October 9, 2016


Sunday Spotlight & GIVEAWAY – October 9th, 2016


5 Authors are featuring their books today on CREATIVE MINDS!

And it’s your chance to be lucky and win an e-copy of your choice. Have a look at the books below and enter the contest.


Kaje Harper grew up in Montreal, and spent her teen years writing, filling binders with stories. But as life got busy, the stories began to just live in her head. The characters grew, met, endured, and loved, in any quiet moment, but the stories rarely made it to paper. Her time was taken up by work in psychology, teaching, and a biomedical career, and the fun of raising children.

Eventually the kids became more independent and her husband gave her a computer she didn’t have to share. She started putting words down in print again, just for fun. Hours of fun. Lots of hours of fun. The stories began piling up, and her husband suggested if she was going to spend that much time on the keyboard she ought to try to publish one. MLR Press accepted her first submission, the M/M mystery Life Lessons, which came out in May 2011. Kaje now has many novels and short stories published, including Amazon bestseller The Rebuilding Year, and a selection of free short stories and novels in a variety of gay romance genres, available at most ebook retailers. She currently lives in Minnesota with a creative teenager, a crazy omnivorous little white dog, and a remarkably patient spouse.

Website: http://kajeharper.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KajeHarper

Goodreads Author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4769304.Kaje_Harper

Kaje is giving away e-copies of her TRACEFINDER series

Tracefinder: Contact

28357990What could an undercover cop and a drug lord’s pet psychic have in common?

Brian Kerr has spent years hiding behind a facade of mental slowness. His brother and sister got all three of them off the streets and into a cushy life, under the protection of a dangerous criminal. But to keep that safety, Brian has to use his Finding talent to track down the boss’s enemies. Although he pretends not to know what he’s really doing, each Find takes its toll, and he’s trapped in a life he hates, losing touch with his true self.

Nick Rugo’s job is to protect and serve the people of Minneapolis as an undercover cop. He isn’t closeted, but he isn’t out at work, and there’s a wild, angry side to him that he’s managed to keep hidden until now. When he’s assigned to bring Brian’s boss to justice, he intends to use anything and anyone it takes to do that.

Nick initially sees Brian as a pawn to be played in his case, but he keeps getting glimpses of a different man behind the slow, simpleminded mask. As the two men get to know each other, it becomes clear they share secrets, some of which might get them both killed.

Available on: Amazon and All Romance eBooks

Tracefinder: Changes

tracefinder2_harper_400x600Brian can Find a lost child or a wanted criminal, but when his secret gets out, even Nick’s skills and connections may not be enough to keep them safe.

Brian Kerr is now free of his dangerous boss and his domineering brother. He’s eager to start using his psychic Finding talent to help people, if he can figure out how to do that safely. His dyslexia, and his tendency to act simpleminded under stress, make building his new life a daunting challenge. And while his not-quite-boyfriend, Nick, is willing to support him, in bed and out of it, Brian doesn’t want to lean on Nick. If their relationship is going anywhere, he has to be a full partner and handle his own problems.

Nick Rugo’s walking a tightrope instead of settling into the ordinary cop’s life he’d hoped for. He’s hiding too many things from too many people. He has told professional and unprofessional lies that will come back to haunt him. Now, with Brian determined to start Finding again, he’s not sure he can protect the man he cares for. If all that wasn’t enough to make him start punching walls, he also has a suspicion that Brian’s brother Damon and sister Lori may be out there, lurking, ready to complicate their lives.

Available on: Amazon and All Romance eBooks



The number one question folks ask Alicia when she shares she’s a MM romance author: “Why gay fiction? Why write men when you’re a woman?” and her answer is: “Why the hell not!” Alicia Nordwell is one of those not so rare creatures, a reader turned writer. Striving to find an interesting story one day, she decided to write what she wanted instead. Then the voices started… Yep, not only does she talk about herself in the third person for bios, she has voices in her head constantly clamoring to get out. Fortunately, with the encouragement of her family and friends, she decided for her own sanity to keep writing.

