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Friday, February 28, 2014

Rhett Butler inspired love



It’s February and while we’re covered in about 20 inches of snow and all I want is to hibernate until the grass is green again, it’s also the month of love. Am I a romantic person? No, not really. At least not in real life. On paper? Oh yes. I love my angst and I want my heroes to suffer, I don’t even need that Happily Ever After, but I do want some comfort with my hurt.

Now, when I read the theme “Lovers come hither”, I don’t know why, but it made me think of Scarlett O’Hara.

I must’ve been about six years old when I saw the movie Gone With The Wind for the first time. I didn’t understand much about what was going on at the time (apart from pretty, pretty dresses),  but it struck a cord. When I was old enough I devoured the book until my grandmother’s already worn paperback started to lose pages.



“No, my dear, I'm not in love with you, no more than you are with me, and if I were, you would be the last person I'd ever tell. God help the man who ever really loves you. You'd break his heart, my darling, cruel, destructive little cat who is so careless and confident she doesn't even trouble to sheathe her claws.”
Margaret Mitchell



There was something forbidden about that Rhett Butler, something I didn’t understand at the time but had me enthralled anyway. In The House on Hancock Hill Jason bites into a forbidden fruit too. The childhood friend he hasn’t seen in fifteen years has never been with another guy, and Jason knows he can’t stick around for more than a few days, but when the opportunity presents itself, he’s not saying no.

There’s something irresistible about wanting what we shouldn’t want, or what we can’t have. Rhett Butler was pretty much my bad boy crush until I knew better (actually, I still don’t), but even back then I wanted Rhett and Ashley to interact in touchy-feely ways I didn’t understand. So next time anyone asks about my reading/writing preferences, I will blame Rhett Butler. After all, the first encounter with an alpha male has to leave an impression, right?
Was I the only one who detected some BDSM undertones in that book?

         “I want to make you faint. I will make you faint. You've had this coming to you for years. None of the fools you've known have kissed you like this - have they?” — Margaret Mitchell

There isn’t any BDSM in The House on Hancock Hill, but there are a few situations where Jason and Henry don’t hesitate to take what they want. They’re grown men, and while they spend most of the book on different wavelengths, they still collide. (naked)

While I’ve been writing this, I’ve been wondering if Jason is the type to do Valentine’s Day, and I have to conclude he’s not. But he would be the type of guy to sneak some of his homemade crème fraîche from the bakery up to his bedroom.

Oh wait, he already did.

And he’ll never go hungry again…





Pastry chef and bakery owner Jason Wood bakes a mean chocolate soufflé, yet his love life keeps falling flat. Hed blame his past if he wasnt trying so hard to avoid it.
When his familys farmhouse burns to the ground, hes summoned to identify a body found in the ashes. Jason returns to Hancock, Michigan, and reunites with a childhood friend, small town vet Henry McCavanaugh. After fifteen years apart, their rekindled friendship soon develops into much more. But Jasons baggage threatens their blossoming romance, and he leaves town unannounced to escape his feelings—and Henrys feelings for him. He has learned the hard way if something seems too good to be true, its best to run for the hills. Jason stress-bakes more confections than he knows what to do with before wondering if hes running in the wrong direction.



Thursday, February 27, 2014

Blog Hop stop with GA Hauser

Hello everyone!
We've had a terrific time reading up on all the great Valentine, BDSM and menage books show cased this month. Now we end our month with another tour. with the great GA Hauser. Take it away GA!

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The concept for my novel ‘Snapped’ came to me for two reasons. One; the world around us has always been corrupt in many ways, but seeing the corruption first hand has made me feel a need to express it out-loud, or in this case, in books. And two; perhaps out of misery and a nightmare, good does emerge.
The characters in this novel are polar opposites, which of course they say attract. But in the beginning these two were not out for love. Bryce Hayes, a former military man left after several tours of duty in battle and joined the police department. There Bryce was caught up in a ring of corrupt police officers, and swept out with the garbage on his first phase of training.
Joel Vandergrift is a writer of romance, and quiet, solitary, and soft spoken. All Joel wants is a peaceful life, but sadly his past is full of misery, just as Bryce’s is.
A third character Kohl Abbott, through his vices, which is literally a list of the Deadly Sins, calls on Bryce for a favor, since the man seems to have dirt on everyone in the city of Seattle, Bryce feels obligated to obey.
Sent out as a thug to hunt prey, Bryce smells something even more foul when he trails Joel and realizes Joel’s true nature.
In the end, ‘Snapped’ is about pushing boundaries, and the limits of the human mind. Sometimes a person ‘snaps’ and becomes what he loathes.
‘Snapped’. Love, Hate, and all the deadly sins, or what in reality I call…life.

