Wednesday, November 30, 2016

πŸŽ„ Christmas Blog Hop 2016

To Divine Promotions & RAM PA Group's Christmas Blog Hop 2016

This blog hop is to get us all in Christmas mood. Get hopping and read all the post as the common theme is Christmas πŸŽ„ Each participant will write a blog post and tells what Christmas means to them along with their favorite Christmas recipe.

What Christmas means to me by Maggie Lane

When I was a child we always received most things, we asked for when it was Christmas. When I became a parent, I tended to spoil my children and give them everything I possibly could. But I loved watching them open their presents.

As they got older and moved out of home, they still came back for Christmas day as I did to my parents. And I still got such a thrill to watch them open their gifts even when they where adults.

When they moved out of State and Overseas, I stopped enjoying Christmas unless they made it back home with their children and my grandchildren.

Now I have moved to another Country to be near my Daughter and grandson and closer to my other daughter and 2 granddaughters. Christmas has again become joyful as I have my beautiful family around me.

So for me Christmas means family and giving. I try to put the toys under the trees in the big shopping malls for those less fortunate than myself and my family, hoping it will bring a small joy and comfort to them.

Red Velvet Cheesecakes


· ½ cup butter

· 2-oz dark chocolate, coarsely chopped

· 1 cup sugar

· 2 large eggs

· 1 tsp vanilla extract

· 1½ tsp red food coloring

· ⅔ cup all purpose flour

· ¼ tsp salt

· 8-oz cream cheese, room temperature

· ⅓ cup sugar

· 1 large egg

· ½ tsp vanilla extract

· Whipped Cream

· Fresh Raspberries


1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8- or 9-inch square baking pan or an individual square baking tray with aluminum foil and lightly grease.

2. In a small, heatproof bowl, melt butter and chocolate together. Stir with a fork until very smooth. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.

3. In a large bowl, whisk together 1 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 1½ teasoon vanilla extract and red food coloring. Add in the chocolate mixture and stir until smooth.

4. Batter should be red. Add flour and salt into the bowl and stir until everything is just combined and no streaks of dry ingredients remain. Pour into prepared pan and spread into an even layer.

5. Prepare cheesecake mixture. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Drop in dollops onto prepared brownie batter. Gently swirl two batters with a butter knife.

6. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until brownies and cheesecake are set. A brownie knife inserted into the cheesecake mixture should come out clean and the edges will be lightly browned.

7. Cool in the pan completely before slicing and decorating. Whip cream to a stiff consistency, place a dollop on top and finish off with a fresh raspberry You may want to put some aside as once they are placed out on the table, thy will be devoured in no time at all.

πŸŽ…πŸ»Grand Prize Giveaway

For your chance to win leave a comment telling us your favorite part about Christmas.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

18 K Gold Filled Crystal Pearls Heart Party Dress Jewelry Set

$10 Amazon Gift Card from RAM PA Group 

5 Days Promo Tour from Divine Promotions

$15 Amazon Gift Card from Susan Mac Nicol

Dreamspinner Press Vouchers

$5 gift voucher from Pride Publishing

Ebook of your choice from Author Grein Murray

Swag donated by Author Grein Murray (only available to those living in the USA)

Ebook of your choice by Author Sean Kerr (from his series Dead Camp)

Ebook - The Hard Boys: Alien Abduction (Case #1) from Ian Cadena 

Below you will find all the blogs taking part

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πŸŽ…πŸ» Author Susan Mac Nicol -

πŸŽ…πŸ» Cathy Writes Romance -

πŸŽ…πŸ» Cody Kennedy -

πŸŽ…πŸ» H.L. Holston -

πŸŽ…πŸ» Hot Men in Hot Water -

πŸŽ…πŸ»Imaginative Dreams -

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πŸŽ…πŸ» Laz and Lachi Publications -

πŸŽ…πŸ» Passionate Reads -

πŸŽ…πŸ» Sue Brown's Stories -

πŸŽ…πŸ» Tempeste O'Riley -

πŸŽ…πŸ» The Wasp Nest -

πŸŽ…πŸ»Two Chicks Obsessed with Books -

Monday, November 28, 2016

Braeton & Drew: Something About Him by A.D. Ellis Blog Tour

Braeton Reed left his small-minded hometown and disapproving family long ago and never looked back.

Andrew Hines has nothing against a solid, loving relationship; he just isn’t sure he’ll ever find one.

Braeton has been told he’s a bit of a diva. Andrew has heard he’s not flashy enough. Can their differences pull them together? Or will these polar opposites allow society to dictate who they are and who they love?

