Tuesday Taste: Book 1 Blood-Hound Series


Book 1: Blood-Hound Series

Book 1: Blood-Hound Series

Bounty hunter Matthew Blood is a Bloodhound shifter, so tracking things comes naturally to him. But when one of his skips gets blasted out of a fourth floor window, Matt goes after the only other person in the vicinity, and gets fairy-smacked himself.

Rum leaves the safety of the mound to bust a fairy dust ring and rescue some captured fairies. In the process, he quickly finds himself the target of the sexy bounty hunter tracking one of the dealers. Trapped and being pursued on multiple fronts, Rum asks Blood for help.

Blood is happy to lend a hand, but he soon discovers fairy dust isn’t the only addictive thing about a fairy.

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4.5 Nymphs from Literary Nymphs Reviews:Declan Sands has created an exciting, as well as very enjoyable romantic suspense. I am looking forward to the next episode.”

4.5 Stars and a Sizzling rating at SensualReads.com:Mystery and humor, passion and heat all combine to make Blood Hound 1: Dusted by talented Declan Sands a captivating read that leaves us all panting for more.

4 stars from Manic Readers: “What do you get when you mix an off planet shifter, a sexy fairy and a dead drug dealer…fairy-smacked! A fun, sexy, well-written novella and I for one can’t wait to see where this series goes next.”

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“I’ll help you if I can. But I’m not promising anything until I hear what you’re mixed up in.”

Rum stared at him for a few beats and then nodded. “I guess that’s fair. But first, tell me… Why were you chasing that man who fell out of my window?” He lifted an eyebrow. “I remembered where I’ve seen you before.”

Shrugging, Matt said, “I told you, I’m a bounty hunter. He skipped out on his bail. I was gonna bring him back to jail.”

“So you’re not a cop?”

“No. Why? Don’t you trust cops?”

“Let’s just say I have some secrets of my own that might earn me a snug-fitting white jacket with wraparound sleeves.”

Matt lifted an eyebrow. “You mean like turning into a giant bloodhound?”

Rum nibbled enticingly on his bottom lip. Matt’s gaze was drawn to that lip, the taste of it still bright in his mind. Though many other things from the previous night were a bit fuzzy. “Okay, you have a point. So I guess I can trust you.” Rum turned and scooted backward, leaning against the headboard and crossing his long legs alongside Matt’s. “How much did you know about the guy you were hunting?”

“I knew he was a drug dealer. I have since figured out he must be trafficking in fairy dust. True?”

“Yes, that’s true. But he wasn’t working alone. What the cops don’t know — in fact, what they refuse to accept — is that there’s a ring of dealers operating in this area.”

“A ring? How big is it?”

“I’m not sure. Big enough to terrorize every fairy within a hundred-mile radius.” Rum fixed his gorgeous blue eyes on Matt. “The fae are in deep crisis mode. The mound is overflowing. Every fairy in a three-state area has fled there and gone into hiding.”

“Except for you.”

Rum sighed. “There was something I needed to do.”

“The bag?”

Rum’s gaze lifted. “Yeah, that’s part of it.”

“What was in the bag, Rum? Was it dust?”

“No. Worse.” He bit his lip again and Matt got distracted, almost missing what he said next. “Wings.” His eyes filled with tears. “They’ve stolen the wings of dozens of fairies. It’s how they keep them prisoner and make them create the dust. Without our wings, we’re trapped in our human forms with only the most basic powers.”

“That’s pretty nasty.”

“Yeah, about as nasty as bombing the house with me in it. If you hadn’t been there, I would have probably been killed in the explosion, and all the wings I retrieved would have been lost.”

“I’m glad I could help.” Though he hadn’t heard a “Thank You” at the end of Rum’s statement. “Where are they now? The wings?”

“In a safe place until I can finish this.”

Matt frowned. “Finish what?”

“I’m going to find the rest of the members of this ring and free the fairies they’ve fairy-napped. But I need your help to do it.”

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Monday Musings – Author Santa


Some authors like to give stuff away and some don’t. I personally know one author who refuses to give away copies of her books and just gives bookmarks and trading cards away at conferences. No bling for her. She’s not alone. Promotional items cost money, giving away books takes sales out of an author’s pocket. But what about the old business adage, you have to spend money to make it? Does it apply to creative businesses as much as traditional ones? I think it does.