Thirty-nine year old, Bryce Hayes thought when he left the military and joined the Seattle Police Department, there would be nothing he couldn’t handle. He’d seen it all; the worst of what mankind could do to each other.
But the Seven Deadly Sins had yet to rear their ugly head. Lust, Greed, Envy, Sloth, Pride, Wrath, Gluttony. And Bryce was about to encounter them all embodied in one man.
What Bryce witnessed on his first phase as a student with Field Training Officer Kohl Abbott, he found inconceivable corruption. As a thirty-nine year old ‘rookie’ paired with the senior officer from hell, Bryce had no idea when he was told to ‘stay put’ in the patrol car, that his training instructor Abbott was breaking fingers and kneecaps for protection money from the small local businesses.
While in the Special Forces, Bryce was taught to shut up, to not reveal information. But this time? When the net came down on the corruption he was caught in the snare. Bryce was tossed out of the department with the garbage, but was not prosecuted. He never knew why not.
Twenty-eight year old Joel Vandergrift lived up on Capitol Hill in Seattle, worked as a photographer and taught literature classes at night. But, his real love was writing. Having his first few novels hit the bestseller lists, Joel was gaining recognition and finally thought earning a living as a writer was a possibility… until his apartment is broken into, and his computer with all his work on it, is stolen.
A day later, Joel sees his latest bestseller being sold, but under someone else’s name.
The irony of just having met a bartender named Bryce Hayes, whose behavior was suspicious to Joel, made Joel believe Bryce had a hand in the treachery.
But Bryce knew the reality.
Kohl Abbott was writing under an assumed name, his first best seller documenting his ‘life of crime’. Even though Abbott had served time in the county lockup for his deeds, he had been released early. Abbott knew dirt on many men, including cops and councilmen…including Bryce.
What at first had been an ultimatum for Bryce from Abbott to find something nasty to discredit Joel as a top writer, had changed. Secrets, lies, and disastrous decisions that were impossible to take back, push Joel and Bryce together- as lovers, then as reluctant enemies. And it isn’t until one man finally has had enough that fate takes over.
SNAPPED!
Lust, Greed, Envy, Sloth, Pride, Wrath, Gluttony- The ‘Infamous 7’ change one man from a cynic into a killer. And Bryce sees first hand, how war is not only fought on the battlefield, it is also drawn from the mighty pen.

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At each stop one person will win a copy of Snapped and at the end of the tour a Grand Prize giveaway of a signed copy of her movie Capital Gains



Award-winning author G.A. Hauser was born in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA and attended university in New York City. She moved to Seattle, Washington where she worked as a patrol officer with the Seattle Police Department. In early 2000 G.A. moved to Hertfordshire, England where she began her writing in earnest and published her first book, In the Shadow of Alexander. Now a full-time writer, G.A. has written over ninety novels, including several best-sellers of gay fiction. GA is also the Executive Producer for her first feature film, CAPITAL GAMES. For more information on other books by G.A., visit the author at her official website. 


G.A. has won awards from All Romance eBooks for Best Author 2010, 2009, Best Novel 2008, Mile High, and Best Author 2008, Best Novel 2007, Secrets and Misdemeanors, Best Author 2007


G.A. Hauser Snapped Blog Tour
2/17/2014 Sid Love
2/18/2014 Coffee Thoughts, the Book Blog
2/18/2014 Literary Nymphs
2/19/2014 Fallen Angel Reviews
2/20/2014 Michael Rupured
2/24/2014 It’s Raining Men
2/25/2014 Dawn’s Reading Nook
2/26/2014 Romance Lives Forever
2/27/2014 The Pen and Muse
2/27/2014 Guys Like Romance, Too!