Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Character Interview: Noble and Breeze from "Mating Touch (M/M), Paranormal Wars: Stone Haven 10"

(Author Shea Balik travels into the future to interview Noble Pride and Breeze Winslow from "Mating Touch (M/M), Paranormal Wars: Stone Haven 10")

I have to admit to being a bit nervous to travel three hundred years in the future, especially as not much time has passed since the Psy tried to wipe out Stone Haven with a nuclear weapon.  The fact that there are still missing warheads doesn’t help to put me at ease either.  I can only hope the same writing gods that were guiding me to not destroy Stone Haven are watching over me now.

Stepping through a door that sent me into the future, my heart stopped for a moment before speeding up until I was sure it would burst from my chest at the breathtaking view.  Past the acres and acres of fields were snow-capped mountains that rose majestically to the west.  They were so beautiful I hadn’t noticed the two men who were there to greet me.

“I’m glad to see you can appreciate the beauty that surrounds us,” Noble said as he reached my side.

Startled, I had to admit I jumped a bit at the voice.  “Oh, I didn’t see you there.”

“Sorry, didn’t mean to scare you.”  Noble held out his hand.  “Noble Pride, but you already know that, don’t you Shea?”

I did.  After all I was the one who created him.  “It’s nice to meet you in person.”  To look him in the eye I had to tilt my head way back.  Six-foot-six is a lot bigger in reality than it had been when I was describing him on paper.  “Thank you for letting me come to your home for this interview.”

Breeze stepped forward at this point, his slimmer build and shorter stature was vastly different than Noble’s.  It made the couple striking to look at.  “We’re more than happy to have you.  I thought you might like to conduct the interview in one of the greenhouses.”

A smile came unbidden to my lips.  “I would love that.”  I had to admit to being curious to see what Breeze did with them.

I was given a smile in return from both Breeze and Noble.  “Then let me show you the way.”  Breeze led the way with Noble right next to him.  As we walked I couldn’t help but notice the way Noble’s hand went to the small of Breeze’s back, or the way Breeze leaned into the touch.  It was obvious how much the two loved each other.

Having been honored to write their story, I was happy for the two.  They had both been through a lot so it was good to see that they’d found some happiness.  This was only my second set of interviews with characters, yet I find myself wanting to go back and interview all of them just to see how their lives have turned out.

As we walked around to the back of the small home, I was stopped in my tracks by the immense buildings that stood before me.  Again, writing about them and seeing them in person was an eye opening experience.  Each one spread out at an angle so as not to impede the view from the back deck of the house.

“Wow,” I whispered in awe.

Breeze glanced back at me with a huge grin on his face.  “Just wait until you see the inside.”

As I stepped inside, my gaze darted around trying to take everything in.  “I can’t believe you got all of this planted so quickly.”  It had been less than a month since his mother had tried to destroy Breeze’s haven, yet it appeared to have been years based on the amount of vegetation around.

Loving eyes went to Noble as Breeze said, “I had help.”

A kiss was placed on Breeze’s lips.  “It was my pleasure, love,” Noble murmured against his mouth.

“Would you like to get started?” Breeze asked after Noble straightened from the brief kiss.

Reluctantly, I pulled my attention away from trying to see everything and back on Breeze and Noble, who were the reasons I was there.  “That would be great.”

Down a small path between the orange trees and a patch of berry plants were two chairs and love seat with a coffee table set up with a bowl of fruit and a tray of various cheeses and a couple of loaves of fresh bread.  “Please feel free to make yourself a plate,” Breeze offered.

Filling it with the fruit and cheese, I sat in one of the chairs with a glass of water and waited for Breeze and Noble to do the same.  They sat on the loveseat, as close as they could get without sitting in each other’s laps.

Figuring it was time to get started since I only had a limited time to visit with them, I got down to the interview.

Shea:  So Breeze, how has life changed for you now that you are no longer a part of the Guard?

Breeze: Smiling, he looked over at Noble.  It’s changed for the better.  I’ve never been happier and I love being able to work side by side with Noble.