Nobody can chart a direct affect from a promotional item to a book sale. It isn’t possible to identify a monetary result, because it’s not a direct transaction. It really isn’t even monetary. It’s emotional.

People love getting free stuff. They especially love getting clever and useful free stuff. And when they get something they really like they generally remember the person who gave it to them. That’s why I love fun promotional items. When I start researching a new item to take to conferences or give out to new fans in their goodie boxes, my first goal is to find something nobody else has thought of.  I rarely give out bookmarks anymore. I have boxes and boxes of them in my closet as proof! When I give away a print book I include a Romance Trading Card because those are collectors’ items and they’re more fun. For my Sam Cheever alias, I load heart-shaped memory sticks with free reads, book trailers, and first chapters and give those away. They’re useful, they bear my website and tagline on their shiny red surface, and they contain lots of fun reading and viewing that will hopefully inspire someone to buy one of my books. It’s a win-win! For my fun and sexy Hoale Construction Mystery series I found a tiny tool kit with four screwdrivers and  a tape measure. Again, useful, and bearing my website and tagline in case someone decides he/she needs a great book to read while repairing their computer with the toolset. #:0)

I have knit caps with my website on them, book lights with twisty stems, mouse pad planners that double as notepads, and lots of other fun stuff. Call me author Santa. Yeah, the stuff costs and I have no way of knowing if I’ll recoup my investment in book sales. But when people receive a goodie box or promo item from me they remember it and hopefully they’ll remember me. In fact, people often come up to me at conferences and exclaim, “Oh, you’re the one with the great promo stuff!”

I just grin and offer them something else from my red velvet bag. ‘Cause I’m selling fun and smiles…hopefully I’ll even sell some books!

Happy Reading Everybody!

Next Big Thing Blog Hop


Welcome to the NEXT BIG THING Blog Hop.

What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s a way for readers to discover authors who are new to them. I hope you’ll find new-to-you authors whose works you enjoy. On this stop on the blog hop, you’ll find a bit of information on me and one of my books and links to five other authors you can explore!

Book 3: Hoale Construction Mysteries

Book 3: Hoale Construction Mysteries

Bringing Bobby’s Gym into the twenty-first century should have been fun. But the dead guy draped over the weight machine definitely took the joy out of it!

The Hoale Construction gang has taken on the task of bringing Bobby’s gym into the twenty-first century. But the dead guy hanging from the new lat machine is putting a serious crimp in their timeline. When Bobby becomes the number one suspect for the murder, Adam and the gang are forced to try and clear him. But who is the guy? And was Bobby really the last one to see him alive? Questions only seem to multiply the deeper they dig. Until they uncover a connection with a group of thugs who call themselves the Indiana Mobsters. Things just continue to spiral downward from there.

Links to other books in the series:
A Hoale Lot of Trouble
Hoaley Ill-Manored 

My gratitude to fellow author, Sam Cheever, for inviting me to participate in this event. You can click the following links to learn more about Sam and her books:

Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Blog

In this blog hop, my fellow authors and I, in our respective blogs, have answered ten questions about our current book or work-in-progress (giving you a sneak peek). We’ve also included some behind-the-scenes information about how and why we write what we write–the characters, inspirations, plotting and other choices we make. I hope you enjoy it!

Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions. Here is my Next Big Thing!

1: What is the working title of your book?

The title is Hoaley Inexplicable, based on the main character whose name is Adam Hoale.

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

I LOVE M/M Romantic Suspense/Mystery. So when I was looking to do a series in this genre I came up with the idea of doing it around a gay construction company owner who rehabs and flips houses/businesses for a living. His crew is mostly gay, which makes the storylines even more fun as they maneuver through the challenges of just being them as well as the challenge of solving mysteries and staying safe.

3: What genre does your book come under?

The books are M/M and fall into the area of cozy mysteries with sex. #:0) They could also be considered romantic suspense because there’s a lot of action in them to keep my characters on their toes.

