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Hello people,

The Blog of Sid Love is celebrating and not for just one reason. For the ones who don’t know, TBSL completed its 7 months yesterday and this has been a memorable journey for me as well as my reviewers. The authors, my followers and readers have been amazing in participating in our events and following our reviews. Your words of appreciation always encourages us to do better.

So on this special occasion, we have a big event planned for you all. Also, we are going reveal something quite amazing to you (Well, it amazes me at least 😛 ) and we hope you like whatever it is and support us.

Event Details:

We have a new FB page, which you can find here: https://www.facebook.com/theblogofsidlove

Author Cardeno C. will be taking over this page TODAY between ONE PM TO TWO PM Pacific Time and you can chat with the author while the author will reveal some facts about his upcoming book “More Than Everything”. There will be a contest whereby you will get a chance to win a free ebook copy of any ONE of Cardeno’s books. So be there and participate!

We ALSO have a new twitter page, the link to which is: https://twitter.com/BlogofSidLove

Rhys Ford will take over this twitter feed and chat with you between the same time as Cardeno will be on FB. She will run a similar contest over there and will tell you about her new book “Fish and Ghosts”.

Like and Follow the two accounts so that you will be entered into both the contests. At the end of the chats, both the authors will choose a winner and also make an announcement for us! So be there on time.. they will let you know about how you can also win a goodie pack that comes from The Blog of Sid Love 😀

More details on that coming soon!

So, gear up people and show us some LOVE!

OmorphiHigh school senior Michael Sattler leads a charmed life. He’s a star athlete, has great friends, and parents who love him just the way he is. What’s missing from his life is a boyfriend. That’s a problem because he’s out only to his parents and best friend. When Michael accidentally bumps into Christy Castle at school, his life changes in ways he never imagined. Christy is Michael’s dream guy: smart, pretty, and sexy. But nothing could have prepared Michael for what being Christy’s boyfriend would entail.

Christy needs to heal after years of abuse and knows he needs help to do it. After the death of his notorious father, he leaves his native Greece and settles in upstate New York. Alone, afraid, and left without a voice, Christy hides the myriad scars of his abuse. He desperately wants to be loved and when he meets Michael, he dares to hope that day has arrived. When one of Michael’s team-mates becomes an enemy and an abuser from Christy’s past seeks to return him to a life of slavery, only Michael and Christy’s combined strength and unwavering determination can save them from the violence that threatens to destroy their future together.

Purchase Omorphi from   Harmony Ink Press    Amazon    Barnes & Noble   ARe/OmniLit

Why the Title Omorphi?

I am one of those people who was fortunate enough to have traveled often and from a young age. Many people don’t have this opportunity and that’s why I try to bring a little bit of the outside world and other cultures to my readers through my books. One of the main characters in my stories will almost always be from a country other than the United States. In the case of Safe, Nico is Italian. In the case of Slaying Isidore’s Dragons, Isidore is French and Declan is Irish. In the case of Omorphi, Christy is Greek and we have a chance to glimpse a bit of Greek culture through some of Christy’s comments and cultural ways in Omorphi.

The working title of the novel was “Pretty” because Christy is, well, pretty. Also, Christy has been severely abused and has a very low opinion of himself. He believes, in spite of his good looks, he is ugly because of what heartless others have done to him. So, Christy likes to wear pretty things like lace and silk and, for him, it isn’t only cross-dressing, but a way to feel free of the ugliness he believes he is. Because Christy is Greek, I chose to change the title of the book to Omorphi, which means pretty in Greek. There you have it. That’s the story behind the title Omorphi!

About Cody

Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, Cody Kennedy doesn’t conform, doesn’t fit in, is epic awkward and lives to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Cody contemplates such weighty questions as: If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from? When not writing, Cody can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary.

Find Cody    Facebook    Goodreads    Twitter @CodyKAuthor

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Follow Omorphi’s blog tour for three chances to win an ebook copy of Omorphi!