** This is a male/male romance meant for ages 18+ due to adult language and adult situations.**

Author Name: A.D. Ellis 
Book Name: Braeton & Drew
Series: Something About Him 
Book: 4
Release Date: November 19, 2016
Publisher: A.D. Ellis Publishing
Genre: M/M Romance
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🌟 Book Trailer

Guest Post

What inspired me to write Braeton & Drew?

Braeton was a character in Bryan & Jase. When I first wrote him, his story wasn’t in my mind. But, I fell in love with him, and so did my readers, so I knew I had to tell Braeton’s story.
I have various friends who have been treated poorly or labeled or what not because people view them as “too gay” or “not gay enough.” I wanted to take Braeton and Drew’s stories and bring them together so that neither man could feel like too much or not enough. Braeton and Drew are definitely opposites in many ways. But their differences work for them. They truly do balance each other very well.

All of the stories in the Something About Him series have been inspired by or based on real-life people or events. 

The free short story, The Beginning, was written for my friend. The story was simply meant to give him a different outcome to an unrequited crush, but he and I both loved the story so much and felt like it could be made into something bigger, so I published The Beginning and got to work on the full-length story Bryan & Jase. (Fans of Bryan and Jase will be thrilled to catch up with the two men in Braeton and Drew’s story).

Brody & Nick was a story that stemmed from a crazy plan a friend had. In reality, the plan wasn’t well thought out and had the potential to crash and burn before it even got off the ground. However, certain parts of the plan and his relationship with his friend made for a great story plot. I took his ill-conceived plan and built it into a great story about love and friendship.

Barrett & Ivan is a story that explores true love beating the odds. The seed for this story came from me wondering about a man (Barrett) who was living with his best friend (Lexie) and loving her brother (Ivan). The differences between Barrett and Ivan are great and, in reality, no one would have guessed they’d end up together. But, over the course of ten years, one kiss Barrett & Ivan shared so long ago keeps them both wondering if there could be more than friendship between them. Ivan has a lot to overcome and he needs Lexie and Barrett to help him.

I’m currently working on a story titled Ryker & Gavin. This story is still in its infancy, but beta readers have really enjoyed it so far. Fourteen year age difference, one man is best friends with the other man’s mother, and Mom isn’t exactly on board with the men having a relationship. I’m really enjoying this story so far!

The series starts with a free short story The Beginning

Then continues with Bryan & Jase


I noticed there was no list of services with prices like at my comfy little barber shop, which meant I would be paying a pretty penny for this posh-ification. But, if it brought me bigger clients, then it was worth it.

An attractive, tall, lithe man sauntered toward the front working his electric blue button-up and stylish jeans like a fashion model. Eyeing me from head to toe, he smiled flirtatiously. “Hi there. What can I do for you today?”

Finding myself mesmerized by his beautiful brown eyes for a moment too long, I stumbled over my words a bit, “Oh, um, hi. I’m supposed to have an appointment with Braeton?”

“Oh, honey, I’m sure you’d love to have an appointment with me, but I can assure you I’d remember putting you on my schedule. And, sadly, you aren’t there.” He winked. The man was gay, no question about it. I was usually put off by guys who were so much more out there than me, but Braeton was hot and beyond intriguing. I was drawn to him. The last time a guy had made my stomach flutter was in gym class my junior year, but Braeton definitely brought out the butterflies.

“Well, I spoke to Jodie and she specifically said that Braeton, I mean you, could take care of me.” I felt like I was begging the man to style me, fix me up, polish me. Leaning forward to eye the computer screen, I added, “Could you just check? Humor me a bit? Name’s Andrew Hines.”

“Believe me, I’d love to take care of you, but like I said…,” Braeton clicked a few times on the keyboard before his mouth opened in disbelief, “how the hell are you on my schedule?”

“Like I said, Jodie took care of it for me.” I shrugged apologetically.

“Today just got much better for me. I was expecting someone much less attractive than you, so I’ll have to thank Jodie.” Braeton winked again.


★ Amazon 
★ All Romance
★ iBooks


This is a love story that is so sweet and poignant about two gorgeous guys who are polar opposites. Braeton is flamboyant and outgoing where Drew is more conservative and quiet.

It was very easy to develop strong bonds with these two characters as each were so sweet in their own ways. I was delighted that the Author brought Bry and Jase into the story as it was great to catch up with what has been happening in their lives.

