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Guest Post from Kaje Harper – Helping LGBT Chechens #chechenrainbow

You may have heard the news coming out of Chechnya, part of the Russian Federation, where police are kidnapping gay men (and those they perceive to be gay) and taking them to camps for torture. Several state-sanctioned murders have also been reported.

Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens is raising money for organizations working directly with gay men and other persecuted LGBT people in Chechnya and the northern Caucasus.  We do this through direct donations, donating royalties to these charitable organizations, and an online auction that runs through Saturday, May 13, at 12 noon CDT (6 pm BST and 3 am Sunday morning AEST).

MM romance and YA author Kaje Harper has donated a complete ebook set of her Hidden Wolves paranormal romance series to the auction. Here, she talks about why she got involved:

Why I Got Involved in Helping LGBT Chechens

This feels like the year of injustice. Not that the world hasn’t always been a place where people suffered unjustly for who they are and who they love. But now, more than ever, those who represent me on the national and international stage are betraying their responsibility to speak up for rights, for compassion, for human worth and dignity.

This is also the year of the individual. So many of us, in a thousand venues, lifting our individual voices, volunteering, contributing, protesting, speaking up, trying to fill the needs that the wealthy and powerful are abandoning.

LGBTQ Chechens are not the only folk on the rainbow spectrum in grave danger if they’re discovered, but in some ways they represent the darkest of our current fears. These men have been taken, put in camps, disowned by their own families, abused, tortured killed, for being gay.

With a few exceptions (Bless you, Angela Merkel) our governments have remained silent. The leader of Chechnya has stated there are no gay men in the whole region to deserve rights, and the loud response of logic, of compassion, of protest — a hundred nations who should be speaking out with the clear understanding, shouting that hate does not erase 5% of the population… echoes only in our heads. That lovely sentiment of “never again” is shown to be only paper words to our leaders.

We can’t save them all privately. Donations can’t move 5% of the population of a region to safety, nor even the much smaller fraction who might come out and request it. But every person we can move is one fewer lost to hate. Every voice that is raised increases the chance that we might shame others with more power to speak up internationally. The worst crime is when this kind of human rights abuse happens in silence, and the most painful is to know we could have saved lives but turned our backs.

So why participate in Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens? Because I can. Because it gives me one more chance, beyond all the other things I do, to make a difference. Because it is a rainbow splash of hope, in a dark year that needs it. Because even one man spared torture and death would still be worth it.

And last, perhaps least, but worth remembering – if we do not speak up now, whose voices will be raised when they come for us?

I have two LGBTQ kids, and I would pray that if we lived in Chechnya, and some other author lived here, that author would be trying in ways simple and creative, to fight the evil of violent bigotry, whether it impacted them or not.

We are one world, and none of us are a solitary, untouched island within it. We live and die, together.

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Get Involved

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Authors, Publishers and Artists

If you’re an author or artist who would like help out, please sign up at Authors & Publishers for LGBT Chechens. There, you can also find answers to frequently asked questions about royalty donations, the charitable organizations that are helping LGBT Chechens, and more.

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Kaje Harper is an M/M romance author, writes a little YA, and moderates a YA LGBT Books group on Goodreads.

New Release: Nuts About You #romance #anthology #charity

Hi folks,

I’m delighted to announce that the amazing Nuts About You anthology, which is raising money for two cancer charities, is available now!

Here’s what it’s all about:

The Nuts About You charity anthology has stories from 18 different authors and it’s filled with 15 BRAND NEW romance stories written from a male POV all wrapped up in one amazing anthology!

There is something for everyone in this romance anthology, including comedy, contemporary, MC, M/M, erotica, BDSM and more.

It’s not for the faint hearted.

All profit will benefit The Male Cancer Awareness Campaign and Worldwide Cancer Research.

** Warning **

This content is for mature audiences only.

Please don’t not read if explicit language, violence, sexual situations including anything kinky or taboo offend you.

