Book Excerpt and Giveaway: Road Trip by A.F. Henley

Excerpt

It was just another day—just another twenty-four hour period between all the rest of them. Sure, thirty-five years prior, Boyd’s mother had been forcing out a nine-pound, some-odd-ounces mound of entirely unimpressed infant from the depths of her lady parts, but Boyd figured that was an event that should win her more kudos than it should him. As far as celebrating his birthday went, Boyd’s big plan was the acquisition of a bottle of Jim Beam, followed by the slow-but-steady process of sipping himself into an alcohol-induced stupor.

It hadn’t taken long for thirty-five to catch up to him, and it was one of those birthdays where three and a half decades hit like seven. His back ached from sprawling on cold concrete for too many hours. His finger joints burned from years of gripping air tools and turning wrenches. He was bitter and disillusioned, tired and worn out, and doing his best not to lament over the possibility that life truly was as good as it was going to get.

Until he saw the email.

The auto trader website had promised the best deals in the country delivered directly to one’s inbox, free of charge. Simply enter some personal info, vehicle preferences, and wait. Boyd had been a member for almost four years, but it had got to the point where most of the ‘awesome’ notifications were marked and deleted before they were even read. This one had pictures, though, and even if it would take his ancient computer several minutes to chug them into existence, opening it would mean Boyd could live vicariously with somebody else’s chromed baby for a few moments.

The car was a beauty. The body was mint, the engine supposedly ran like a clock, and it was drive-away ready. So when he saw the price, Boyd almost ignored it. A typo, he assumed. Someone forgot a one. An asking price of six-point-two was unheard of. He even went so far as to close and delete the email, to shut down his computer, locate his keys, and head for the front door before he reconsidered. Because, what if…?

What if finally…?

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Blurb

For as long as Boyd can remember, he’s been pushing pins into a map. Carson City, Las Vegas, Albuquerque—all places he wants to see, for a dozen different reasons that wouldn’t mean a thing to anyone else. When he finally gets a chance to purchase the ’69 Road Runner of his dreams, at a price that even he can manage, Boyd jumps at the opportunity.

Oliver seems like just another kid with a broken dream when their paths cross in Vegas. Against Boyd’s better judgment, he offers to let Oliver hitch along for the ride when Oliver confides the need to get out and get gone.

But it’s not long before Boyd realizes Oliver’s reasons for running are more complicated—and more dangerous—than Oliver let on. But Boyd doesn’t like people who play hardball, and he definitely doesn’t like people messing with a man who’s managed to light a fuse that Boyd forgot he had.

Gay Contemporary Romance
Copyright © 2015 by A.F. Henley
Published by Less Than Three Press

Please note: Novel contains some explicit content.

Purchase Links: @Less Than Three Press

@Amazon

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The Giveaway

On behalf of the tour, please join the giveaway by taking part in the Rafflecopter below. The prize consists of a Vintage ‘Chrome’ and Leather Road Runner Key Fob (can you say awesome Father’s Day Gift?), a $20 gift certificate to the Less Than Three Press book market (free books!), and a signed, print copy of Road Trip (when available). Click through for terms and conditions, further details, and your chance to win! See all the details here.

** Please note that this giveaway is being offered tour-wide and there will be one winner awarded for the entire event.

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About A.F. Henley

Henley was born with a full-blown passion for run-on sentences, a zealous indulgence in all words descriptive, and AF Henley_Avatar croppedthe endearing tendency to overuse punctuation. Since the early years Henley has been an enthusiastic writer, from the first few I-love-my-dog stories to the current leap into erotica.

A self-professed Google genius, Henley lives for the hours spent digging through the Internet for ‘research purposes’ which, more often than not, lead seven thousand miles away from first intentions but bring Henley to new discoveries and ideas that, once seeded, tend to flourish.

Henley has been proudly working with LT3 since 2012, and has been writing like mad ever since—an indentured servant to the belief that romance and true love can mend the most broken soul. Even when presented in prose.

Find more here:
Website: http://afhenley.com/
Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/A.-F.-Henley/e/B00FIODWSK/
Publisher’s Page: http://www.lessthanthreepress.com/author-a-f-henley/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AFHenley
Twitter: http://twitter.com/AFHenley

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Classic Love Poems by Richard Armitage (Narrator)

For anyone who’s in love – or hopes to be – what greater celebration could there be than to hear the world’s greatest love poetry read lovingly by Richard Armitage? With 15 poems by William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and more, Classic Love Poems is a listening treat for Valentine’s Day – or any day.

