GIVEAWAY CONTEST

Hey all! I’m so thrilled with the release of Rim Shot and all the great reviews, that I wanted to celebrate  with a giveaway contest. The winners will be get any e-book from my backlist.  If you are interested, here is how you automatically enter:

  1. Add Rim Shot to your Amazon or Goodreads shelf
  2. If you belong to Book Bub, please follow me there

Doing either 1 or 2, will automatically qualify you in my giveaway. You must do it by October 3! Just send me a pm with it. There will be two winners!

 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075MCZ8Z1/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Send me what you did in a PM here or on my FB, and I will use random.org to select a winner after October 3. Good luck!

Thanks so much to all who enter!

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Rim Shot releases 9/29/17

 

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Here are some of my upcoming blog stops:

September 27 – Alpha Book Reviews

September 28 – Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

September 28 – The Novel Approach

 

September 28     Like M/M Books– Facebook chat

 

September 29 – My Fiction Nook

 

October 2 – Gay Book Reviews

 

October 3 – Kimmers’ Erotic Book Banter

 

October 4 – Divine Magazine

 

October 5 – Love Bytes 

October 7 – Boy Meets Boy

 

 

 

 

THE BLOG: WHERE I FACED HURRICANE IRMA….No Time To Write!

THE ONE WHERE I EVACUATED FROM A HURRICANE….

 

I was supposed to blog about my book that is out at the end of the month, but I was running away from a hurricane.

Good excuse, right? Better than the dog ate my homework. Just when I was beginning to gather blog ideas for Rim Shot, Hurricane Irma loomed large out in the Caribbean.

Rim Shot is a NA, college roommate romance with lots of action and a scandal. I was excited to blog all about it….Only my mind is mush this week. All I can reflect on is my real life adventure.

So forgive me if this blog is not about the book.

I am proud of Rim Shot. I hope you might give it a chance and spread the word of its release soon.

But hurricanes suck my brain cells!

Though the hurricane has vanished by the time you all read this, I wanted to go through the steps of running and returning from Irma.

My husband and I have stayed through roughly 5 hurricanes together. We have never evacuated; hurricanes are part of South Florida living (I even wrote a hurricane into Close for You that mirrored our normal experience).

But Irma was different. If it had not turned, it was likely to be a Cat 5 dead center at us. My husband has been here through Hurricane Andrew. He is friends with a fella who had his roof ripped off as he waited out Andrew in his closet.

Hurricanes are not just about the categories. You need to pay attention to the millibars too. When my husband saw under 920, for the first time in our married lives, he wanted to leave.

Most of our neighbors chose to stay (and this was when the hurricane had not shifted to the west and was coming near Miami, close to us).

You might wonder why we were the only ones to leave in our neighborhood. Why would anybody stay?

What has to be explained is living in Florida, you sit through hurricanes yearly; the weather channel always makes even a tropical storm seem dire. You get…jaded. You also are prepared. In my neighborhood, we have shutters, propane, water, food—all stocked and ready. We do take preparation seriously and that is part of why leaving is not usually considered. Our houses are tough; we’re tough. 

The other reason people stay? Florida is one hell of a long state! It takes forever to get out. That’s on a normal day. Imagine on a day with millions of others leaving!

There is a fear of getting stuck on the road when you could be in your house, the drive is a true pain, and the hurricane is still days away when you need to decide. You can’t “wait and see” for too long. You have to stay or leave way in advance. Not to mention the expense of leaving: gas, food, hotels. It can be overwhelming.

The other reason many stay? Pets. I read in horror about people leaving their dogs tied to trees (I hope they are prosecuted for it), but most folks that I know actually might stay to shelter their pets.

We took our dog with us, and it was more difficult to find hotels because of her. All the pet hotels up through Alabama were booked. We considered if we would have to sleep in rest areas. But we never considered leaving our dog behind—she is family too.

Speaking of family, my husband’s mother has been in the hospital since June .She is bedridden and can’t be moved .We worried tremendously about her, but the hospitals are made to withstand Cat 5 storms. She is fine, but leaving her behind was also very difficult.

This week my children have been on a hurr-i-cation.

I’m grateful to our friends who sheltered us in St. Louis. Hot showers, air conditioning, clean clothes, water— these are gifts when you face not having them.

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UPDATE: After an eleven hour drive, we arrived home again. We were gone over a week. Our power is on, our kids are playing, and our dog is settled. Life is sweet. Despite the hours of shutter takedown and mounds of dirty laundry, I feel grateful.