•Accidentally on Purpose by S.E. Hall & Ashley Suzanne
•Ashes to Ashes by Tess Oliver
•Without Question by Lucy Felthouse
•Nutt Cracker by Skye Turner
•Since I Now Have You by S M Phillips
•There’s No Place Like Home by Jade C. Jamison
•Love Letters by Jamie Lake
•Love Thy Neighbour by J. A Melville
•Right Here Waiting by T.a. McKay
•A pets Reward by Don Abdul
•Taco Tuesday by Xavier Neal
•Corban by Esther E. Schmidt
•First Ink by Amy L. Gale
•My Wicked Stepsister by T.S. Irons
•Catching Mallory by Xana Jordan
•The Ball In My Court by T.H. Snyder
•A Beautiful Heart by Michelle Rene

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your copy from one of the following places, and please do tell all your friends about this amazing collection, which is for such a good cause!

Amazon (universal link)
Barnes & Noble
Kobo

And don’t forget to add it to your Goodreads shelves: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34409833

Happy Reading!

Lucy x

Divided We Fall by Lisabet Sarai (@lisabetsarai)

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Linh’s three year old brother has wandered out of Viet Village into Niggertown. Despite the danger, she has no choice but to go looking for him in hostile territory. She manages to convince the rifle-toting guard at the entrance to the black ghetto to help her search, using a mixture of bribery and bravado. As they comb the desolate streets of Niggertown, seeking any trace of Duy, Linh discovers that the barrio’s inhabitants aren’t necessarily the violent, drug-addled brutes she’s been taught to hate, and by the time Linh and Steel have rescued the injured toddler and spent a long night hiding in a derelict building, she has come to understand who are their real enemies.

Buy Links

Amazon  US –  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N163BNU/

Amazon UK –   https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N163BNU/

Smashwords –  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/699997

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34053587-divided-we-fall

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Excerpt

It feels natural to move from eating to kissing. Giggling like kids, we lick the jerky grease from each other’s lips. His are full and plump, softer than Hai’s, but his stubble scratches my cheeks in a way no Viet man’s ever would. I seal his mouth with mine, tasting the sweet-tart remnants of his tomatoes. He threads his fingers through my hair, tugging at the roots while he consumes me. Each strand is a fuse, lighting firecrackers in my pussy.

I open to his probing tongue and give him control, at least for a while. Steel plunges deeper, thrusting hard, fucking me already though we’re still dressed. The thought arouses me so much I take back the initiative. Wrapping my arms around his neck, I use my weight to push him back onto the piled bedding. My lips slide away from his. I lap at his prickly chin, nibble along his jawline, plant tiny kisses at the pulse point of his throat. Gradually I work my way down his hairless, sticky chest, tasting tomato juice and sweat. When I run my tongue along the scar, he groans and grabs my ass, arching up to grind his swollen bulk against my clit. That makes me moan, at least until he flips me over and silences me with more kisses.

Hands in the darkness—my hands, his hands—fumble with zippers, claw at waistbands, shred the fabric we can’t push out of the way.  Finally, there’s skin and heat and hardness, his cock an apt fit to his name, sliding into my liquid center. He moves like a vast wave, surging, cresting, breaking inside me, then gathering power once again. I rock on the swell of his relentless, delicious rhythm. Sometimes I drift, letting the pleasure sweep me out to sea. Sometimes I fight, gasping for breath, drowning in raw sensation.

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About Lisabet

Lisabet Sarai became addicted to words at an early age. She began reading when she was four. She wrote her first story at five years old and her first poem at seven. Since then, she has written plays, tutorials, scholarly articles, marketing brochures, software specifications, self-help books, press releases, a five-hundred page dissertation, and lots of erotica and erotic romance – nearly one hundred titles, and counting, in nearly every sub-genre—paranormal, scifi, ménage, BDSM, GLBT, and more. Regardless of the genre, every one of her stories illustrates her motto: Imagination is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

You’ll find information and excerpts from all Lisabet’s books on her website (http://www.lisabetsarai.com/books.html), along with more than fifty free stories and lots more. At her blog Beyond Romance (http://lisabetsarai.blogspot.com), she shares her philosophy and her news and hosts lots of other great authors. She’s also on Goodreads and finally, on Twitter.

Cover Reveal and Announcement!

I’m excited to announce that I will joining an amazing bunch of authors for a Testicular Cancer anthology, releasing on 1st April. This limited edition anthology will only be available for 60 days.