Included in this collection are:
• “How do I love thee?” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
• “Sonnet 116” by William Shakespeare
• “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe
• “To Be One with Each Other” by George Eliot
• “Maud” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
• “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell
• “Bright Star” by John Keats
• “Love’s Philosophy” by Percy Bysshe Shelley
• 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
• “Meeting at Night” by Robert Browning
• “The Dream” by Edna St. Vincent Millay
• “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” by Christopher Marlowe
• “I carry your heart” by e. e. cummings
• “She Walks in Beauty” by Lord Byron
• “Give All to Love” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Length: 22 mins / Public Domain (P)2015 Audible Inc.

About the Performer

Richard Armitage is known to movie audiences around the world as “Thorin Oakenshield” in the trilogy of films based on The Hobbit. Born in Leicester, England, and trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Armitage has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and created memorable roles on Robin Hood, North & South, and other British TV series.

Public Domain (P)2015 Audible Inc.

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My Rating: ★★★★☆

My Review:

I got this for free at audible, and it’s going to be free until 3/9/15. You can go and check it out here: http://www.audible.com/pd/Classics/FREE-Classic-Love-Poems-Audiobook/B00TA13B56 in case you are interested.

I listened to it because the collection included some of my favorite poems:

“How do I love thee?” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
• “Sonnet 116” by William Shakespeare
• “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe
• 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
• “I carry your heart” by e. e. cummings
• “She Walks in Beauty” by Lord Byron

It was a delight listening to it. I loved the performer’s voice. Loved his performance on “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” by Christopher Marlowe the most. My least favorite performance  was “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe. I thought he spoke fast and I didn’t feel and hear the love and the longing and the mourning and the pain that was what this poem was all about. Then again, maybe it’s just me.

 

 

Book Review: The Testimonies by Reev Robledo

What if we discovered the personal diaries of the Bible’s most well-loved, women of the faith?

Each story, told in the first-person perspective, shows how one who has extraordinary beauty is faced with ordinary challenges that even modern women face:

Childlessness (Sarah), manipulation (Rebekah), being a second wife (Rachel), genocide (Esther), submission (Abigail), rape (Tamar) and family issues (Daughters of Job).

At the end of each chapter is a study guide for personal devotion or group studies.

My Rating: ★★★★★

My Review:

I really loved this book. I just didn’t think I’d love the songs more. Lol. It was such a pleasant surprise.

I’m already familiar with the stories but it was good, rereading them. Right after reading the book, I checked its blog because I was curious how the songs are like. After all, we can only read the lyrics in the book.

For those who want to listen to some of the songs, click here:

http://beautyandthebible.wordpress.com/

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About the Author

Reev Robledo is a television music composer, teacher and writer with a degree in broadcast communication. His career as an instructor spans ten years in the state university and other colleges.

Reev is the author of The Testimonies, An Assassin’s Tale, children’s book The Legend of The Cram, and 2014 Filipino Readers’ Choice for Fiction in English Gitarista.

Watch out for his next novel Pianista, a psychological thriller.

Hot Air Balloons: A Giveaway and Blog Tour for Road Trip by A.F. Henley

Is there anything more nostalgic than watching a hot air balloon meander through a sky full of pinks and blues? A hot air balloon offers all the thrill of being up high and feeling free, without the oh-my-God-I’m-going-to-die reaction that comes with some of the more risqué forms of sky travel.

In Road Trip, our boys Boyd and Oliver take some time to pull over and watch a sunset tour go past them. It gives them some time to relax, chat, and open up about their past a little. I’d like to think it also gave Fate a few moments to instill a sense of longing and connection.

Here are some cool things I found out about hot air balloons while I researched:

•    A duck, a rooster, and a sheep were the first passengers of a hot air balloon. Back in 1783, the first hot air balloon was flown for Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, and the French court in Versailles. This peculiar group of animals was chosen to test the effects of flight. Sheep, thought to be similar to people, would show the effects of altitude on a land dweller, while ducks and roosters, which could already fly, would act as controls for the experiment. The balloon flew on a tether for 8 minutes, rose to a height of 1500 feet, and travelled 2 miles before returning safely. The animals were unharmed (and no doubt, unamused).

•    Scientist Jean-François Pilâtre De Rozier and aristocrat François Laurent d’Arlandes were the first pilots, beating out Louis XVI’s recommendation of using condemned criminals (in case something went horribly wrong).

•    Two years later, Rozier decided to cross the English Channel in a new kind of balloon, one that was half hot air, half hydrogen. 30 minutes after taking off, the balloon exploded, killing both Rozier and his co-pilot. This earned him the unfortunate right of being known as the first person to fly in a balloon, and the first person to die in one.

