Follow Me Into Darkness Reboot

Hey book friends! Judith here!

Now as some of you might have seen, the Carinvale/Mardi Gras anthology, Follow Me Into Darkness, got a reboot this week in honor of its one year anniversary. ONE YEAR! A year that flew by so oddly fast that I can’t really remember much of it though a few solid, exciting things do stand out:

J.C. Lillis put out a phenomenal f/f book about musicians!

Roan Parrish finally gave me Leo and Will’s story and it was everything I wanted and hoped for (and some things I didn’t even realize I wanted and hoped for!)

J.R. Gray wrote his first m/f novel! 

Santino Hassell wrote so many books I can’t keep up! But here he tells you all about them!

Kris Ripper banged out The Queers of La Vista! (oh and has a patreon account now. Totally go support Ripper!)

In honor of all these amazing things, the Follow Me Into Darkness crew has a giveaway plus a MEGA SALE on the book itself. 99 cents won’t get you a cup of coffee anymore (I mean, really Starbucks? 2.33 for a cup of coffee?!) but it will get you five diverse stories about people trying to take off their masks and just live. So enter the giveaway, buy the book, and take off your masks right along with us.

-Judith

 

Links to buy Follow Me Into Darkness for only 99 cents:

Amazon | B&N | Publisher

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway starts 12 am on 2/26/17 and ends at 12 am on 3/6/17. Giveaway prizes: 1 of 3 (three) $5 Amazon Gift Cards and 1 of 2 (two) e-copies of a backlist book by one of the Follow Me Into Darkness authors. 5 chances to win!

Praise for Follow Me Into Darkness:

“The end was both expected and unexpected; this story has settled in my chest, a lingering ache.” author Jude Sierra, from her review at From Top To Bottom Reviews.

“I desperately need more of this in my life!” El, from her review at Just Love Reviews.

“Five queer romances taking place during Mardi Gras will grip readers in a way that’ll have them on the edge of their seats — and begging these authors for their full stories.” From the review at RT Book Reviews.


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All in Fear anthology: The most horrifying scenes

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On 12/1, my small press, Open Ink, put out an unusual collection of horror and romance featuring the talents of KJ Charles, Roan Parrish, J.A. Rock, Steve Berman, Avon Gale, and Kris Ripper. To celebrate the release, and to give you a taste of what you can expect from each of these terrifying tales, here they all are with the most horrifying scenes from their stories. Read More

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August 21st, 2016: What’s On My Kindle?

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On this week’s What’s On My Kindle? Judith explores three books currently on her Kindle (plus a bonus fourth that eked its way on even though she’s reading it…in paper!) including: a gorgeously written M/M contemporary romance, a sexy contemporary F/F, a tease of a queer NA novel out in 2017, and a YA fantasy that is getting rave reviews now that the sequel is out.

Listen to the podcast now (What’s On My Kindle? is always 10 minutes or less!) No time now? All the books are listed after the podcast!

And as always, since I’m talking about books…there be spoilers!

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Authors Interviewing Authors: Kris Ripper chats with J.R. Gray

What’s that? It’s Authors Interviewing Authors time again? YES! This month’s Authors Interviewing Authors post features two of my most favorite people in books talking what they love best: namely, writing (and also torturing their fans with teasers and secrets). Kris Ripper holds nothing back while asking J.R. Gray those hard questions and the answers…well, let’s just say they both enjoy themselves far too much.  Read More

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Binge on Books Best of 2015: Judith’s Top Picks

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Book Spotlight: Lead Me Into Darkness, a Paranormal Romance Anthology

Lead Me Into Darkness - Ebook SmallEver wonder what happens when Roan Parrish, J.R. Gray, Santino Hassell, J.C. Lillis, and Kris Ripper have a late night chat on Twitter? Probably some absurd banter, right? Full of jokes and funny anecdotes? Yes! But no one would ever expect that out of something so mundane a book would be born. “What, Judith?” you’re thinking. “A book? That’s a head scratcher. How in the…I mean, how does something like that even happen?” I KNOW!

As bizarre and unlikely as it seems, these authors jumped from Twitter to a prompt to a full fledged book. From out of a conversation about the creepy old world charm of New Orleans and graveyard tours, the idea for a Halloween anthology sprang into existence, taking on a force of its own that nobody could stop. The result is Lead Me Into Darkness: Five Halloween Tales of Paranormal Romance, a FREE read full of romance, spooky happenings, kinksters, and oh yes, cemetery tours… Read More

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Blog Tour Stop: Catalysts by Kris Ripper

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Hello, all! Guess what today is? Can you? I mean, can you?!

