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Cover Reveal: “The Truth About Forever” (A LOR Story)

Hi, peeps! I thought it was time I shared the lovely cover Natasha Snow designed for my “Love is an Open Road” story for the M/M Romance Group’s annual “Don’t Read in the Closet” event.

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Isn’t it fab? *pets it*

This was the photo from the prompt I selected:

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And the “Dear Author” letter itself:

Dear Author,

He told me it’d be forever, a forever I had permanently inked into my skin. I thought I’d always want the reminder of a love as incredibly perfect as we had together. The passion and our connection was overpowering, but apparently his idea of forever and mine were two different things. Yet, no matter how painful it is I haven’t been able to let go of the memory of him in my heart. I’m trying to live my life again, trying to find a rhythm in a world that doesn’t seem to balance for me anymore. I’ve covered more and more of my body in the tattoos of a life lived, but somehow even though I’ve surrounded it with other images, I can’t quite make myself cover up and paint over that one word.

Note: I love reformed bad boys, more than a little snark, and a HEA is definitely a necessity. Everything else is up for grabs and have some fun. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Sincerely,

Shelby

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I’m working on the story now, a little belatedly because of a couple of back-to-back deadlines I had, but it’s in progress and I have it all planned out. I really like these guys, and I hope people will enjoy this one when it’s released by the M/M Romance Group this summer!

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Cover Revamp: “Giving In”

The super talented Natasha Snow made the cover for Cède-moi, the French translation of Giving In, which releases next week from Reines-Beaux. While she was at it, I had her make a new version for the English book as well, and my publisher, Less Than Three, was kind enough to rerelease the ebooks with the new cover for me. They rock!

Isn’t it pretty? I think it vibes with the other covers in the “Wanting” series now, which makes me happy! 😀

 

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Amazon Pre-Order Now Available – “Hook, Line, & Sinker”

Hey, folks! I’ve had people asking, so for those wondering, Hook, Line, & Sinker is now available for pre-order on Amazon. It’s been hard to find because Amazon categorized it as erotica, which is incorrect. While it does contain erotic content, it’s not outright erotica, so DSP is working to get that categorization changed. In the meantime, you can order it at the link above and it’ll show up on your Kindle at midnight when it goes live on November 19th! 😀

If you missed it before, here is a peek at the cover and blurb.

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When they were teens, Castor McCormick was the bane of Blake Kowalski’s existence. Their mutual animosity led to summers filled with rivalry. Now, nearly two decades later, Cas is moving back into the neighborhood to live in his grandmother’s old house. Blake tells himself he isn’t interested in seeing how snarky little Cas grew up, but when his mother dupes him into visiting his former nemesis, he finds out “pretty” can evolve into “sexy as hell” on the right man.

Cas didn’t think he wanted to see Blake again. No one has ever pushed his buttons like the arrogant boy he remembers from their youth. Turns out, the adult version of Blake still gets him hot under the collar—and everywhere else. With Blake on leave from work to nurse an injured leg and Cas taking time to move and unpack, they form a tentative friendship that turns into a sexual affair neither man can deny. But when Cas’s job sends him out of state to deal with a difficult client, their new relationship will be tested, and if they fail, Blake’s broken leg might not be the only thing to end up scarred.

Also available for pre-order directly from Dreamspinner

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Cover Reveal, Excerpt, & Giveaway: “Hook, Line, & Sinker”

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Title: Hook, Line, & Sinker (Hard Hats #2)
Author: Piper Vaughn
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover by: Paul Richmond; Photo Credit: Ronaldo Gutierrez
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance

Blurb:

When they were teens, Castor McCormick was the bane of Blake Kowalski’s existence. Their mutual animosity led to summers filled with rivalry. Now, nearly two decades later, Cas is moving back into the neighborhood to live in his grandmother’s old house. Blake tells himself he isn’t interested in seeing how snarky little Cas grew up, but when his mother dupes him into visiting his former nemesis, he finds out “pretty” can evolve into “sexy as hell” on the right man.



Cas didn’t think he wanted to see Blake again. No one has ever pushed his buttons like the arrogant boy he remembers from their youth.Turns out, the adult version of Blake still gets him hot under the collar—and everywhere else. With Blake on leave from work to nurse an injured leg and Cas taking time to move and unpack, they form a tentative friendship that turns into a sexual affair neither man can deny. But when Cas’s job sends him out of state to deal with a difficult client, their new relationship will be tested, and if they fail, Blake’s broken leg might not be the only thing to end up scarred.

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Excerpt:

Blake’s mother didn’t live on a busy street, but being summer, the kids were out in full force. The occasional shout or burst of laughter broke the monotonous silence. And then there were the comings and goings of a certain new neighbor whom Blake had absolutely no interest in watching, even if he found his gaze frequently straying in that direction. He’d caught glimpses of the moving truck over the weekend, along with a dark blue Prius, which made him snort. No doubt the driver of a hybrid would hate his gas-guzzling Ford F-150. For some reason, it seemed fitting. He could picture the old Cas growing up into the tree-hugging, granola type.

Idly, he let himself wonder what the adult Cas might be like. When they’d first met as teenagers, the kid had reminded Blake of a scrappy little Irish chimney sweep, minus the accent. The pale skin, the freckles, that mop of messy dark hair. Put him in a newsboy cap and some wool trousers, and he could’ve been an extra in Oliver Twist. Blake had constantly ragged on him about it too. That is, until the following year, when postpuberty Cas showed up. Gone was the scrawny, gangly limbed half-pint from the previous summer. In his place stood a boy with the lithe, wiry body of a distance runner and a face like something out of a goddamn Botticelli painting. Only his smartass mouth had stopped Blake from falling to his knees in worship—though it certainly hadn’t prevented a wet dream or three.