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September 9th – Pre-kickoff post – Cody is a Featured Author on True Colorz and answers questions about penning Omoprhi Review by True Colorz

September 15th – The Novel Approach – Pre-release Q&A with Cody and a chance to win an ebook copy of Omorphi Review by The Novel Approach

September 18th – Author Will Parkinson – Will holds nervous Cody’s hand the day before Omorphi’s release because he promised to and Cody talks about Omorphi’s Cover and Bringing Omorphi to Life

September 19th – Mrs. Condit & Friends Read Books – Cody writes Perils and Pitfalls of Post Production Public Relations and a SECOND chance to win an ebook copy of Omorphi! Review by Mrs. Condit & Friends

September 19th – Smile, Somebody Loves You – Announcement post and Cody shares Omorphi Trivia with Beverly and Tamara

September 20th – Author Shira Anthony – Why I write the kind of stories that I do by Cody

September 21st – Author Jamie Mayfield – Why Omorphi and A Broken Kind of Life are Same but Different

Also on September 21st – Harmony Ink Press on Facebook: Meet Cody Kennedy and Jamie Mayfield

September 22nd – Cody’s Blog – Tony Edmondson, Fan Extraordinaire, interviews Cody

September 27th – Author Wade Kelly – Character Interview with Christy Castle

September 28th – Author Iyana Jenna, Fairy Fan Extraordinaire, Q&A with Christy Castle

September 29th – Author Zoe Lynne – The Notes Behind Omorphi’s Play List

October 4th – Sid Love’s Blog – Why the title Omorphi? Review by Sid Love

October 5th – Author Madison Parker – What makes Omorphi unique?

October 6th – Author John Ames – Q&A with Michael Sattler

October 11th – Boys on the Brink – Omorphi: Writing Sex and Violence in Young Adult works

October 12th – Author Jamie Fessenden – Cody shares Omorphi Trivia with Jamie

October 15th – Granny Irene – A week in the Life of Christy Castle before Michael

October 18th – Author Sara Alva – A week in the life of Michael Sattler before Christy

October 19th – Author Sam Kadence – Cody Talks About Writing Action and the Suspension of Disbelief

October 20th – Cody’s Blog – Omorphi’s One Month Anniversary Trivia Contest and a THIRD chance to win an ebook copy of Omorphi – In order to enter this contest you must:

1) have visited and commented on each stop on Omorphi’s Blog Tour – please be sure to leave your name and email address in your blog comment. “Anonymous” comments won’t qualify; and

2) you must correctly answer the trivia questions posted on Cody’s Blog by placing your answers in the comments section beneath the questions; and

3) along with your answers to the trivia questions, you must leave a comment about Omorphi’s Blog Tour.

The winner will be selected by Kismet, Cody’s greenwing macaw.

To make things even more exciting, a new contest will begin on October 21st on The Novel Approach Reviews Blog to win an ebook copy of Cody’s novella, Safe, due out October 24th from Harmony Ink Press!

Get ready to read and win!

The Second Mango by Shira Glassman

A young woman’s search for love, family, and her own strength

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Hello; I’m Shira, and I’m addicted to storytelling. For years, I pictured my mind as a waiting room full of lesbian princesses. Tired of waiting for fairy tales to include same-sex love, I tried to write my own. Again and again ideas would pop into my head, obsess me for a weekend, and then begin to gather dust. I feared I wasn’t even capable of making up my own characters.

The Second MangoThen my father passed away, and writing itself seemed to slip from my fingers.

“Write it out,” people told me.

“I can’t write it out in fanfiction,” I said. “None of the characters I care about have been through something exactly like this.” And I didn’t particularly feel drawn to new characters just on the basis of our shared loss, either.

I did think about writing original stuff, of course. But–write it out? Write about it? That terrified me. When I write, I live those scenes, those emotions. I didn’t want to relive those last few days. I didn’t want to shut myself inside that room again.

But then I realized–don’t write about the death itself–write about someone dealing with the death. Start the story later, and you can write about someone feeling exactly the way you are now.

And that’s how Shulamit, the heroine of the “how would a lesbian princess find a partner, anyway?” plotbunny, became a queen.