Cover design by Book Covers by Bink

For more info, exclusive news and teasers join the Nuts About You – Release Party & Charity Auction ​- https://www.facebook.com/groups/1152384841515495/

Nuts About You has stories from 20 different authors and it’s filled with over 15 BRAND NEW and exclusive romance stories written from a male POV all wrapped up in one amazing anthology!

There is something for everyone in this romance anthology, including comedy, contemporary, MC, M/M, erotic, BDSM and more. It’s not for the faint hearted.

Tess Oliver

S.E. Hall

Ashley Suzanne

Lucy Felthouse

Skye Turner

S M Phillips

Jade C. Jamison

Jamie Lake

J A Melville

T.a. McKay

Don Abdul

Xavier Neal

Esther E. Schmidt

Amy L. Gale

T.S. Irons

Amanda Lanclos

Xana Jordan

J.M Witt

T.H. Snyder

Michelle Rene

All the profit from this anthology will be split between two charities –

Worldwide Cancer Research

https://www.facebook.com/worldwidecancerresearch

The Male Cancer Awareness Campaign

https://www.facebook.com/MaleCancerAwareness

If anyone would like to donate to auction, here’s the form –  https://goo.gl/forms/7nE6PsD7VtczXa0J3

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The 250th Sunday Snog in Aid of FPA

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Hi everyone,

It’s been a while since I’ve joined in with a Sunday Snog, but since this one is for charity, I couldn’t resist. This event is raising funds for FPA, the sexual charity. So, as well as enjoying all the luscious snogs and entering the fab giveaways, please do consider heading to the JustGiving page and making a donation, which will go directly to FPA. Thank you!

So, without further ado, here’s my snog. I’m sharing a snippet from The Persecution of the Wolves – I thought a paranormal would be most fitting this week 😉 Beware, though, it’s a very hot snog…

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When he returned to where he’d left Nathaniel, the other man hadn’t moved from his position on the sofa. He still sat there, his cock softening and a silly grin on his face. “Hey,” he said huskily, seeming to struggle, as though he hadn’t quite regained the ability to speak.

“Hey,” Isaac said, plopping down next to him. “That better?”

“Ooh, yes. But I can make it better still.”

“You can?” Isaac suspected he knew what was coming next, but it was more fun to pretend he didn’t.

“Yep. Come here.” Nathaniel snaked out a hand and gripped the back of Isaac’s neck, pulling him in for a heat-filled, passionate kiss. Their need for each other made them clumsy. Their teeth clashed together, but neither man cared. They continued to kiss hungrily, their tongues dueling for dominance, fighting then dancing together in an erotic movement that had them both gasping for air within seconds. Moving away to drag in precious lungfuls, they gazed at each other before diving back into their kiss.

Isaac cupped Nathaniel’s stubble-covered cheeks and pulled him in harder still, until their lips were pressed so bruisingly together they’d be showing signs for a long time afterward. God, he wanted him. Needed him. At this stage, being sucked off and exploding down Nathaniel’s throat would do, but what he really wanted was to be buried deep inside his arse, fucking him until they both screamed their climaxes.

Kissing the other man until his jaw ached, Isaac pulled away and ran a hand through his hair, enjoying the hungry look on Nathaniel’s face, not to mention the glimpse of his cock, which was hard again despite his recent orgasm.

“Fuck, Nath, I want you.”

Nathaniel grinned, his green eyes glinting and his dimples deepening, threatening to send Isaac into a meltdown. “How do you want me, gorgeous?”

“On your back on the bed. I want to see your face as I fuck you.”

“Fair enough. Race you.” He quickly kicked his trousers and boxers off from around his ankles and scurried, bare-arsed but still wearing his fleece and T-shirt, into the bedroom. Smiling, Isaac jogged after him.

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Grab a copy of the book here: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/the-persecution-of-the-wolves/

Add it to your Goodreads shelves: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31905266-the-persecution-of-the-wolves

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Now be sure and enter the giveaway, then head back to the Sunday Snog post and see who else is taking part:

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Love Is Love Anthology – For the Victims and Survivors of the Orlando Pulse Attack

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A collection of poems composed by over fifty authors in aid of the victims and survivors of the Orlando Pulse Attack.

