD). She's also had short stories featured in various erotic anthologies.

Aurelia presently lives in Dallas, Texas (although she doesn't ride horses or wear hats). She loves cats and enjoys baking as much as she dislikes cooking. She's a walker, not a runner, and she writes outside as often as possible.


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Royal Holiday Series ~ The Cinderella Princess by Melissa McClone

Blog Tour ~ The Cinderella Princess ~ The Royal Holiday Series

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Royal Holiday Series

The Cinderella Princess

by Melissa McClone

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About The Cinderella Princess:

Thanks to a philandering father, ad exec Emily Rodgers knows happily ever after doesn’t exist. Relying on a man only leads to heartache. She takes care of herself, and work defines her life. But Emily soon finds herself in the hands of a real-life prince who defines the words charming and sexy. Not to mention reckless. If Prince Lucas doesn’t find a royal bride, Emily’s dream of being named a partner at the advertising firm will die.

Luc’s fun-loving ways have made him a magnet for scandal. His father gives Luc an ultimatum—find a wife on a reality TV show or be disowned. Rules require him to marry nobility, but after he meets the uptight American sent to find him find a princess bride, his search for Cinderella might be over. Too bad Emily wants nothing to do with him. Perhaps he can show her that fairytale endings can happen in real life…

Her Secret Prince

by Madeline Ash

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About Her Secret Prince:

At sixteen, Dee Johnson gambled her heart on her best friend Jed Brown – and lost when he disappeared without a trace.

Ten years on, Dee’s life is uprooted when Jed turns up on her doorstep, asking for her help.

Dee has been left behind by everyone she’s loved: her parents, her close friend Alexia, and a stream of lovers. She moves fast with men and suspects this is why they move on fast. Now that’s Jed’s back in her life, she’s taking no chances. Despite the attraction ripping at her seams, she holds back, knowing she wouldn't recover from being loved and left by him a second time.

A constant traveler, Jed has only felt at home once in his life – with Dee. Now that he’s found her again, he's determined to make up for lost time. He'll never leave her again.

Until an unexpectedly royal revelation threatens to strip Jed of his freedom and future – including his place by Dee’s side.

His Defiant Princess

by Kathleen O'Brien

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About His Defiant Princess:

Brenna Tinley has decided to move to the Unified Isles of Cornetta, a fairy-tale kingdom just south of France in the Bay of Biscay, to escape the recent tragedies in her personal life. The happiest summer she can remember was spent there, in the arms of a handsome, tender rascal who disappeared without a goodbye when Autumn came...

As fate would have it, the Royal House of Vicenza has engaged Brenna Tinley to clear up a public relations mess. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime for this small-town American girl, but there’s only one problem. Her new employer, HRH Prince Ronan, aka her mystery summer lover of long ago, seems determined to pick up where they left off. Can Brenna work in the royal palace and not end up with a brand new broken heart?

His Forbidden Princess

by Jeannie Moon

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About His Forbidden Princess:

Eight years ago, university student Ian Stuart fell in love with his sweet, beautiful classmate and he’s never forgotten her. Sofie loved Ian with all her heart in return, but she didn’t trust him with one little detail about her life she’d neglected to share.

She was a princess, and they could never be together in the outside world.

Now Crown Princess Sofia is in danger. An insurgent faction in her country has targeted the royal family, and while Sofia is visiting the United States, she is forced to go into hiding. Assigned to protect her is none other than FBI Special Agent Ian Stuart.

Once again Ian and Sofie are in an impossible situation, fighting their feelings for one another, while trying to stay safe. Will their love for each other prove to be the most dangerous game of all?

Meet the Authors:

Melissa McCone

Melissa McClone has published over thirty novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group. She has also been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three school-aged children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds and cats who think they rule the house.

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Madeline Ash

Madeline has always lived in Melbourne. She is emotionally allergic to spontaneity, and yet doesn't mind the weather that drags her into rain when she's planned for sunshine. She likes to call this her wild side.

She's a Virgo, vegetarian, and once had a romantic suspense-style dream in which the hero was a shredded lettuce sandwich and the villain was a cherry tomato. The tomato got away. She took the dream as a sign that she'd better stick to writing contemporary romance.

Her stories have spunky heroines, strong heroes, and as much dialogue as she can cram in. As for why she writes romance, she's in a long-term relationship with the genre and writing such stories makes it happy.