When her story opens, she’s at a low point–missing her dead father and a runaway girlfriend, desperate for a partner or even any friends at all who don’t feel distant and mocking like her ladies-in-waiting, and she’s also suffering from what we today would call a ‘protein intolerance’ (gluten and poultry, specifically) but without the benefit of modern medical science or “can I have a gluten-free chocolate chip cupcake, please?”

rivka and sword-flat-2Rivka, The Second Mango‘s other protagonist, is a Jewish feminist answer to Siegfried. Five-foot-eleven, brawny, and bold, she towers over the young queen and easily wins her confidence, as well as the prospect of permanent employment as captain of the royal guard. But there’s a catch, says Shulamit–she needs the help of Rivka and her dragon in order to find a girlfriend. Hers is a culture that doesn’t talk openly of homosexuality, and they’ll have to be creative about their search.

Too bad for her that Rivka is straight–that would have been too easy! Rivka is, in fact, not only straight but in love with a dead man. Eventually when she and Shulamit begin to become friends, she tells her all about the wizard she loved, the wizard who secretly taught her to swordfight. This romantic subplot may appeal to those readers with a fascination for the older, fatter men (with a goatee!) who one hardly ever sees as the male half in a fictional romance; this is for anyone who ever cheered when Jo married Professor Bhaer in Little Women, but wished he’d nourished her sensationalist writing instead of stifling it.

Shulamit and Rivka eventually find happiness, but part of that happiness is their sisterly friendship with each other. Family of choice is a major theme of The Second Mango, as well as the idea that same-sex romance and strong platonic friendship aren’t mutually exclusive within the same story. And, of course, the dragon! Can’t forget about the dragon–transportation, comfort, weapon, and friend. I sure hope you like mine, and I hope you have fun with my book.

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GIVEAWAY

TO WIN A FREE COPY OF THE SECOND MANGO, LEAVE A COMMENT TO THIS POST:

Follow the given format to enter yourself into the contest:

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CONTEST WILL END ON 10th September, 2013 @ 11:59 PM Central Time!!

Today we have with us a well-known author whose books have managed to win a million hearts. With lively characters and some romantic sizzlers in each of this author’s novels, the author has gained an immense popularity among M/M readers.

I take this opportunity to welcome the award winning author – Cardeno C. to The Blog of Sid Love! CC is here talking about and promoting his newly released novel – Strong Enough – which is the second installment in CC’s “Family” series.

SL: An author never ceases to challenge himself. With your upcoming book, what challenges did you set for yourself during its creation and do you think you have achieved them?

CC: Some challenges are constants in my writing. I always set out to write books that make people feel good and warm and uplifted. I set out to write books with positive portrayals of relationships. And I set out to write characters readers can relate to, characters readers will feel they know. All of those things were true for this book.

One goal that was unique to this book was my desire to portray different needs in these characters than those in the first book of the Family series (Something in the Way He Needs) and to show those need being met. We’re all different people and we need different things to fulfill ourselves. Finding a person who loves us for who we are, flaws and all, is wonderful. The characters in the Family books are not the perfect men for everyone. But, I hope, they’re the right men for each other.

SL: The main characters in the story seem different from each other. Was it difficult to come up with their identities and their overall background?

CC: I was lucky with this book. The characters and their story came easily. Yes, they’re different men. Different backgrounds. Different families. Different appearances. Different ages. Different education levels. Different job types. I could go on, but I’m boring myself here. Spencer and Emilio are different. But these aren’t men looking for a carbon copy of themselves to stand at their side. They admire in each other the qualities that they themselves don’t possess.

SL: Which of the two main characters deeply spoke to you – the one that maybe made an empathetic link with you?

CC: I can’t write about people unless I can get into their heads. That’s a critical part of my writing process. So to write Spencer and Emilio, I needed to empathize with both of them. The same is true for all my characters. To write a book, I need to get into those characters’ head space. Sometimes that easier than others and this was one of those times.

SL: To what extent did you research for this novel?

CC: This is contemporary, character-driven novel, so it didn’t require a lot in the way of research. The internet is my friend and I used it, but most of the book came from within.

SL: Is perfection in your writing important to you? What do you do to achieve the kind of perfection that is needed?

CC: I don’t think I know what perfection in writing would look like. I want to write books that are clean, well-edited, easy to read and understand, and meet my writing goals (which I listed in response to the first question). If I can do that, I’m happy. If I can’t, then I need to keep working on the book until I get there.

SL: Do you think Strong Enough will help you grab another of those shiny lot of awards you have deservingly won for your past works?