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Jason Bateman, who I think is adorable, would be great as Adam. I’d like to see Josh Duhamel play the role of Dirk.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Bringing Bobby’s Gym into the twenty-first century should have been fun. But the dead guy draped over the weight machine definitely took the joy out of it!

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

I actually published this series under my own imprint, Electric Prose Publications.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

The Hoale Mysteries are all right around 50k so they take me about six weeks to write and polish.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

One of my favorite authors in this genre is Josh Lanyon. I would compare the books in this series to Josh’s Adrien English books. I think Josh and I have similar writing styles and, like the Adrien English series, this series is based on an often funny and sometimes heartbreaking relationship between the main character, Adam, who is confident in his homosexuality, and his on again/off again relationship with a sexy man who isn’t always so confident.

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Some really great romantic suspense books in the M/M genre inspired me to try my hand at a series of my own. As I mentioned above I read a lot of Josh Lanyon’s books in the same genre. I also love L.B. Gregg’s books in this genre.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Like the first two books in the series, Hoaley Inexplicable is rife with fun and quirky secondary characters to make the plight of the two main characters even more interesting. The straight man in the group is Detective Craig Clandestine (CC), a strictly by the book cop who just can’t wrap his mind around Adam’s unique way of doing things. Adam’s business partner, Maddy is a lesbian and a firecracker, who keeps Adam and the boys in line as best she can. The flamboyant Mink is a realtor with a large presence and a big heart. And then there’s Walter…Adam’s ungainly and phobia-riddled pooch… Walter can’t poop if anybody’s watching, has to sit in one spot, facing in one direction when riding in the car, and has a very large nose for trouble of the killer or rodent variety. Working together they make a pretty impressive (and entertaining) team!

The wonderful Mychael Black will be joining me virtually, via blog, next Wednesday. Please be sure to bookmark Mychael’s site, and add it to your calendars for updates on Mychael’s upcoming books! Happy Writing and Reading!

Mychael Black: http://www.mychaelblackbooks.com/

Monday Musings – Are Heroes Different in Fiction?


Book 1: City of Lights Series

Book 1: City of Lights Series

People who read romance love a strong, alpha male hero. When there are two heroes in a story it’s double the testosterone and double the fun. But does this reflect real life?

We seem to function under an emotive force today, rather than a value driven one. Emotions rule the day. If you need proof, listen to how our media and political figures speak to people when they’re trying to get them to do something. They use emotional arguments, with implied accusations of  heartlessness if you don’t do whatever they want you to do. Look at how male dominated worlds such as football are being feminized, with pink shoes and gloves and color commentators who use emotion rather than facts to push an agenda where safety is better than competitiveness. On the other end of the perspective, see how masculine men are treated in the media. They’re scoffed at and treated like Neanderthals with more brawn than brains.

It’s a crime.

Masculine strength, emotionally as well as physically, is an endangered trait. Today’s real-life “hero” sheds a tear and speaks about his feelings. He’d rather eat worms than do or say anything that might get him criticized. Yesterday’s heroes functioned far differently. They did hard things because of duty, because they functioned under a set of values that compelled them to do the right thing regardless of any backlash it might cause them. They got dirty and sweated and dressed in rugged clothing rather than tidy suits and perfectly pressed khakis.

I miss these old time heroes. I’d like to see the strong male return to real life as he lives in fiction. Given the fact that the romance genre lives or dies on the trait, I’d say I’m not alone in that sentiment.

Tuesday Taste – A Hoale Lot of Trouble – M/M Romantic Suspense


Book 1: Hoale Construction Mysteries

Book 1: Hoale Construction Mysteries

Just for fun, here’s a little taste of A Hoale Lot of Trouble, Book 1 in my fun and sexy Romantic Suspense series. I hope you enjoy Adam and the gang!

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Sexy gay construction company owner, Adam Hoale, sometimes gets more than he bargained for when he flips a house!

Adam Hoale owns a construction company called, predictably, Hoale Construction. When he finds an eye opening surprise in the walls of a house he’s flipping, and a libido flaring surprise standing on the lawn, he’s willing to do the right thing with the surprise in the wall while entertaining dirty thoughts about the surprise on the lawn.

