Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Blog Tour: Gage by JM Dabney

Title: Gage
Author: JM Dabney
Series: Trenton Security #3
Genre: M/M Romance, Suspense, BDSM
Release Date: January 29, 2019

The forbidden is the sweetest lure.

Trenton Security’s Public Relations go-to was Hayden Gage. He loved his job, and it kept him distracted from the demons haunting his nightmares. His past wasn’t up for discussion, and Hayden wouldn’t allow it to intrude on his future. Yet, that was easier said than done when his best friend came to him desperate for help, and it put him right on the path to his one weakness.

Young didn’t equal lost.

Derrick Thorpe lived in the shadow of his father’s mistakes. Although he was adopted by Linus Trenton, he wanted to prove that he wasn’t like his biological father. When he was asked to go undercover to help at Trenton Security, it put him in close quarters with Gage. Being Gage’s was only an act, but when lines blur, what happens when the operation ends?

Dishes rattled, and the low murmuring of conversations filled the interior as the lunch rush started to slow down at Heidi’s Diner. Typically, Gage ate alone before returning to the office, but today, he hadn’t turned out to be so lucky.

“How about I buy you dinner, Gage,” the confident young man across the table from him asked.

He stared at the boy as if he'd lost his mind. He slowly closed his laptop and calmly leaned back in the booth. The first time he’d seen Derrick Thorpe the kid was skin and bones, skittish from years of abuse by Derrick’s homophobic and racist father, the former Sheriff of Powers County, Georgia. The last time he’d allowed himself to be in the same space with Derrick, he had graduated from college. His boss, Linus, adopted Derrick and his toddler brother after the death of their father and, well, the mother hadn’t fought Linus when the man demanded she sign over custody.

Today Derrick was a man in his mid-twenties, and even with the pale blond stubble, he was still as pretty as the last time he’d seen him which had occurred Christmas a year ago. He’d made his excuses and went to stay with friends for the holiday. Fighting any of the Crews to get out of a family function always turned into a lost cause, and he’d found it easier to escape.

Gage forced a chuckle and a good-natured smile at the eager boy in front of him, but he felt neither of those actions. Because his greatest hell sat across from him and there was no way he’d ever allow the boy close to him.

“Not going to happen, kid.”

“Why not?” Derrick looked offended.

He wasn’t fucking around with some boy with Daddy issues. No matter how much he wanted to find out what his handprint looked like on the boy’s ass. Derrick wasn’t for him. Age difference aside, with Derrick’s history, he wouldn’t let the young man find out how interested he was.

“Go find someone your own age, Derrick.”

“What’s this got to do with age? I’m an adult, and I think I’m old enough to know what I want.”

He felt the muscles in his jaw clench. He didn’t like telling people no twice. When he made a decision, it was final. This little boy was asking for a spanking. A vision of Derrick over his knee came to mind, and he banished it as quickly as it appeared. This was getting out of hand. That’s why he’d avoided anything that had to do with seeing Derrick.

“And I said it wasn’t happening. I don’t like to repeat myself, Derrick.”

Derrick’s chin lowered to rest on his chest. There was a deep breath, and then Derrick looked up, his dark brown eyes shimmered with indignation.

“Yes, sir,” Derrick pushed the words through clenched teeth.

Who are some of your favorite authors and/or books to read when you need to relax?
People find it surprising that I read a minimum of romance of any genre. When It comes to reading for pleasure I tend to stick with Horror, Thrillers, a lot of classics, and of course, non-fiction. Growing up I was given Dean Koontz and James Patterson, Patricia Cromwell by my grandparents. In my early teens I fell in love with Burroughs, Kerouac, Kesey, Bradbury, I always fall back on my favorites between projects. Compared to others my comfort reads are probably darker than most. Currently I’m reading SINless Series by K C Alexander. I’d highly recommend the two stories. 

If you were approached to have your book made into a film, who would you cast?
This is a question that I think a lot of authors have asked themselves and I don’t know how to answer it. As I write characters that are outside the norm in physical appearance actor(tress) don’t fit what I see in my mind. The movie industry just as with the literary world they’re not as diverse as we should be. While there are great strides being made, I feel like body positive/diverse character aren’t receiving the respect and recognition they deserve.