Our neighbors say the wind howled for 24 hours straight. Everywhere we look are uprooted trees and debris. We are still extremely lucky as we turn to aid places like Naples and Key West. My family plans to help in big and small ways, and we feel fortunate to see our house was fine.

I’m happy to be in my own bed again. Best of all, my coming release arrived safely on my doorstep. I love the cover of Rim Shot! What a treat to see it safe from the storm and waiting for my return.  

 I’m too exhausted to promo today, but here are the links FYI:

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/rim-shot-by-skylar-m-cates-8880-b

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075MCZ8Z1/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Secrets of You — Blog Tour

 

Secrets of You — Blog Schedule

Many include fun giveaways!

Secrets of You releases March 3

Link: eBook: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/secrets-of-you-by-skylar-m-cates-8221-b

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BLOG VISITS

These fabulous blogs are hosting me on the following dates:

 

Feb 23: Diverse Reader

March 3 Two Chicks Obsessed

March 4 GR

March 6 My Fiction Nook

March 6 – Love Bytes

March 7- Divine Magazine

March 7 – Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

March 8 – Open Skye Book Reviews

March 9 – Boy Meets Boy

March 23 Kim Fielding’s blog

 

*More might be added soon

 

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Heartifact

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Welcome to the Blog Tour for Heartifact! A very special thanks to Skylar for hosting me today! It’s great to be here!

 

My newest novella, Heartifact, is an enchanting romance that combines the contemporary adventure of an undersea archaeological dig with ancient Greek myth. The story centers on a risky salvage operation of a trireme, and quite possibly one of Alexander the Great’s warships.

 

Harper Kidd, (no coincidence that he bears a pirate’s last name), is a respected marine archaeologist, and is plagued by beautiful dreams of an undersea lover as he embarks on the excavation. His best friend, Stick, is a marine scientist with expertise in undersea robotics, and she possesses a wicked sense of humor.

 

As it turns out, the trireme they salvage sits over the ruins of an ancient Greek civilization. In the great hall of those ruins, Harper finds a statue of the ancient Greek god—the very god who stars in his dreams. Harper is caught between ancient myth and reality as he falls in love with the mysterious man, and struggles to keep a level head to oversee the archeological dig.

 

I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you this novella means a lot to me. I advocate for abused youth and 100% of the net proceeds from this book go to benefit those youth in three countries.

 

Heartifact debuts in French and English on November 24th, and in Italian in January 2017, and comes to you from Men Over the Rainbow and our lovely Bénédicte Girault. I hope you enjoy Heartifact as much as I enjoyed writing it. Go read the book! And don’t forget to scroll down and enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card and TWO signed books from me!

 

About Heartifact

 

Harper Kidd is a highly respected marine archaeologist. Yet, with the economy in a slump, he’s trapped working in an oil company’s exploration division. Now, at the ripe age of thirty, Harp is disgusted with his employer’s damage to the undersea world he loves, tired of his ATM-card-filching ex, and tormented by beautiful dreams of an undersea lover. It’s time for a change and when his best friend, Stick, pleads with him to assist on a deep-sea dig in the Mediterranean, he jumps at the chance.

 

Harper’s spirits are high when they discover the ruins of an ancient civilization, and soar to the heavens when they discover a statue of an ancient pelora, a mysterious hybrid creature said to mediate between the worlds of reality and fantasy—and the very lover who holds the starring role in his dreams.

 

When the crew discovers the site is teeming with unexploded ordnance from the conflicts in the Middle East, and the excavation turns deadly, Harper must choose between saving his best friend and saving the pelora he’s fallen in love with.

 

Net proceeds from Heartifact benefit the The Trevor Project in the US,

le Refuge in France, and Arcigay in Italy

 

Heartifact is available from Men Over the Rainbow

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About Aisling Mancy

 

Ash is an author who lives, most of the time, on the West Coast of the United States. Ash writes mystery thrillers, fantasy, science fiction, romance, and fiction for gay young adults as C. Kennedy.

 

Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, Ash doesn’t conform, doesn’t fit in, is epic awkward, and lives to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Ash contemplates such weighty questions as If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from? When not writing, Ash can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much-maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary. Ash does respond to emails because, after all, it is all about you, the reader.

 

Find Ash on blog, Twitter @AislingMancy, Facebook, Google+,

Goodreads, Booklikes, Dreamspinner Press Author Page, and Amazon.

 

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TWO SIGNED BOOKS & A $25 AMAZON GIFT CARD!

 

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