Heart’s Compass LGBT Romance Reading Challenge & Giveaway!

IT’S DONE! All four books in the post-apocalyptic, gay romance series, Heart’s Compass, have now been published!

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To celebrate, I’m issuing a CHALLENGE! (And, having a giveaway, too!)

The challenge is easy: Push your LGBT boundaries by reading 3 LGBT books in 3 months.

Are you a reader who only reads M/F romance? Or, have you read M/M (gay) romance, but not F/F (lesbian) romance? Or, have you read all of the above, but haven’t dipped your toes into transgender, genderqueer or non-binary fiction? I challenge you to change that!

I’m also challenging myself. I’ve read M/M romance (well, I should hope so, since I write it.) and genderqueer fiction, but I’ve never read a straight-up F/F romance. I think it’s time I changed that.


Here are the 3 books I’m going to read:

I decided to stick with Science Fiction Romance books for my 3 choices, because it’s my favorite genre. It was also hard to simply find 3 books that are both Science Fiction Romance and F/F. Luckily, I found a great post at The Galaxy Express all about F/F Sci-Fi Romance!

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BONUS POINTS: I have also added a bonus challenge to my list, with a 4th book that is a transgender romance. It’s not sci-fi romance, but I couldn’t find a single sci-fi book, romance or otherwise, that dealt with transgender issues. If you know of any, please leave me a comment!

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Update: Thanks to author Misa Buckley for telling me about a Sci-Fi Romance that gender-bends:

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I’m not sure if I’ll make this part of my challenge, but I’ve certainly added it to my To Reads list.


How can you participate?

  1. Write a blog post about this challenge and share your 3 books
  2. Link back to this post and the giveaway I’m sponsoring (optional, but hey, who doesn’t love a giveaway, right?) You can use the Challenge button image further up in this post, and you can include the Rafflecopter on your own post if you like. Click Here for the code/link.
  3. Join the InLinkz link-up so that your blog post link shows up on this post! Just click the blue Add Your Link button down below.
  4. Add the InLinkz link-up code to your blog post so you can spread the love to other challenge participants
  5. Read your 3 books before June 30th, review them and share what you learned.
  6. Email me links to your review / end-challenge post on June 30th, and I’ll share them

Current Challenge Participants:

(Click here to get the code to share on your blog)


 

Not Sure Where To Start?

Here are some book recommendations, a few LGBT book resources and book lists to help get you started! 

Torquere Press  ||  The Galaxy Express  ||  GoodReads Listopia  ||  SFR Station

||  All Romance eBooks  || Cool Dudes Publishing ||


 

GIVEAWAY TIME!

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Colors of Love (Celestial Seasons #3)

It’s done! After a year-long hiatus, the crash-landed alien crew of Celestial Seasons has returned for the third book in the series, Colors of Love.

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Kyle’s never been one for conformity. He loves color. He loves being himself. And, he’s in love with Amber. After three months of serious dating, he thinks he has a brilliant plan to take their relationship to the next level. All he needs is a little ink, some nerve, and a cake with magenta frosting.

After crash-landing on Earth, Amber thought she’d never find love. Now, Amber’s whole world is turning magenta, and it’s not a good thing. It’s also supposed to be impossible. Despite Kyle being human, her own Cleodyte biology has initiated the Oosan – a biochemical reaction that could tether them together permanently. She knows Kyle loves both his freedom and the idea of having kids some day – two things he’d have to give up if she allows the Oosan to continue.

Then there’s the whole ‘growing old before he does’ issue… As if her life wasn’t complicated enough, now her hair has turned traitor, and magenta. She loves him, so perhaps it would be best to let him go. Kyle, however, won’t let her go so easy. He’s seeing magenta, too. And to him, it’s just one of the many colors of love.

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True North is Now Available!

True North is now available on Amazon for 99cents!

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An apocalyptic M/M Romance. Electricity is gone. Society is on its knees. The heart’s compass becomes the light in the darkness.

