Hi everyone 🙂 We are so glad you are liking the new author spotlights and due to your positive feedback we have decided to post two every month going forward. One on the 1st and one on the 15th of every month.
This month, E. Davies, Helen Juliet/ HJ Welch, Meghan Maslow, Stephani Hecht and Z. Allora have agreed to answer our next 5 questions and we are very happy to have them as our guests at RGR for our second author spotlight. 🙂 Check out our interview with all 5 authors below and don’t forget to leave a comment to enter the big giveaway with the wonderful prizes these generous authors have brought along for you.
[Question 1] RAINBOW GOLD REVIEWS:
What was the most romantic thing someone did for you or said to you?
E. Davies: It’s hard to pick one most romantic thing, so I’ll go with one of the most recent! I spent lots of time away from my boyfriend in 2017 while visiting North America for conventions, and he’s been wonderful about it. In early December, after I was back from all my trips, he arranged a long weekend away in York. The plan was to see Christmas lights at night in the museum gardens, walk around the castle walls, and hopefully see snow… a romantic rarity in the UK. As it turned out, while we were away, there was no snow in the North… but there was in London, for the first time in years! When we returned to London, we walked around a local park and played in the snow. Being Canadian, I know how to walk on ice, but he’s pretty British… I had to hold his hand to keep him upright (and nearly dislocated my shoulder a few times keeping him from falling). Ahhh, romance!
Helen Juliet: Oh, boy! Okay, so long story short, my (now) husband is pretty awesome! lol.
We are not a particularly romantic couple in the traditional sense. Don’t really go out on dates/for dinner etc. So when Hubby (then boyfriend) booked a table at one of our few favourite places in London as a ‘late anniversary present’ I thought a proposal might be on the cards. We had a super nice meal at one of the best tables in the whole place, expensive wine, the works. But then Hubby said we should grab an Uber home. I was slightly disappointed, but we’d still had a wonderful night. After being in the taxi for about ten minutes, I realised we weren’t going the right way. The taxi took us to the super fancy hotel where we’d had our first date several years ago and the place where we officially decided to become a couple. Hubby had booked a penthouse suite and packed me an overnight bag. There was Champagne in the room, and on the balcony over-looking the London skyline, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was the most perfect proposal I could have imagined, and I knew I’d picked the right person to spend the rest of my life with! We got married last year
Meghan Maslow: I’m fortunate to have been the recipient of way more than my fair share of romantic gestures over the years. But if I’m honest, the most romantic “thing” by far is not a thing at all. It’s the time my husband takes to make me feel special. It’s rubbing my shoulders or feet after a hard day. It’s picking up Indian food because he knows food equals love in my world. It’s telling me he feels lucky to be with me. It’s making me laugh. I cherish his attention more than any expensive gift I’ve ever received. He gets me in a way no one else does and that is romantic as hell in my book.
Stephani Hecht: Just this weekend my husband slept on the couch, so I could have the bed to myself when I was sick. I know it may not seem romantic, but it’s little gestures that make a partnership really work. It was pure bliss, too. Until the three cats came in, then the dog came in. They all slept on opposite corners, so I ended up twisted around like a demented Tetris piece. Ahhhh…good times.
Z. Allora: My love responded to my personal seeking romantic men by finding my phone number (stalker style one might say), and setting up a date. He arranged a driver (his friend in a tux) and a dozen roses, but walked with me in the rain when refused to get in the car (with two strangers). The last 31 years have been a constant renewal through affectionate words and actions that make us feel like we never take each other for granted.
[Question 2] RAINBOW GOLD REVIEWS:
Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? If yes, what are you planning to do this year? If no, what is the most romantic day for you and why?
E. Davies: I don’t usually celebrate it—I have an interesting track record of relationships and Valentine’s Day! This year, though, I’m planning to take my boyfriend to the Natural History Museum’s wildlife photography exhibition. I took him to it last year and it was incredibly moving to see some of these closeups of wildlife and the big picture of the environment worldwide!
Helen Juliet: No, not really. As mentioned before, we don’t do traditional things like that. I think it’s more romantic that he takes the bins/trash out as it’s my most hated chore!! But I do normally nudge him to buy me a bunch of flowers, and I’ll often cook a nice meal for us at home.
Meghan Maslow: Usually we just pick up Indian food and spend it with our kids. We try out a new restaurant for our anniversary, so I guess that’s the day we really celebrate, and we have a monthly date night so we remember that we actually still like each other.
