Hi guys, we have Wayward Ink Press stopping by with some of it’s authors with their new anthology release Mix ‘n’ Match, we have a great excerpt and a fantastic giveaway, so take a peek at the book and click that giveaway link <3 ~Pixie~
Mix ‘n’ Match
Layla Dorine, Eddy Lefey, Eric Gober, Asta Idonea, Kevin Caucher, Alina Popescu, A. Lusch, Lily Velden, Kassandra Lea, Dale Cameron Lowry,
The heart wants what the heart wants.
Become little more than words in the dictionary when the heart sets its sights on its desire.
Join our authors as they explore interracial themes ranging from the challenges of loving someone from another culture to fighting for the right to love at all.
MIX ‘N’ MATCH
Celebrate diversity with us.
from Meschianza Meetings by Asta Idonea
Freed from the confines of the drawing room at last, he made a dash for the stairs, slipped into his bedchamber, and shut the door behind him. He leaned back against the wood for a moment until he had caught his breath. Then he crossed to his bed, sank down upon the mattress, and closed his eyes. Sounds from the party below floated up through the floorboards. The babble of myriad conversations. A stream of notes accompanied by the patter of dancing feet. And soaring above it all, the clear ring of Captain Andre’s laugh.
John Andre held no appeal for Ned. He liked the man, to be sure—he was one of the few with whom Ned felt comfortable conversing—but he looked upon Andre’s face with an artist’s eye, recognizing the beauty therein and yet feeling no personal draw to it. Andre was too delicate, too feminine to attract Ned. No, what set his blood pumping were a broad chest and muscular arms, a strong jaw and work-roughened hands. Someone who exuded power and masculinity. Someone like Isaac.
Ned had met Isaac the day he was billeted to the Colley household. In fact, Isaac had been the one to greet him upon arrival and show him to his room. From the first glimpse of that dark chocolate skin pulled taut over bulging biceps, Ned had been lost. Now, whenever he saw Isaac his mouth went dry and it took all his self-control to stop his body from shaking.
It was wrong on so many levels; the fact Isaac was a man being the least of them. In the army, most accepted that certain liaisons went on, and the majority turned a blind eye. So long as one didn’t flaunt it, a soldier could take his pleasure when the need arose. But occasional groping between lusty fusiliers was one thing; indulging in such practices with a slave, especially one from a respectable household, was quite another.
Sage never imagined a trip down south would lead to so many discoveries.
He also never expected to meet Eugene, who is as different from Sage as north from south.
Two young men from different backgrounds.
Can they find friendship and love while surrounded by those who consider their desires to be forbidden?
Through The Front Door
A front door could be many things:
Hope, fear, a fresh start, a cold expanse of nothingness.
What will Thomas Ng’s front door mean for Daniel Grimm?
When Miguel falls for Van, he gets caught in the crosshairs of an angry spirit.
A spirit who cursed Van’s family long ago.
Can Miguel and Van break the curse?
Or will their lives end in ruin?
Lieutenant Penton has two problems: dealing with society functions and hiding his passion for Isaac, a slave.
When invited to assist with preparations for the Meschianza, he sees it as a brief escape from both.
However, the night will prove to have more to offer than he ever would have dreamed possible.
A Hopeless Mirage
After hearing “no rice” enough times, Guy decided to swear off dating apps and men, only to find himself falling for his best friend’s boyfriend.
A Touch of Paradise
Hauled to work in Hawaii, Tudor has little time to enjoy the island paradise.
His obnoxious friend Radu has it much easier, using his free time to set Tudor up, dangling a willing Hawaiian beauty in front of him.
Having been burned by long-distance relationships before, Tudor stubbornly resists Kahoni’s advances.
But can Tudor be worn down enough to enjoy a touch of paradise?
A Surprising Service
It’s another frustrating chore in Nick’s day: getting the boiler serviced.
But when Prince walks through the door, it’s not just the heating that gets hot.
Sent by the Royal Flying Doctor Service to curb an outbreak of influenza in an Australian outback aboriginal community, Dr. Dan is ready for anything.
A half-caste aboriginal who feels he doesn’t belong…
Kiss of the South
The north and south have been divided by war. But love has other plans for Joseph Calder and Ephraim Pickett.
DALE CAMERON LOWRY
What if the man you thought you could never have was waiting for you all along?
About the authors
LAYLA DORINE lives among the sprawling prairies of Midwestern America, in a house with more cats than people. She loves hiking, fishing, swimming, martial arts, camping out, photography, cooking, and dabbling with several artistic mediums. In addition, she loves to travel and visit museums, historic, and haunted places.
Layla got hooked on writing as a child, starting with poetry and then branching out, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. Hard times, troubled times, the lives of her characters are never easy, but then what life is? The story is in the struggle, the journey, the triumphs and the falls. She writes about artists, musicians, loners, drifters, dreamers, hippies, bikers, truckers, hunters and all the other folks that she’s met and fallen in love with over the years. Sometimes she writes urban romance and sometimes its aliens crash landing near a roadside bar. When she isn’t writing, or wandering somewhere outdoors, she can often be found curled up with a good book and a kitty on her lap.
