Thursday, June 30, 2016

A Review from Diverse Reader!

Promotional Post: They Called Him Nightmare by Deja Black #Review ~Guest Post #Giveaway


TITLE: They Called Him Night Mare
RELEASE DATE:   June 1st, 2016                 
AUTHOR(s): Deja Black
PUBLISHING: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 29 pages
CATEGORY/TAG: M/M Paranormal Romance
HEAT LEVEL: 3/5 flames
Buy Links:
Dreamspinner Press: https://goo.gl/4zBq8d



BLURB:
Growing up, Kai Bennu was taunted for skin dark as midnight and his otherworldly appearance. They called him Nightmare, but Alec Vasilios, a wealthy and powerful businessman, wants to call Kai his own. Kai’s past has left him with little trust in others and even more reluctance to surrender himself to Alec’s power. With both men harboring supernatural secrets, finding common ground won’t come without sacrifice.





Review



I love short stories because they are perfect when you want to read something but want the satisfaction of the conclusion fairly quickly. 

They Called Him Nightmare was filled with fantasy and romance that is thrust upon you joyfully. Kai is special, gifted, different. Because of that people make fun of him call him nightmare because of his appearance. No one likes him aside from his Mama… Except Alec. Alec knows different, he IS different. And he’s also Kai’s true mate. 

This may have been a short story but it was magical and beautiful and I really enjoyed it.






Excerpt

They never asked him his name. They ran from his shadow. He was alone. Always alone. He was Nightmare.
To me he was everything I wanted. To me, he was beautiful. I needed to run my fingers along his skin, to cherish him. In the heat of the blazing sun, I wanted to taste his sweat. I wanted him beneath me, a part of me, a part of my soul. He didn’t frighten me. He entranced me. He called to me.






Guest Post

My Favorite Book
As a new author, I don’t have that much to choose from in the line of my favorite books. I have two published: one I’m submitting and another I’m in the process of writing. I think of all of these, They Called Him Nightmare is my favorite. I love Kai and Alec, the way they are together. I picture Kai at the height of his power and Alec seeing him, totally blown away. I love the fact that I brought in a little of the place I knew as a child, where I grew up and will probably explore more of that later. It’s my second published work, and it’s a part of me. It’s me growing as a writer.
There will be other books. In fact, I can think of the current one I’m working on. It’s actually a contemporary book, more suspense thriller. But, there are no monsters other than ones that already exist among us for everyone to see. Unlike They Called Him Nightmare, I will be using Scrivener. I’ve already outlined it and have a few chapters knocked out. I’m really excited about it and can’t wait to share it with my betas. Then, the world!
Returning to Kai and Alec, I have to say one of my favorite comments from a reader was, “Kai is my book boyfriend.” What more could I want? A reader as well as an author has identified with my character. She even mentioned that she felt Alec was a douche bag at first. Later, she loves him. When a reader can connect with my characters, can see them, it’s the ultimate compliment.
I’m growing daily as a writer, and They Called Him Nightmare is a fantastic example of that growth. There’s the feel of a small town, two vibrant characters and a solid storyline that takes them from their high school years to grown men who are ready for love.
As for me, there are new favorites on the horizon. They just haven’t been written yet.

A Review from Divine Magazine


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TITLE: They Called Him Night Mare
RELEASE DATE:   June 1st, 2016
AUTHOR(s): Deja Black
PUBLISHING: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 29 pages
CATEGORY/TAG: M/M Paranormal Romance
HEAT LEVEL: 3/5 flames

BLURB

Growing up, Kai Bennu was taunted for skin dark as midnight and his otherworldly appearance. They called him Nightmare, but Alec Vasilios, a wealthy and powerful businessman, wants to call Kai his own. Kai’s past has left him with little trust in others and even more reluctance to surrender himself to Alec’s power. With both men harboring supernatural secrets, finding common ground won’t come without sacrifice.
Buy Links:
Dreamspinner Press: https://goo.gl/4zBq8d
goodreads

EXCERPT

They never asked him his name. They ran from his shadow. He was alone. Always alone. He was Nightmare.
To me he was everything I wanted. To me, he was beautiful. I needed to run my fingers along his skin, to cherish him. In the heat of the blazing sun, I wanted to taste his sweat. I wanted him beneath me, a part of me, a part of my soul. He didn’t frighten me. He entranced me. He called to me.

REVIEW BY ELAINE WHITE

Book – They Called Him Nightmare (A Walk on the Wild Side)
Author – Deja Black
Star rating – ★★★★★
No. of Pages – 26
Cover – Gorgeous
POV – 1st person, dual POV
Would I read it again – Heck yes!
Genre – LGBT, Romance, Shapeshifter, Supernatural, POC, Inter-Racial, Vampire

Wow. I’m not even sure what to say. This one just left me totally…speechless.
A rollercoaster of emotion, had me crying a few times in so few pages and such wonderful world building and exploration of characters. I’ve read books in the 2-300 pages length that haven’t given me the emotion that this 26-page story did.
Between Alec, the feisty, sex-fuelled vampire; Kai, the ‘Nightmare’ flame with a heart of gold; and Mama Bennu, the woman with fire, love and compassion, I didn’t know where to turn. Every character was a rainbow of emotion, depth and soul, only making this story so much the better.
Now, usually, an ending at 90% would have me frustrated or annoyed. But this story was done. This story gave me everything I wanted and needed in the space it took up. It didn’t need that extra 10%. But I needed it, to collect myself and finally breathe easy again, after the end of that incredible story.
I will now happily instant-buy anything Deja Black releases in the future. No questions asked.
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Favourite Quotes
“There was something about him that called to me, promised the hunger that wracked my body would by satisfied if I were to have him as my own. He was prey to my predator.” ~ Alec
“The sun would never shine enough for me, would always be dim when she was gone. She was my sun. I revolved around her. I would die if I could, a million times just to have her live forever.” ~ Kai
“She was my champion, and her light was going out, the torch burning low, and I would be lost without its glow.” ~ Kai