Shea:  Noble, since moving to this farm, you have been a self-proclaimed loner.  Have you had any problems adjusting to having Breeze living with you?

Noble:  Not in the least.  If someone had told me even a year ago that I would love every minute that I get to spend with another person, I wouldn’t have believed it.  Noble’s arm went around Breeze, pulling him closer to Noble’s side.  But I’ve never been happier with Breeze.  To me, there is nothing better than spending time with the man I love.

Shea: That is so sweet.  You two look extremely happy together.

Breeze: grinning.  That’s because we are.  Now that the harvest is done and the equipment cleaned and put away, we’ve had a lot more time to just be together.

Shea:  I know I’m going to regret asking this, but don’t you worry about getting bored as winter settles in?

Noble: Chuckling.  Absolutely not.  He pressed another kiss to Breeze’s lips.  Being bored with this sinfully hot man around just isn’t possible.

Breeze: Laughing he smacked Noble playfully on the arm before sending me a wink.  Don’t mind him.  Noble is just hoping to get lucky the moment you leave.

Shea:  I laugh along with them, but figure I should hurry this interview along.  So how is your relationship with your father, Breeze?

Breeze:  Thankfully that smile he’d been wearing stayed in place.  Good.  We’ve had several long talks about the past and I think we’re now in a good place.  He visits quite often.  Breeze looked around the inside of the greenhouse.  He’s even helped us plant both greenhouses.  Don’t get me wrong, we still are working on our relationship, but for the first time in my life, I can honestly see us having one.

Shea:  I’m so happy for you.  When I was writing your story, your father hammered away at me to give you two a chance.  I’m glad I listened.

Breeze:  Me too.

Shea: I have just one more question for the two of you before I get out of your hair.  How is Mandy doing?

Noble: Scowling at the mention of his onerous goat.  Just as stubborn as ever.  Pulling up his left pant leg, Noble showed off a dark purple bruise.  This morning she kicked me when I tried to put her in her pen.

Breeze: Laughing so hard he was holding his stomach.  Then she tripped him, knocking him on his ass right into a patch of mud.  It was so funny, I thought I was going to pee my pants.

Noble: Rolled his eyes.  You know, as my mate you should have been scolding Mandy instead of laughing your ass off and giving her praise.

Breeze:  She was just defending herself after you threatened to sell her to the butcher.

Noble:  I wouldn’t need to threaten her if she would just do as she was told.

Breeze:  If you’d be nicer to her, she might listen.  Breeze gave Noble a dazzling smile.  She listens to me.

Noble:  Still scowling.  That’s because she’s infatuated with you.  Damn goat needs to stop rubbing herself all over you.

Shea:  I couldn’t help laughing at their bickering.  It sounds like life isn’t very boring around here.
They both grinned.

Breeze:  Like Noble said, being bored just isn’t possible.

Shea:  As much as I wish I could stay longer, I have to get going.  Thank you for having me into your home.  Maybe, if I can manage to visit in the future, you could give me an extended tour.

Noble:  We would be honored.  You are welcome here anytime.

As I walked through the door that had brought me to this world, I once more prayed to the writing gods to grant me another chance to see this world that has lived in my mind for years.








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New Release! "Who's That Girl (A BWWM Romance)" by Stacy Deanne


"Who’s That Girl? (BWWM Romance )"
by Stacy-Deanne
Release Date: April26, 2016 

When Georgia sets foot on the Spears’ family estate claiming to be the late Anthony Spears’ daughter, all hell breaks loose. While Anthony’s widow Wanda takes to Georgia immediately, Anthony’s stepdaughter, Osana, refuses to believe Georgia is Anthony’s daughter and sets off to prove her suspicions to protect Anthony’s estate.

Georgia is thrown off track when she comes face to face with Kel, a man from her past who she’s always loved. Kel loves Georgia as well but is not sure that they belong together. Yet, the more they try to fight their feelings, the more they realize their love will never go away.

Georgia finally realizes that having money does not bring instant happiness and that blood is not always thicker than water.

