Friday, May 27, 2016

Hop for Visibility, Awareness, and Equality winner



And my winner is:

Mari

Email has been sent out. :) Thanks to everyone who took part in the hop.
~M

Pib’s Dragon by Beany Sparks – Early Download at Rainbow Ninja Press – 27th May


Title: Pib’s Dragon
Author: Beany Sparks
Part of a series? If yes, can it be read as a standalone? Yes and yes
Series Title: Twisted Fairy Tales
Number in Series: #1
Publisher: Rainbow Ninja Press

Release Date:
Early Download at Rainbow Ninja Press – 27th May
Third Party Pre Order – 3rd June
General Release – 10th June

Word Count: 21,699

Links:

Categories: M/M Romance, Gay Fiction, Paranormal, Humor

Rafflecopter:


Blurb:
A dragon is about to find out what happens when a cat discovers his cave of shiny treasures.

After nine years, Pib is finally free from his contract with the newly wed prince. Slipping out in the middle of the night to avoid getting stuck in another contract, Pib shifts into his cat and makes his way home to the little village he foolishly left, hoping his best friend Wil still lives there.

Dray is bored. His services as a princess-guarding dragon are no longer needed and even his gold and jewels are unable to cheer him up. His mood changes quickly when he catches someone in his treasure cave, and it starts a series of events that change his life forever.

When the two finally meet, sparks fly, but Dray will have to move quickly if he’s to save his cat after Pib gets kidnapped.

Excerpt:
Prologue

Pib snuck into the darkened room, tiptoeing quietly so as not to wake the newly crowned prince Geraint and his princess. Looking around, he both thanked and cursed his shifter senses. While he was grateful he could see inside the room, the smell of sex throughout the air was something he could have done without.
Reaching the desk on the far side of the room, he paused and glanced at the couple. Once he was satisfied they were still asleep, he eased open the cover and found what he was after—his freedom. After nine long years as the bastard’s slave, the letter freeing him from servitude almost brought tears to his eyes. Carefully folding it and placing it in his inside pocket, Pib gently shut the desk and tiptoed back toward the bedroom door, leaving the room as silently as he’d entered.
He knew there was only a limited window of opportunity for him to make his escape. Even though the pompous bastard had made a production of signing the form and granting him his freedom, Pib knew it was all for show. If he didn’t escape now, Geraint would get him alone and force him to sign another contract and then make some sort of bogus announcement about how Pib wanted to stay.
Pib snorted, unable to help himself. Luckily there was no one else around the castle at this time of the night, though even if there was, Pib didn’t care. He was leaving, and no one was going to stop him. Anyone who tried would have a close encounter with his knife, or his claws, he wasn’t picky.
“Hey, Pib, where are you off to in the middle of the night?” asked the guard at the front door of the castle. Pib never bothered learning their names or getting friendly with them, especially since Geraint could force him to kill any of them at a moment’s notice. He’d learned that it didn’t pay for him to form any attachments with those surrounding Geraint.
“Getting an early start on my retirement,” Pib replied, smirking at the man while he continued to stroll toward the exit.
“Sorry, Pib, but I have to check. Do you have a signed letter from Prince Geraint?” The guard shifted from foot to foot, showing his unease.
Pib stopped in front of him and forced a smile. “Of course,” he said, carefully extracting the letter and handing it over to the guard.
He waited, watching the guard closely as he read the letter. One wrong move and Pib was going to gut him. Nothing could happen to that letter.
“Looks good,” the guard said, handing the letter back to Pib. “It’ll sure be different without you around, but all the best. And, uh, don’t take this the wrong way, but I hope I don’t see you again.”
Returning the letter to his pocket, Pib looked up and smiled a real smile at the man. He wanted to laugh when the guard’s face paled as he caught sight of Pib’s canines, but restrained himself. “Don’t worry, I hope never to see you again either.”
With that, Pib walked out of the castle and made his way through the sleeping village. Pulling his hood up, he used the dark material to blend into the surroundings. He wasn’t taking any chances that Geraint wouldn’t wake up any moment and send guards running after him. After all, Pib was practically friends with all of the skeletons in Geraint’s closet.
Pib reached the edge of the village and paused. After nine long years, he was finally free of Geraint, his orders, and most importantly, his shackle. The magical cuff that had decorated his right ankle for nine years had been removed after Geraint had signed his release. The cuff was the only thing ensuring Pib’s obedience, and finally, it was gone.