It’s release day for a book that is near and dear to my heart: Kris Ripper’s Catalysts! What’s Catalysts, you ask? Well, it’s a brand new, updated version of two old favorites. Here’s the blurb:

Sometimes all it takes is meeting one person to turn your world upside down. Will Derrie likes girls but he isn’t honest with them; he wants kinky sex and lots of it. When Hugh offers to dominate him, no sex required, Will realizes it might not be so easy to separate the two.

Sometimes all it takes is a new angle on an old idea to change everything you thought you wanted. Hugh Reynolds holds the world at arm’s length. He lives alone, works alone, and he thinks he’s as happy as he’ll ever be. But Will gets under his skin and once he’s gone, Hugh realizes he doesn’t want to go it alone forever.

Sometimes all it takes is a random encounter to open your mind (and your heart). Truman Jennings hits on a cute guy at a conference and he’s smitten by the end of their first date. Hugh’s not the kindest or the easiest boyfriend Truman’s ever had, but he brings one thing to their relationship that no one else could: kinky, adventurous, sweetly submissive Will.

Sometimes you can’t find the right man till you find the wrong one. Three men. Three sides to love, and intimacy, and laughter. Three people who didn’t know what they were looking for…until they found it in each other.

Sounds so good, right? Well, it is! As part of Ripper’s blog tour, I have some lovely things for you today: an exclusive deleted scene (and it’s hot. Oh is it HOT), a podcast Ripper and I did about a month ago to discuss Catalysts, and a giveaway! So without any further lollygagging, let’s get to it!

(and please please please, realize this is so hot and NSFW that you need to use your discretion before going on)

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Quickie Review: The Real Life Build by Kris Ripper

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Genre: Contemporary M/M

Format: Kindle ARC

Why you need this book: I don’t know how Ripper manages to churn out consistently solid writing laden with the minutiae of daily life, nuanced characters, and some seriously scorching scenes but…The Real Life Build is a GREAT example of what Ripper does best. It’s great writing, oddball MCs, and HOT HOT HOT sex. Enough said.

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Quickie Review: Scientific Method (Book 1) by Kris Ripper

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Genre: Kinky  M/M

Format: Kindle

Score: 10/10

Word of Caution: these books are really for 18+. Lots of kink, lots of smut, lots of…Kris Ripper.

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Quickie Review: Fairy Tales by Kris Ripper

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Genre: Contemporary M/M

Score: 8/10

Plot: Henry Hofstadter doesn’t date. When he needs to get laid, he drives out of town, does the deed, and goes home. Maybe ten years ago he’d’ve mocked a guy who preferred canine company to another man’s, but these days his mutt Coco is his best friend and the highlight of his week is hanging out with his nephew. He doesn’t believe in happy endings. And no fairy tale ever began Once upon a time, an arrogant jackass blew me in the storeroom of a lousy club.

Math McKinney’s got a lot on his mind. He used to be a charming guy with a little bit of substance; these days he feels more like the guy still standing when everything around him is a smoking ruin. His ex is out of the country for the next year, his daughter thinks she’s his son, and his co-chair on the Committee for the Preservation of Community apparently hates him for, let’s be clear, no apparent reason. (Because that BJ was magnificent. MAGNIFICENT.)

Neither of them is looking for a boyfriend. Hell, neither of them is even looking for a one night stand. Yet somehow they keep ending up together and dammed if it doesn’t seem like that’s a sign.

Except…fairy tales are for children. Aren’t they?

Quick Review: Not going to lie, I love an awkward first encounter and those bumbling initial forays into a relationship. I adore when a beginning is not picture perfect and there’s a whole lot of give and take between characters. Henry and Math are not typical m/m pretty people. They are both unequivocally flawed and so human you can’t help but relate. They are actually one of the most realistic representations of a couple I’ve come across in the genre. Their first night of intimacy is abysmal, their daily interactions are painful, and it’s all so real that you’ll find yourself cringing. A lot. There are a lot of ups and downs on their path – Math has a trans daughter and is coming to terms with that while also dealing with a move to a new very small town; Henry has a past fraught with homosexuality hating and his daily life is a struggle. This story is ultimately one of growth and acceptance and I recommend it highly.

You’ll definitely enjoy: the realistic nature of their meeting and subsequent interactions are not to be missed; the inclusion of a trans character and the situations and revelations that result from that are so top-notch and nuanced; the sex goes from super awkward to hellaciously hot by the very end; the secondary characters kill it; the quietness of the book will be the balm to your overly angst-fed soul.

You might hate: this is a book where essentially nothing happens and when it does it’s pretty quick to culminate in a big life-changing event; all the awkward moments and as mentioned above, there are MANY; the sex is not sexy until about 2/3 of the way in; there is a lot of dialogue and moments unrelated to Math and Henry’s relationship which became a tad excessive for me; such a quiet read.

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