Blog Tour: Suddenly Yours by Jacob Z. Flores– Guest Post and Giveaway!

Suddenly Yours
by Jacob Z. Flores
 
Blurb: 

“What Happens in Vegas Doesn’t Always Stay in Vegas”

Cody Hayes is having one epic morning-after. The hangover following a Vegas bachelor party is nothing new to him, and neither is the naked man in his bed.

His apparent marriage is a different story.

Carefully plotting every detail of his life carried Julian Canales to a senate seat as an openly gay man. A drunken night of Truth or Dare isn’t like him… and neither is marrying a man he just met. He’d get an annulment, but the media has gotten wind of his hasty nuptials. If Julian’s political career is going to survive, he has to stay married to a man who’s his opposite in every way.

Now he must convince Cody that all they need to do is survive a conservative political rival, a heartbroken ex, their painful pasts… and an attraction neither man can fight.

         

 Top 3 Favorite Soap Opera Couples

Hi, everyone! It’s time for the latest stop on my blog tour, promoting my recent release Suddenly Yours, the second book in my One Fine Day series.

The books in this series all center on the theme of marriage. In each book, readers will be introduced to a new set of characters, who will face a different set of complications. The glue that ties the books together is a wedding or marriage. This means, readers can pick up any book in the series and immerse themselves in the world without feeling as if they have to go back to the first book.

So now that I’ve told you a little bit about the series itself, let’s talk about soap operas. Now why in the world would I want to do that? Well, Cody Hayes, one of the main characters in Suddenly Yours loves soap operas.

Okay, that might be a bit of an understatement. He is addicted to soap operas. Whenever Cody isn’t writing or trying to earn a paycheck, he spends his time in front of his DVR watching the latest episodes or reliving classic episodes on SoapNet. In fact, when faced with difficult choices in life, he often asks himself what his favorite characters might do. So as you can see, he is a bit obsessed.

So to introduce you to Cody, I figured it would be fun if I had Cody discuss his Top 3 Favorite Soap Opera Couples. I hope you’re ready because I’m handing the keyboard over to him right now.

Hey, everybody! It’s the one and the only Cody Hayes live from Jacob’s computer. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be here today. Not only do I get to talk to you fabulous people, but Jacob told me I get to talk soap operas. O.M.G! Soap Operas are like the best thing ever. I’ve been addicted to them since my grandmother first introduced them to me. We would sit on her couch and watch her shows all afternoon, gasping at all the crazy things the villains would do and ahhing whenever our favorite couples FINALLY got together. So in honor of my lovely grandmother, I want to share with you my favorite soap couples of all time. Are you ready? I know I am!

#3—Luke and Reid from As the World Turns

Naturally, Luke and Reid make my list of all time faves because they were like the first gay couple to get a storyline on a soap, and it wasn’t a G-rated version either that was watered down to make a relationship between two guys more palatable. Luke and Reid kissed, and they slept together. Hell, they did everything the other straight couples on soaps did, and I LOVED IT! I remember screaming like a little girl when Luke Snyder, who came from one of the most popular families on the show, came out of the closet, and when he got his first boyfriend, I practically wet myself. And while Noah was great, when Reid hit the screen, he and Luke sizzled together. They weathered all sorts of storms together and would have been higher on my list IF they would have gotten their happily ever after, but unfortunately, Reid’s death cut their relationship short. Even so, Luke and Reid will always remain one of the couples I love the most.

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#2—Holden and Lily from As the World Turns

Okay. I know this is yet another couple from ATWT, but this show was one of my grandmother’s favorite shows to watch. In fact, it was the first one she introduced me to, and Holden and Lily (who are Luke’s parents by the way) were the first couple I ever fell in love with, and they had one of the sexiest meets ever. Holden, who worked as a stable boy for Lily’s mother, jumped down from the hayloft sweaty and shirtless. Like Lily, I was speechless, and I was rooting for them from that moment on. Sure, it took them a few years (and marriages to other people to get together), but when they did, it was pure magic.

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#1—John and Marlena from Days of Our Lives

Words cannot express how much I ADORE John and Marlena. The characters are wonderful together, and they have fought through so much to be together. How much? Well, they’ve weathered multiple back from the dead storylines, Marlena being possessed by the devil, Marlena being framed as a serial killer, John’s time as a priest/assassin, and vengeful exes who have tried to split them apart, but nothing, and I mean NOTHING, can ever come between them for long. Through it all, John and Marlena have each other’s backs, and to me, that’s the very definition of a true soap opera couple.

