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Rome and Jules by Tara Lain

Rome and Jules by Tara Lain

This is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet.

Rome Siracusa is part of a very wealthy and powerful clan although they are slightly newish to the territory. They’re also very anti gay which puts Rome is a difficult situation as he must keep himself being gay a secret from his clan. This includes his father and brothers. Not even his best friend knows.

One night Rome and his best friend crash a party at the Havillands; the oldest pack in the territory. They used to be wealthy and well protected but their fortune has been squandered. To right this wrong the alpha has arranged for his son Jules to be wed to a wealthy entrepreneur. The pack knows Jules is gay and most accept this.

When Rome sees Jules he’s not expecting the pull he feels, the need to rescue Jules from his situation, make Jules his, to love Jules.

From here Rome starts a game to save Jules that could quickly turn deadly if either pack finds out.

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Under a Blue Moon by Bru Baker Blog Tour

Under a Blue Moon by Bru Baker Blog Tour

 

 

Thanks for joining me here today on Christina’s Bookshelf to talk about Under a Blue Moon, book 2 in the Camp H.O.W.L. series.

 

I’m having a blast promoting it, because the Camp H.O.W.L. series is so much fun to write. I’ve always had an interest in reading paranormal romance and urban fantasy, but I never thought I’d write a werewolf series. To be honest, the world building always seemed so daunting.

 

When I got the idea to set a werewolf camp deep in the Hoosier National Forest, I had the chance to create my own werewolf mythology. Pretty much everyone we met in the first book was a werewolf. But even though they’re hidden, werewolves aren’t insular. They live among humans and have to find a way to fit in–that’s pretty much the entire purpose of Camp H.O.W.L. Without that training, new wolflings would probably be all over social media flashing fang!

 

Dealing with a human who’s in the know was a whole different challenge, which is why I loved writing Drew so much. He grew up in a Pack, since his mother married into one when he was young. He’s always known his human limitations, but he’s never viewed himself as less capable. There are, of course, times he’s not going to be able to keep up. I’ve got an excerpt up on Love Bytes today that’s the perfect example of that. Turns out a human isn’t great a werewolf parkour–go figure.

 

In Under a Blue Moon, Nick and Drew have obstacles to their happy ending because of Drew’s humanity. Nick worries that part of himself would always be inaccessible to Drew since Drew doesn’t know what it’s like to have an inner wolf. It was a fun twist on the usual trope of the human being afraid of the Were–here, Nick’s afraid of a relationship with the human because he feels like they’re too different to be able to really communicate.

 

Even though Drew might not be able to hold his own in a werewolf parkour class, he’s more than up to the challenge of convincing a stubborn werewolf that he’s being short-sighted. Drew may be one of the most badass people at Camp H.O.W.L., and he’s entirely human. It just goes to show that even if you lack an inner wolf, it doesn’t mean you don’t have an inner fire.

 

Blurb:

Once in a blue moon, opposites find they’re a perfect match.

Nick Perry is tired of helping people with their marriages, so when a spot opens up to work with teens at Camp H.O.W.L., he jumps at it. He doesn’t expect to fall in lust with the dreamy new camp doctor, Drew Welch. But Drew is human, and Nick has seen secrets ruin too many relationships to think that a human/werewolf romance can go anywhere.

Happy-go-lucky Drew may not sprout claws, but he’s been part of the Were community all his life. He has no trouble fitting in at the camp—except for Nick’s stubborn refusal to acknowledge the growing attraction between them, and his ridiculous stance on dating humans. Fate intervenes when one of Drew’s private practice patients threatens his life. Will the close call help Nick to see a connection like theirs isn’t something to let go of?

 


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Bru Baker writes sophisticated gay romantic fiction with strong characters, real-world problems, and plenty of humor.

 

Bru spent fifteen years writing for newspapers before making the jump to fiction. She now balances her time between writing and working at a Midwestern library in the reference department. Whether it’s creating her own characters or getting caught up in someone else’s, there’s no denying that Bru is happiest when she’s engrossed in a story. She and her husband have two children, which means a lot of her books get written from the sidelines of various sports practices.

 

Visit Bru online at www.bru-baker.comor follow her on Facebookor Twitter.

 

Bru Baker writes sophisticated gay romantic fiction with strong characters, real-world problems, and plenty of humor. She’s a former journalist who now balances her time between writing and working as a librarian. Whether it’s creating her own characters or getting caught up in someone else’s, there’s no denying that Bru is happiest when she’s engrossed in a story. She and her husband have two children, which means a lot of her books get written from the sidelines of various sports practices.