It's often asked what is your favorite part of being a writer but what is the easiest or most natural part of the creative process for you?
Writing is the easy part for me. The process of making words is natural for me. I can’t remember a time in my life that I wasn’t obsessed with being a storyteller. It’s all the other parts of the process that I have issues with. When it’s just sitting at my laptop or with a notebook, turning words into sentences, paragraphs, it’s natural and right. I struggle with all the so-called authorly things. Being a storyteller is my place of peace.

Is there any one character you've created that is most like you? If yes, who and why?
They’re all like me. Everyone of my characters gets a piece of me. If I had to pick one, I’d go with Joker. His touch aversion is very much mine. I have to possess a lot of trust in a person to allow contact. Touch is how we build intimacy and not just in sexual terms. Touch is a bonding experience. I find with my aversion to such things it’s hard to form a tether to other people. It’s a sensory processing issue that I’ve always remembered having.

If you could go anywhere(finances, time, & obligations not an issue) where would you go and why?
This one is easy, I’m planning a body modification trip that’s been on my Bucket List forever. Stretching, scarification, ink, and piercings performed all over the world. Body modification has always been viewed as a Rite of Passage, a visual reminder of trials and successes—endurance. The trip is still a few years off as I have it stretched over a year of travelling. Not just for the Body Mod but to see the places I always dreamed of visiting. 

Author Bio:
J.M. Dabney is a multi-genre author who writes mainly LGBT romance and fiction. She lives with a constant diverse cast of characters in her head. No matter their size, shape, race, etc. she lives for one purpose alone, and that’s to make sure she does them justice and give them the happily ever after they deserve. J.M. is dysfunction at its finest and she makes sure her characters are a beautiful kaleidoscope of crazy. There is nothing more she wants from telling her stories than to show that no matter the package the characters come in or the damage their pasts have done, that love is love. That normal is never normal and sometimes the so-called broken can still be amazing.


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Release Blitz: Outlaw Girls by Miss Merikan

Title: Outlaw Girls
Author: Miss Merikan
Genre: F/F Romance, MC Romance
Release Date: February 10, 2019
Cover Design: Natasha Snow

--- When a match meets gasoline. ---

Mona. Mafia princess. Rebellious Italian beauty. Runaway bride.

Rain. Motorcycle club president’s daughter. Androgynous biker goddess.

After her sister was forced into an arranged marriage, Mona vowed she would never suffer the same fate. She would do whatever she had to, even set the church on fire, catch the first bus to nowhere without a dollar in her pocket while still wearing her wedding dress.

Away from her controlling family, Mona intends to fight for her financial independence on the stripping pole at the Smoke Valley Motorcycle Club. Her plan is to earn enough cash for further travels, but once she gets closer to Rain, and becomes more comfortable on the back of her bike than she ever was in the world of privilege, staying in the middle of Nowhere, Nevada no longer sounds so bad.

Rain doesn’t do girlfriends. Her biker lifestyle means secrecy and unsavory deeds no girl she’s met would roll with. Her only goal is to smash the glass ceiling of her family-run biker gang and become the first female member. She does do flings though, and the Italian beauty who crashes her birthday party is perfect for one of those.

But Mona sticks around. Rain can’t stay away, and all rules go out the window when Rain finds out Mona is the runaway daughter of a mafioso. Maybe she could just be the kind of woman who understands living outside the law

When the mafia comes after Mona, Rain has to choose between loyalty to the club and the woman of her dreams. One thing is certain - there will be no escape without mayhem.

Themes: mafia, organized crime, marriage, forbidden love, danger, motorcycle club, biker chick, family, rebellion, independence, first relationship, self-discovery
Genre: F/F romance, suspense
Contains explicit, scorching hot scenes.
Length: ~60,000 words (STANDALONE novel)

Author Bio:
K.A. Merikan/Miss Merikan are a team of writers who try not to suck at adulting, with some success. Always eager to explore the murky waters of the weird and wonderful, K.A. Merikan don’t follow fixed formulas and want each of their books to be a surprise for those who choose to hop on for the ride.

K.A. Merikan have a few sweeter M/M romances as well, but they specialize in the dark, dirty, and dangerous side of M/M, full of bikers, bad boys, mafiosi, and scorching hot romance.

EMAIL: kamerikan@gmail.com 

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