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So there you have it, my top 3 favorite soap opera couples of all time. If you’re a fan of soaps like I am, I hope at least one of your faves made my list. If not, who are your favorite couples and why? I’d love to talk about it, and believe me when I say, I’ve seen just about every soap opera there is!

Excerpt

Cody Hayes had had some epic hangovers in his life. In college he’d woken up naked in front of his fraternity house after his brothers had decided to draw obscene pictures in Magic Marker all over his skin. It had taken him a week to finally scrub the many penises off his flesh. Then there was his twenty-first birthday, when his best friend, Sam Judd, convinced him he’d look good without eyebrows, or the time he’d sung “I Will Always Love You” to his college crush, the star quarterback for the Texas Longhorns. That had been a fun night of trying not to get his ass kicked.

There had been other moments like that throughout the thirty years of his life, but this one… well, this one took the cake.

He’d never woken up married before.

“We’re what?” his new husband asked before glancing at Cody’s hand. Cody quit fiddling with the wedding band and pointed to his finger.

“Married.”

Julian, his gasping groom, fixed his gaze on his own left hand. “Is this a joke?”

If only this was a prank cooked up by his scheming best friends, but neither of them was that lucky. Although Cody couldn’t quite remember everything at the moment thanks to the alcohol-induced fog that clouded his memories, he distinctly recalled walking into the twenty-four-hour chapel hand in hand with Julian and laughing all the way down the aisle. They certainly weren’t laughing now. “Nope. We’re hitched.”

“This—this can’t be happening,” Julian groaned, a look of panic seizing his dark, handsome features as he glanced at the white sheets wrapped around their bodies. “Am I—? Are we—? Did we—?”

Cody didn’t need Julian to finish his questions to know what he was asking. Clearly they’d been married long enough already for Cody to finish his thoughts. “Yes, yes, and—” He reached under the blankets. The head of his cock was raw, and when he cupped his balls, they ached as if he’d been slamming them hard against something all night. “Yes.”

Julian covered his mouth with his hand, and a second later he was a naked blur heading for the bathroom. Shortly after the door slammed, the magical sounds of violent retching echoed off the tiled walls.

Not exactly a stellar way to start off their lives together.

 

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About The Author
Jacob Z. Flores lives a double life. During the day, he is a respected college English professor and mid-level administrator. At night and during his summer vacation, he loosens the tie and tosses aside the trendy sports coat to write man on man fiction, where the hard ass assessor of freshmen level composition turns his attention to the firm posteriors and other rigid appendages of the characters in his fictional world.
 Summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts, provide Jacob with inspiration for his fiction. The abundance of barely clothed man flesh and daily debauchery stimulates his personal muse.
 When he isn’t stroking the keyboard, Jacob spends time with his daughter. They both represent a bright blue blip in an otherwise predominantly red swath in south Texas.
You can find Jacob at
            

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Blog Tour: My Brown-Eyed Earl by Anna Bennett — Excerpt and Giveaway!

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I am so excited to be a part of the blog tour for My Brown-Eyed Earl by Anna Bennet.  This book grabbed me with its amazing and hilarious title, and I immediately knew that it was something that I had to read.  The book was just released on October 4, and I am currently about 50% through so far and loving it!  This is a great debut novel, and I can’t wait until the rest of this series is published!  This post with give you a summary as well as an excerpt from early on in the novel, but the best bit is that this post ends with a giveaway to win 1 of 2 copies of this beautiful new romance.

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My Brown-Eyed Earl

By Anna Bennett

Miss Margaret Lacey is brainy and beautiful, but she’s also penniless, and at the ripe old age of twenty-three society has declared her a spinster. For her part, Meg is less concerned with her empty dance card than with her empty bank account. She resolves to make her own way as a governess but discovers her new employer is the Earl of Castleton—the vexingly handsome man she rejected one fateful day, eight years ago.

William Ryder has never forgotten Meg, the elusive girl next door who claimed she’d rather shave her head than marry him. Now she’s the governess, but Will plans to teach her a few lessons of his own. As stolen kisses lead to passionate nights, Will and Meg just might find true love where they least expect it…

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Anna Bennett started swiping romances from her mom’s bookshelf as a teenager and decided that books with balls, dukes, and gowns were the best. So, when she had the chance to spend a semester in London she packed her bags—and promptly fell in love with the city, its history, and its pubs. She dreamed of writing romance, but somehow ended up a software analyst instead.