Stephani Hecht: Much to my husband’s chagrin I insist we celebrate. He thinks it’s a fake holiday. We should name him the Vali Grinch. He could even try to steal all our candy hearts. You know, because his are three sizes too small?
Z. Allora: I believe romance is something that should be done throughout the year—little things that remind your partner how much you love and like them. I slip notes in my husband’s lunch reminding him how much I love and appreciate him.
However, we do celebrate Valentine’s Day. Though putting so much pressure on just one day sets me up for failure. So, in my house the time between Valentine’s Day through our wedding anniversary (2/21) is considered the week of love. We do a special dinner, usually at the Melting Pot (a fondue restaurant… Psst, any dinner ending with a pot of chocolate is special!), and we’ll also try to do a few fun activities that are different like a day trip somewhere we’ve never been or a place we want to revisit.
[Question 3] RAINBOW GOLD REVIEWS:
Which couple from a book written by another author is your favorite?
E. Davies: Laurence and Quentin from Amelia Faulkner’s Inheritance series. They’re both arguably broken, but they fit together perfectly. Throughout the series, more details emerge about each of their backgrounds and they teach each other to heal. And I am giddy with excitement about how the next phase of their relationship in the second season will continue the growth of trust, consent, and self-realization. Overall, it’s messy and realistic and perfect. They embody my hope for a better future for every one of us.
Helen Juliet: OH LORD ARE YOU KIDDING?!?! Um…there are SO MANY couples I absolutely adore. But if I had to just pick one I’ll go for the pair that really resonated for me on a very personal level. Ash Winters and Darian Taylor from Alexis Hall’s Glitterland. Ash’s depression and bipolar disorder was treated with such respect and he broke my heart in all the best ways. Darian was the most perfect Essex boy. Hubby was an Essex boy too, but Darian is just slightly more fabulous and sparkly IMPORTANT! If you read this book, you MUST seek out the epilogue which is a PDF you can read online. The book simply isn’t complete unless you read that last chapter!!!
Meghan Maslow: My favorite couple is hands down Marcus Stanton and Thomas Wilder in “Rough Canvas” by Joey W. Hill. I adore them. I adore that book. It’s what brought me to gay romance in the first place and it’s still the book I go back to for a comfort read. They’re flawed and real and their romance moves me every time I read it. I’m always left with a book hangover in the best way.
Also a shout out to: Tom and Prophet from S.E. Jake’s Hell and Highwater series; Ty and Zane from Abi Roux and Madeleine Urban’s Cut and Run series; Dex and Sloan from Charlie Cochet’s Thirds series; Cole and Jae from Rhys Ford’s Cole McGinnis series; and Logan and Tate from Ella Frank’s Temptation series.
Stephani Hecht: I love, love, love Leo and Alex from An Unlocked Heart by KC Wells. The way they came together at the perfect moment and how they fulfill each other makes them so endearing. I re-read it whenever I am down.
Z. Allora: Jett Black & Goldie Goldean from Black Gold written by the incredible writing team of Thursday Euclid and Clancy Nacht. (Damn, I feel another re-read coming on!) Jett, the bad assed rocker with a heart of gold, embodies everything untamed and out of control you could ever fantasize. Goldie, sweet and almost sinful innocence, does the impossible. He makes Jett fall in love bringing out the good and amazing that Jett hides from the world. This hot rocker story that is simply perfect.
Rumor has it Black Gold 3 is in the works. (I hear shivers of anticipation & I’m right there with you!)
[Question 4] RAINBOW GOLD REVIEWS:
Which of your books would you recommend most to a reader who is looking for a sweet romance?
E. Davies: Most of my books are described as “sweet, yet steamy” or “feel-good and low-angst” romances—it’s what I focus on writing, especially over the last two years! I’d recommend Splinter (Significant Brothers #1) as a good place to start reading my recent books. Splinter is the story of Deen, a rock star in need of image rehab, who crashes into the life of Nico, an astronaut-turned-ranger in the Smoky Mountains. This book is also the first introduction to Nico’s group of high school best friends stumbling through their twenties together and finding love.
Helen Juliet: Hmm I like to think all my books are sweet! But the lowest angst with the nicest guys is probably Without a Compass. Self discovery, the English countryside, and an adorable doggy!
Meghan Maslow: I don’t write sweet romance per se. Not that my books are particularly dark, but my sweet spot seems to be writing about misfits who find their fit and they’ve often had hard things in their pasts. So, I guess I would have to say “Ride Along” would be my sweetest, as it’s my only contemporary romance. I actually think the romance element between Jiri and Miksa in “A Cobra’s Charm” is sweeter, but I’m not sure a lot of readers would agree with me.
