Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Send Lawyers, Guns, and Roses by Heloise West Book Tour & Giveaway !!!

Send Lawyers, Guns, and Roses
Heloise West

Series: Heart and Haven #2
Pages or Words: 83,000 words
Categories: Contemporary, Crime Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Publisher: Loose ID
Cover Artist: Syneca Featherstone
Release Date: April 19, 2016

When Hunter and Alex are given the vacation of a lifetime, it’s a chance for them to pay attention to romance and get out of the path of danger. The tiny Caribbean island of Saba is gorgeous, the first to have marriage equality, and the Sabans are the nicest people on earth.
There’s lots of rum poolside for relaxing and a room with a mirror on the ceiling for passion. Hot karaoke nights, cold beer, and new friends.
But their new friends Orfeo and Max, and Max’s sister Talisha, share a troubling secret. Alex and Hunter want to help. As a hurricane bears down on them, a dead body surfaces, and a purple backpack loaded with stolen jewels leads a pair of dangerous men to the island.
Alex would rather poke his own eyes out with a pointy stick than call on his old enemy Nick Truman for help; he’d also do anything to keep Hunter out of danger. But even his nemesis can’t reach them now.
Once again, they only have each other to depend on as their paradise is about to become hell on earth.

“Ready? Take the beach bag. I’ll grab the chairs,” Alex said. “Did you get enough to eat?”
“Yeah. What’s the time?” Hunter slung the bag over his shoulder.
Alex shrugged. “Who cares? Have a cocktail. You know, to hydrate and pace yourself for a long day in the sun.”
“Let’s set up camp. Maybe a nap first.”
Their bare feet slapped against the sun-bleached boards of the footbridge, some of the flowering rainforest clinging to its edges for the hundred or so feet from the breakfast patio to the pool. The beach chairs were striped canvas and wood, chaise-style. Alex had grabbed a matching umbrella for when the sun was directly overhead. He left it closed, as they had a few hours yet before noon, by the arc of the sun in the unbelievably blue sky. The poolside held a half dozen chaise lounges and couples of various ages. They returned languorous, sun-soaked greetings in English, Dutch, and French as Alex led them to a spot he deemed worthy for their day in the sun. When the chairs were side by side, the canvas beach bag between them, Hunter sighed with pleasure, though he was soaked with sweat.
He pulled off his T-shirt. “Do you want to swim first?”
“I’m dying to.” With a wicked grin, Alex slid his shorts down, the T-shirt hem falling to below his hips.
"Tell me you didn’t get a thing-thong!” God, they’d laughed together at the online models wearing bathing suits with pockets for their cocks.
Alex laughed. “No, a Speedo. For you.” He shrugged out of his T-shirt with an elegant, mouth-watering play of muscles and skin, and some of the lounging women whistled and clapped for the navy-and-white-striped Speedo he revealed. Hunter mock-growled and reached out to grab Alex, but he dashed away and ran along the side of the pool, blond hair streaming, long, muscular legs eating up the distance to the deep end. He dived like a happy dolphin into the water. Hunter ran after him and followed with a hurried, sloppy dive, shocked at the sensation of water as warm as bathwater. He wanted to melt into it. When he came up for air, hands beneath the water gripped his calves, and he grabbed a breath before Alex yanked him under. They wrestled briefly, then surfaced.
“Fantastic!” Alex shook his head briskly to whip the water from his hair.
Hunter shoved him, threw himself on top of him, and they went under again.
When they surfaced, Alex said, “We can rent a sailboat. Or a rowboat and paddle around in the bay. Or fish if you want. Do you think your leg will hold up to snorkeling?”
"Snorkeling, maybe even scuba.” He’d swim to the moon to keep Alex happy.
“I was born underwater,” Alex said, surprising him. “I even had those infant swim lessons.”
“You’re a natural,” Hunter replied. “Aqua Boy.”
Alex shoved him again; Hunter let himself fall backward into the water with a huge splash.
They swam for a while, joined by the other sunbathers when the heat got too intense. Hunter pulled himself from the pool and sat on the edge, watching Alex do laps. He shaded his eyes against the fierce touch of the sun. It pressed against his skin despite the water-resistant sunblock, and he splashed water up and down his arms, chest, and neck to cool off. Maybe he should have gone tanning like Alex had, because it hurt to touch his skin already. The water reflected and intensified the sun. He wasn’t that kind of redhead, but the tropical sun made him feel like one. Tanning had seemed kind of frou-frou…not for him…but he didn’t want to look like a strip of bacon at the end of the day either. Sucked it up and endured the tanning bed.
Alex swam over and pulled his gorgeous body out of the pool to sit on the edge beside Hunter. “I’m ready for some reading and napping. Lunch buffet is open until four… What are you laughing at?”
“We must be on vacation if we’re planning the day around the next meal.”
Alex smiled. “It’s about ten now. We can eat something light at eleven when they open.” He leaned in close. “If we go up to the room by noon, we’ll have time to screw our brains out until about two and have lunch again.”
Hunter nodded. It was all he could do.
“So it’s not meal times we’re planning for, right?” The sparkle in Alex’s eyes wasn’t about ham sandwiches and fruit salad. “Did you see the awesome mirror on the ceiling?”

