Saturday, May 12, 2012

Guest Post & Giveaway with H.A. Caine

Stick around! Not only will there be a giveaway at the end of the post here, but also information about how to enter to have a chance at winning something at the Grand Giveaway!

29 year old Adrian ran away from an imprisoning and abusive household at the age of 19. For years he ran, living on the streets and in shelters, taking crappy jobs to save a little money. Ten years of struggling and now he is a successful partner of a security company. Under the guise of running the security company, Adrian and his best friend and the people who work for them help others who live unfortunately. Like Adrian, not one of his employees have a nice past. They're all running from something, never letting their guards down and they don't want others to suffer as they have. But Adrian makes the mistake of falling in love with a young man when he's 27. For a while, he gets to experience what it's like to be a normal man. He never thought he could be happy, but Jaxon makes him the happiest man in the world. Only it can't last and Adrian is forced to leave or risk Jaxon's life. But his demons caught up with him long before he realized and now no ones safe. Can Adrian save Jaxon before it's too late? And can Jaxon forgive him for walking away?

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My Review 

This was a nice quick, short read that I really enjoyed. I wasn’t sure quite what to expect when I read the title and looked at the cover but I was pleasantly surprised once I started reading. Adrian has spent years running from an abusive past, it shaping his existence and when his past catches back up with him, it is time for Adrian to finally end it and save the only man he has ever loved from the clutches of a psycho.

The connection between Adrian and Jaxon was just wonderfully done and I was so happy that the author didn’t just end the read with Adrian rescuing Jaxon, but also continued on a bit so we could see their reunion and the progression of their relationship after all the trouble had past with Daniel. There is just something so special about m/m romance reads that I love and can’t get enough of. This isn’t overly graphic or over the top with steamy scenes so if you are interested in getting started in the m/m romance genre, this would be a good introductory piece. I’d give this three and a half stars bordering on four stars.

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Guest Post: H.A Caine 
Why I Write Gay Romance

I spend most of my days home writing, studying or reading. I'm young but unlike most people my age, I don't spend all day in the streets or hanging out. Since I was little, I've read books like it was going out of style. I still do, only difference is that now-a-days the majority of my books are located on my iPod and iPad.

Writing is something that came naturally for me. As a teenager, it was depressing poems that expressed how I felt. I don't mean "Die, the world hates me", kind of stuff. I just could never find anything happy that was worthwhile to write about. To me, it seemed like every time I took the time to look around, somebody or something was proving to me that the world wasn't all sunshine and rainbows. Sadly, this is the impression I'm left with of the world. As I grew out of middle school into highschool, I started writing stories. Believe it or not, I tried mainstream romance first. But it didn't click with me. I'm a bisexual woman, but oddly enough I just can't write a man and woman together romantically without falling into the world of Damsels in Distress and Alpha Males.

Like the majority of the population attracted to males, I find two men together to be hot. But that's Not why I write Gay Romance. When I was in school,(I'm just out) I'm proud to say that there was rarely any gay bashing happening in our school. Oh, sure, there was the usual jokes amongst the guys. But guess what? The Point Guard on our basketball team was bestfriends with the Gay male cheerleader. And my teachers? One was a married lesbian and another was my gay math teacher. We were never scared to be who we are in school. And that made me happy. But not everyone is as lucky as we were. It breaks my heart to hear about child suicide or escalating bullying. There's no point to it. It all leads to pain. And I can't stand that.

So I write Gay Romance. And in my stories, I'm always able to give them a happy ending.

Author Bio:

H. A. Caine lives in her hometown of Brooklyn, New York. She has hopes of becoming a great writer and one day opening her own bakery. She even has the name and layout already decided. Among other writing projects she's working on her very own first series, Boys in Love. The first book, Letting Go, will be available later this year. She enjoys reading and has a passion for writing. But more than anything, she loves hearing from her readers.


Now for the good stuff you have been waiting for! I have one eBook copy of "From Love & Pain" by H.A. Caine to give away to one lucky person! Just fill in the rafflecopter form (It might take a second for two for it to load)
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First Prize: A paperback copy of From Love and Pain, Author Swag( From Love and Pain coffee mug, notebook, banner, and a pen) and one ebook copy of all future books that I write. These will be given before or the day of releases.

Second Prize: A paperback copy of From Love and Pain and one ebook copy of any e-book reviewed on my site. (at the the top of the author's page there is a box that reads “Reviews”. All reviews have been copied and pasted there.)

Third Prize: A paperback copy of From Love and Pain.

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~Ley said...

The review sounds great. I can't wait to read this book!

Ashley E

Loveless3173 said...

Hm, Nice review.
Enjoyed reading the post! :)
You know, In my school there wasn't any over the top bullying and crazy segregation like there seems to be today.
It's like... in a matter of just 5 years schools and just everything went to hell. I have no words to describe how shocking it is that suddenly people are bullied and so alone that they feel the need to hurt themselves and commit suicide. It's just sad. So sad to see that the poison some parents/people have has indeed passed on to their kids and other families and neighbors... when they're supposed to be teaching them not to hate. It's an ugly world out there now, I can only hope it will get better (again) with time.


H. A. Caine said...

Yes, I've practically stopped watching the news. Every child in my life (cousins, neices etc...) I'm doing my best to teach them to accept others despite their differences.

Diana (@Offbeat Vagabond) said...

Great review and guest post guys. Your guest post Ms. Caine was very touching and beautiful. I wish more people thought like that, it is a struggle that is so unnecessary, but people feel the need to be crude against what they don't like. It is sad. I agree, I stop listening to the news when it comes to this and now with the President showing his support, I am sure we are going to get plenty of narrow-mindedness by the boat loads very soon :( Amazing post and giveaway guys, thank you so much, I can't wait to check this out :)

H. A. Caine said...

Thanks Diana, I'm very glad you enjoyed it. Its a personal aspect of a person's life so I never understand the hatred or what fuels it. There has already been backlash against the President. I know he has always supported gay rights but with the sudden declaration I can't help but think maybe this is a political stunt. Either way it should benifit the GLBTQ community, hopefully.
I hope you join us for the rest of the tour! :)

Angels Cove said...

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