But as the world finds out what he discovered, and his new boy toy seems to be keeping too many secrets to make a relationship a reality, Adam soon realizes he may just get flipped himself if he’s not careful.

5 Stars from The Romance Studio:  “This is a very good story from beginning to end and I thoroughly enjoyed the read. The author has written this one so well I could have sworn I was part of the story as the characters felt like old friends. They are well drawn in a clever, solid plot that is very inviting. The romantic aspect is charming and realistically written with some mysterious elements also. I really loved this book. The author took a simple theme and made it into something grand. A Hoale Lot of Trouble is the first in a new mystery series. I can’t wait to read what’s coming next.”

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By the time Adam finally got home that night, Walter was sitting cross legged in front of the door and almost ran him over trying to get to the grass to pee. Exhausted, with his mind roiling under the load of worries and problems, Adam just wanted to grab a beer and a hot shower, and hit the sheets.

The beer was easy enough. But as he tipped it and took the first, big swallow of the icy brew, Walter started barking. Walter only barked at people. Mostly people who were in places they shouldn’t be.

Adam hurried to his office and quickly unlocked the bottom drawer of his desk, pulling out his 38 special. He checked the chamber as he moved quickly to the front door of the office, but by the time he pulled the door open, Walter had stopped barking.

He flung the door open, holding the 38 down by his side, and gasped.

“Hey!”

Dirk stood with one foot on the threshold and one hand resting against the brick of the building’s exterior. He was dressed in fashionably tattered jeans and an oversized Colts sweatshirt. His big feet were covered in loafers, a golden line of skin showing below the hem told Adam he was sans socks.

Dirk had always hated footwear. He liked to tell Adam he had hot feet. Adam completely agreed, in a non foot-fetish kind of way. Everything about Dirk was hot.

“How’d you find me?”

“I went to your old place first and found out you’d sold it.” Dirk lifted an eyebrow in question but didn’t ask. “I thought I’d just give the office a shot.”

“Yeah. It was stupid to pay rent on two places.” Adam placed the gun on a small table by the door and peered around the frame. “Where’s Walter?”

“Pooping on the plumber’s lawn.”

Adam grinned, giving Dirk a high five. He hated the plumber who owned the business next door.

“So…what did you do with the woman who’s named after a popular, upscale department store?”

Dirk frowned for a moment, then grinned as he realized Adam was referring to Macy, his date from earlier in the evening. “She’s at home, I think. Her home. Though I’m pretty sure she was making plans to go clubbing with friends.”

“Ah. So she knew she was just ‘Distract-o-Date’?”

Dirk laughed easily, leaning against the doorframe and crossing his arms over his chest. “Macy’s an old friend. She and I have never dated romantically.”

As if romance was really even an option for Dirk when it came to the boob and clitoris set.

“Ah.” Adam peered around the door again. “What’s taking Walter so long?”

“I think he’s harassing a squirrel.”

“Walter!” A moment later the big dog loped over, slavered a long, tender lick up the denim covering Dirk’s well muscled thigh, and slipped past Adam. The ruffled arch of his long tail slammed against the door frame as he passed.

An awkward moment ensued, during which Adam tried really hard to think of a way to just close the door and not invite Dirk inside.

“Can I come inside?”

Adam caught Dirk’s gaze and held it, terror thumping against his ribs. He knew only too well what would happen if he let Dirk in. “Um. I…ah…I was just going to take a shower…” Oh good lord!

Dirk’s expression brightened. “Perfect. I’m feeling a little dirty myself.” He took a step closer, trying to push Adam backward into the room.

Buy the book: http://www.amazon.com/Hoale-Trouble-Construction-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B007ZDDK9S

Book 2: Hoale Construction Mysteries

Book 2: Hoale Construction Mysteries

 

 

A 200 year old manor house, a questionable death, and a cache of stolen jewelry. Who will kill to keep their secrets?

The gang flips a 200 year old manor house in the beautiful, rolling hills of Brown County, Indiana. Unfortunately the house is the site of a suicide, the result of a broken romance, and is rumored to be haunted. Adam and Maddy get caught up in the story of the young couple who were torn apart by family, local events, and something sinister that still seems to be stalking the house. It might not be a ghost, but whatever it is, it has the potential to be deadly.