Stephani Hecht: For some reason, people call almost all my books as sweet. A good friend described them as gum-drop read. LOL My EMS Heat series and Blue Line Hockey Books probably fit that bill. It’s stories of two men who meet and fall in love then live the HEA. I wrote the EMS Heat, because I used to be a paramedic and I had so many fun stories to share from that time. Most of the situations my guys get into really happened.
Z. Allora: I write yaoified love on the fluffy side of happy, so most of my books fit into this sweetness category.
My most recent sweetness is the innocent Styx and the not so clueless Jin in The Great Wall. They are up against tradition and duty but these two best friends explore what is between them.
[Question 5] RAINBOW GOLD REVIEWS:
Can you tell us about any recent and/or upcoming releases and anything else you have planned for readers in 2018?
E. Davies: I have lots lined up for 2018! I won’t spill all the details yet, but here are a few hints… At the end of December, my first audiobook came out for Buzz, the first book in my Riley Brothers series, thanks to the wonderful Michael Pauley bringing it to life. With that learning curve over, I hope to follow up with a few more audiobooks this year. On the new release front, on January 1st, I released Slick—book #3 in the Significant Brothers series. Trace, book #4, is coming out on February 1st! There’s more to follow in the series, which will be wrapped up by spring. I also have a book coming soon with a bit of a different twist… more to come when I’m allowed to talk about it!
Helen Juliet: I have A LOT planned for 2018! My latest release is Burn, the third book in my Homecoming Hearts series (as HJ Welch). There will be two more books in this series which I’ll be working on next. Then I have the next two Helen Juliet standalone books lined up for spring/summer, as well as a new paranormal series hopefully coming out in October. There will be other projects as well, but that gives you an idea of my schedule! 2018 promises to be a great one
Meghan Maslow: I can’t write 16 books a year. I’m just not built that way. But I am planning to release book two of the Starfig Investigations series (hopefully in March) and possibly book three as well (September). Twig and Quinn are just so much fun to write.
I have a m/m paranormal and a m/m mystery project in the works, but I’m not sure if they’ll be released in 2018 or not. I may (time allowing) finish up a paranormal piece or two that I’ve had sitting on my hard drive for a while. I also write under another pen name in mystery/suspense and have some releases on that side as well. So, 2018 is shaping up to be a busy year.
Stephani Hecht: I am about to release the first book in my new series The Omega War. I know, I know, I know the whole Alpha/Omega thing is so played out. Which is why I am putting a whole spin on it. The shifters are at war, but the only way to win is by having the most powerful Omegas on your side. They harness great power and are able to turn the tide of a battle with a mere thought or flick or their hand.
Z. Allora: Club Zombies 3 should be out by late Spring.
The Temple of Heaven (Jordon Davis’s long-awaited story) will be out this Summer.
I’ll be working on Rocking Thin Ice, and Subtle Innuendos throughout the year.
My recent release is The Great Wall. The story is about a fledging rock band struggling to catch a break. It is set in China where I lived for six years.
Splinter (Significant Brothers #1) by E. Davies is about 260 pgs long. This book is available on Kindle Unlimited!
After zero-gravity heroics left astronaut Nicolas Rogers injured, his new job as a park ranger seems perfect. Being a caretaker of his corner of the Smoky Mountains makes him almost okay with having to be on Earth. More importantly, this deep in the woods, Nico’s practically a hermit at a remote ranger station. Sure, he has good friends in nearby Knoxville, but he’s otherwise free from petty drama and broken hearts… until Deen enters his world.
Caught in a compromising position by relentless paparazzi, rock star and international playboy Deen Jayse barely escaped with his career intact. He needs image rehab and a break from fame. His manager strongly suggests a stint in the Smokies, promoting national parks and being wholesome. Which would be a lot easier if Nico weren’t there in his sexy park ranger uniform.
Nico already has his hands full with arsonists at the park without Deen adding to his workload. He thinks he has to babysit a spoiled celebrity, but when he catches a glimpse of the man behind the persona he sees something he can’t resist. They’ve both experienced the isolation of fame, and while their loneliness brings them together, their worlds threaten to tear them apart. Deen can’t just drop everything to go live in the mountains, and Nico can’t abandon them… After a taste of being together, how can they possibly face a future apart?
Burn (Homecoming Hearts #3) by HJ Welch is about 262 pgs long. This book is available on Kindle Unlimited!