Warning: This book contains a hot gardener, a conniving stepdaughter, an obsessed nephew, and a sexy billionaire.

Excerpt:
“What do you want from me, Kel?” Georgia leaned back on a bin of roses.
“I’d like an explanation for why you disappeared.”
She turned her back to him.
“My mother loved you like a daughter, Georgia. It killed her when you left and didn’t contact us.”
She laid her hand over her eyes to block the tears. “Stop always blaming me for shit.”
“I’m blaming you for what you did!” He turned her around. “You can’t keep treating people like things you can discard.”
“I don’t do that!”
“That’s all you ever do.” He let her arm go. “You left and didn’t give a damn about how it hurt my mother and me. You don’t care about anyone but yourself.”
“I don’t wanna hear this.” She tried to walk past him, but he grabbed her.
“I’ve waited to tell you this for the last ten years, and I’m not letting you go until you hear it.”
“Always your way or the highway isn’t it, Kel?”
“When you left all you thought about was the pain you were in, but Omar’s suicide affected my mother and I more than it ever could you.”
“Course it did.” She jiggled her arm, trying to pry it loose from his hold. “You think I’m stupid?”
“But you disappeared.” He let her go, exhaling.
“Maybe if you hadn’t blamed me for Omar’s death and thrown the abortion in my face every second, I would’ve stayed.” She stuck her head in the air. “You’ve been blaming me for your pain all these years, but what about your part in that?”
He held his waist and turned from her stare. “That’s a cop-out, Georgia.”
“No, it’s not. How come your pain is genuine, but when I give you the reason I left, it’s a cop-out?”
“So you left because of me?” He pointed to himself. “That’s what you’re saying?”
“Think back on how you treated me back then, Kel. Would you have stayed?”
He stood back as if to ponder the question. “Think of how I treated you back then and ask yourself is it because I cared or because I didn’t?

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About Stacy-Deanne

Stacy-Deanne (Dee-Anne) is an award-winning author of sweet to sensual romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and women's fiction books. She's written Amazon Top 100 bestsellers, and her work has been praised and reviewed in USA Today numerously. She loves writing stories that focus on main characters who rarely get the spotlight such as characters with physical disabilities, mental illness, and terminal diseases.

Stacy is known for bringing versatile stories to her readers. With her you never know what you're gonna get, which separates Stacy's work from the pack. Stacy's books are full of passion, thrills, intriguing characters and so much emotion you can't get enough! If you want something different and unpredictable then definitely check out her work.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

New Release! "Mating Touch #MM, Paranormal Wars: Stone Haven 10" by Shea Balik



Title: Mating Touch #MM, Paranormal Wars: Stone Haven 10
Author: Shea Balik
Genre: M/M, MMRomance, Gay, Erotic
Release Date: April 20, 2016

A nuclear weapon is headed straight for Lake Louise and it is going to take the work of a group of Mystics to stop it. Breeze Winslow couldn’t believe his ears when the Alpha Primus explained his next mission. There was little chance of survival, but Breeze willingly sacrifices himself for the sake of thousands. He’d been prepared to die, but he never imagined that, if he survived, his body would be horrifically scarred.

Noble Pride is thrilled to have finally found his mate. But the scars that riddled Breeze’s body, made his mate feel unlovable. Determined to show Breeze just how wrong he was, Noble sets out prove that beauty isn’t just skin deep.

But as the two find joy in each other’s arms, disaster strikes once more.  But after surviving a nuclear weapon, near death and an insane mother, Breeze and Noble discover they can face anything so long as they do it side by side.


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O2O Rewards: "Angels Of The Fallen: Samyaza" by P.t. Macias



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The pure exhaustion of eternal punishment as a fallen has left our sexy but naughty angel, Samyaza, desperate for companionship...desperate to be set free and only you hold the key. 

What would you give for one night of unbridled passion? Samyaza gave his life, his freedom...everything. After thousands of years of pain and punishment the fallen one thought he'd seen it all...not even close. 

Now evil threatens the world and the Watchers are our only hope. Falling from grace was easy, eternal suffering has become common place, wishing for death an everyday occurrence but when faced with a chance for redemption Samyaza fears he could fail. 