Taking a deep breath, Pib stepped over the invisible boundary line and felt the remaining enchantments shatter and disappear, leaving him standing as his true self for the first time in years. Reaching inside, he called out his inner cat to come out and play, and in seconds, his clothes disappeared and he was standing on all fours in his serval form. Stretching, he threw one last glance back at the castle and the village before slinking away into the trees, using the natural camouflage to shield him as he made his way toward the start of his new life.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Finicky Friday - Maple Salmon - Early lol!



Hey everyone, I have a post for Friday, so I did FF early. :) And this one is a healthy recipe. 

So, anyway lol... I thought it would be cool to post some recipes I had found online. I’m going to *try* to do some of these beforehand, but I’m sure there’ll be times I won't. I'm going to call this Finicky Friday. :)



Maple Salmon
Recipe by: STARFLOWER

1 hour/4 servings/265 cals


Ingredients
1/4 cup maple syrup

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 pound salmon


Directions
Prep-10 m
Cook-20 m
Ready In-1 hour

  1. In a small bowl, mix the maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic, garlic salt, and pepper.

  1. Place salmon in a shallow glass baking dish, and coat with the maple syrup mixture.

  1. Cover the dish, and marinate salmon in the refrigerator 30 minutes, turning once.

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  1. Place the baking dish in the preheated oven, and bake salmon uncovered 20 minutes, or until easily flaked with a fork.


Footnotes:

Note:
The nutrition data for this recipe includes information for the full amount of the marinade ingredients. Depending on marinating time, ingredients, cooking method, etc., the actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

You never marinate fish for more than 30 minutes.


Tip:


Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

It's a blog makeover!!! *gasp*


Bear with me as I try to decide what I want to do with my blog lol.

Recently I ran across a thread where readers commented they prefer a white background with black writing. The way I had my blog set up was right the opposite… I had a black background with white writing. So many people said it gave them a headache (lol I actually prefer it that way) so I decided to change it around.

While the blog *is* mine, the main point of it is for communicating with you guys, so I want to make it as a visually appealing healing as possible. So if you guys prefer the white background, would ya let me know?

Thank! :)
~M

Friday, May 20, 2016

Top 100 Most Popular Authors in Science Fiction



HOLY SHIT. I made the Top 100 Most Popular Authors in Science Fiction - Amazon Author Rank. This is not just LGBT Science Fiction... its science fiction as a genre. OMG
#100 in Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction
http://www.amazon.com/M.A.-…/e/B007A8JA4C/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0


It updates hourly, so I probably won't be there long LOL, but for short time I am!

The simple truth is, I wouldn't be on that list or any other without you guys. Y'all buy my books, talk them up, and leave reviews. None of this would be possible without y'all and for that I'm eternally grateful. I'm a writer who cannot come up with the words to properly explain this, LOL, except to say thank you. Thank you from the very bottom of my heart.

~M

Finicky Friday - Cookie Dough Candy Bars



Hey everyone, I thought it would be cool to post some recipes I had found online. I’m going to *try* to do some of these beforehand, but I’m sure there’ll be times I won't. I'm going to call this Finicky Friday. :)




Cookie Dough Candy Bars


Prep Time 20 MIN

Total Time 3 HR 55 MIN

Servings 16


Ingredients

1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ chocolate chip cookie mix

1/3 cup butter, softened

1 egg

1/2 cup canned sweetened condensed milk

1 cup finely chopped Snickers™ candy bars (about 8 fun-size)

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons M&M's™ chocolate candies



Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 8-inch square pan with cooking spray.

  • 2 In large bowl, mix cookie mix, softened butter and egg until soft dough forms. Press two-thirds of the dough in bottom of pan; bake 15 minutes. Remove from oven.

  • 3 Drizzle condensed milk over cookie base. Sprinkle with Snickers™ pieces and 1/2 cup of the M&M’s™ chocolate candies. Crumble chunks of remaining cookie dough over candy. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons M&M’s™ chocolate candies over top of crumbled dough.

  • 4 Bake 23 to 28 minutes or until top is golden brown. Cool completely, at least 3 hours. For bars, cut into 4 rows by 4 rows.

Expert Tips

Fall, Spring, Christmas or Fourth of July -- take advantage of the array of seasonally colored M&M’s™ chocolate candies. This gooey bar will be a show stealer every day, whatever the occasion.