Raiden Jones never thought he’d need a bodyguard. His life as a songwriter has been tame to the point of boring compared to his popstar days. But when a malicious hacker starts destroying his career and threatening his life, he finds himself desperately in need of protection.
After leaving the Marines, Levi Patterson takes a place with his uncle’s private security firm. The last thing he expected was a dumb babysitting job for the bratty, privileged Raiden. However, the two men have no choice but to get to know each other as they are forced on tour with one of Raiden’s remaining clients.
Levi has never told anyone of his secret, occasional hook-ups with guys from his unit, and Raiden’s never thought about going with another man before. But it’s obvious the increasing chemistry between them is becoming more than physical, and there’s only so long they can resist.
As the hacker becomes bolder, Levi finds himself in a race against time before Raiden is taken from him forever. He’s no stranger to combat, but with his heart on the line, he finds himself in the fight of both their lives.
Burn is a steamy, standalone gay romance novel with a guaranteed HEA and absolutely no cliffhanger.
By Fairy Means or Foul (Starfig Investigations #1) by Meghan Maslow is about 254 pgs long. This book is available on Kindle Unlimited!
The audio version of this book is narrated by Greg Boudreaux and is 8 hrs and 16 mins long.
The last thing half-dragon, half-fairy private investigator Twig Starfig wants to do is retrieve a stolen enchanted horn from a treacherous fae, but there’s no denying the dazzlingly gorgeous unicorn who asks Twig to do just that. Literally, no denying, because compelling the reluctant detective is all part of a unicorn’s seductive magic.
To add to his woes, Twig is saddled with the unicorn’s cheeky indentured servant, Quinn Broomsparkle. Dragons are supposed to want to eat humans, but Twig’s half-dragon side only wants to gobble up Quinn in a more . . . personal way. Making matters worse, it’s obvious the smokin’ hot but untrustworthy sidekick is hiding something. Something big. And not what’s in his trousers. In the PI business, that means trouble with a capital Q.
Throw in gads of zombies, a creepy ghost pirate ship, a malfunctioning magic carpet, and Twig’s overbearing fairy father’s demands to live up to the illustrious Starfig name. Naturally, an old but abiding enemy chooses this time to resurface, too. Those inconveniences Twig can handle. The realization he’s falling for a human who isn’t free to return his affections and whose life may hang on the success of his latest case?
Not so much.
Tomin’s Revenge (Assassins’s Loyalty #4) by Stephani Hecht is about 123 pgs long.
Every time Tomin turns around, one of the leaders of the Assassin’s Loyalty is telling him how to do every little thing. How can he think anything but that he’s the screw up of the group? Maybe his master was correct, and he wasn’t good for anything.
Remus might be a sugar glider but he’s anything but sweet. That was beaten out of him at an early age along with caring for anyone other than his twin. Keeping to himself is the best for him since one day he’ll just disappear from the Loyalty.
When the threat of Tomin’s former master rears, the only thing that Remus can think of protecting Tomin at all costs. Can Remus overcome his walls to help Tomin get the best revenge? Proving to himself that he’s worth so much more than he ever realized.
The Great Wall (Made in China #1) by Z. Allora is about 244 pgs long.
Destiny will be decided by a battle between heart and mind….
Jun Tai “Styx” Wong loves two things: playing the drums, and his best friend, Jin. But being a good Chinese son means he can’t have either—he’ll have to marry a girl of his parents’ choosing and settle into a traditional job. His move to the bigger city of Suzhou is both a blessing and curse, as living with Jin makes it harder for Styx to suppress his desires. Nearly dying while trying to eradicate his feelings serves as a wake-up call for Jin, who takes extreme measures to keep Styx safe from harm.
When given a second chance at life and happiness, will Styx be able to claim the future he wants with Jin, his bandmates, and his music? Can love and hope grow with the constantly looming threat of Styx’s parents ordering him home? Great things await—if Styx finds the courage to break down the wall that stands between him and everything he wants.
Comment on this post for the chance to win one of the following prizes:
1| Three e-copies of Splinter (Significant Brothers 1) by E. Davies.
2| One e-copy of Burn (Homecoming Hearts 3) by HJ Welch.
3| One audiobook code or e-copy of By Fairy Means or Foul (Starfig Investigations 1) by Meghan Maslow.
4| One winner’s choice eBook by Stephani Hecht.
5| One e-copy of The Craving by Z. Allora.
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7 Winners will be randomly drawn from all commenters on this post via random.org
This Giveaway will end on February 14th, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST
GOOD LUCK!!! ❤