Now you can find her stories both free and e-published. When she’s not on the computer typing away, she’s a wife and a mom of two in the dreary, yet ideal for her redhead complexion, Pacific Northwest. Except for when she disappears into one of the many worlds in her head, of course! She can also be found quite often at her blog, where she has a lot of free fiction for readers to enjoy or working hard, or maybe hardly working, as an admin on GayAuthors.org under her online nickname, Cia.

Social media:

Cia’s Stories: http://www.ciasstories.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alicia.nordwell

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AliciaNordwell

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4479520.Alicia_Nordwell

Alicia is giving away an e-copy of her upcoming book ON FIRE

(Please Note: This book has not been released and the e-copy will be delivered to the winner on the day of its release!)

On Fire

onfirefs_v1Nothing beats getting out of the concrete jungle and into the quiet of the forest. Website designer Scottie Ness is taking a well-deserved vacation from the grindstone, and he plans to spend it in the solitude of Washington’s Gifford Pinchot National Forest around Mt. Adams. He’s prepared for everything—except the lightning storm that traps him in a wildfire.

The firefighter who rescues him sustains serious injuries and ends up in the hospital. Jax Quintero might be abrasive, but the guy saved his life, and Scottie wants to thank him. As they spend time together during Jax’s recovery and exploring the state’s landmarks when he’s released from the hospital, Scottie discovers there’s more to Jax than a smart-ass adrenaline junkie. Jax reassesses his opinion of Scottie as an arrogant city boy who has no business in the mountains. Though Jax’s wounds prevent them from taking things as far as they’d like for a while, they can’t deny the heat building between them—and this is one fire they don’t want to put out.

*This item has not been released and will not be available until: October 26, 2016

Available for pre-order on: Dreamspinner Press


Nicky James live in the small town of Petrolia, Ontario, Canada and is mother to a wonderful teenage boy and wife to a truly supportive and understanding husband, who thankfully doesn’t think she is crazy.

Nicky has always had two profound dreams in life; to fall back hundreds of years in time and live in a simpler world, not bogged down by technology and to write novels. Since one of those dreams is impossible, she decided to make the other come alive on paper.

Nicky writes mm romance novels that take place in fantastical, medieval type settings and loves to use the challenges of the times to give her stories and characters life.

Nicky has also ventured into writing other sub genres of mm romance including contemporary, historical and Mythological. Look for new titles coming soon.

Nicky is giving away an e-copy of her newly released book TRUSTING TANNER

Trusting Tanner



Maybe tomorrow it will be better…

Zander Baker has spent years forcing a smile onto his face to make the world believe he is a happy man. In reality, it’s a façade for the battered person he truly is. Living a life imprisoned in an abusive relationship, Zander doesn’t know how to break free. Ordinary enjoyments are not within his reach. Not only has he lost all his friends, but over the last seven years, he’s lost himself as well.

Tanner Mathews has recently returned to the city and needs to start life all over again. New job, new friends and a new relationship are top of his list. When he meets his niece’s new preschool teacher he is drawn in by his good looks and shy personality. Sadly, Zander is involved with someone else. Settling for friendship, Tanner soon realizes there is a lot more to Zander than what he shows the world. As their friendship struggles to grow, and details about Zander’s life come to the surface, Tanner finds himself unexpectedly falling in love. His heart aches for Zander and all he wants to do is help the man break free.

Can Tanner help Zander reclaim his life?

Will his feelings for his friend interfere with his intentions?

What happens if it all goes wrong?

Will love conquer all in the end?

Available on: Amazon



Karen Stivali is a prolific writer, compulsive baker and chocoholic with a penchant for books, movies, and fictional British men. She’s also the multiple award-winning author of contemporary and erotic romances. She writes novels about love…like real life, only hotter.

Karen’s lifelong fascination with people has led her to careers ranging from hand-drawn animator, to party planner, to marriage and family counselor, but writing has always been her passion. Karen enjoys nothing more than following her characters on their journey toward love. Whether the couples are m/f or m/m, it’s guaranteed that Karen’s novels are filled with food, friendship, love, and smoking hot sex—all the best things in life.