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Kathleen O'Brien

After a short career as a feature writer and TV critic, Kathleen O’Brien turned to writing romance, and the job fit so well she never looked back. Now she’s published more than forty titles, is a five-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA award, and holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She lives near Orlando with her former-journalist husband, just down the road from their two grown children and, of course, the ever-famous Mouse.

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Jeannie Moon

Jeannie Moon has always been a romantic. When she’s not spinning tales of her own, Jeannie works as a school librarian, thankful she has a job that allows her to immerse herself in books and call it work. Married to her high school sweetheart, Jeannie has three kids, three lovable dogs and a mischievous cat and lives in her hometown on Long Island, NY. If she’s more than ten miles away from salt water for any longer than a week, she gets twitchy.

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Hearts in Danger, FOURTEEN stories of thrilling romance to benefit the American Heart Association.

Hearts in Danger, FOURTEEN stories of thrilling romance to benefit the American Heart Association. 

Hearts in Danger, FOURTEEN stories of thrilling romance to benefit the American Heart Association. This limited time box set is only $0.99 (AWESOME value), but we will be rewarding those who purchase the set via PRE-ORDER and through the first week it’s live! Just fill out the form to claim your freebies as our thanks for supporting the cause.

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Release Date June 2, 2015.






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Books in the Colletion:

Brody: The Bang Shift
by Mandy Harbin

One Night Stand (A Martin Family Novel Book 1)
by Parker Kincade

SEAL's Honor (Take No Prisoners Series): A Military Romance
by Elle James

Protective Custody
by Paige Tyler

Caught in the Crosshair
by Barb Han

Hot Pursuit (A Hostile Operations Team Novel - Book 1)
by Lynn Raye Harris

Protecting Caroline (SEAL of Protection Book 1)
by Susan Stoker

Enemy Mine (The Base Branch Series Book 1)
by Megan Mitcham

Pick Your Poison (The Bullet Catchers)
by Roxanne St. Claire

Accidental SEAL (SEAL Brotherhood Series Book 1)
by Sharon Hamilton

Slow Burn (Lawmen Book 3)
by Cheyenne McCray

Against the Dark (Undercover Associates Book 1)
by Carolyn Crane

Dangerous Curves - a short-length contemporary hot romantic suspense novella
by Nina Bruhns

Deadly Pursuit (A SCVC Taskforce Romantic Suspense Book 1)
by Misty Evans

Release Day Blitz: Suit Yourself (Men of London, Book Three) by Susan Mac Nicol

Happy Release Day!!

About Suit Yourself:

Scarred both physically and emotionally after a motorcycle accident, twenty-five year old ex fashion model and porn star Oliver Brown is about to be stripped bare by flamboyant twink Leslie Scott—and they’ll rebuild love from the bottom up.


Twenty-five year old Oliver Brown is addicted. Two years ago, he was at the height of his career as “Nikki Star,” fashion model, porn actor, partier without peer. Then came the accident. Hiding his scars, both emotional and physical, he’s gone into hiding. But fine clothing is some solace. A new suit by Debussy? Better even than a ride on his motorcycle Hulk or all the things he used to give and take on camera.

Enter Leslie Scott, the flamboyant, dark-haired, heel-and-tiny-short-wearing twink sent to deliver Oliver’s newest fix. A firecracker, Leslie is dapper, generous, in touch with his feminine side but all man, and as gorgeous as any garment ever made. He makes Oliver dream of ending his reclusion, of recapturing a future forever denied him. But for that to happen, Leslie would have to strip him to the bone. Only then will they rebuild life from the bottom up.


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Excerpt- Suit Yourself:

“Fuck, you look so hot,” Oliver said as he leapt onto the bed and straddled Leslie’s calves. “You have the perfect arse, you know that? Tight and just waiting for me.”

Leslie shivered, those words causing goose bumps to form on his over sensitive skin. “It could be the heel-wearing,” he mused. “I like to exercise my butt muscles when I wear them and dance. They say it’s a good way to tone up.” A hot body covered his and he closed his eyes in bliss.

“You wear heels?” Oliver’s tongue licked at his ear. “That is fucking sexy. I love that image.” His voice was husky, full of desire. “Will you wear them for me one day? Let me fuck you in them?”