His test for heavenly grace comes in the form of a beautiful, confident, modern woman who captures the fallen one heart and soul. 

Strength he has. Faith in the God that sentenced him to a life in chains he holds close but all may be lost with just one look from this very special woman. 

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Calm Assurance by Dariel Raye






Two hearts, two different worlds, uncompromising love.
Calm Assurance
A straight-laced Nephilim-descendant and a human trouble-magnet?
When Asriel - Orlosian Warrior, descendant of Nephilim, law enforcer – is sent to guard Malina, a human with a penchant for drawing trouble like a tornado, she becomes his obsession.
With no hope of finding love in his dimension, he breaks the cardinal rule, leaving his home to protect her, but she has also drawn the attention of his enemies, and he is forced to face demons from his past. If Asriel chooses to stay with Malina, not only does he risk forfeiting his right to ever return to his dimension, but he will need her blood to survive.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

O2O Rewards - "Angel Rising: Redemption Book 1" by LaVerne Thompson


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To walk the earth she must feed her hollow soul. 

Some of the most beautiful people in the world are not human. They have no soul, feel no emotion and are pure evil. You can tell by the color of their dark, dead eyes. Samuel Glaus knows this. He is the son of a human mother and soulless father. He is after all half human and a hunter of the soulless. He is also in love with one who cannot love him back. 

Thalya is a soulless creature, but unlike others of her kind, she does not kill to feed her hollow soul. She hungers only for emotion and above all, she hungers for Samuel’s love. Her enemy. Her redemption. And she’s willing to kill for it. 

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Renegade: Asphalt Cowboys, 1 by Madison Sevier




Longtime steel hauler, Mason Kaine, a.k.a. Renegade, only needed a few things to be happy--The whisper of his tires on that long ribbon of highway in front of him, money and a life with no complications. Being an Asphalt Cowboy means long, lonely hours on the road, dedication to the job and going wherever the loads are needed. Mason liked it that way. Meeting a feisty blonde whose allure is more potent than the finest Kentucky bourbon was not on his itinerary. He knows he should just walk away and leave the woman to deal with whatever mess she's in. But can he really just leave her alone and injured at a truck stop when he knows she's in way over her head?

She's Running From Her Past...

Savannah Somers has been on the run and in hiding for more than four years. Working at a truck stop hundreds of miles from her former life, she's been able to blend in and stay safe. That is, until two people from the world she left behind and Mason Kaine walk into her new life on the same day. With her past chomping at her heels and Mason Kaine's scorching sex appeal, Savannah finds herself on a path with twice the danger and more than just her life at risk.

Can Savannah find the safety she's always needed...in the arms of a man like Renegade?

Will Mason be able to save Savannah without finding himself chained to a lifetime of troubles?

It'll take more than one hot load to find out if they'll make it together...for the long haul.

**Asphalt Cowboys Do It With Straps & Chains**
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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

O2O Rewards: "Blazing Love" by Chantel Rhondeau



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An emotionally injured veterinarian assistant tries to resist the heat of a blazing hot firefighter, but she can’t avoid the flames of his passion. 

Veterinarian assistant Laura Lyons loves animals, loves her job, and is trying to love her life. But after her fiancĂ© was killed in an accident seven years earlier, she shut everyone out, determined not to become attached. Laughing and pretending she has no problems without letting anyone know the real her is the easiest route. 

Thayne Bloodgood is the most eligible bachelor on the Sayle Fire Department’s roster. Handsome, strong, and loyal, the single ladies fawn over him—all except the one he wants. Thayne is determined to break down Laura’s defenses. The desire in her eyes when they flirt isn’t his imagination. Winning her heart is a challenge he’s ready to meet. 

Will this relationship blaze too hot, burning them both in the process, or can Thayne become the kind of man Laura needs and prove to her it’s never too late to love? 