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Eddie LeFey started reading m/m romance fanfiction a few years ago. At one point, during a crucial point in the soap opera storyline of his favorite gay couple, the story went on hiatus. He needed a fix and decided to write his own version of what he wished would happen. Friends wanted to read it, so he plucked up his courage. Pressing the submission button was nerve-wracking, but he did it. People liked it. He wrote a few more.
Up until that point Eddy had tried his hand at writing many times. The delete button was his friend, as was starting over, and over, and over, but he could no longer do that if he wanted people to read his works.
A few of his writing friends decided to create original stories, and feeling brave, Eddy did the same. The stories were shared among a select few. They encouraged him to submit one of them. Low and behold, it is now being published.
Eddy lives in Canada with his husband Ken and his cat Oscar Wild. He is busy writing many more stories.
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Eric’s fiction often explores complications and entanglements in romance. His debut novel, Secrets of the Other Side, won three Reader Views literary awards, including Best Fiction Book of the Year. Describe by critics as “an emotional journey of love, loss, and self discovery” and “an incredible coming-of-age story,” the novel chronicles one gay youth’s quest for love and happiness during the tumultuous eighties and nineties.
His short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, including Encore, A Likely Story, Stranded, First Time for Everything, and Best Gay Romance 2014. He earned his MFA in creative writing from Wichita State University.
Eric grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada, and has lived in Arizona, Kansas, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Today he makes his home in Los Angeles, where he enjoys trail running, spending time with friends, and working on new short stories and his next novel.
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NICKI J. MARKUS was born in England in 1982, but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia with her husband. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.
Nicki launched her writing career in 2011. She published works through Wicked Nights Publishing and Silver Publishing before both companies closed their doors. She is now self-publishing some of her works, including the novella Time Keepers and the fantasy novel The Ragnarök Chronicles.
Nicki also writes M/M fiction under the alternate pen name of ASTA IDONEA and has had several short stories published by Wayward Ink Publishing. She is currently working on her first M/M novella.
Nicki works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys: music, theatre, cinema, photography, sketching, and cross stitch. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel.
Growing up in China, KEVIN CAUCHER never thought he’d grow up loving to write; never did he expect himself ending up in Australia either. He is now happily partnered in NSW Illawarra area and writing.
Kevin’s writing is mainly influenced by his growing up as a gay Chinese; he also sometimes pops out totally random stories that has nothing to do with his growing up.
Besides his passion for writing, Kevin has also opened a cafe in December 2015. “There, the cliché of authors writing in a cafe.”
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Writer, traveler, and coffee addict, ALINA POPESCU has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and she has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm. Born and raised in Romania, she finds her inspiration in books of all genres, in movies, and the occasional manga comic book. She is a proud geek who needs her fast Internet and gadgets more than she needs air.
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A. LUSCH lives in the Big Smoke of London, UK where he writes about the gay scene and enjoys copious cups of tea and plates – yes plates – of doughnuts.
His 52 First Dates series was inspired by true events, in fact, aside from a few name changes, almost everything happened at one time or another.
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Lily Velden lives on the east coast of Australia, her family having emigrated from Holland when she was a child.
She’s both a left and right brain person, holding qualifications in both Finance and Fine Arts. She tells her friends that her way with numbers will make her a profitable artist and writer… one day.
Lily has always had a love of language and a beautifully crafted sentence, and admits to having a fetish for collecting quotes, poems, and song lyrics. What she won’t admit to is how many notebooks she’s filled with those quotes… Her fascination carries on into her artworks where she often incorporates text. When a shoulder injury slowed down her art practice she decided to explore her love of the written word more fully and began writing. “I’ll paint my pictures with words.”
Not that she’s abandoned artmaking in its entirety—Lily collaborates on the designs for all her book covers.
There are many things Lily loves. Here are just a few of the PG rated ones: a good laugh (all the better if caused by a naughty joke), the smell of freshly baked goods and mown grass, a smile from a stranger, rainbows after the rain, and witnessing a promise kept.
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Born just outside the nation’s capital to a military family KASSANDRA LEA has been reading since she could hold a book. Growing up she wanted to be a horse or Batman, but then she discovered writing and realized she could be whatever she wanted if she lived vicariously through her characters. When not writing she can be found hanging out with her dog, driving flashy cars, pursuing her love of horses, and cheering on the Packers. She lives in southern Wisconsin in an old house with her mother, a gang of furry monsters, and a ghost lovingly dubbed Bob.
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Dale Cameron Lowry
DALE CAMERON LOWRY lives in the Great Lakes region of the United States with a partner and three cats, one of whom enjoys eating dish towels, quilts, and wool socks. It’s up to you to guess whether the fabric eater is one of the cats or the partner. When not busy mending items destroyed by the aforementioned fabric eater, Dale writes and edits things for a living, and for fun enjoys wasting time on Tumblr, listening to Mormon-related podcasts, studying anatomy and neurophysiology, getting annoyed at Duolingo, and reading fairy tales.
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One thought on “Mix 'N' Match Anthology Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway!”
I just purchased a copy–and I’m about to go on vacation, so perfect timing! As someone who CRAVES more diversity in M/M fiction, I’m so happy to have found this, and I look forward to enjoying it while basking in the Florida sunshine.
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