Sunday, July 24, 2016

Cosmic Inception Release Tour

An interview with Alicia Nordwell
Single people often have more time to write. Are you single?
Nope, I’ve been with the same man for nearly 19 years now, married 16, with 2 kids 12 and nearly 10. Needless to say, they’re all very distracting!

What's your favorite room in your house? Do you plot or write there?
You know, I don’t really have one. By the end of the day, it’s usually whatever room no one else is in.

Where do you get your ideas?
I love perusing science websites for great ideas to bubble into fictional story—you’d be surprised what can prompt an idea. I like looking at Hubble pictures to capture the beauty of space. Of course, looking at stock models isn’t much of a chore when I’m looking for a new character.

Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
Tons! Not because they’ve been rejected, but just because I haven’t had the time or energy to get them ready to the point of submission. But that means I have a ton of free stories for my fans to read if they don’t mind the lack of polish the wonderful editors at Dreamspinner provide. My lead editor, Rose, is amazing at tweaking things to bring out the hidden gem under the editing mistakes.

Do you have a favorite book in the Saving Caeorleia series?
Honestly, each time I write a book in this series it tends to be my favorite.

How did you come up with this story? Did the characters or the plot come to you first?
Definitely characters since Nick and Fieo appear in both The Experiment and Adverse Effects before they got their own story in Cosmic Inception. The series began with inspiration from a prompt on The first ‘chapter’ was so well received that this whole universe expanded and has led to Adverse Effects and Cosmic Inception.

What is your favorite part of Cosmic Inception?
Well, without any spoilers, it’s definitely Afiowa Tau. There is just so much to see and explore there. I could only show so much, but in my head... WOW. To catch just a glimpse, check out my tour post from yesterday titled: Envisioning Alien Worlds.

What are your future projects?
I’m working on the next novel in this series which will feature... Chip! I’m pretty sure most readers figured that out, but as you remember, he’s not exactly functioning so getting around that is taking some creative writing. I hope to begin posting it soon. My next published work is a 48k contemporary novella, On Fire, coming out with Dreamspinner’s States of Love series. Set in Washington state, I was able to really draw on the many great aspects where I’ve lived 32 of my 35 years.

Their journey will span the universe and back, but there’s no guarantee they’ll make it together.

Though Nick and Fieo are drawn to each other, their relationship has never been easy. Their differences go beyond their races, but they’ve managed to work together to prevent the spread of corruption, growing closer along the way. Nick still battles the effects of years of loneliness, fear, and pain but surprises everyone when he refuses to stay behind when Fieo is sent on a vital mission to find the Collectors. Fieo objects, but there’s no stopping Nick when he sets his mind to something. Over the course of their mission, it becomes clear Nick is more than anyone ever imagined, but the mystery of his past threatens to derail his future.

The search for the truth will take Fieo and Nick far from Caeorleia, to worlds both familiar and completely alien, and put stress on their already tenuous relationship. It’s a journey that will either tear them apart or finally bring them together. 

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press  Cover Artist: Christine Griffin
Length: 288 Pages, 110.5k

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Alicia Nordwell is one of those not so rare creatures, a reader turned writer. Striving to find something interesting to read one day, she decided to write what she wanted instead. Then the voices started ... Yep, not only does she talk about herself in the third person for bios, she has voices in her head constantly clamoring to get out.
Fortunately for readers, with the encouragement of her family and friends, she decided for her own sanity to keep writing. Now you can find her stories both free and e-published!She can be found quite often at her blog, where she has a lot of free fiction for readers to enjoy or working hard, or maybe hardly working, as an admin on under her online nickname, Cia.
Oh yeah, she's a wife, mom of two, and lives in the dreary, yet ideal for her redhead complexion, Pacific Northwest. Except for when she disappears into one of the many worlds in her head, of course!    
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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Blog tour: Complexity by Harper Miller

Title: Complexity
Series: A Kinky Connect Chronicles Novella
Author: Harper Miller
Genre: M/M Erotica Novella
Published: July 8, 2016
Fairy tale endings weren’t made for people like me. Happy for now usually ain’t in the cards, either. The dents on my wall from where my headboard kept knockin’ against the same spot was the first clue that I needed to calm my ass down. At the rate I was racking up notches and plowing through hookups, I wasn’t ever gonna find nothing real. Guess I kinda jinxed myself. I created my circumstances. You can’t get what you want if you keep falling back into the same pattern of bad habits. But then things changed. I stumbled onto somethin’ I never in a million years expected to happen. You gotta understand, I’m never the guy who wins. It was supposed to be just sex, but that shifty rhyming and scheming bastard, Cupid, pulled a fast one. I may have changed some stuff to protect a couple of people. But before you go believing the tabloids, make sure you understand that you’re gettin’ the lowdown straight from the source. I needed to get this off my chest, and it’s only fair that you at least get my side of it all. At some point, I might regret telling you any of this, but for now, you need to know. *Disclaimer* This is a novella. Not a short story, novelette, or novel. This tale features an M/M pairing. If gay erotica/erotic romance is not your cup of tea and you are offended by same-sex relationships or crass language, you should bypass this story. Content is intended for a mature audience, 18+. Complexity is the fourth installment in The Kinky Connect Chronicles. The Kinky Connect Chronicles are short erotic stories/novelettes all wrapped up in neat little bows. These stories are standalones. No cliffhangers in the lot!

