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Well, a week after the end of my first ever blog tour, promoting my new release – The Rainbow Connection: Volume I – and I wanted to post a few thoughts and thanks for all the people who made it possible and made it so very enjoyable.

Now it’s possible that I had this tour very easy.  My editor, the delightful Tina Marie, who works harder and gives more than anyone I’ve ever known, took the mantel as my marketing guru as well, which took all pressure off of me.  All I had to do was write the segments and Tina took care of the rest.

From our contact, I knew that there was a lot of work involved, particularly in booking slots for new, unknown authors.  With her experience on Dan Skinner’s “The Price of Dick” blog tour, Tina managed to secure me eight stops at eight of the best places any author could ask for, so, in order to hold up my end of the bargain, I produced six original essays written in the voice of my MC, Liam Adam’s, and two Q&As about myself as an author.  So with everything booked, and all the kindness and support, not only from Tina, but also from the wonderful people at these fantastic blogs, I set off on my first forray into the world of self-promotion.

I started my trip at GGR-Reviews, with the fantastic Scott Burkett allowing me to appear and get the wheels in motion.  I’ve been a huge fan of Scott’s blog for a long time, and to start here was truly a wonderful gift.  It made me feel like a part of the genre for real, and I hope to start all future tours right back with Scott and the boys at GGR. 

Day two saw me over at super-author Rhys Ford’s blog.  This was such a privilege, as not only am I a huge fan of Rhys’s work, but she came through at the 11th hour to fill in a space on my tour out of the goodness of her big, loving heart.  I will always be grateful to Rhys for her help and was blown away by the support of everyone who stopped by to wish me luck.

My contact for day three of my tour was the lovely Brandilyn Carpenter over at the Prism Book Alliance.  I have followed the PBA for a long time, and Brandilyn’s reviews in particular have always blown me away, so to get to stop by on this tour was completely breathtaking.  I introduced another of Liam’s rants here and the support and reception was unbelieveable.  Huge thanks again to everyone at PBA.

Day four was interesting, because this day was a day where I stopped at two different blogs.  It was very overwhelming and I had more than glass of wine to celebrate the kindness experienced on this day.  First up, Dannielle at Love Bytes posted part 3 of Liam’s essays (and I was so grateful as I know how incredibly busy this blog is and the complete high standard of established authors who stop there, so I was so awed to be included), then I nipped over to Hearts on Fire Reviews, where the delightful Lucy had me all set up for Liam’s candid views on the ‘gay-for-you’ trope.  This day was wonderful for me, and many wines and beers were consumed in revelling in this day.

Day five found me, misty eyed and a little hung over, racing over to meet the lovely unicorns at Boy Meets Boy, in particular the fabulous, generous and kind Ann, who helped me through another day by hosting my second Q&A stop on the tour.  Such mega thanks to the ladies at BMB for all the support and to everyone who stopped by and entered the giveaway.

As with most great things, there is usually a glitch in the system.  My heart went out on day six for the guys at MM Good Book Reviews, when poor Pixie’s computer gave up the ghost and the blog hit a small snag in their usually perfectly punctual routine.  I know the hazards of life with technology, so to avoid harassing them, I hosted myself here on IO for the.  Subsequently, MMGBR is back to it’s usual high-standard delivery, and they have since posted my tour stop, which I am eternally grateful for.

And to round it out, I wound up back home with the ladies (and Jordan) at the Novel Approach Reviews.  I reviewed there myself for nearly a year and have recently flown the coup to pursue my writing without entering the grey area of author-as-reviewer.  I wanted to finish here with TNA because I feel I’ll always end up back there, with Lisa, at the place I met my editor, with the ladies I think of as family.  This was a cracking day for me, and I remember being filld with such pride and satisfaction for being on the other side of the blog this time.

And that was my blog tour.  A fantastic, whirlwind travel through the coolest blogs in the M/M genre, and every step of the way I could not help but feel thankful and awed by what an amazingly supportive family we have all built here, together.  The links to the tour stops are included below in case you missed any of it.

GGR-Reviews

Rhys Ford’s Blog

Prism Book Alliance

Love Bytes

Hearts on Fire Reviews

Boy Meets Boy Reviews

MM Good Book Reviews

The Novel Approach

And that was my tour.  A huge thank you to Tina Marie for making it all possible, for supporting me, helping me and being my friend.  Thank you to Scott, Rhys Ford, Brandilyn, Danielle, Lucy, Ann, Pixie and Lisa (my smishes are all for you).

Hope to see you again soon for another epic tour.

Stay tuned for more news about my work and my upcoming projects and thank you all for reading.

Due to some unforeseen technical difficulties, the penultimate post for my blog tour has changed venue…and wouldn’t you know it, I’m hosting myself 😛

So without further hesitation, let me introduce my MC, journalist Liam Adams, with another of his unique viewpoints on the genre we love so much.  Liam.  Over to you…

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I leave reading the latest hit publications to my other job, working for the divine Lisa H at the Novel Approach.  Over here at Insight Out! I like to skim back through the archives and pick up on all the tasty stuff I’ve missed through the years…And thank God I do, because I found this book and it changed everything!  I don’t pay much attention to covers or blurbs, I just scroll back through my tablet and see what’s hanging around, unread.  If I had read beforehand what this book is about, I may not have been so utterly shocked by what I found.  Admittedly, the title had me thinking this was about a large hirsute man, a smaller hirsute man and a twink in some crazy Goldilocks ménage situation.  How wrong can one man be?  Well for me, wrongness led to what can only be described as so impossibly right that it pretty much destroyed me.

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Caden DeSarro likes more cushion for the pushin’.  He likes them with more to love, a sentiment I fully understand and champion with my ever-expanding waistline.  In a world of twink-orexia and the Muscle Mary Mafia, Rick R. Reed explores what happens when your preference lies on the side of the meatier man.  And what a job he does!

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Some days I am so thankful for this blog and the wonderful people it has put me in contact with.  Today is one of those days, because it made my acquaintance with Huston Piner’s 2013 release My Life as a Myth published on Prizm Books.  I knew nothing about this tale when it was presented to me, and the humble cover and even humbler author left me without a clue as to what to expect.  That made the journey all the more exciting and special, as what unfurled in the pages of this wonderfully written masterpiece was nothing short of a miracle.

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Well I’m sure most of you have sat inside with the curtains closed, clutching your lucky rabbit’s feet and staying far away from oncoming black cats, what with today being the most unlucky day of the year.  So if you’re at home and the smell of sage is clogging up your nostrils to ward off bad omens and you’re finding yourself at a loss, Insight Out! brings you a new feature.  Here we have a top-ten list of the books you should read when your own bad luck is getting you down.  At the end of the day, no one knows pain like a fictional homosexual, so take a look at my personally handpicked selection and bask in the fact that while you may have got caught in the rain with a defective umbrella and your cell just died, life as you know it will never compare to the sorry literary victims listed below.  Read them, and literally, weep!

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I’m incredibly excited to be reviewing this series today as Mr Ryder is a fellow Brit, bridging the Atlantic and writing of what happens when a boy from Blighty takes his wares over the pond, something Ryder himself is living.  The nifty little stories have to be done in one go, just like I read them, so without further ado, introducing Ben Ryder from the insatiable Dreamspinner Press.

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