•    The world record height for a hot air balloon is over 21,000 meters (68,900 feet). Oxygen is needed above 5,000 meters (16,400 feet). The longest hot air balloon flight recorded was piloted by Richard Branson. It originated in Japan and touched ground in northern Canada. It was also the fastest, reaching speeds of 245 miles per hour.

•    It is tradition to share a bottle of champagne after a hot air balloon flight. This was begun to appease farmers that didn’t take kindly to hot air balloons landing in their fields. Nothing says forgiveness liked free champagne.

•    In 1808, two Frenchmen decided to take to the skies above Paris for a duel (ah, the everlasting joy of the love-triangle). Below them, a crowd gathered to watch what they assumed to be a balloon race, however, the men pulled out blunderbusses and aimed at each other’s balloons. Two shots were fired, one balloon fatally crashed to the buildings below, and the other pilot descended to the ground to claim the hand of the woman they fought over.

•    Hot air balloons were used during the Battle of Fleurus in the French Revolution and during the Civil War.

•    The large balloon on top is called an envelope. It holds hot air created by a heat source known as a burner.

•    The world’s largest hot air balloon festival is hosted in Albuquerque, New Mexico, each year (which just happens to be the location where our lovers-to-be happened to spot them). The festival lasts about nine days and features over 750 hot air balloons.

•    There is a glass bottom hot air balloon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hjPh-tbouA (This video is not mine, and I make no claims to it. I’ve only included it in the post for information purposes. Please leave your love for the creator if you enjoy it.)

*pops champagne*

To you, with my thanks, for joining me; and here’s to the hopes that the next time you see one of these beautiful beasts roll by in the sky, you get the chance to stop and take a few minutes to watch.

Until next time! ❤ A.F. Henley

Blurb

For as long as Boyd can remember, he’s been pushing pins into a map. Carson City, Las Vegas, Albuquerque—all places he wants to see, for a dozen different reasons that wouldn’t mean a thing to anyone else. When he finally gets a chance to purchase the ’69 Road Runner of his dreams, at a price that even he can manage, Boyd jumps at the opportunity.

Oliver seems like just another kid with a broken dream when their paths cross in Vegas. Against Boyd’s better judgment, he offers to let Oliver hitch along for the ride when Oliver confides the need to get out and get gone.

But it’s not long before Boyd realizes Oliver’s reasons for running are more complicated—and more dangerous—than Oliver let on. But Boyd doesn’t like people who play hardball, and he definitely doesn’t like people messing with a man who’s managed to light a fuse that Boyd forgot he had.

Gay Contemporary Romance
Copyright © 2015 by A.F. Henley
Published by Less Than Three Press

Please note: Novel contains some explicit content.

Purchase Links: @Less Than Three Press

@Amazon

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The Giveaway

On behalf of the tour, please join the giveaway by taking part in the Rafflecopter below. The prize consists of a Vintage ‘Chrome’ and Leather Road Runner Key Fob (can you say awesome Father’s Day Gift?), a $20 gift certificate to the Less Than Three Press book market (free books!), and a signed, print copy of Road Trip (when available). Click through for terms and conditions, further details, and your chance to win! See all the details here.

** Please note that this giveaway is being offered tour-wide and there will be one winner awarded for the entire event.

ENTER RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY HERE: 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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About A.F. Henley

Henley was born with a full-blown passion for run-on sentences, a zealous indulgence in all words descriptive, and AF Henley_Avatar croppedthe endearing tendency to overuse punctuation. Since the early years Henley has been an enthusiastic writer, from the first few I-love-my-dog stories to the current leap into erotica.

A self-professed Google genius, Henley lives for the hours spent digging through the Internet for ‘research purposes’ which, more often than not, lead seven thousand miles away from first intentions but bring Henley to new discoveries and ideas that, once seeded, tend to flourish.

Henley has been proudly working with LT3 since 2012, and has been writing like mad ever since—an indentured servant to the belief that romance and true love can mend the most broken soul. Even when presented in prose.

Find more here:
Website: http://afhenley.com/
Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/A.-F.-Henley/e/B00FIODWSK/
Publisher’s Page: http://www.lessthanthreepress.com/author-a-f-henley/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AFHenley
Twitter: http://twitter.com/AFHenley

Perfect Day by Josh Lanyon

Wyatt loves Graham. Graham is still in love with Jase. But things could be worse. They could be camping.

