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Release blitz and #giveaway: Would It Be Okay To Love You? by Amy Tasukada

Wohoo, Amy Tasukada is on my blog for the second day in a row (clickety-click this link if you want to read my review of Aoi&Sato book 1). I’m beginning to look a lot like a fan-girl, don’t you think? This book is all about how Aoi and Sato met. You do not want to miss it!! 🙂

 

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Length: 41,000 words
 
Series
Would It Be Okay To Love You (Book #1)
Would It Be Okay To Love You: Year One (Book #2) Amazon US | Amazon UK
 
Blurb

A robot fanboy. An erotic voice actor. When love comes calling, will they shed their armor?

Sato’s only long-term relationship is the one he shares with his Gundam collectibles. He dreams about the kind of unconditional love his parents enjoy. If only he could break out of his shell, he might find his special someone…

Outgoing playboy Aoi has sworn off relationships. He knows they only distract him from his budding voice acting career. He’s earned a few loyal fans, and if he keeps at it, he may even earn enough to never worry about being evicted again…

When Sato meets Aoi at the local anime store, there’s definitely a spark. But even as they tread carefully, their commitment issues and Aoi’s troubled past soon muck things up before they can start. In order for Sato and Aoi to have their happily-ever-after, they’ll both have to take a leap of faith… and hope to be caught.

Would It Be Okay to Love You? is the first book in a gay romance series set in Japan. If you like original characters, nerd culture, and simmering chemistry, then you’ll love Amy Tasukada’s charming multicultural love story.

Author Bio
Amy Tasukada lives in North Texas with a calico cat called O’Hara. As an only child her day dreams kept her entertained, and at age ten she started to put them to paper. Since then her love of writing hasn’t cease. She can be found drinking hot tea and filming Japanese street fashion hauls on her Youtube channel.

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Review tour and #giveaway: Year One (Would It Be Okay To Love You #2) by Amy Tasukada

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Length: 22,000 words approx
 
Blurb
A robot fanboy. An erotic voice actor. Will their secrets overwhelm their love?

 

Sato doesn’t get out much. The anime company accountant spends his days at a desk and his nights working on his own small-scale robots. His geeky life is like a dream, but it has just one piece missing…

The world only knows Aoi for his moans. The erotic voice actor has legions of fangirls obsessed with his gasps of simulated ecstasy. And his new boyfriend Sato can barely handle the attention.

As Aoi’s popularity rises and secrets about his past begin to reveal themselves, can the accountant and the voice actor rise above their problems to create something real?

Year One is a short story anthology collection unlike anything you’ve ever read. If you like geeky settings, and sweet romance, then you’ll love Amy Tasukada’s slice-of-life story.

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My review:

This is the published version of Amy Tasukada’s monthly newsletter about Aoi and Sato. The reader is treated to a glimpse of the couple’s lives every month and because of the format, it’s low angst.

Aoi and Sato are cute and I love following along as they grow closer as a couple over the year and being there for important milestones like moving in together. I appreciate how they both are trying to show their love and appreciation for one another. Like in the March chapter when Sato wants to dazzle Aoi with his cooking for White Day, but even though he’s planned it perfectly and practiced the meal several times, he fails when when the big day arrives. He’s understandably miserable, but Aoi does his best to cheer him up. I love those intimate moments between them.

Both characters are adorable. Aoi’s job as an erotic voice actor (a professional moaner) is very creative, but Sato is my favorite of the two. He’s a bona fide geek and lives for gundam and spread sheets, but he’s not portrayed with any negativity. Instead, Amy Tasukada celebrates his geekiness and I love that.

One of my favorite things about Amy Tasukada’s writing is her meticulous research. Every little detail is correct and it’s evident that she’s spent hours and hours checking her facts and getting everything just right. One of my pet peeves are when authors get easily googlable facts wrong, so I really appreciate a writer who’s done their due diligence.

I can’t write this review without mentioning the fabulous illustrations. Every month there’s drawing to go with the story, and Alexandra Pilzner has done an amazing job in capturing Aoi and Sato. I couldn’t decide which one was my favorite, but it’s between March when Sato burns dinner, or June when Aoi hides from the cat in the bathroom (look at that little paw under the door! So cute!)