The story also brought insight into the fact there is still a fair amount of bigotry where same sex couples are concerned. Braeton and Drew are both out and proud and wont let anyone make them feel less than the beautiful people they are.

This love story is well written and the dialogue flows and the plot doesn’t jump all over the place.  

I would highly recommend this book for any easy read. 

Reviewed by Maggie Lane

🌟 Giveaway

Four lucky winners will win an ebook copy from her backlist
Braeton & Drew and box sets not included

Meet A.D. Ellis

A.D. Ellis spends the majority of her days loving and wrangling two school-aged children and a husband before heading to the inner city of Indiana to teach a challenging group of alternative education students in grades third through sixth. Most days she hits the gym after school in hopes of running and lifting away the stress and headaches of the day before picking up her children and squeezing a whole day’s worth of loving and living into the too-short hours before bed. It’s no wonder Ms. Ellis lives for the slower, easier days she gets to enjoy on breaks from school.

Growing up in a small farming town in southern Indiana, A.D. is grateful to her mother for passing along the love of reading. With her nose constantly stuck in a book, Ms. Ellis became accustomed to friends and acquaintances snickering and shaking their heads at her love of reading.

A.D. never dreamed of being anything but a teacher, although there are certain times of the year when she laments her career choice. Ms. Ellis had a story idea floating in her head for about a year. After persistent prodding from a friend, A.D. put pen to paper and began writing her first story in October 2013. From that moment on, she was hooked. Taking the people and stories from her head and sharing them with readers is a scary, exhausting, rewarding, and fulfilling experience which A.D. plans to continue until there are no more stories banging around in her mind.

A.D. Ellis’ work can be found on both iBooks and Amazon. Please contact her on Facebook, Twitter, or her website.


Tour Schedule

★ November 28
Divine Promotions 28Book Promo, Review & Exclusive Guest Post
Sur l étagère,derrière la sirène en plastiquehttp://sur-l-etagere.blogspot.frNovember 28Book Promo & Review
Book Lovers 4Ever 28Book Promo, Review & Exclusive Excerpt
Bookslaidbareboys November 28Book Promo, Review & Author Interview
Passionate Reads 28Book Promo & A.D. Ellis Top 10 Snacks 

★ November 29
Decadent Delights/MA Church 29Book Promo & A.D. Ellis Top 10 Ways to Spend a Weekend
Louise Lyonshttp://www.louiselyonsauthor.comNovember 29Book Promo
MM Good Book Reviews 29Book Promo & Review
yah gotta read thishttp://www.yahgottareadthis.blogspot.caNovember 29Book Promo

★ November 30
2 Girls Who Love Books 30Review
BFD Book Blog 30Book Promo, Review & Exclusive Excerpt
MJ's Book Blog and Reviews 30Book Promo
RAM PA Group 30Book Promo & Author Interview

★ December 1
Fangirl Moments and My Two Centshttp://fangirlmomentsandmytwocents.blogspot.comDecember 1Book Promo & A.D. Ellis Bucket List
velvetpanic 1Book Promo & Exclusive Excerpt
Sur l étagère,derrière la sirène en plastiquehttp://sur-l-etagere.blogspot.frDecember 1Book Promo & Exclusive Excerpt
Turningpagesatmidnight Book Blog 1Book Promo

★ December 2
Alpha Book Club December 2Book Promo, Review & Author Interview
Bayou Book Junkiehttp://bayoubookjunkie.blogspot.comDecember 2Book Promo, Review & Author Interview
Bonkers About Books 2Book Promo & A.D. Ellis Top 10 Biggest Pet Peeves
Books 2 Bloghttp://frombooks2blog.blogspot.comDecember 2Book Promo & Review
WickedGoodReads December 2Book Promo & Review

Monday, November 21, 2016

πŸŽ„ Christmas Blog Hop 2016 Invite

Divine Promotions & RAM PA Group

would like to invite you to participate in Christmas Blog Hop 2016

The theme for this Blog Hop is What Christmas Means to You.

The Blog Hop starts December 8 and ends December 17

Here's how the blog hop will work . . .

Each participant should write a blog post and tell what Christmas means to you along with your favorite Christmas recipe. Add a photo of your ugliest Christmas sweater or anything else which you find Christmas related.

This blog hop is to get us in Christmas mood 
Your post should go live on Thursday, December 8th.

There will be a grand prize giveaway on the Divine Promotions Blog.

Feel free to have your own giveaway on your blog but the prize should be something Christmas related

More info about the blog hop will be sent out closer to the event.

We hope you'll join us for this fun Christmas event!