Blake couldn’t lie. His mother’s mentions of Castor had made him curious despite himself. But he didn’t intend on giving in to her badgering about going over there. What the hell would he even say? Welcome to the neighborhood? Here’s a fruit basket. Let’s be friends? He could only imagine Cas slamming the door in his face in response. Blake chuckled and shook his head. Not going to happen. Not in a million years. No matter how much his mother pestered him.

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Pre-order it here: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5627

Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway here or at any blog hosting the cover reveal tour. 🙂

Add it on Goodreads.

Cover Reveal & Blurb: Ringing True (Wanting #2)

Hey, all! Check out the cover for Ringing True (Wanting #2). As with book one in this series, the cover was designed by the fab LC Chase. 😀 

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And the tentative blurb:

When his boyfriend, Laurie, sweeps him off on a romantic getaway, the last thing Jonah expects is a marriage proposal. They’ve only been together for two years, and they’re about to move to a new city before Laurie starts law school in the fall. Not that Jonah plans to say no. With both of them pursuing degrees, the timing isn’t perfect, but calling Laurie his husband will be a dream come true. Together they decide to take a year before setting a date. Little did Jonah realize the trials that year would bring.

Laurie always knew law school would be difficult. He just never imagined how completely it would consume his life. Add in a flirtatious new roommate who can’t take a hint and a fiancé who complains about feeling neglected, and Laurie wonders how he’ll make it through with his sanity intact. When Jonah starts volunteering at the local GLBT youth center, Laurie hopes it’ll be exactly what Jonah needs to fight off his loneliness. But he didn’t count on the boy Jonah would meet there—or the bond that would form between them, threatening to tear his and Jo’s relationship apart before they can even say “I do.”

Release date TBD.

The previous titles:

Wanting (#1) **Free

Giving In (#1.5)

Buy/download links here.

Cover Reveal: Campus Cravings Boxed Set

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Welcome to Cathia University, where school is in session! Nine of today’s hottest gay romance authors have crafted brand-new interrelated novellas celebrating everything wonderful about college, with over 200,000 words featuring sophisticated professors, sexy teaching assistants, ambitious grad students, and spirited undergraduates, all looking for the same thing: an A+ in true love.

 

Annabeth Albert: Winning Bracket

Cassandra Carr: The Eloquent Jock

Dalton Diaz: Lesson Learned

Mia Downing: Switching Leads

Whitley Gray: Artistic Endeavor

Bianca Sommerland: Solid Education

KyAnn Waters: Private Lessons

LA Witt: Did Somebody Order a Pizza?

Sara York: The Dust Of Everyday Life

 

The Campus Cravings male/male bundle will release on August 25th.

 

Add Campus Cravings to your Goodreads to-be-read-list here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22738703-campus-cravings

 

 

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New Cover: The Luckiest (Lucky Moon #2)

Yay! The second edition of The Luckiest (Lucky Moon #2) has a new cover! Check it out. Again, designed by the fabulous LC Chase. 😀 

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And the new (slightly revised) blurb:

Rock star Nick Ventura has finally hit rock bottom. Jealous of his brother’s new love, he overindulges in his usual vices and winds up crashing his car into a department store in a drunken haze. Publicly humiliated and on the verge of jail time, he enters into a court-ordered rehabilitation program.

Nutritionist Luka Novak is flamboyant, effeminate, the type of gay man bisexual Nick would normally sneer at. But his sunny nature hides a deep hurt caused by an unfaithful ex-boyfriend. As much as Luka knows he should be wary of Nick’s reputation, he’s drawn to Nick despite himself. Their tentative friendship turns into romance, but Luka soon comes to realize Nick’s fear of losing his bad boy reputation means he’ll probably never go public with their relationship.

Nick never needed anyone until Luka came into his life. Now he has to reconcile his carefree past with the future he suddenly wants more than anything. And the first lesson he must learn is how to become the man both he and Luka need him to be, rather than stay the boy he always was. Alone.

Coming some time in September from Dreamspinner Press. I’ll share the exact date when we have it. ♥

New Cover: Moonlight Becomes You (Lucky Moon #1)

Woohoo! Moonlight Becomes You (Lucky Moon #1) has a new cover! Check it out. Designed by the fabulous LC Chase. 😀 

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And the new blurb for anyone interested:

Eleven years ago, Shane Ventura made the biggest mistake of his life when he caved in to pressure from his record label to kick his best friend, Jesse Seider, out of their band, Luck. To this day, Shane has never wanted anyone more, and all the sex and alcohol in the world can’t fill the void Jesse left behind. Not even the prospect of teaming up with Britain’s hottest band, Moonlight, for a massive world tour can get him out of his funk. Then he meets lead singer Kayden Berlin and falls into instant lust.

Kayden may act like he’s not interested, but Shane knows he feels the spark between them. Yet the harder Shane pushes, the more Kayden pulls away, until one explosive night leaves Shane with a broken heart. That seems to be his lot — lucky at everything but love. Shane still has one lesson left to learn, though: when it comes to love, you can’t always leave things to chance.

Coming some time in April from Dreamspinner Press. I’ll share the exact date when we have it. ♥

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