CC: I hope readers who have been loyal and supportive to me book after book enjoy this one. I think of them when I’m writing and hearing that I’ve made them smile and feel good makes me feel like I won the award for goal-accomplished.

SL: What’s next, after Strong Enough, then?

CC: My next book is More Than Everything, scheduled for release in mid-November. It’s also in the Family series. One of the characters was introduced in Something in the Way He Needs. The other two characters were introduced in Strong Enough. Yup. That math adds up to three. We already talked about stretching wings, right?

After that, I have a short holiday novella being released December 1st. It’s called Miracle and it’s a different kind of story for me, told in a different kind of way. Fingers crossed that different is good.

And then, though it pains me to say this, I’ll have the last book in the Home series being released in mid-February. It’s called Walk with Me and it’s about Seth and Eli, characters who have made appearances in some other Home books. Right now, I’m struggling with my goodbye to the series that led me on my writing journey.

SL: What kind of books do you like to read?

CC: I love to read the same types of books I love to write – happy, uplifting romances.

SL: And what are you currently reading?

CC: I’m not reading anything new right now. Do you have any suggestions?

SL: Oh I have many on this blog!

What would you say to all your fans out there?

CC: Thank you. Two simple words, but I mean them wholeheartedly. Thank you.

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STRONG ENOUGH

Strong EnoughBLURB: When twenty-two-year-old Emilio Sanchez sees handsome Spencer Derdinger walking by his construction site, Emilio makes it his goal to seduce the shy professor. Getting Spencer into bed isn’t difficult, but Emilio soon learns that earning the trust of a man deeply hurt will take time and patience. With a prize like brilliant, sweet Spencer on the line, Emilio decides he is strong enough to face the challenge.

Spencer is surprised when he’s approached by the gorgeous construction worker he’s admired from the safety of his office window. Acting spontaneously for the first time in his thirty-eight years, Spencer takes Emilio home. When the casual hookup turns into the potential for love, Spencer realizes that if he wants to build a life with Emilio, he’ll need to be strong enough to slay his personal demons and learn to trust again.

THE BLOG OF SID LOVE rates it: four-stars_0

[…]“Strong Enough” made me feel like I was on a fluffy cloud…and I’m still smiling…

Read Susan Lee’s full review: STRONG ENOUGH

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cardeno C. – CC to friends – is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few “awwws” into a reader’s day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno’s stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever-after sunset. Cardeno feels that characters write their own stories and just hopes to find enough time to get those stories on the page.

Cardeno’s Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads M/Romance Group, and various reviewers. But even more special to CC are heartfelt reactions from readers, like, “You bring joy and love and make it part of the every day.”

Website: cardenoc.com
Facebook: Cardeno C. Author
Facebook Author Page: Cardeno C.
Twitter: @cardenoc

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GIVEAWAY

TO WIN A FREE COPY OF STRONG ENOUGH, LEAVE A COMMENT TO THIS POST:

Follow the given format to enter yourself into the contest:

Name*:
Email ID*:
The format in which you’d prefer to read the book, in case you win*:

Message to the author:

Don’t forget to “FOLLOW THIS BLOG”. The widget is on the top of this page where you can either subscribe to this blog via email or if you are a wordpress user, you can “Follow” it through your READER!

Why do you need to follow? – To get instant updates on the winner announcement, or other giveaway events that are planned to be hosted on this blog or simply for the reviews and author interviews that are posted here.

If you are on Facebook, join our official Group: The Blog of Sid Love

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CONTEST WILL END ON 6th September, 2013 @ 11:59 PM Central Time!!

So, hurry!!.

Hi, everyone. Thank you for having me here at Sid Love. My name’s Daniel A. Kaine, and welcome to the first stop on my ‘No Angel’ blog tour.

If you’ve read any of my books, or even if you just follow my ramblings on Facebook, you’ll probably know that I love the paranormal genre. Vampires, zombies, shifters… love them! So I wanted to talk to you today about why this is my favourite genre to both read and write, and I’ll also be sharing a bit of information from my new book.

The first thing I love is that,as a writer, the paranormal genre allows you to think up some really crazy ideas. The boundaries of reality no longer apply as tightly as they once did. Forget humans working normal day jobs and going about their everyday lives. Let’s have a wereswan whose father was a demon. Or, a bondage-loving angel whose libido gets him entangled (hehe) in the affairs of a pack of werebears. The possibilities are only as limited as our imagination!