The secret for cutting bars easily is to line the pan with heavy-duty or nonstick foil. When it is time to cut the bars, just lift the baked bar with the foil out of the pan, and cut. This also makes cleanup extra easy.



Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Hop for Visibility, Awareness, and Equality



Hi! Welcome to the Hop for Visibility Awareness and Equality. You might know us as the Hop Against Homophobia, Bi and Transphobia.

Once again I'm proud to be taking part in this very, very special hop to help supports the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17th. If you've been part of the hop before then you know there are several people and publishers connected to this. I've been part of it since the very beginning. :)

And considering I live in Mississippi the timing is perfect. A week after Georgia governor Nathan Deal vetoed similar legislation, Mississippi governor Phil Bryant signed into law a “religious freedom” bill that would allow businesses to refuse to serve gay couples or transgender people on the grounds that doing so may violate the owners’ religious backgrounds.

Following Indiana’s passage of its Religious Freedom Restoration Act last year (not to be confused with the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993) and North Carolina’s slightly different anti-discrimination law in March, Mississippi is joining a list of states that will be risking financial sanction from business for their attitudes toward gay and transgender individuals.

*sigh* Way to go Mississippi. Wait to try and time travel back to the 60s. I swear, sometimes it's embarrassing living in the South.



Any way, let's get to the contest, lol! Drop me a comment below and make sure to add your e-mail addy! What does the winner get? An e-book copy of Trouble Comes in Threes.


1. B. A. Brock (BI TR GAY LES)  23. Amelia Bishop (MULTI)  45. Remmy Duchene (MM)  
2. Jamie Fessenden  24. Moonbeams over Atlanta - Eloreen Moon (MM, REV, MULTI)  46. Sharita Lira writing as BLMorticia M/M  
3. Rory Ni Coileain  25. Helena Stone (M/M )  47. Barbara Winkes (LES)  
4. Erica Pike (M/M)  26. AM Leibowitz (M/M, F/F, BI, TR, NB, REV)  48. Bronwyn Heeley (m/m)  
5. Andrew Jericho (GAY)  27. L.D. Blakeley (M/M, BI)  49. L. J. LaBarthe  
6. Tempeste O'Riley (M/M (Bi) (NB)  28. Lila Leigh Hunter [M/M, BI]  50. VJ Summers (m/m, m/m/f)  
7. The Macaronis [various]  29. Sharon Bidwell  51. Nikka Michaels (M/M)  
8. Elin Gregory [mm]  30. Nicole Dennis (M/M, ACE, M/M/F)  52. Caraway Carter (LGBT)  
9. Alexa MIlne  31. Lexi Ander  53. L M Somerton (M/M)  
10. Nic Starr (M/M)  32. Barbara G.Tarn (M/M, ACE)  54. Taylor Law (GAY)  
11. Evelise Archer (MM)  33. Kaje Harper M/M, TR, BI  55. Anastasia Vitsky (F/F, TR, BI)  
12. Sue Brown  34. JMS Books LLC  56. Draven St. James (M/M)  
13. Elizabeth Varlet (M/M, BI, NB)  35. JM Snyder  57. A.V. Sanders (GAY, ACE, NB)  
14. Raven J. Spencer  36. Dean Pace-Frech  58. Lynley Wayne  
15. Sharing Links and Wisdom (REV)  37. Kimber Vale  59. DP Denman (GAY)  
16. Lisa Horan (REV/Multi)  38. Jacintha Topaz (BI, F/F, M/M, TR)  60. M.A. Church M/M  
17. Archer Kay Leah (M/M, F/F, TR, NB, BI, ACE)  39. Prism Book Alliance® (MULTI)  61. Andrew J. Peters GAY  
18. Alexis Duran (M/M)  40. Eva Lefoy (M/M, F/F, F/M/F, BI, MULTI)  62. Dianne Hartsock MM  
19. Jules Dixon  41. Lou Sylvre (M/M)  63. M. LeAnne Phoenix M/M F/F  
20. R.M. Olivia  42. Anne Barwell  64. Cherie Noel (M/M)  
21. Heloise West (M/M)  43. Viki Lyn (M/M)  65. Chris McHart (M/M, Trans*)  
22. Angel Martinez (M/M GAY BI TR)  44. Sean Michael