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If you’re in the mood for a quick, sweet read with lots of Japanese flavor, this is just the story for you.

5-stars

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September 11 – Bayou Book Junkie, Gay Book Reviews
September 13 – Wicked Reads
September 15 – The Novel Approach
September 20 – Alpha Book Club, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Nell Iris, Bayou Book Junkie

Author Bio
 

Amy Tasukada lives in North Texas with a calico cat called O’Hara. As an only child her day dreams kept her entertained, and at age ten she started to put them to paper. Since then her love of writing hasn’t cease. She can be found drinking hot tea and filming Japanese street fashion hauls on her Youtube channel.

 

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Christmas x2 in Nell Iris-world

I don’t know if you remember that I told you back in the end of July that my Christmas story Red Popcorn Strings and Gumball Rings was accepted to the Dreamspinner Press Advent Calendar? (still super excited about this!!)

But that’s not all the Christmas activity I’ve been up to. No, I’ve got another super fun project I want to tell you about involving another Christmas story.

Sexy SantaThe story is called The Christmas Day Date and will be featured in an anthology together with four other holiday stories, written by my friends Addison Albright, Stephen Hoppa, Nicky Spencer, and Amy Tasukada.

The anthology, Make the Yuletide Gay, will be released on November 24, 2017, so when you’re all still full from eating too much Thanksgiving turkey to move from the couch, you can one-click this book and spend your Friday reading about boys loving boys.

And best of all? The anthology is a freebie. Five great stories for absolutely nothing! Consider it our holiday gift to you. We’re the five Santas of the M/M romance genre! 😁

Blurb and more info like where to order it and other important stuff will follow shortly.

So what about The Christmas Day Date? Wanna read the blurb?

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Two men. Changed Christmas plans. A gazillion cookies.

Lenny Painter’s idea of the perfect Christmas is sleeping the holiday away. He’s got nowhere to be, and the only item on his Santa wish list is to catch a glimpse of his cute neighbor, JJ.

Julius Jones’s carefully organized Christmas is canceled at the last minute. In a fit of rage, he rids his apartment of all holiday cheer, including the rainbow-decorated tree.

But Lenny rescues the beautiful tree from a sad demise and end up spending the afternoon with JJ. When JJ asks Lenny to celebrate Christmas Day with him, Lenny accepts.

But it isn’t a date. Or is it?

Are you excited? I am!!

 


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Sunday reading

Happy Sunday to you my friends, and I hope everyone in Hurricane Irma’s way are safe and sound ❤️

I thought I’d recommend some Sunday reading for you, if you need something to entertain yourself with today:

I’m in the author spotlight over at Gay Book Promotions and answer some interview questions. If you want to get to know me a little better, to find out why I love the M/M genre so much, what I’d do if I had a time machine, or what my favorite animal is, head on over and read the interview.  A big thank you for having me to Gay Book Promotions! ❤️

My dear friend Addison Albright visits Joyfully Jay and talks about her upcoming appearance at GRL. Click here to read about it. And if you’re attending GRL: promise me to find her and give her some love. She’s fabulous and she deserves it. ❤️ (And she’s gonna have awesome swag and give away a cute short Christmas story. That should persuade you 😉 )

My tea-loving, mobster-crazy friend Amy Tasukada is in the author spotlight at Eliza David Writes. It’s an older interview (from April this year) but who cares? 🙂 And if you’ve already read it, you can go one-click her upcoming release over at Amazon instead 🙂

(Beware of shameless self-plugging ahead) If you need something more than a few blog posts to read, why not try Cinnamon Eyes if you haven’t already? Personally I think it’s perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon, and yes, I’m totally unbiased!! 😁

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And the other morning when I woke up, I found an email in my inbox that made me extremely happy. A kind reader had emailed me and told me she’d read my books and that they’d helped her get over a bad afternoon. That was an amazing experience. Thank you, Sue! ❤️