As a reader, I love the mystery and intrigue that comes with the unknown. Each time we step into a new paranormal book, the rules are slightly different. One author’s werewolves may be entirely different to those in another book. And that can bring with it a sense of danger and suspense, because anything could happen next.

And I love that it’s just different from our everyday lives. When I read, or write—or sit on my couch daydreaming because I have nothing better to do—I want to be able to escape to someplace new and more exciting. I spend most of my life in reality, and sometimes I just need to get away from it for a short while. I want to be able to go on this fantastic adventure to a world that is different from our own and discover new things.

Also, the scope of the paranormal genre is just amazing. You can go from the goriest of zombie books, to the subtle haunting of a ghostly presence. You can immerse yourself in the action of a werewolf pack fighting for survival against intruders, or revel in the intricacies of a sorcerer’s studies. And there are so many sub-genres, too. Imagine a sci-fi world where ghosts are coming back to haunt an alien planet, or a historical wartime novel where shifters have been abducted and forced into the army.

But most of all, I love the genre because a part of me wants to believe. I’ve never really given up on wanting to believe that there’s something more to our world than first meets the eyes. Paranormal books allow me to indulge in that fantasy, if only for one night at a time.

So when it came time to sit down and think up a new story idea for my NaNoWriMo project, it was no surprise that I wanted to include a paranormal element. I decided that my characters would have special abilities. But unlike films such as X-men, I didn’t want their powers to be known to the rest of the world. At least, not yet, though I am thinking up ideas for further stories that include their exposure to the general public and a closer look at where these powers came from.

As well as having these supernatural abilities, I wanted to give the characters a physical trait that would make them stand out from other humans. While researching possible conditions, I stumbled across a few articles relating to something known as cornucutaneum, or cutaneous horns. Reports had sprung up about two elderly women in China who had started growing horns from their foreheads. No one knows exactly what the cause is, though links have been made to radiation and burns.

I took this idea and gave each of my characters two stumps of bone on their heads, like the beginnings of horns. In the book, the condition is unofficially known as Devil Syndrome, and scientists are at a loss for what causes it. However, there have been many theories proposed, one of which is that these children have been touched by the devil.

Just because they were born different, children with Devil Syndrome are treated with scorn and malice. They are bullied at school and often abused at home. Many end up being thrown out onto the streets, or running away from hostile environments.

Sound familiar?It should do, because there are plenty of teens in our own world that are forced out of their homes and feel like they have nowhere else to turn. That’s why I’ll be donating a portion of my royalties to a charity that helps get LGBT youths off the streets and into safe accommodation. I’ve chosen to support the Albert Kennedy Trust, who are currently doing some amazing work by opening up safe houses where they can supervise LGBT teens and provide mentoring and training to give them the skills they need to live independently.

I think you’ll agree, this is a great cause, and I hope my donations will be of help to them. Thank you for stopping by, and I’d like to share a quick excerpt from Josh’s point of view at the beginning of the book as we learn a little about his condition. Hope you enjoy it.

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NO ANGEL by Daniel A. Kaine

No AngelBLURB: Born with a birth defect called Devil Syndrome, it is impossible for Josh Harper to hide the two small stumps of hornlike bone atop his head. If people also knew about his ability to create force fields with his mind, they’d lock him up for sure. Left to fend for himself on his eighteenth birthday, Josh tries to make it on the streets. When he’s attacked, he’s rescued by Sam Mitchell, who has an equally strange power—and a set of pure white wings.

Sam ran away from home a year ago, and the new life he’s built for himself includes living in an abandoned house and looking after three younger kids, all with Devil Syndrome. Then along comes Josh. After a rough start their relationship grows and the two young men find a haven in each other’s arms. But when tragedy strikes their newfound family, Sam’s hatred of regular humans spirals out of control, and Josh will have to make Sam see sense before everything he’s worked so hard to build is destroyed.

EXCERPT:

Josh stopped in front of a shop window, eyes fixed on the two small stumps of bone on his head poking up from underneath his hoodie. He reached up to touch one of them. Why couldn’t they just disappear? Devil syndrome. It was aptly named, considering how much the bony growths resembled the beginning of horns. No one could figure out what caused it, though the public was quick to come up with a variety of theories. But the whys and the hows weren’t important. It was the curse on any child born with the condition to live a life filled with loneliness. They were looked down upon, treated like lesser beings, all because of something out of their control.