Leslie’s heart filled with joy. He had a picture of himself on his phone in a corset, hat and heels. He’d have to show it to Oliver one day and get his engine even more revved up.

“Oh, God yes,” he exclaimed as Oliver’s tongue trailed down his shoulder blades and back. He gripped the bed sheets tighter at the sensation. “I have this pair of red ones you’ll like, and…oh, hell yes…” His voice tailed off in pure pleasure as Oliver parted his arse cheeks and lapped at his hole. Then the bliss of having fingers inside him, opening him wide, rendered him speechless. He gyrated and made little mewling kitten noises as Oliver proceeded to probe his hole, pushing his tongue inside him with wet, sloppy sounds that made Leslie’s cock throb.

He lost himself in the feeling of being explored, dominated and well and truly prepped. When he felt the cool dribble of lube at his hole and between his cheeks he sighed in relief and pushed his backside toward the man currently taking him to such pleasurable heights. When his hips were pulled up and Oliver’s cock nudged his entrance, Leslie pushed back and groaned as it sank deep inside him.


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Susan Mac Nicol is a self confessed bookaholic, an avid watcher of videos of sexy pole dancing men, self confessed geek and nerd and in love with her Smartphone. This little treasure is called ‘the boyfriend’ by her long suffering husband, who says if it vibrated, there’d be no need for him. Susan hasn’t had the heart to tell him there’s an app for that…

She is never happier than when sitting in the confines of her living room/study/on a cold station platform scribbling down words and making two men fall in love. She is a romantic at heart and believes that everything happens (for the most part) for a reason. She likes to think of herself as a ‘half full’ kinda gal, although sometimes that philosophy is sorely tested.

Lover of walks in the forest, theatre productions, dabbling her toes in the cold North Sea and the vibrant city of London where you can experience all four seasons in a day , she is a hater of pantomime (so please don’t tar and feather her), duplicitous people, bigotry and self righteous idiots.

In an ideal world, Susan Mac Nicol would be Queen of England and banish all the bad people to the Never Never Lands of Wherever -Who Cares. As that’s never going to happen, she contents herself with writing her HEA stories and pretending, that just for a little while, good things happen to good



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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WITCHES BE BURNED by Stacey Kennedy ~ #UrbanFantasy #ParanormalRomance #Giveaway

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Today is the book blast for Witches Be Burned by Stacey Kennedy!!


In Stacey Kennedy’s steamy paranormal romance novel, a rookie guardian sworn to combat the undead risks life and love in a world of violence, witchcraft, and seduction.

Title:Witches Be Burned, a Magic & Mayhem novel

Author: Stacey Kennedy

Genre:Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Release Date: May 19, 2015

Page Count: TBA

Publisher: Loveswept by Random House

Format: Digital eBook

ISBN: 978-0-553-39513-6

About Witches Be Burned:

Nexi Jones has lost her family, she’s been stripped of her guardian duties, and she’s still learning the ins and outs of white magic. At least she has Kyden, the smoldering hot elite guardian who’s been there for her every step of the way. But just as Nexi completes her training, tragedy strikes the Otherworld when a fellow guardian is murdered by a group of rogue vampires. Ready or not, she and Kyden trek into the Earthworld to hunt down a killer—and Nexi alone will be put to the ultimate test.

Although Kyden knows that Nexi must fight her own battles, his guardian instincts are raging as he struggles to keep her close. The ruthlessness of these vampires is like nothing he’s ever seen. And at their helm is the Black Witch Astoria, a demon with one burning desire: to shed Nexi’s blood in the name of vengeance. What troubles Kyden even more, though, is the warlock who covets Nexi’s heart. Let the devil do his worst . . . all Kyden can do is love and protect Nexi until his last breath.

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About Stacey:

STACEY KENNEDY is the USA Today bestselling author of the CLUB SIN series. Growing up, Stacey’s mind wandered the path less traveled and that path most often led to love. She has always broken rules and she continues to feed off emotion – staying true to her heart. Those traits are now the bones of her stories. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, who puts any of the heroes in her books to shame, and their two young children. If she’s not on mom duty or plugging away at a new story, you’ll find Stacey camping in the summer, hibernating in the winter and obsessing over Penny Dreadful, Game of Thrones and Outlander. 

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