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Q&A with Heloise West
1. Let’s start out by getting to know you. Tell us 4 things about yourself that are not in your bio.
I like to garden, but I’m not very good at keeping up with it. I sometimes wish we lived in a city because I miss museums and big libraries way out here in the view. If I had more time, I’d make jewelry and work on more arty projects. My job is super boring, but I can work from home.

2. If you could go anywhere, all expenses paid, where would you go?
Italy is my first choice always for travel.

3. List three books you have recently read and would recommend.
I just read James Lee Burke’s latest book Light of the World. He’s awesome, as always. Heidi Cullinan’s Clockwork Heart was fantastic. Jordan Castillo Price’s Mnevermind was also fantastic. Rag and Bone by KJ Charles—crazy about it, and her work in general.

4. What do you always order in a favorite restaurant?
Eggplant parmesan.

5. What do you hope to accomplish in the next 12 months?
Getting the renaissance romantic suspense into publishable shape. Finishing the third in the Heart and Haven series (Loose Id), though with a different antagonist, Nick Truman. I began his redemption arc in Send Lawyers, Guns, and Roses because he needs to tell his story. Another story for Hunter and Alex, and I’d really like to continue the story of Salvesto and Amadeo from If I Were Fire (Dreamspinner Press).

6. What do you like to read?
Besides M/M Romance, historical mysteries, historicals, mysteries, literary, a little paranormal and urban fantasy, and I’d like to read more steampunk and gaslight. I don’t read a lot of M/F romance, but some.

7. What do you look when choosing a book to read?
Mostly I trust my own senses—cover, blurb, a sample. A bad cover won’t keep me from trying something, but if I don’t like the sample writing, that will definitely be a no sale. Review and recommendations like Good Reads mostly serve to bring books to my attention. A bad review doesn’t necessarily keep me from buying or doing my own investigating.

8. What do you need someone to invent right away?
A way to get more time into the day without losing sleep?

9. What does the word "romantic" mean to you?
We’ve been together more than 10 years now, and we light candles on Saturday nights, have dinner and wine and conversation, flirt, and talk about the future. We look forward to “us” time every week.

10. Can you share something about your works in progress?
It’s all about Nick and Hank, right now. My editor at Loose Id saved Nick from being a total evil SOB, I think because he made her laugh with his snark. Nick is in witness protection now, just trying to get by, hating himself but somehow determined to survive. He did some awful things to innocent people, and there’s a reason behind it, but still…the only person who believes in him is his surviving sister Luann, who knows the truth, and Hank, who doesn’t. But Hank has secrets of his own to keep. They’re both a challenge, but I’m happy with it so far.

Meet the author:Heloise West, when not hunched over the keyboard plotting love and mayhem, dreams about moving to a villa in Tuscany. She loves history, mysteries, and romance of all flavors. She travels and gardens with her partner of 10 years, and their home overflows with books, cats, art, and red wine.
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Tour Dates & Stops:
25-Apr: Full Moon Dreaming, Outrageous Heroes
26-Apr: Louise Lyons, MM Good Book Reviews
27-Apr: V's Reads
28-Apr: Dawn’s Reading Nook, Jessie G. Books
29-Apr: Alpha Book Club
2-May: My Fiction Nook
3-May: Happily Ever Chapter, Unquietly MeLove BytesWicked Faerie's Tales and Reviews
4-May: Oh My Shelves, Book Lovers 4Ever, BFD Book Blog
5-May: Elisa - My Reviews and Ramblings
6-May: Molly Lolly
9-May: Havan Fellows, Mikky's World of Books
10-May: Inked Rainbow Reads
11-May: The Novel Approach
12-May: Bayou Book Junkie, Making It Happen
13-May: Kirsty Loves Books, A.M. Leibowitz
16-May: Prism Book Alliance

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