Josh dropped his hand to his side and let out a long breath. The mist condensed against the cold glass. Despite the lack of scientific knowledge on the condition, or perhaps because of it, there was one theory that seemed to ring louder than the others. All it took was one fanatical parent to start proclaiming on live television that their daughter had been influenced by the devil, and soon it became the explanation of choice.

A group of people exited from a nearby café and huddled together under an umbrella as they smiled and laughed. They fell into silence as they passed Josh, their steps quickening to put him behind them before the conversation started up again. What was it that made him different from them? There was no real explanation, just a niggling doubt at the back of his mind. He wasn’t one of them. There was an unexplainable difference that went beyond the physical abnormality and far deeper, into the very depths of his soul. Whether it was instinctual or not, everyone else knew it too.

The goose bumps on his arms tightened Josh’s skin. His muscles trembled in a vain attempt at keeping warm. He turned away from the window and continued his search for shelter. Minutes passed before Josh tucked himself inside a doorway, hidden down a dark alleyway. He set his backpack down in one corner and lay on his back, using the bag as a makeshift pillow. The wind blew harder, chilling Josh to the bone. He turned onto his side and curled his legs up to his chest, making his body as small as he could manage.

If only his secret could protect him against the wind and rain—his secret that would have him burned at the stake for sure. He’d never once confided in anyone about it. Who would he even share it with? His aunt and uncle would probably have sold him to the government or have him locked up in some medical facility where they could pry open his skull to work out exactly what made him tick.

Walking home from college one evening, Josh discovered he could do things no “normal” human could. A football launched at his head had bounced off an invisible wall in front of him, creating a tiny flash of yellow light. The force it generated had been enough to knock him back, and to everyone else it probably appeared as though the ball knocked him to the ground. That ball never reached him. He’d done something to stop it, though he had no idea how and still couldn’t quite explain it.

He shuffled about on the hard stone, his hips starting to ache. His body shook harder. Why did he have to be born in November? He screwed his eyes shut, letting his mind drift elsewhere. A warm beach appeared in the forefront of his mind, the sun shining down and warming his damp, chilled skin. If only….

RELEASE DATE: August 26th, 2013

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Daniel A. Kaine was born and raised in the Land of Rain, more commonly known as England. Originally trained as a biology teacher, he was always unsure what to do with his life. That is, until he chanced upon a fanfiction site and began jotting down stories between his favourite anime characters. To this day, he still cringes at the mere memory of all that cheese.

In 2010, Daniel came across the NaNoWriMo boards and started work on his first original piece of fiction. Since then, his fingers have been unable to keep up with all the ideas and characters his brain keeps throwing at him.

When he’s not writing, Daniel enjoys staying active, whether that be by running along the river banks near his home, or going to the gym. He also enjoys reading, playing video games, and learning new skills, such as image manipulation.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danielakaine.fanpage

Twitter: https://twitter.com/shiki_boy

Website: http://www.danielakaine.com

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GIVEAWAY

Daniel is giving away a copy of his book “No Angel” to one lucky winner at the end of the tour. Click the link below and enter yourself:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/ZGE3NmNlN2VmMTUxMDJkMDllZTJmNzNkMDBmZmQ2OjE0/

The ones who can’t access the link above, can instead leave a comment here and enter themselves.

The Blog of Sid Love is putting to vote those books that were reviewed in the third and fourth week of July, 2013 (from 07/21/2013 to 07/31/2013)! This is your chance to show how much you have enjoyed the books that were recommended by us. If you have loved any of these books, please vote for it and make it eligible for the final voting of “Book of the Month – August 2013” on this blog.

Note: Glitterland by Alexis Hall will be excluded from this month’s voting list as the book has not been released yet. It will compete in the next month’s voting poll.

You will have the liberty to vote for any five books from the list. The top five books that win this poll will be eligible for the final voting process that will take place later this week!

