Friday, June 24, 2016

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing K.E. Belledonne, author of Daniel & Erik’s Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist.

Hi Kat, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

What is the most satisfying thing about being a writer?
Finding that one little detail somewhere that makes my brain go ‘ping!’ and I think “Oh! That would be a great story!” I find these little hooks everywhere and it’s only a matter of whether or not I have pen & paper nearby that they become novels or not.

Do your characters ever take over your writing and make the story go somewhere you hadn’t originally planned?

All the time. Usually, we always wind up at the ending I’d envisioned, but there have been many, many character-led detours along the way.

How did you celebrate the release of your book?
For Daniel & Erik’s release, I’ll have a lovely night out with some friends to celebrate – good wine, good laughter, and a good release!

How did you come up with the idea for this book?
A friend of mine was getting married. She asked for some advice and I gave my standard answer – if you can make it to three days before your wedding and still be madly in love with your fiancĂ©, then you two are going to make it.
And then my brain went ‘PING! Hey that would be a great story!”

Have you ever written naked?

Who hasn’t? :)

Well on that interesting note I will just say thank you for joining me here today and I hope your book is a big success. Oh and if you readers want the chance to read more about the book or take a chance on winning a copy (or an Interlude Press $25 GC) then go read the previous post :D

Book Tour & Giveaway for Daniel & Erik’s Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist by K.E. Belledonne


Author Name: K.E. Belledonne
Book Name: Daniel & Erik’s Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist
Release Date: June 23, 2016

Blurb:
When Daniel gets caught up in the demands of a cheeky wedding planning app, his fiancĂ© Erik grows frustrated with his preoccupation with adhering to heterosexual traditions. Will Daniel’s groomzilla ways give them the wedding of their dreams, or ultimately lead to their relationship’s demise?

Pages or Words: 53,000 words, 188 pages
Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Humor, M/M Romance, Romance, Rom Com



Excerpt:
“I think Aurora is disappointed in me.”
“What?” Erik rubbed at his eye. It wasn’t even early morning, judging by the weak light coming through the blinds from the streetlights. “Who?”
“Aurora. The wedding planning app.” Daniel lay on his back, wide awake and staring up at the ceiling.
“The wedding planning app is not a sentient being. It has no feelings or opinions.”
“I feel like she's judging me. I’m sorry if I woke you up.”
“Oh my god, go to sleep.”
“I can't. I'm never going to sleep ever again.” Daniel tugged the blanket higher up his chest, folding his arms over it and exhaling heavily.
“You're being dramatic.”
“I've got too many things buzzing in my head. There's too many things I'm going to forget to do.”
“I thought that's why you had that damn app, so you don't have to remember anything; it's all right there saved on your tablet.”
“Yes, but I have to remember to put everything in it.″ Daniel rolled over. ″She doesn't just know everything—”
“A: She is not a she. It is an it. B: What are we doing tomorrow?”
“Oh my god, what is the point of sharing the app calendar if you're never going to look at it?” Daniel wailed.
“I look at it. It's just crammed so full of everything that I have no idea what's going on when.”
Daniel blew out his breath. ”Look, I know you don’t like the calendar. We’ve been over that, but I don’t know how else to keep track of all of these appointments and deadlines.”
“I told you, we could color-code them, or something,” Erik rolled to his side and punched at his pillow.
“Aurora doesn’t give you that option.”
“Well, it should.”
“I agree, but there’s nothing I can do about that.” Daniel bunched his pillow up under his head. “Tomorrow, we have four appointments to meet with caterers: two in the morning, two in the afternoon.”
“Why so many in one day?”
“It's the only day we both have available this week, and I am not going to make any decisions about the food at our reception without you there to discuss it.”
“Seriously, you could just make a choice, and I'll live with it.” Erik rolled over.
“I don't want you to just 'live with it,' Erik.″ Daniel tried to keep his voice neutral, but failed. ″This is our wedding. I don't want you to just 'live with it.’”
“Why are you getting so worked up about it?”
“We only get one chance at this. Everything needs to be perfect.”
“You're going to drive us both crazy, you know that, right?” Erik tugged the blankets back up over his shoulder.
“Well, then, we'll both be crazy.” Daniel squinted up at the ceiling. He was so tired of making these decisions. Why were there so many options? Why were there so many decisions? The planning was getting on Erik's nerves; he was getting on Erik's nerves. Erik was getting on his nerves. They were both just a pile of irritated nerves because the to-do list didn’t seem to be getting any smaller.
Daniel’s phone chimed with another notification from Aurora.
New Private Message from: MommyMargie.
His mother probably had another ludicrous suggestion for the reception, or a passive-aggressive reminder of the hymn that she and his father had had played at their wedding, that their grandparents had had played at their wedding and that she expected to hear at his wedding. Or maybe his parents had decided to paint the living room green. Who knew?



Buy the book: 

Meet the author:
K. E. Belledonne is a writer, editor and translator. A native New Englander, Kat spends her spare time listening to Glenn Miller records, reading history books and cheering on her beloved Red Sox. Her first novel, Right Here Waiting, was published by Interlude Press in 2015.

Where to find the Author:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/kebelledonne
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KEBelledonne
Pinterest: https://fr.pinterest.com/kebelledonne/
Blog: www.kebelledonne.com

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28764238-daniel-erik-s-super-fab-ultimate-wedding-checklist
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: C.B. Messer



Tour Dates & Stops:

23-Jun  
Prism Book Alliance, Unquietly Me, Book Lovers 4Ever, Man2ManTastic
Three Books Over The Rainbow, BFD Book Blog

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Reviewing Loving Djinni by Beryll Brackhaus & Osiris Brackhaus


Loving Djinni by Beryll Brackhaus & Osiris Brackhaus 4*


BLURB: Left to die in a sealed tomb, David, an educated and good-natured New York arts dealer and part-time forger, stumbles over a old oil lamp. But instead of producing a little light for David’s last hours, it conjures forth a veritable djinni.
An ancient, tempting, puckish djinni, who in David’s company prefers to show himself as an irresistibly handsome, fit and barely legal teenager. Quite literally an incarnation of trouble waiting to happen.
So what’s a modern man to do with his three wishes, when he can literally wish for anything except the one thing the truly desires - to mend his broken heart?

My Review: This was a delightful, romantic, and enjoyable story that was  quick and easy to read. I really liked both characters and the authors got their interaction very believable. I also like how the wishes were used and absolutely loved the ending. As I don't do spoilers I suggest you run and get this book as it will make you smile and give you warm glowy feelings.