Monday, April 1, 2013

LGBT Blog Hop

Hi everyone, and welcome to my stop on the hop. I have another treat for you as well, as LGBT author Tara Lain will also be stopping by today to start off my month long birthday bash, where a bunch of other LGBT authors will be stopping by, so feel free to come back and visit!

So for this hop, I decided to showcase two authors for you, one very well known author and one not-so-known-but-definitely-should-be author. So first up, Ms. Amy Lane.

In Her Own Words:
I am creative, distracted, and terribly weird. I love my children to distraction, and I love my hobbies even when they piss me off. I come from a double line of extremely creative, intelligent people who hated authority so much they dodged higher education, and I married a wonderful man who is quiet, conservative, devastatingly funny, and perfect. Our children are constant reminders that God and Goddess have a profound sense of humor, and that all of the things you dislike most about yourself but pretend don't exist really do come back on the karmic wheel to kick your ass when you least expect it. My family keeps me young and humble and I try everyday to make them proud. I've written seven books, VULNERABLE, WOUNDED, BOUND, & RAMPANT which are all part of the Little Goddess series, BITTERMOON I and II, and Keeping Promise Rock, found at Dreamspinner Press. I write to placate the voices in my head, profanity is the element I swim in, and knitting socks at stoplights has become my twitch.

I first discovered Ms. Lane when I read her book A Solid Core of Alpha. Now, I had been hearing about Amy's books for a while before I read SCOA, and once I read it, I was hooked. I'm now reading her Promises series, and have several of her other books on my TBR. I love her writing style, and her books just draw you in. I also recently read her book Dex in Blue and loved it! It drew me in and kept me enthralled. I would definitely recommend her books, and can't wait to see what she comes up with next.

Now, this next author isn't very well known, and I randomly found one of her books one day while surfing the internet and fell in love. I now own the series in paperback as well as ebook, and I'm starting in to her other series. So, may I introduce, Ms. DL Warner.

In Her Own Words:

D.L. Warner has been an aspiring writer for as long as she can remember. However, despite degrees in Journalism and Creative Writing, she did not pursue this profession seriously until ten years ago and after many years of working in Public Relations and public service. After the death of her mother, Patricia, Deborah decided that it was time to stop playing it safe and take a chance on her dreams. Fortunately, she had a man in her life crazy enough to think that was a good idea. Thus, Deborah and her husband, Jon Cunningham have been flying without a net in the wilds of Los Angeles for nearly ten years. Aside from a lot of experience in retail, they have a feature film, Demon Under Glass, to their credit and several projects in development.

I first stumbled upon DL's work when I discovered her novel Ensnared. And let me tell you, the title describes it well. Her story ensnared me, and I eagerly looked for the second part with no success. Then, one day I was looking at the prizes for the Goodreads M/M group summer giveaway and found out that one of the prizes was a paperback copy of both Ensnared Volume One and Volume Two. I was elated! Finally, I'd get to read it all! I waited very anxiously for it to come in the mail, and it was worth it. I missed Darius and Andreas, and loved getting to read about them again. I also discovered other books DL has written, and several of them now grace my TBR. DL is an awesome writer and it's a shame that she's not more well known. I would definitely recommend her books, especially if you're looking for a great new author to read.

So for my giveaway, I'm offering up an ebook copy of Dex in Blue and an ebook copy of Ensnared Volume One. That's right, in honor of my second decade of life, I'm choosing two winners!

Dex in Blue by Amy Lane
Ten years ago David Worral had plans to go to college and the potential for a beautiful future in front of him. One tragic accident later, he fled to California and reinvented himself as Dex, top porn model of Johnnies. 

Dex’s life is a tangled mess now, but the guys he works with only see the man who makes them believe even porn stars can lead normal lives. When Kane, one of Dex’s coworkers, gets kicked out of his house, the least Dex can do is give him a place to stay. Kane may be a hyperactive muscle-bound psycho, but he’s also a really nice guy. What could be the harm? 

Except nothing is simple—not sex, not love, and not the goofy kid with the big dick and bigger heart who moves his life into Dex’s guest room. When they start negotiating fractured pasts and broken friends, Dex wonders if Kane’s honest nature can untangle the sadness that stalled his once-promising future. With Kane by his side, Dex just might be able to reclaim the boy he once was—and if he can do that, he can give Kane the home and the family he deserves.

Ensnared Volume 1 by DL Warner

In this world, even the most powerful are captives. Lord Darius Galatea seems to have all the power in the world. He is Leader of the Cosimo or Cosi, those who keep order in an advanced civilization built upon a strict caste system. He could have a city razed with one call or have the most high born citizen put to death for the slightest transgression. Andreas Hesper comes from the lowest caste. He used an agile mind and just the right amount of muscle to become the most successful leader of an underworld gang. A chance encounter between the two men not only upends both of their worlds, but also ultimately puts their lives in jeopardy. It is custom that some of the Elite citizens of the world class city of Amara owned their lovers as playthings for a time. But those trained playthings or Damis were from a specific caste bred for their obedience and loyalty. Never had a gang leader become a Dami and thus privy to the secrets of an all powerful Lord. But there is more to the streetwise young man who agreed to be a plaything despite the objections from his caste and those from his Master's world. Andreas felt bound to the Cosi from the moment they met. He sees and hears more than even Darius himself. Andreas knows that they must tread very carefully in both of their worlds or the attraction that so closely binds them together will cause their destruction.

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  1. OMG, a completely new author for me to read! Thank you, I would love to read Ensnared! I've read--and enjoyed--nearly every one of Amy Lane's books. Thanks for featuring two authors!
    brendurbanist at gmail dot com

  2. I've always loved all the m/m coverage here! I've got to finally start DEX IN BLUE (I've been a little distracted with other Kindle shinies lately!), and ENSNARED looks lovely...

    Trix, vitajex(at)aol(Dot)com

  3. I have not read any of DL Warner's books before and would love to start with Ensnared.


  4. Some of these are new to me. I love Josh LAnyon and Anna Marie May.
    Debby236 at gmail dot com

  5. I just have to add my admiration for Amy and say how glad i am to get to know DL Warner. Thank you, Emily. : )

  6. I loved Dex In Blue but haven't read Ensnared yet! Anyone mentioned in the same breath (okay, blog post) with Amy Lane is an author I have to read.

    Thanks for being part of the hop!