 

 

Bru spent fifteen years writing for newspapers before making the jump to fiction. She now balances her time between writing and working at a Midwestern library in the reference department. Whether it’s creating her own characters or getting caught up in someone else’s, there’s no denying that Bru is happiest when she’s engrossed in a story. She and her husband have two children, which means a lot of her books get written from the sidelines of various sports practices.

 

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Fangs and Catnip by Julia Talbot

Fangs and Catnip by Julia Talbot

Fallon, a vampire, is a silent partner at the Dead and Breakfast. A little resort tucked away for the paranormal. It’s run by his best friend Tanner, a bear shifter. Tanner though needs some sleep, he’s ready to hibernate, so they need more help.

Conner is a joyous kitty, or feline shifter. Being the day manager at the Dead and Breakfast is a dream job for him. The moment he walk into the building and smells Fallon he knows he’s found his mate.

Fallon is not so easily won over.

It takes over hearing a couple of conversations for Fallon to go the path his heart is leading him. Together him and Conner tumble quickly into a relationship and stumble brashly with the mating ritual.

Discoveries are made, words are said, actions are made that cannot be undone and might resolve into the dissolution of a partially mated couple.

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Camp H.O.W.L. by Bru Baker

Camp H.O.W.L. by Bru Baker

Werewolves are supposed to make the change during puberty. It seems that the gods didn’t get Adrian’s coming of age memo and forgot about his change.

Now he’s in his twenties, still a member of the pack, but human. He’s across the country for business, a pack run business, when he falls ill. He doesn’t believe it to be anything serious although the signs are pointing otherwise. Until he finds himself in the hospital.

Dr. Tate Lewis works at Camp H.O.W.L. A prestigious camp that caters to weres coming of age. They help with the physical aspect of the transition but also social, mental, emotional, and spiritual as well. Tate didn’t have such a luxury when he changed. The ways of his pack were barbaric. He finds solace in his work.

When Tate sees that the new camper is much older, more wise, and put together than what he’s used to he sort of scampers away. He’ll do what he must from a professional stand point, but no more.

Only fate doesn’t listen to Tate’s pleas. Destiny has already been decided for him and Adrian. Now they must follow the path.

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Dragon’s Hoard by M.A. Church

Dragon’s Hoard by M.A. Church

Warwick is a dragon shifter who lent out a loan with a century long payback period to an alpha werewolf. When the time came to be re-paid the Alpha avoided Warwick so the dragon shifter decided to make his presence known.

Alpha Montgomery was celebrating his son Avery’s 100th birthday. The year Avery becomes a man. When Warwick barges into the festivities unannounced. The moment Avery sees Warwick he knows that’s his mate. Warwick, upon smelling the most delightful scent ever finds Avery’s eyes, locks on, and knows the same truth.

So when it comes time to talk about the defaulted loan Warwick comes up with a different plan; not seize all of Alpha Montgomery’s assets, some yes, but not all, and include Avery in the new deal.

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DsP Blog Tour and Guest Post: Rome and Jules by Tara Lain

DsP Blog Tour and Guest Post: Rome and Jules by Tara Lain

Rome And Jules
by Tara Lain
 
Blurb:
Two werewolf households, both alike in dignity….
Rome Siracusa, youngest son of the alpha of the nouveau-riche Siracusa pack, wants to be a faithful son and pack member, but he’s got two big secrets. One, he’s blessed with enhanced hearing, vision, strength, and the ability to shift at will. Second, he’s gay, a fact he can’t admit to his deadly homophobic father.
Rome crashes a party at the mansion of his pack’s greatest enemy, the ancient, pure-blooded Havillands. Jules, the gay son of the drunkard alpha, is being married off to a rich entrepreneur. Smitten and moved by the beautiful male’s plight, Rome tries to find a way to save Jules—while digging himself deeper into pack politics and navigating his own arranged marriage. Secrets climb out of the caves as the werewolf gods speak through the mouths of their children, and the two great families clash, suffocating the hopes of star-crossed lovers.
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Excerpt

 

Excerpt 1– Rome and Jules by Tara Lain

Holy shit! Rome controlled his face and swooped Yolanda into a big twirl to cover his surprise. As he came out of the spin, he leaned in and sang, “Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? The big bad wolf.”

Yolanda gave him a gutsy laugh. “Whoever you are, cutie, you’ve got balls. Not many guys want to take on my brother.”

“Surely he can’t object to you dancing?”

She shrugged. “I guess the problem is that no one knows what Ty will object to.”

“Must limit your social life.”

A crease popped between her arched brows. “Tell me about it.”

“Uh, where is your brother?”

