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October Swag Giveaway

It’s that time again at Literary Lagniappe. And first up, congrats are in order for our September winner – Lynn! And now onto the good stuff – if you’re not familiar, each month, we’ll be conducting a swag giveaway. All you have to do to enter, is to comment on each new post this month. Each time you comment, you’ll earn an entry. Want more ways to enter? Follow our Rafflecopter link below the pic and earn even more entries that way…

This month we’re giving away a secret swag pack filled with convention swag from multiple authors and ebooks!

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Unconditional Surrender by Kerry Adrienne

I think most non-gay writers of gay fiction wonder what it’s like to face the discrimination that gay couples face. We write about it but we can’t, by nature, actually experience it. We can only get a taste of it—not the whole experience. I’ve definitely had my share of the taste—starting in high school. I’ve been spit on, punched, and more for having gay friends—but that’s nothing compared to what my friends who are gay have faced.


Nonetheless, I try to write about what it must be like, completely aware that I can only surmise, and try to take what I experienced as a bit of emotion—much the same way a writer who hasn’t been raped must try to get into that mindset when writing a rape scene, etc. Or any other of a number of scenarios (and no, I am not making comparisons or categorizing any experience as having more or less “value”. Examples for illustrative purposes only) and extrapolate.

So, when writing Cruise Control, in the scene where Blake finally confronts his sister about being gay, it comes out in a very hyperbolic way. It’s over the top. Loud. A bit violent. The rest of the story is sweet, but this one scene is (to me) cringe-worthy. It took me back to one day in my life where confrontation made me wince and wonder if I could stand up to what I believed (I could. I did).

Here’s a bit of the scene:


Fran’s eyes went wide as she stared at Blake and Parker holding hands. Parker cringed. He knew the look.

“Oh my god, Blake! You’re a fucking faggot?” She put her hand over her mouth. “That explains a whole lot! Did Dad know?” She zeroed in on Parker, her face screwed into a look like she’d eaten something sour and pointed. “Are you the reason my brother is quitting? Because of a fucking fuck? And a dick fuck, besides! You’ve got to be kidding me!”

Nausea overtook Parker and he closed his eyes. The situation had gone from the proverbial bad to worse. The only thing good about the moment was the warmth from Blake’s hand. Damn it felt great, but the circumstances were completely screwed up to say the least.

Blake squeezed Parker’s fingers but didn’t let go. He held on tighter. “Yes, Fran, I’m gay. No, I don’t think Dad knew, though if I thought he’d have a reaction like you, I’d have told him for the kicks. Maybe it would have killed himon the spot and we’d have been free of him sooner.”

“You bastard.” Fran slapped Blake across the cheek. “You better—”

Parker cringed as the slap echoed across the room. The security guard looked up from his book.

Blake dropped Parker’s hand and moved on Fran so fast Parker didn’t see it happen. In a flash, Blake had Fran pinned against the wall, his hands on her throat.

Unconditional Surrender is on sale for 99 cents through October 21! I hope you’ll pick up your copy.
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Book Blurb:

Strong. Sexy. Sizzling.

There’s nothing like a man in uniform, and thirteen of today’s hottest gay romance authors are celebrating military heroes and the men brave enough to love them.

These brand-new novellas feature all branches of the service and offer something for every reader. Almost 300,000 never before published words!


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Giveaway: $25 Amazon gift card and swag pack. Comment to enter. Contest ends 10/19 at 11:59PM EDT. 


Author Bio:

Kerry loves history and spends large amounts of time wondering about people who lived and walked on Earth in the past. She’s a mom to three daughters, six cats, and various small animals, including a panther chameleon. In addition to writing, she’s a college instructor, artist, costumer, and editor. She’s repped by Marisa Corvisiero.

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Keep it Classy by Leigh Ellwood

Hello! I’m pleased to be here today to announce my second story with Decadent Publishing is under contract. A CLASS ACT will follow A DIFFERENT CLASS as my next 1Night Stand short, under the sub-series Class in Session. While ACT is technically part of a series, you can read it as a standalone. Of course, you’re welcome to pick up A DIFFERENT CLASS if you enjoy M/M erotic romance. J

While we’re waiting for the release of ACT, I’m preparing to start the third story for submission. Since it’s part of the series, I’ll naturally use “Class” in the title. Now comes the fun part: figuring out which title to use next. I have a few ideas with storylines attached to them. Currently, it’s between TOUCH OF CLASS and CLASS CLOWN, but I’ll keep the plots under wraps until I have news from the publisher.

For now, though, I can reveal the next Class story will feature something you’ll see in A DIFFERENT CLASS: Sigmund Brewing. This company is founded and owned by Rod Maloney, named in memory of a dear friend. A few characters in the story enjoy the craft beers, some of which contain ingredients you might not expect. To build on their presence in the series, I’m happy to share the available varieties:

Sigmund’s Gone Pale – a traditional pale ale for those who prefer a lighter taste.

Sigmund Shock – a chocolate and coffee stout, not for weak taste buds!

Strawberry Sig – a seasonal offering with a fruity flavor.

Sigmund Loves Rosemary – a popular ale with a bold, herb flavor.

For my next story I’ll be coming up with more varieties for my characters to savor. I look forward to researching craft beers, and I’ll definitely enjoy them in moderation! I’ll also need to come up with some clever names (yeah, more than what I have here), so I’m happy to entertain ideas.

In the meantime, I hope you’ll pick up A DIFFERENT CLASS and keep an eye out for the release of A CLASS ACT, and future “classy” M/M stories.

Book Blurb:


FDR High Class of 2004 graduate, Glenn Carson contacts fellow alumni to get a list of who will be attending the upcoming festivities. One call to a disgruntled former student leaves him shaken—apparently, not everyone is looking forward to the reunion. Hoping to ease his frustration, he contacts the 1Night Stand service for a relaxing and passionate encounter.

Known as “Mumbles” to former classmates, Rod Maloney would prefer to focus on the present and his successful business. However, past tragedies continue to haunt him, so he requests Madame Eve find him a man to show him a hot time and help him forget his troubles.

Will their one night together lead to a reunion after all?


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**Giveaway: 1 eBook and 1 audiobook from Leigh’s backlist. Comment to enter. Contest ends 10/16 at 11:59PM EDT.

Author Bio: I am Leigh Ellwood. I write smutty stories about people who like getting naked and having sex. Some have more sex than others, some have sex with people of the same gender, some have sex with more than one person, and still others have sex with toys and things that require the use of batteries. My stories range from a few thousand words to well past 70k. I welcome you to visit me online and talk about books.


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