© Harper Miller 2016
“Hey,” he says. The hoarse sound of his voice catches me off guard and a stabbing sensation seizes my chest. I know it’s all in my head, but it’s like rapid, tiny needle pricks all over my skin.
I’m a mess.
Has it only been a week since I’ve heard his voice? Hearing him now—just that one syllable—is painful relief. No matter what’s going through my head, right now I’ve gotta keep my shit together.
“Hey, yourself.”
“It’s good to hear your voice, Manny. You’ve been avoiding me.” Wasn’t a question, but a statement—a true statement.
“Yep,” I nonchalantly reply. “If you’re leaving messages and callin’ me ‘Emmanuel,’ then you must really wanna get my attention.”
He lets out a half chuckle. “I’ve been trying to get your attention all week. I’ve missed your company. Care to tell me why you’re shunning me?”
I avoid answering his question and ask one of my own instead. “Were you really gonna make a trip up here?”
Ever since this little thing between us started, I’ve always headed downtown to his place. He’s never come up here. Too many things could go wrong and make a bad situation epically worse. There are mild fuckups and things you can’t come back from. Me taking the trip downtown is a better bet.
“If you didn’t pick up your phone, yes. I’ve been calling and calling and calling. And would have pounded on your door all night. I’d do whatever needed to be done until you talked to me. It’s been a week, Manny. Talk to me. Tell me what’s going on.”
Avoiding his question again, I say, “That ain’t the smartest move, loco. You’re not exactly unrecognizable. The paparazzi would be up here with the quickness. Not to mention the cops. You don’t come up here making a crapload of noise and not expect the cops to get called.”
“Yeah, you’re right. It was a dumb idea, but I wasn’t thinking. You do that to me, you know—cause me to not think straight.”
“I see,” I respond with a low grunt. He always does that shit. Make comments about how I affect him. I quickly wonder if he’d been leavin’ me a trail of bread crumbs all this time. Hope slams against my rib cage. Does he have feelings for me too?
“Can I see you, Manny?” he asks, his voice that syrupy-sweet tone he uses when we’re in bed. The shit that sucker punches me right in the gut. And now I’m hot, but for an altogether different reason.
“What do you need to see me for? Armand not occupying enough of your time?” I was being a dick, but whateva.
“Ah, so now we’re getting somewhere. That’s why you’ve been avoiding me? Because of Armand?”
I remain silent.
“What?” I can’t deal right now. Not with the way he says my name. . . .Manipulative bastard.
“Come see me. Let’s talk about it.”
“Nah. No need.” I’m acting like a pissy bitch, but I don’t care. “Got a client in the morning and have to be up early.”
“Fine, you won’t come here, then I’m coming to you.”
“Didn’t we just agree that that is a dumb idea? What the fuck are you doing?”
“You might not want to talk, Manny, but clearly some things need to be addressed. Avoiding the issue won’t make it go away. We need to straighten this out, now.”
“Mierda,” I mumble under my breath.
“I’ll be there in an hour,” he says before hanging up, leaving me no time to talk him out of it.
I almost fling the phone across the room, but if I do, I won’t have shit to use once it’s broken. I bite down on my tongue to tamp back my anger, and I ain’t tasting whiskey no more.
He’s an idiot. An idiot for comin’ into my space. An idiot for putting himself out there like that. So what if I wouldn’t go to him? I had been tryna put some distance between us, but it only seemed to make shit more difficult for me, and there is only one explanation.
Love. I’m in love with a guy, and I’m so fuckin’ angry. Angry because I can’t do anything about it. I tried to fight it, and I mean hard, but the way I reacted to his voice and to him threatening to trek up to my apartment, risking shit just to talk to me, tells me all I need to know.
I am in love with Christopher.
Harper Miller is a thirty-something native New Yorker. She’s traveled the world and lived in a variety of places but always finds her way back to the Big Apple.

A lackluster love life leaves time to explore new interests, for Harper it is writing. The Sweetest Taboo: An Unconventional Romance is her debut novel. In her mind, the perfect Alpha male possesses intellect, humor, and a kinky streak that rivals the size of California.

When she isn’t writing, Harper utilizes her graduate degree in the field of medical research. She enjoys fitness-related activities, drinking copious amounts of wine and going on bad dates.

Semi-closeted man meets deeply-closeted man over an internet dating site. I can honestly admit I've never read a story like this. I can't help but wonder what I would do in this type of situation.

I wouldn't go so far as to say that the characters are really complex, but they're interesting and have some depth to them. The plot is very realistic and I can see it happening a lot in Hollywood, the military before DADT was enacted/repealed, and indeed, all over the world.

The story starts out a little slow, but it quickly builds up to a steady pace.

There are 2 things I didn't care for in the book. There were a number of words and phrases in Spanish throughout the book. Since I don't speak Spanish I had to spend a lot of time looking up the translations. Some of the phrases wouldn't translate. However, these words and phrases were TOTALLY appropriate to the story given the ethnicity of one of the characters. I just wish that the author had included a glossary of these terms and phrases. It is important for me to note that it didn't detract from the story itself.

The other thing I didn't care for was finding out that there was more to the story and I had to sign onto a password-protected site to read it. If I hadn't read the author's notes (how many readers do?), which is something I don't normally do, but will from now on, I would not have known about it.

Having said that, I did enjoy the story and I give it a 4.5 out of 5.  

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