Monday, February 27, 2017

Bayou Book Junkie's Mardi Gras Giveaway

Bayou Book Junkie's Mardi Gras Giveaway

ebook copy of Follow Me Into Darkness


Carnivale is a time for decadence, for revelry, and for mischief. A time when we shed the figurative masks we wear in everyday life in favor of new ones… ones that allow us to be a little bolder, a little more adventurous, and perhaps a little truer to ourselves. Follow Me Into Darkness is a compilation of original tales of queer romance by five of the premier authors of contemporary romance.

Hurricane by Santino Hassell
Interesting things never happened to Zay. He was the wallflower everyone forgot about as soon as the booze began to flow, and Mardi Gras had never been an exception. But after a chance encounter with a devil-may-care grifter, this year's celebration brings adventure and whirlwind romance.

If We Be Friends by J.C. Lillis
Seventeen-year-old Ven should be flying high—he's playing the title role in a new TV drama about Hamlet's teen years, and tonight they're having a Mardi Gras cast party in a possibly-haunted castle. But Ven's lost all his mirth since his boyfriend suggested they "take a break," so he plans to skip the bash and brood in his trailer all night. Then the exasperating guy who plays Horatio challenges him to a Shakespearean soliloquy-off, and Ven knows his actorly honor is at stake. He says yes to the duel, trudges off to the the party to meet his fate--and finds that more awaits him onstage than a battle of wits and words.

Masked by J.R. Gray
Blistering heat and half-naked masked men as far as the eye can see, but Heath runs into the one face it’s taken him fifteen years to forget. Javier is plagued with a life of regret, but when a second chance confronts him, can he let go of his hang-ups and seize the moment? 

The Queen’s Reflection by Kris Ripper
Isah plays the role everyone expects: malleable and cautious, a true queen. But what others see as a queen’s appropriate modesty is really just a disguise for what Isah has never told anyone, the thing no one can ever know.

This body, dressed in the queen’s gowns, is a lie.

Once a year, at carnival, Isah dons someone else’s clothes and becomes them for a night. A young cook in stained whites, or a stableboy in worn breeches. As long as no one gets too close the pretense holds.

Until two strangers look past all the characters and Isah finally exposes the person behind the mask.

Touched by Roan Parrish
Sometimes when he touches people Philippe Rondeau sees their future. It’s erratic and inconvenient, but mostly he’s learned to deal with it. Sure he hasn’t found true love yet, but he has friends and lovers, and is kept busy running his family’s jazz club in Prohibition-era New Orleans. But now it’s Mardi Gras and all bets are off. In the space of one night, Philippe falls under the spell of jazz musician Claude and learns a terrible secret about his powers. If Philippe is certain of anything it’s that the future can be tricky, but the chance at love makes it all seem worthwhile.

Signed Print of A Kind of Honesty by Lane Hayes
**U.S. Residents Only**


Music is drummer Tim Chalmers’s great escape and the one thing that’s never let him down. But his band Spiral’s meteoric rise to fame has made it difficult for him to maintain a low profile. Unwanted press pesters him after a public breakup with a volatile ex-girlfriend who loves the limelight as much as he loathes it. Tim’s main goal is to avoid confrontation. However, when a handsome stranger in a dive bar turns out to be someone he might know, everything changes.

Carter Hamilton-Temple might be a successful financial consultant with more brains, sophistication, and charm than most, but he always falls for the wrong guys: closet cases or men with issues. He can’t fight his attraction to tattooed rock star Tim, but can he trust his own judgment? When the thrill of danger combined with a fierce physical connection proves too strong for either man to resist, a quiet liaison away from the public eye and curious friends seems like a safe bet. But some secrets are hard to keep. When rumors threaten to rock his world, Tim realizes it’s time to confront his fear with his own kind of honesty.

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  1. Sadly no to attending any of the bigger Mardi Gras. Carnivale in Rio, Mardi Gras in Sydney, New Orleans, or Elliott (
    Maybe this time (oops snuck in a showtune again)

  2. I have not been to any type of Mardi Gras celebration, unfortunately.

  3. Nope never been and I don't really want to be.

  4. I live in Indonesia -- so nothing like Mardi Grass for me. BUT, if I ever have the chance to go to Nola, I might check it out :)

  5. never been but would love to go one day

  6. I haven't been to Mardi Gras, but Nola is on my bucket lists of places to go. Thanks for the post and contest!

  7. Never been to Mardi Gras.

  8. I have never been to a Mardi Gras anywhere and don't really want to because crowds.

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  10. I love to tell my Mardi Gras story. The first night I was there, I had a series of unfortunate events that made me late to the bars, like 3am. I walk into my first bar, Bourbon Pub, and the first guy I saw was him, ordering a drink. 13 years later, this last summer, we got married.

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  11. I have never been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. I HAVE gone to the one in Mobile, Alabama, which started first! My niece and her wife are in Order of Osiris, one of the Mystic Societies (equivalent to the krewes in NOLA). Not been able to attend one of their balls yet, but hoping to soon once we move closer! My mom and sister went to the one in NOLA though, loved it.

  12. I've never even been to the US...let alone NOLA :\