On June 12, 2016, the most horrendous mass shooting in US history and an unfathomable act of hate was directed at the LGBT community in Orlando. The horror of this tragedy reverberated around the world, leaving millions shocked and appalled at the senseless violence that destroyed so many innocent lives.

In a display of solidarity with the victims and survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting, a group of LGBTQ+ and straight allies, from all across the globe, came together to produce a collection of poems in celebration of love and acceptance.

The resulting Love is Love Poetry Anthology is dedicated to the families and victims of the shooting and all proceeds of this work will be donated to Equality Florida’s Pulse Victims Fund.

In this small way, the authors, along with the readers who purchase this work, seek to contribute to the lives of those who still suffer from the consequences of the malice directed toward them, and offer some positivity and compassion in the face of such bigotry.

love_is_love_poetry_anthology_lily_g_bluntContributing Authors:

AC Benus, Aditus, Andrew Jericho, Ann Anderson, Ash Marie, Asta Idonea, Betti Gefecht, Cam Kennedy, Cynus Eldranai, Darren White, dughlas, Eddy LeFey, Eden Winters, EmiGS Em, F.E. Feeley Jr., Gelybi , Headstall, Jack L. Pyke, Jana Denardo, Jason Frazier, Jay Rookwood, J.L. Merrow, Karina Rye, Kathy Griffith, Kay Ellis, Kaye P. Hallows, Kit Loffstadt, Laura B. Damone, Layla Dorine, Lily G. Blunt, L.J. Harris, L.M. Somerton, Louis Stevens, L.S.K Harris, L.V. Lloyd, Lynn Michaels, Maggie Chatterton, Maria Siopis, Monika De Giorgi, Parker Owens, Patricia Nelson, Pelaam, Petra Howard, Ravyn Bryce, Rick R. Reed, Ruski, Valik and Addy, S.J. Davis, Skylar M. Cates, Star Brady, Steve Baldry, Susan Crane, Tamara Miles, Tash Hatzipetrou, Tim Landon, Tracy Gee, Vicki Tubridy, Victoria Kinnaird, and Wendy Rathbone.

BUY LINKS

ebook

Amazon.com | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AUS | Smashwords | ARe | PayHip

Paperback

Amazon.com | Amazon UK |  CreateSpace

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Sincere thanks go to everyone who contributed their time, energy, and skills in the making of this beautiful anthology.

Special thanks also go to Jay Aheer (Simply Defined Art) for the fabulous cover art, Kelly O’Brien for the ‘Love Wins’ artwork, and Petra Howard and Tash Hatzipetrou for proofreading the final document.

Mid Week Tease: Just enough to set off a dull ache low in Gina’s belly. #MWTease

MWTease15Hi everyone,

Welcome back to Mid Week Tease! Sorry I missed last week, I’ve got some real life stuff going on and things are crazy around here. Anyway, this week, I’m following on from last time with another snippet from In the Frame, which appears in the charity anthology, An Intimate Education. All proceeds from this book go to Brook – a UK charity which provides support and advice on sex education and wellbeing to youngsters.

An Intimate Education“Hi everyone, I’m Chris, your course leader. We’ll be working together the next few weeks to improve your photography skills.”

His voice was deep and gravelly, but not ridiculously so. Just enough to set off a dull ache low in Gina’s belly.

Come on, Gina, get a fucking grip! You’re not a thirteen year old schoolgirl with a crush on the teacher. You’re thirty two years old, a grown woman with plenty of experience under your belt. A mere mortal man shouldn’t be affecting you this way.

Except he was, and unless she pulled herself together, she was going to make a complete twat of herself. She busied herself with getting her camera out of her bag. Glancing around the room, she saw that there was as much variety to the cameras as there was to the students. It was part of the reason she’d signed up for the course, which had promised to improve photography skills, even if one was only using a camera on a mobile phone. It wasn’t about having huge SLRs with lenses longer than her leg, or all the latest gadgets—it was about going back to basics. Which was to be expected, for a beginner’s course.

You can grab your copy of An Intimate Education here: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/an-intimate-education/

And add it to your Goodreads shelves here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25080122-an-intimate-education

Don’t forget to check out all the other blogs taking part!