Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Virtual Book Tour: Apple Bites Anthology

I am pleased and proud to announce the culmination of a joint project I understood with my friend and fellow author, Denise L. Wyant - the Apple Bites anthology. Hopefully this will be just the first of more to come! Denise had the idea to have authors submit short pieces, no more than 3k in length, around a common theme. The theme for this anthology is Back to School, with the added proviso that each story must feature an apple in some way! I was fortunate to have been able to edit these stories, along with Denise. I hope you will enjoy them!

My story in the anthology is called Rivals. Here is the blurb:

It’s the start of a new school year at upscale Westover College, nestled in entitled seclusion in the mountains of western Pennsylvania, and the fraternities are competing with one another to swell their ranks. John Stewart McMillan III is the popular and devilishly handsome president of Alpha Lamda Chi. The host with the most, he’s confident his house will lure the highest number of new recruits.

To his dismay, a rival fraternity’s president is bent on crashing the Alpha Lamda soiree. Sexy blond Bryce Lorenzo Hart is always up for a challenge. And besting John is the best challenge he can think of. Their rivalry is legendary, both in and out of class.

When Bryce pushes John’s buttons, the challenge is on—and winner takes all. 

And now for a little excerpt:

The open house was in full swing. Raunchy jokes and raucous laughter resounded through the frat house. Tonight all six of the fraternities at Westover College had thrown open their doors, hoping to induce as many new fish—aka freshmen—as possible to pledge. Of these six, Alpha Lambda Chi was one of the two most prestigious, as well as being wildly popular among the student body. That was due, in no small measure, to its charismatic president.

John Stewart McMillan III glanced at his watch and smiled appreciatively at the audible evidence of enjoyment below. He smoothed down his hair—although it was never truly out of place—and gave a tug to his tie, his fingers gliding across a diamond-encrusted onyx tiepin in the shape of the frat’s Greek letters.

Showtime, folks.

Right on cue, as he made his measured descent, the thrumming techno beat was exchanged for a tinny rendition of ‘Hail to the Chief’. Corny but apt. Enthusiastic applause greeted his arrival, swelling as each inch of his well-tailored body came into view.

I hope you enjoy the anthology! They're all great stories!

Apple Bites Anthology Media Kit
Title:  Apple Bites: A Romance Anthology
Editors:  Julie Lynn Hayes and Denise L. Wyant
Release Date:  August 25, 2015 
Genre:  Contemporary Romance (both M/M and M/F)
Heat Levels:  Gala to Red Delicious (sweet to spicy)
Foreword:  Includes a foreword written by Author Lisa Kessler
Blurb:  Back to school takes on new meaning in this collection of eight mini-stories which run the gamut from sweet to spicy! No children in these tales, they’re for adults only! And each one features an apple in some way.
In this mixed bag of apple bites, you’ll find seasoned authors as well as newcomers. Teachers and students. Both M/M and M/F. There’s something for everyone’s taste.
Going back to school has never been so naughty!
JC Wallace – An Officer and a Gentleman (and an Apple)
Holden isn’t sure how much longer he can survive without the man he loves, whose return from a six-month deployment has been delayed. On the first day of classes, Professor Holden finds a shiny, red apple on his desk, mocking him. A cruel joke? Or something much more shocking…

Carol Pedroso – Have a Break, Have a...
Kevin is acting principal of another troubled school filled with idiotic teachers. His new husband had been sent half way round the world. Kevin is lonely, hungry, horny, and pissed off at life.
A surprise visitor at lunch time offers Kevin the break he so desperately needs…
Julie Lynn Hayes – Rivals  
John and Bryce are heads of competing fraternities at upscale Westover College, as well as fierce rivals. On rush night, John finds Bryce has crashed his soiree, seeking recruits. Verbal swords are thrust. When Bryce pushes John’s buttons, the challenge is on—and winner takes all.

Nephy Hart – Apple for the Teacher
Going back to school is difficult for Rage. He has no reason to think this year won’t be filled with more marginalization and abuse. When his boyfriend gives him an apple for the teacher, Rage has no idea what difference an art project will make, or who will get the apple.
Perry’s Cherry – Avery Dawes
An unfortunate earthquake shakes Perry from a freshman room to sharing with a grumpy senior. Too bad Nick is so sexy… and sullen. Labor Day finds them both on campus. Nick suggests a trip to a private club. Perry is about to get a college education of another kind…


Elyzabeth M. VaLey – Good Teacher, pet
Ready to start the new school year, Anais’ boyfriend and Dom, Ian, plants the seeds of doubt in her mind. He tells her she’s forgetting something that only the best teachers receive. Ian gives Anais a lesson and shows her how to earn herself a juicy treat.

Cynthia Dawn Griffin – Gatekeeper
Kate loves her job as Head Secretary. The students adore her, calling her Gatekeeper. Kate’s job may be in jeopardy because of her passionate affair with one of the staff, who acts as though it never happened.
Will she be able to focus on her job and win her man back?
Renee Rose – Hot for Teacher
Lucy's nerves have her wound up for her first Biochemistry 101 lecture. Fiancé Dr. Todd gives his T.A. a wicked distraction. While he tortures Lucy with edging and public arousal, she must somehow get through her class without losing all control.

Facebook Ready Post (just copy & paste if you are willing):
It's back to school with eight authors who are dying to show you just how naughty they can be! Read to find out if the characters in these stories can survive their back to school surprises.
#RomanceAnthology #BacktoSchool #MM #MF
Apple Bites: A Romance Anthology  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B014AY2YR8

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