Author Bio:
Deja Black had fantasies of men loving men, men who felt strongly, loved hard, and needed a hero. Then one great day she came across a book and discovered the world of m/m writing, encountered others who shared her obsession as much as she did, and found a world where she could not only be accepted for the lives and loves she envisioned, but she could create them too. So why not? Why not take the stories she would write and throw away as a teenager, grow them, dream them, and make them a reality where she could know her own characters, let them live their story, and make them real for someone else? And she did. Now, with the support of her hubby and some intense time management, she is learning to balance her family of two energetic children and a very needy shitzu at home along with the many students she teaches each and every day with her passion of writing what she loves to read.
Links:
Google+: Deja Black
Goodreads: Deja Black

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Getting There

So, just thought I would share the images that are inspiring me to write Getting There!




So, do I have your attention? They certainly had mine. Will be sharing a few choice lines coming soon. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

What Just Made My Week?







GenreGay / Paranormal / Shifters / Vampires / Mythological Creatures / Romance
Reviewed byChristy Duke on 21-June-2016

Growing up, Kai Bennu was taunted for skin dark as midnight and his otherworldly appearance. They called him Nightmare, but Alec Vasilios, a wealthy and powerful businessman, wants to call Kai his own. Kai’s past has left him with little trust in others and even more reluctance to surrender himself to Alec’s power. With both men harboring supernatural secrets, finding common ground won’t come without sacrifice.


A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose package “A Walk on the Wild Side”.


Is it just me who loves to read the stories of the things that go bump in the night? I grew up reading Alfred Hitchcock, Edgar Allen Poe, and Stephen King, to name a few. I've always been fascinated by all things paranormal but the darker, the grittier, the more intense, has always held my attention for longer. Dreamspinner Press's Daily Dose package this year focuses on shifters and there's been some dark and definitely some light. 'They Called Him Nightmare' was everything I wanted it to be.

Alec may seem like the town's golden boy, but what they don't know is his secret to keep. His secret of what he'd really like to do to so many of the residents. What he wishes he could do to feed his soul. Kai may be the one they're all afraid of and he may be dark as night, but Alec with his sunny disposition and golden hair is hiding a true terror. There's nothing Alec wants more than Kai, however.

Kai wants nothing to do with Alec. Kai can see so much more than the townspeople and he sees what Alec is and what he wants. Regardless of whether Kai may have had secret thoughts about Alec, the townspeople would never hear of Nightmare and Alec, and it would bring attention that neither of them needed. So Kai stayed away. Until the day Alec sets his sights on him. And Kai disappears, only for Alec to find him ten years later.

Whoa. So much better than I thought it would be. But way too short! I could have kept reading and reading. A fabulous, darkly exciting addition that absolutely made my day. This story is going to stay with me for quite a while.




DISCLAIMER: Books reviewed on this site were usually provided at no cost by the publisher or author. This book has been provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review.

Formatebook
LengthShort Story, 26 pages/7068 words
Heat Level
Publication Date01-June-2016
Price$1.99 ebook
Buy Linkhttps://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/they-called-him-nightmare-by-deja-black-7170-b

Monday, June 13, 2016

Join some of this year's Daily Dose authors as we chat about the Walk on the Wild Side anthology, shifters, and why we love them! Stay for games, prizes, and a chance to add even more books to your TBR! 
*This event will be hosted on EST time.

Schedule:
6:30 - 7:00PM Lex Chase
"Bye-Bye Birdie"

7:00 - 7:30PM C.S. Poe
"Love, Marriage, and a Baby Carriage"

7:30 - 8:00PM Meghan Maslow
"A Cobra's Charm"

8:00 - 8:30PM LE Franks
"Of Nuts and Men"

8:30 - 9:00PM Dale Cameron Lowry
"Love Unmasked"

9:00 - 9:30PM Deja Black
"They Called Him Nightmare"

9:30 - 10:00PM Brandon Witt
"Shifting Silver"

Sunday, June 12, 2016

If you can, please. Let's stick together to help one another. 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Join Scribd!
You can enjoy all Dreamspinner Press, Harmony Ink Press and DSP Publications titles (including new releases) for $8.99 a month.

All DSP Publications titles can be found here.
https://www.scribd.com/user/314348992/DSP-Publications

Join Carroll Poe, Lex Chase, Meghan Maslow, LE Franks, Dale Cameron Lowry, Brandon Whitt, and me for our Romancing the Shifter Author Chat Monday, June 13th. There will be gifts and fun! 

My time? 9:30-10:00! See you there!

Saturday, June 4, 2016



Growing up, Kai Bennu was taunted for skin dark as midnight and his otherworldly appearance. They called him Nightmare, but Alec Vasilios, a wealthy and powerful businessman, wants to call Kai his own. Kai’s past has left him with little trust in others and even more reluctance to surrender himself to Alec’s power. With both men harboring supernatural secrets, finding common ground won’t come without sacrifice.

Excerpt:
They never asked him his name. They ran from his shadow. He was alone. Always alone. He was Nightmare.
To me he was everything I wanted. To me, he was beautiful. I needed to run my fingers along his skin, to cherish him. In the heat of the blazing sun, I wanted to taste his sweat. I wanted him beneath me, a part of me, a part of my soul. He didn’t frighten me. He entranced me. He called to me.

Buy Links:
Dreamspinner Press: https://goo.gl/4zBq8d

For only 1.99, come and take a walk on the wild side!