Fortunately, a few years and a few careers later, Anna found her way back to writing the stories she loves and won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart®. She lives in Maryland with her husband and three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen. Other weaknesses include reality TV, cute shoes, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.

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Excerpt

Will leaned forward on his elbows and pinched the bridge of his nose. Somehow, in the space of a week, his highly ordered, luxurious life had fallen apart.

First, Marina, the beautiful widow he’d been seeing, hinted that she wanted more than the mutually pleasurable arrangement they’d agreed to, forcing Will to break things off with her.

Next, his recently deceased cousin’s mistress showed up on Will’s doorstep with the twin girls, threatening to leave them at an orphanage unless he took them in.

And then last night, he attended a dinner party in honor of his mother’s birthday. In front of a dozen guests, she announced her sole wish: that her son marry before she turned fifty—in exactly one year. After choking on his wine, Will promised to give the matter some thought.

Then he had gone directly to his club and drunk him- self into oblivion.

Jesus. He stood, ran his hands through his hair, and checked his reflection in a mirror between a pair of book- cases. Gibson was right—he looked like hell.

Bad enough to scare off a potential governess.

He swiped the cravat off his chair, slung it around his neck, hastily tied it in some semblance of a knot, and but- toned his jacket. There was nothing to be done about the stubble on his chin or the faint imprint the desk blotter had left on his cheek, so he threw back the rest of his coffee and congratulated himself. Within the hour he’d have a governess to manage the twins, and at least one aspect of his life would be set to rights.

Gibson was already shuffling down the corridor. “My lord,” he intoned from the doorway, “may I present Miss Lacey.”

Will blinked. Lacey . . . it was a common name. Surely the potential governess couldn’t be—

She glided into the study and cast a wary look his way.

“Good afternoon, Lord Castleton. It’s a pleasure to see you again.”

Dear God. It was her. The vicar’s daughter who thought she was too damned good for him. Standing in his study, cloaked in a drab dress that might have been lilac once but now more closely resembled gray. No ribbons adorned her brown hair. No ringlets framed her face. In fact, the only decoration she wore was the light smattering of freckles across her nose.

The butler raised his bushy brows. “I was not aware that you were already acquainted.”

“Thank you, Gibson. That will be all.”

The butler left reluctantly, closing the door behind him. Miss Lacey pressed her lips together as though she longed to say something and silence herself at the same time. From what he recalled of her tongue, it was best kept under lock and key.

“What on earth are you doing here?” Will demanded.

“Applying for the governess position. I assumed you knew.”

“No,” he said curtly.

“I see.” She glanced over her shoulder at the door. “Per- haps it would be better if I—”

“Be seated, Miss Lacey.” He inclined his head toward the armchair in front of his desk.

She hesitated, and for a moment he thought she’d refuse. But then she walked toward the chair, looked at the seat, and froze. Just as stubborn as he remembered, unbiddable as ever.

He bristled. “Perhaps you’d prefer to remain standing for the entire interview?”

“No. It’s only . . .”

“You object to meeting in my study?”

She narrowed eyes that were not quite green, but not quite brown either. “No, but I hoped to avoid sitting on this.” In one, fluid motion she leaned over the chair, picked up a pink, lace-edged scrap of satin between her thumb and index finger, and dangled it in front of his face.

Lord Castleton snatched the frilly handkerchief from Meg’s hand. He started to stuff it in his pocket, apparently thought better of it, and shoved it into a desk drawer. “Let me assure you, Miss Lacey. Nothing untoward has occurred here in my study.”

Perhaps not. But something untoward had definitely occurred somewhere.

Meg sat in the chair in front of his desk, glad she no longer had to rely on her shaking legs for support. “I’m certain that’s none of my concern.”

“I’m glad we agree.”

She was curious, though. If her parents had had their way, the man who was now sitting across from her and cursing under his breath would have been her husband. Difficult as it was to fathom, she would have been his countess, probably blessed with a couple of children at this point.

The sight of him now, sporting rumpled clothes, a scowling face, and a foul mood, made her think she had dodged a rather nasty bullet.

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Prince’s Gambit (Captive Prince #2) by C.S. Pacat

Genre: Fantasy, MM Romance, Explicit

Title: Prince’s Gambit

Author: C.S. Pacat

Release Date: 7 July 2015

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Summary: 

With their countries on the brink of war, Damen and his new master, Prince Laurent, must exchange the intrigues of the palace for the sweeping might of the battlefield as they travel to the border to avert a lethal plot.