My Review (Warning: Spoiler Alert!!):

My Rating: ★★★★★

I can’t find the right words to describe how much I loved Perfect Day. This is… wow. The first time I’ve read this short story, it rendered me speechless. I’ve reread this many times since and I still feel the same way about it. I don’t think I’ll get tired of rereading it… or hearing it. Yep, I have this in ebook and in audio @audible (it’s the first story in the audiobook titled: In Sunshine or in Shadow: Short Stories: Volume I) and I’d very much love to buy the corresponding hard copy of this book if only the shipment fee isn’t much more expensive than the book itself. Argh. Frustrating. But yeah….  Hopefully I’d be able to collect the hard copy of the MM books that I love this year. #2015 reading goal! Hell yeah! ❤

On to my review…. I love the tone of the story. Written matter-of-factly it suited and described the feelings of the main character Wyatt about his love affair with Graham: resigned. Doomed. Wyatt didn’t like it, it wasn’t his choice, but he was willing to accept his situation and move forward. The man is brave in my book. And I thought the narrator did a wonderful job with the audiobook. I loved the inflections in his voice–how it changes along with the change in Wyatt’s and Graham’s emotions.

Perfect Day has a lot of lines that pack a punch. You know, like a punch in the gut. And these lines never failed to make me sigh, expel a long, deep breath, or… smile. ^____^

You can’t start a stopwatch on grief. Or love for that matter. Damn right. I’d enumerate all the lines from Perfect Day that I love, but well, I might end up putting in the entire story. It’s because Josh has a way with words and it shows in this short story very, very much.

Anyway, I’m a sucker for angsty reads and this, this easily belongs to the top five of my list. Angsty read with a happy ending, that is. ❤

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About Josh Lanyon

Bestselling, multi-award-winning JOSH LANYON is the author of over fifty titles of mystery, adventure, fantasy and romance. Josh is the author of the critically acclaimed Adrien English Mysteries series, including The Hell You Say, winner of the 2006 USABookNews awards for GLBT Fiction. Josh is an Eppie Award winner and a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist. When not writing Josh enjoys gardening, film noir, fine wine, vintage mysteries, and night swimming.

Book Review: Hot Like This by Chris Mariano, Chrissie Peria, Miles Tan

My Review (Warning: Spoiler Alert!!):

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Hot Like This is a spin-off of All I Want for Christmas where the characters Elaine Antonio and Luis Inoue, first met.

I really, really love the cover, it’s cute (loved the cover of All I Want for Christmas, too). Anyway, Hot Like This is short and sweet. Not as amusing as Ginny’s and Marco’s love story but it’s adorable enough.

Gorgeous Luis is surrounded by good looking girls, ones who are way too different from Elaine who is such a ‘manang.’ Because of this, Elaine was so busy enumerating the number of reasons why she shouldn’t fall for someone like Luis that she failed to see he liked her, too.

Anyway, I thought Bern was really sweet and that she deserved her own stand-alone story. Dia, too. Mainly because she was named after my friend. Hahaha. ^___^ Oh, I’m sure Dia Cortes has her good side, too, just as she had a not-so-favorable/adorable side. Because doesn’t everyone?

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[A Summer Short Story]
Ma•nang |má•naŋ| noun. origin: Filipino
1. older sister
2. conservative woman
3. Elaine Antonio

Self-proclaimed manang Elaine Antonio is restrained, cautious, and used to taking care of people. Gorgeous Brazilian-Japanese model Luis Inoue is laid-back, impulsive, and totally out of her league. But when they’re thrown together at the same island resort one summer weekend, things unexpectedly heat up.

Elaine knows that once the vacation is over, they’ll be returning to their two very different worlds. Is this destined to be just a summer fling? Or will she finally learn how to take a risk for love?

About Chris Mariano:

Chris Mariano takes the same route Gio takes whenever she comes home from Boracay. Unlike Gio, she is yet to meet her K-drama hottie. When she’s not writing, she supports Eskritoryo Pilipinas, an organization that encourages kids to appreciate Filipino literature and culture. She divides her time between Manila and Aklan.

She blogs at http://ficsation.blogspot.com and tweets at @dementedchris.

About Chrissie Peria:

When not obsessing over fictional people doing fictional things, Chrissie obsesses about food: the eating, the cooking, and the procuring of it.

An advertising copywriter in her past life, she now spends most of her time writing, taking photos, cooking, and babysitting a tiny human and a curly-haired dog. She still plays with dolls and she thinks that bacon is the answer.

About Miles Tan:

Miles Tan likes inhabiting imaginary worlds, from fantasy books to sci-fi shows to cheeky mysteries to role-playing games. She also likes the thought of cute guys in glasses and making them sexy by just rolling up their sleeves.