She shrugged. “I guess he got kind of beat up on the tennis courts today and decided to go drown his sorrows with some of his cronies rather than attending this command performance.”

“But then that means he’s not performing on command.”

She spoke softly. “Ty doesn’t give a fuck. Not like old man Havilland can do much, or at least will do anything. Too busy with his friends Jack Daniels and Jim Beam.”

Rome quirked a half smile. The music stopped, and he hid his sigh of relief. He gave Yolanda a small bow. “Thank you for the dance.”

“Thank you for the courage.” She chuckled again. Shame she was a blatant enemy. He kind of liked her.

A tapping against a glass brought the whole crowd around to face the center of the dance floor.

All the guests who were sitting stood and placed a hand over their heart. Rome didn’t even have to ask. He turned to find Gerard Havilland weaving drunkenly between his sister, a pale, delicate-for-a-wolf female, and some male named Alphonse who Rome had heard was Havilland’s second. Nobody spoke about Havilland’s wife, who’d apparently walked out on him years before. Rome sighed quietly and crossed his heart. Yeah, and his fingers.

Someone started the pledge.

“I pledge my life to the alpha, who is the conduit to the wolfgods and giver of wolfen energy. Hail the alpha, source of strength and unity. Praise the alpha, defender of the pack and wellspring of all that is good. I lay myself at the alpha’s feet without need for request, cause, or reason. The alpha rules us all.”

As the voices died down, Rome felt all his hair standing on end. Regardless of how unworthy the alpha, the pledge rang with the truth of ages and united every were.

Havilland waved his hand impatiently toward the crowd. Rome turned his head—felt his mouth fall open—and let his body follow the turn.

Oh my god of wolves.

From the side of the big room walked a young male who could only be the much-heralded son. What was his name? Who cares? The guy was tall—taller even than Rome—reed slender, with dark blond hair that likely fell to his shoulders if released from the queue gathered at his neck in a ribbon. But the face. Like someone translated poetry into a person. Large eyes, so blue Rome could see their color from where he stood, dominated his face above high cheekbones that would have been gaunt if they weren’t a soft, glowing pink. His neck was long, his hands graceful. Gods, what is he? Wolf males might be tall like Rome, but they were nearly always powerfully built. This guy looked very little like Gerard Havilland.

Rome’s whole body vibrated with electricity and shook as if the male were a magnet and Rome was iron filings trying to organize around him.

Rome and Jules by Tara Lain

Guest Post

Two great werewolf houses, both alike in dignity –

 

Hi. Welcome. I’m Tara Lain and I’m delighted to be here to celebrate the release of my newest paranormal romance, Rome and Jules. As the titles implies, the book incorporates the Romeo and Juliet trope – and the decision to do that all started with the line you see above – the first line of Shakespeare’s play – with a little addition. LOL. Somehow, I thought the line had a great ring.

 

Turning one of the great love stories into a werewolf gay romance may not seem obvious, but after that line inspired me, it was. What if one family was old, established, respected – but mismanaged and getting poor, while the other was rough, superalpha, wealthy, and looked down up by the other family? But as my character, Rome Siracusa says, “We may be nouveau, but we’re very, very riche.”

 

Of course, my Romeo has to go to a masquerade party chasing someone else and sees the beautiful Jules who’s about to be married off for money by his drunken father. Rome desperately wants to help Jules – and desperately wants Jules. The plot definitely thickens.

 

Since I get to write romance instead of tragedy, I had the pleasure of creating a happy ending for my lovers, star-crossed through they be. I hope you enjoy Rome and Jules. I man, who could resist my sexy Rome on the cover? Thank you for coming by. : )

 

 

 

 

About the Author

Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 32. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Paranormal Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft.  She lives with her soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog near the sea in California where she sets a lot of her books.  Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!
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Finder’s Keeper by Shira Anthony

Finder’s Keeper by Shira Anthony

Zane and his sister inherited a house 4 years ago when their closest relative died. After a bad breakup Zane has decided to pick up his life and move. See how this house works out for him. Per the pictures it’s going to need a lot of work.

Kit is the resident of the house. He’s lived on the estate for centuries. He’s the guardian of the gate that is housed there and has bonded with all the human keepers. Only when Zane shows up Kit realizes Zan knows nothing of his heritage and Kit doesn’t know if he wants to be the one to tell him.

Kit’s magic starts to wane and spirit’s are getting through the gate. Something has to be done, and quick.

 

**CORRECTION….I say this is the first in the Dreamspun Beyond series. I meant to say fourth in the series; first book of Shira’s I’d read. Didn’t catch that slip up until too late….carry on….**

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