Buy links: 
JMS Books | Amazon US | Amazon UK | iBooks | Google Play | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords


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Release Blitz and #giveaway: Manic Pixie Dream Boy by K.A. Merikan

Today I welcome K.A. Merikan to the blog, who’s out on tour for their new release Manic Pixie Dream Boy. When I saw the title, I just had to participate. Isn’t it the most adorable title you’ve heard?? Everything about this book just screams to me, the title, the blurb, the description of the characters…and I just have to read it. But first, let’s make Kat and Agnes feel welcome and wish them happy release day! 🙂
Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Length: 52,000 words approx 
Cover Design: Natasha Snow
Blurb
 

You can’t hide the cracks under the spotlight
Dusk. Leader of The Underdogs. Destined for greatness. Lives in the now.
Abe. AKA Lolly. Iridescent. Unicorn.

All Dusk wants out of life is for his band to become world famous. He also wants to have a lot of fun along the way. And to get his rocks off. When he wants something, he goes for it, consequences be damned.

So when he sees a gorgeous pink-haired guy who is the human equivalent of tattooed cotton candy, he can’t help but have a taste. But it’s when Lolly ends up on their tour bus that Dusk knows their meeting was destiny.

Abe is the kind of guy who goes with the flow. He was hitchhiking anyway, so why not spend the week with a hot piece of rocker beefcake, getting smothered by his sexy long hair? And why not play the part of the supportive cutie while he’s at it? It’s not like he’d be sticking around for long anyway.

All plans hit a wall when photos of Abe and Dusk emerge online, suddenly pushing the band into the spotlight. To take advantage of the sudden popularity, the band offers Abe money for staying.

Which means money for being in a fake relationship with Dusk.

Which isn’t even fake.

Or is it?

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Back home and advertising

Hi everyone. I’m finally back home after almost three weeks away in Sweden, hanging out with friends and family, hugging the stuffing out of my daughter, and attending my oldest friend’s wedding. It’s been great, but I’ve had no time for writing and I’ve really missed it. I need to find a way to figure out how to be still be a writer when I visit family.

But now my head is full of ideas and my fingers itch to get started, so hopefully I’ll be banging away on my keyboard soon. The stupid jetlag just has to release its hold of me first.

Now for something completely different: wanna see something pretty?

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Would you look at that! I bought advertising space on the Diverse Reader blog, so for the entire month of September, the pretty cover of Cinnamon Eyes will adorn the front page. Isn’t that awesome? Let’s keep our fingers crossed that it generates lots of clicks and sales! Because Cory and Asher deserve it.

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Buy links: 
JMS Books | Amazon US | Amazon UK | iBooks | Google Play | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords


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Release blitz and #giveaway: Between a Rock and a Hard Place (London Lads) by Clare London

Length: 19,598 words
Cover Design: Tibbs Design

 

London Lads Series:
Chase The Ace (Book #1) Amazon US | Amazon UK | Dreamspinner
How The Other Half Lives (Book #2) Amazon US | Amazon UK | Dreamspinner
A Good Neighbour (Book #3)  Amazon US | Amazon UK  Dreamspinner 
Peepshow (Book #4)  Amazon US | Amazon UK | Dreamspinner
 
Blurb
 

Garry’s at the end of his tether. He’s waiting at Glasgow Airport to meet his friend Will, on their way to a holiday in a Scottish Highlands hotel. Now there’s a ten-hour delay to incoming flights, the seat in the lounge is more like an instrument of torture, and he’s beyond tired of airport food.

He’s also dreading having to apologise for the pass he recently made at Will, his colleague at a London bank, under the influence of too many beers and a long-held crush. Now Will’s been offered a new job offer on a continent thousands of miles away, Garry realises it may be the end of their close friendship—let alone anything more.

To add to Garry’s stress, he’s treated to the company of Emily and Max, two young people who think he needs educating in the ways of the world. Struggling with their well-meaning help and the startling mess from spilled ketchup and noxious-smelling sweets, he’s encouraged to re-examine how he feels about Will and to decide what kind of journey he’d really like them to take together.

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