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Release Blitz! "Tying The Knot, Cedar Falls #11" by Shea Balik



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Title: “Tying the Knot, Cedar Falls, Book 11”
Author: Shea Balik
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: April 6, 2016

Welcome to Cedar Falls, a small North Carolina town nestled amongst the Smokey Mountains. Where the people are friendly and the men are hot. Love is in the air for this special Cedar Falls edition.

Having decided to all get married at the same time, the couples must find a way to compromise on everything from decorations, to the cake, to the reception. And since no wedding would be complete without a bachelor party, Jesse Stone takes over the planning and leads his friends into a night of strippers, alcohol and a few other surprises that had Jesse on stage taking his clothes off.

Have a tissue handy for there won’t be a dry eye in the church as the couples recite their vows.

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~ Playlist for Tying the Knot ~

Playing when Parker pops the question
  1. Love Someone by Jason Mraz
  2. Somewhere Only We Know by Keane
  3. All of Me by John Legend
Strip Songs
  1. Pony by Ginuwine
  2. It’s Raining Men by The Weather Girls
  3. S&M by Rihanna
Processional
  1. Marry Me by Train
First Dance
  1. Grow Old with Me by Todd Odell
Music for reception
  1. Better When I’m Dancing by Meghan Trainor
  2. Love on Top by Beyonce
  3. Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars
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Take the journey with the first nine couples as they get engaged in their own special way. As with all the Cedar Falls characters, they each have their own unique story that will pull at your heartstrings.


Aidan & Zane
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “Sweet Buns, Cedar Falls #1”

Ethan & Bram


Jesse & Parker


Tag & Ryder


Jax & Flynn


 Harley & Nathan


Angelo & Kit


Griffith & Stone


Jake & Shane


About the Author – Meet Shea Balik

Shea Balik has always had a vivid imagination with stories running around in her head.  Often her stories are taken from observations of other people with her own spin. Traveling is one of her favorite ways of fulfilling her passion of people watching.  You never know, one day you may spark her imagination for her next book.

Whether at home or traveling she is usually in front of her computer writing or curled up with a good book.

Yeah, I know that is what it says on all my books and you were hoping for more.  Well, since you went the extra mile to find out more about me, here it goes…

I grew up in the north, mostly Illinois and Michigan, but in high school my family moved to Nashville, Tennessee.  I graduated from high school there before marrying and moving to Norfolk, Virginia where my husband was stationed in the Navy.  Unfortunately we didn’t make it and ended up divorced but I did get an amazing son out of my marriage, so I can’t complain.

Now I live in sunny Florida, where the weather is always warm, or so we like to brag to the Northerners who are freezing their asses off in the winter while under six feet of snow and driving on ice.  Nope, there is no ice down here, except for what we put in our drinks to keep cool on the sandy beaches with the sun baking our skin to a golden brown.  Well, unless you are me, who burns instead of tans.

It is the perfect life, if one discounts the hurricanes and rainy season.   Still, it beats having to shovel snow for months out of the year.

As for traveling, I am still working on traveling to every state within the United States.  I’ve been to at least half.  My favorite mode of transportation is the car, for I feel it is the best way to see the country.  Okay, okay.  It may have something to do with my being afraid to fly, no make that terrified.  I always felt if we were meant to fly, we’d have wings. Not that I won’t get on a plane, because I will, and do.  After all, how else does one get to Hawaii quickly?

For out of the country traveling, I have been to every Caribbean country that cruise ships visit, several times.  Being a Floridian means easy access to ports and cheaper rates.  Although, now that I’ve cruised so often, I get discounts for being a frequent cruiser.  In a perfect world, I would cruise around the world, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon, unless I win the lottery.

I have also been to India, three times.  Each time I went it impacted my life in profound ways.  But for me, the thing that sunk in the most, was just how lucky I am to live in the United States.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always known that, but seeing just how people live in other countries, especially the poor, isn’t something one can easily forget.   Not that it was all I saw, for it wasn’t.  The people I dealt with were kind, generous and eager to please.  I enjoyed getting a chance to visit there and experiencing their culture, which was rich with history.

Well, I hope that gave you some insight into who I am.  Please check out the rest of my website and keep reading.

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