For now, the titles/authors that are nominated – the ones that will be competing in the final round of voting are:
Whipped Cream by Andrew Grey
Pickup Men by L. C. Chase
Frat Boy and Toppy by Anne Tenino
The Doctor And The Bad Boy by R.J. Scott
The Return by Brad Boney
Disasterology 101 by Taylor V. Donovan
Parting Shot by Mary Calmes
Love Like Water by Rowan Speedwell
Tattoos and Teacups by Anna Martin
Cowboy Waltz by Cameron Dane

 

You can have access to all the reviews here: Book Reviews

The Voting Closes on 8th August, 2013 @ 11:59 PM

 

P.S.: The nomination policy has been changed – since there were only three nomination polls this month instead of four, the top 5 most voted titles in each poll are considered to being nominated and will compete for the final round.

The winner of the half-yearly voting that took place last month to choose the best book cover is:

Best Book Cover

The Book Cover earned an amazing 15.01% of the total votes, proving that the art managed to impress the readers a lot!

REESE DANTE is the cover artist of “Texas Pride”!

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The other covers which ended up being in the top 5 are:

Into This River I Drown

TITLE: Into This River I Drown

AUTHOR: Tj Klune

COVER ARTIST:

Designed by Paul Richmond

Photograph by Kyle Thompson

VOTES RECEIVED: 10.79%

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Plan B

TITLE: Plan B

AUTHOR: SJD Peterson

COVER ARTIST: Ronaldo Gutierrze

VOTES RECEIVED: 10.41%

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ALSO,

As you know, the books were nominated by my team of reviewers who acted as a jury and the list of 20 titles was finalised. There was one book that got nominated by most of the reviewers and so, I decided to give that cover art some recognition as well.

So, the title of “BEST BOOK COVER – Jury’s Choice” goes to:

Best Book Cover - Jury

CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU AS WELL!!!

The Blog of Sid Love is putting to vote those books that were reviewed in the second and third week of July, 2013 (from 07/09/2013 to 07/20/2013)! This is your chance to show how much you have enjoyed the books that were recommended by us. If you have loved any of these books, please vote for it and make it eligible for the final voting of “Book of the Month – August 2013” on this blog.

You will have the liberty to vote for any five books from the list. The top three books that win this poll will be eligible for the final voting process that will take place during the second week of August! Likewise, we will repeat this for each week.

For now, the titles/authors nominated from the first week – the ones that will be competing in the final round of voting are:
Whipped Cream by Andrew Grey
Pickup Men by L. C. Chase
Frat Boy and Toppy by Anne Tenino

You can have access to all the reviews here: Book Reviews

The Voting Closes on 2nd August, 2013 @ 11:59 PM

You can vote for FIVE titles but not more than that and the voters are allowed to vote multiple times, only limiting their voting ONCE IN 12 HOURS:

BoTM Voting has been amazingly successful on The Blog of Sid Love thus far. The book chosen by unanimous voting is always unique in its own way and expresses the readers’ love towards it. My main aim when I started BoTM voting was to bring readers’ attention to those books that they shouldn’t miss, giving the authors the recognition they deserve!

But the efforts that goes into making a novel sellable can’t only be given to an author. The author may have a major contribution to a novel but we can’t ignore the fact that the first impression is created by the cover art of any book. The saying may go on to advise never to judge a book by its cover but I am sure a reader must have, at least once, been tempted to pick a book just because it had an amazing cover!

I have come across so many books that had some wonderful cover arts and I realized if authors deserved recognition for their works, why should cover artists be ignored? After all, the work that goes on to making it is quite challenging – from choosing the right images or models, giving the perfect tone and colors, to choosing the exact font that would go with it – THAT takes excessive amount of efforts.

For the above mentioned purpose, it was decided that titles with some outstanding cover arts would be put to vote for the next ten days and I will let you all decide which one you would like the most!

The process began a week ago, where each of my reviewers on the team (including me) made a nomination list of those novels which they thought had some amazing covers. The list was then combined and the titles that received multiple votes were finalised to enter the poll. All of these novels have been released in the first half of the year 2013 i.e. from 1st of January, 2013 to 30th June, 2013!