Forced to hide his identity, Damen finds himself increasingly drawn to the dangerous, charismatic Laurent. But as the fledgling trust between the two men deepens, the truth of secrets from both their pasts is poised to deal them the crowning death blow…

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Excerpt Reveal: Bedmates by Nichole Chase

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We are thrilled to get to bring to you the first two chapters in New York Times Bestselling Author Nichole Chase’s BEDMATES, the first standalone novel in her new American Royalty Series!

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly Royal comes the first in a sparkling new series about America’s favorite royal—the First Daughter.

Everyone makes mistakes, especially in college. But when you’re the daughter of the President of the United States, any little slip up is a huge embarrassment. Maddie McGuire’s latest error in judgment lands her in police custody, giving the press a field day. Agreeing to do community service as penance and to restore her tattered reputation, Maddie never dreams incredibly good looking but extremely annoying vice president’s son, Jake Simmon, will be along for the ride.

Recently returning from Afghanistan with a life-altering injury, Jake is wrestling with his own demons. He doesn’t have the time or patience to deal with the likes of Maddie. They’re like oil and water and every time they’re together, it’s combustible. But there’s a thin line between love and hate, and it’s not long before their fiery arguments give way to infinitely sexier encounters.

When Jake receives devastating news about the last remaining member of his unit, the darkness he’s resisted for so long begins to overwhelm him. Scared to let anyone close, he pushes Maddie away. But she isn’t about to give up on Jake that easily. Maddie’s fallen for him, and she’ll do anything to keep him from the edge as they both discover that love is a battlefield and there are some fights you just can’t lose.

Pre-Order BEDMATES in ebook or paperback, releasing 10/4/16

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Nichole Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Suddenly Royal, The Accidental Assassin, Flukes, The Dark Betrayal Trilogy, The American Royalty Series and several short stories.

Nichole lives in Georgia with her husband, energetic daughter, two rescue dogs, Sulcata tortoise, and two cats. When not writing, you may find her reading, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.

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Movie: Boy Meets Girl (2014)

Genre: LGBT Romance, Unrated

Title: Boy Meets Girl

Release Date: 6 February 2015

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Summary: 

Boy Meets Girl is a funny, tender, sex positive romantic comedy that explores what it means to be a real man or woman, and how important it is to live a courageous life not letting fear stand in the way of going after your dreams.

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Book: Blonde Date (The Ivy Years #2.5) by Sarina Bowen

Genre: MF Contemporary Romance, Explicit

Title: Blonde Date

Author: Sarina Bowen

Release Date: 6 July 2014

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Summary: 

As a sorority pledge, there are commandments that Katie Vickery must live by. One: thou shalt not show up for the party without a date. Two: the guy shall be an athlete, preferably an upperclassman.

Unfortunately, Katie just broke up with her jerkface football player boyfriend. Even worse, her last encounter with him resulted in utter humiliation. She’d rather hide under the bed than attend a party where he’ll be.

Yet staying home would mean letting him win.

Enjoying herself tonight was out of the question. She could only hope to get through the evening without her blind date noticing that he was spending the evening with a crazy person.

Andrew Baschnagel is living proof that nice guys don’t finish first. He’s had his eye on Katie since the moment her long legs waltzed into his art history class. So when her roommate sets Andy up to be Katie’s date, he’d be crazy to say no. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a lot of practice with either girls or parties. Yet.

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Book: The Year We Hid Away (The Ivy Years #2) by Sarina Bowen

Genre: MF Contemporary Romance, Explicit

Title: The Year We Hid Away

Author: Sarina Bowen

Release Date: 1 June 2015

Previous Book in Series: The Year We Fell Down

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Summary: 

Scarlet Crowley’s life was torn apart the day father was arrested for unspeakable crimes. Now the shock has worn off, but not the horror.

It’s a safe bet that Scarlet is the only first year at Harkness College who had to sneak past TV news trucks parked on her front lawn just to leave town. But college will be Scarlet’s fresh start. Clutching a shiny new student ID — with a newly minted name on it — she leaves it all behind. Even if it means lying to the boy she’s falling for.

Bridger McCaulley is a varsity hockey star known for being a player both on and off the ice. But a sobering family crisis takes that all away. Protecting his sister means a precarious living arrangement and constant deception. The only bright spot in his week is the few stolen hours he spends with Scarlet.

The two form a tentative relationship based on the understanding that some things must always be held back. But when grim developments threaten them both, going it alone just won’t work anymore. And if they can’t learn to trust one another now, the families who let them down will take everything they’ve struggled to keep.

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