Joshua has had enough of people. Especially those desperate, starving bastards who he’s certain ate his dog. When people decide to leave the university town of Lincoln, Nebraska and head south before winter sets in, Joshua heads north instead. When he lands face-first in a snowbank, he welcomes death. What he finds instead is the handsome smile of Chris, a lone goat farmer who’s trying to make the best of life without power.

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Read a chapter preview:

Chapter 1

When the end came, there were no zombies.

I felt a little lied to; betrayed by all those late night horror flicks I’d snuck into the den to watch while my snoring grandma was blissfully unaware her ‘little angel boy’ had gotten out of bed. There weren’t any atomic bombs, either, but I’m glad about that. I think I could fight off a zombie or two before they ate my brains, but radiation poisoning wouldn’t be my first choice for how to die. There was also no big volcano explosion, no Texas-sized rock from space, nor a giant global earthquake caused by magnetic pole-shifting.

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Vex was born into servitude. Cris is the last of her kind. Together, they will search for a grasp of freedom, an acceptance of themselves and an understanding of each other.

UNBOUND INSTINCT is part of the Corwint Central Agent Files science fiction romance universe. It is part of the series, but can be read as a complete, stand-alone novel.

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About the Book:

Vex was born into servitude, collared and trained into submission by the Xen’dari Empire. An unexpected turn of events offers him the chance for freedom, but Trexen were taught to fear freedom, and to fear themselves. Without the Xen’dari collar around his neck or a Master to tell him what to do and how to do it, Vex is faced with having to make his own choices while fighting against the instinctual, carnal nature of his Trexen heritage.

Cris is the last of her kind, enslaved by a man who uses her charms to subdue the crowds of his tavern and heal the wounds of his gang who attack the territories surrounding their outpost. When Vex steps into her world and kidnaps her into freedom, she must decide if she will accept it or if she will run from it and him.


These books in the Corwint series have also had their covers updated:

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Out West: Chapter 1 Preview

Out West is now available for pre-order on Amazon for 99cents!

TrueNorth200Alex has never had luck with love. Or, luck in general for that matter. It takes the end of the modern world for his luck to change. He and a small group from his apartment building seek to leave Los Angeles before it self-destructs in the growing gang violence and desperation of its citizens. When he forms a fast friendships with Mateo that quickly spirals into much more, Alex wonders when his bad luck will catch up with him.

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Chapter 1 preview

“What do you mean, you’re leaving?” The words come out as more of a whine than I’d intended, but, well… Was he crazy? “It’s the freaking apocalypse out there!”

“Look,” he huffs, tugging his striped polo-shirt over his head. “You’re a nice guy and all, but… I’m not staying in Los Angeles, and I can’t take you with me to my parents’ place in Santa Barbara.”

And there it was. Apocalypse or not, even after living together for three months, I was still his dirty little secret he can’t take home to mommy and daddy. “You still haven’t told them you’re gay, have you.”

It’s a flat, accusatory statement. My arms cross as I sit naked on the mattress with my blond hair disheveled and my pale skin sheened in sweat. The bastard had seen fit to fuck me before he told me he was leaving me alone to die in this place. Outside, a feminine scream shatters the early morning. Yeah, Los Angeles wouldn’t have been my home of choice had I known civilization was about to end.

“Doesn’t matter,” he says, staring at the window. “My parents will need my help.”

But, what about me? I thought I mattered. I thought there was a ‘we’.

Stupid. Heart.

What the hell did I ever see in him? Well, besides that beautiful, tan body and those pretty blue eyes… Those eyes are narrowed at me now, and I can’t see the nervous newbie I picked up at a club six months ago.

He runs a hand through his thick brown waves. “Listen, Alex, you should really think about leaving the city yourself. It’s not safe here.”

“You think?” My eyes roll to the ceiling. “You know damn well I have nowhere to go.”