Cover arts of the 20 shortlisted titles and the voting poll are given below:

It's a Good Life (Good-Time Boys, #5)  Chase the Storm  Pawn Takes Rook (Checkmate, #1)  Venetian Masks  Choices and Changes  Denying Yourself  Blood Red Butterfly  Paid Leave  Undertow (Infected, #7)  Plan B  Brothers of the Wild North Sea  Scorpion  Into This River I Drown  The Lion and the Crow  Hunter of Demons (Spectr, #1)  Cricket  Imaginary  Loving Luki Vasquez (Vasquez & James, #1)  The Good Boy  Texas Pride

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You can vote for FIVE titles but not more than that and the voters are allowed to vote multiple times, only limiting their voting ONCE IN 12 HOURS:

VOTING CLOSES 31st JULY, 2013!!

Welcome to the Riptide Publishing/AleksandrVoinov/L. A. Witt blog tour for Unhinge the Universe!

Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of two eBooks off my backlist (excluding Something New Under the Sun) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on July 21st, and winners will be announced on July 23rd.  Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.

Note: Aleks and L. A. are currently gallivanting around Europe. As such, we won’t be online as much as we normally are, and may not be able to respond to comments as quickly as we’d like, but will try to post responses as often as possible.

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Captors, Prisoners, and Stockholm Syndrome

Unhinge the UniverseAs many have probably gathered by reading the blurb, Unhinge the Universe focuses on a relationship forming between a wartime captor and his captive. To say we were venturing into a minefield when we wrote this would be an understatement. After all, when one person is being held against his will, the potential for rape and ultimately Stockholm Syndrome is very high.

Aleks and I, of course, didn’t want any of that. We approached this story very carefully, mindful first and foremost that while Hagen was a prisoner, he only engages in sexual contact of his own free will. In fact, we were surprised at how much he could be the aggressor, catching John off guard and throwing him off his game.

While Hagen is John’s prisoner, the power play between them is anything but one-sided. Hagen has information John needs. John also has information that Hagen needs, as well as a great deal of power over Hagen’s circumstances as a prisoner. What power Hagen possesses, he doesn’t relinquish. In fact, when things become sexual between him and John, Hagen finds himself with more power than he initially thought.There is a scene very early in the story that inches into the ballpark of dubious consent at first—it’s more of a mind game than anything—but it quickly backfires on John in a way he didn’t see coming.

The power balance between them shifts after that, but the relationship dynamic does as well. A connection begins forming, and both men start seeing each other as men rather than enemies. It’s difficult to elaborate much without revealing spoilers, but rest assured that as the relationship evolves, so does the power balance.

So yes, a captor and captive story certainly has the potential to creep into rape and Stockholm Syndrome, and even if those things are avoided, a story like this absolutely won’t be sunshine and roses all the way through. But in the case of Unhinge the Universe – and another POW story we’re currently writing – Aleks and I were conscientious of the power dynamic between our characters, and how that could blow up in our faces if we didn’t handle it carefully.

I believe we did, and I hope our readers will agree.

 

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AleksandrVoinov is an emigrant German author living near London, where he is one of the unsung heroes in the financial services sector. He published extensively in his native German, then switched to English and hasn’t looked back. His genres range from horror, science fiction, cyberpunk, and fantasy to contemporary, thriller, and historical erotic gay novels.

In his spare time, he goes weightlifting, explores historical sites, and meets other writers. He singlehandedly sustains three London bookstores with his ever-changing research projects. His current interests include special forces operations during World War II, pre-industrial warfare, European magical traditions, and how to destroy the world and plunge it into a nuclear winter without having the benefit of nuclear weapons.

Visit Aleksandr’s website at http://www.aleksandrvoinov.com, his blog at http://www.aleksandrvoinov.blogspot.com, and follow him on Twitter, where he tweets as @aleksandrvoinov.

 

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer currently living in the glamorous and ultra-futuristic metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two cats, and a disembodied penguin brain that communicates with her telepathically. In addition to writing smut and disturbing the locals, L.A. is said to be working with the US government to perfect a genetic modification that will allow humans to survive indefinitely on Corn Pops and beef jerky. This is all a cover, though, as her primary leisure activity is hunting down her arch nemesis, erotica author Lauren Gallagher, who is also said to be lurking somewhere in Omaha.

More info about L.A. can be found at http://www.loriawitt.com or by stalk—er, following her on Twitter (@GallagherWitt).

Unhinge the Universe is available July 15th from Riptide Publishing.