When Karen isn’t writing (and often when she is), she can be found on Twitter attempting witty banter and detailing the antics of her fruit-loving cat, BadKitteh. She loves to hear from readers (and other writers), so don’t hesitate to contact/follow/like her at:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/karenstivali/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KarenStivaliAuthor/

Website: http://karenstivali.com/

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/karenstivali/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/KarenStivali/

E-mail: karenstivali@gmail.com/

Karen is giving away an e-copy of her bestselling novel from 2015 – MOMENT OF SILENCE

Moment of Silence

moment-of-silenceGrowing up, Jason Stern led a charmed life complete with devoted sisters, a father who was one of Brooklyn’s most respected rabbis, and a mother who made the world’s best babka. He headed to NYU ready for anything—except falling for the wrong guy, coming out, and getting disowned by his once-loving family. In spite of that, Jason managed to graduate with honors. He’s got friends who treat him like family, and he’s proudly running the largest LGBTQ teen shelter in Manhattan. Life is good, but he’s still falling for the wrong men.

When charming, sexy Quinn Fitzpatrick begins work at the shelter, Jason falls hard and fast. Quinn is tall, blond, funny—damn near perfect. Only if Quinn’s gay, even he doesn’t seem to know it. If he does, he’s not telling anyone. And he’s about one ceremony away from becoming a Catholic priest.

Long hours of work turn to long nights of talking and laughter, and Jason dares to hope this time he’s falling for the right guy. But Quinn’s got a past to deal with and major decisions to make about his future. When Quinn leaves for a silent retreat, Jason knows the silence may change everything.

Available on: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and All Romance eBooks



A.E. Via is an author in the beautiful gay romance genre and also founder and owner of Via Star Wings Books. Her writing embodies everything from hopelessly romantic to spicy to scandalous. Her stories often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.

When she’s not clicking away at her laptop, she devotes herself to her family—a husband and four children.

Adrienne Via has tons of more stories to tell, but she really would like to hear yours. Via Star Wings Books is currently accepting submissions for established and aspiring LGBTQ authors. I’ve contracted and successfully published a couple authors – whose information can be found on my website – who can tell you that my passion is giving other writer’s stories the love and care it deserves so it could be a gift to another. Visit my site to learn more!

Go to A.E. Via’s official website http://authoraevia.com for more detailed information on how to contact her, follow her, or a sneak peak on upcoming work, free reads, VSWB submissions, and where she’ll appear next.

A.E. Via is giving away an e-copy of her upcoming book THE SECRETS IN MY SCOWL

(Please Note: This book has not been released and the e-copy will be delivered to the winner on the day of its release!)

The Secrets in my Scowl

secretscowlSparks ignite and tempers flare when a sexy, optimistic wedding planner moves his business in across the hall from a jilted, divorce lawyer’s practice.

“Look smart ass. This is the last time I’m going to remind you about breaking sections of the lease. If there’s a next time, I won’t stop until you and your frilly, white wedding shit is thrown out of here. Do you got it?!

Wylde looked in Jacob’s pained eyes and answered in his deep voice. “Yeah, counselor. I got it.”

From high school, up until he became a successful attorney Jacob Snowden was convinced that love had it out for him. “Everyone left,” were the words he lived by. His mother, his high school sweetheart, his father, and his fiancé, all left Jacob just when he felt it was safe to let down his guard. Not any longer. Jacob was a determined man, set at keeping people at a distance. If his six foot one, military-made body didn’t scare people off, his permanent scowl surely did. At almost forty, Jacob’s social life was non-existent, but he told himself his work fulfilled him. He helped people get out of their loveless marriages. Jacob Snowden was one of the best divorce lawyers on the east coast and was damn proud of it. So, imagine his disdain when a wedding planner moves into the suite directly adjacent to his… an insanely masculine, male wedding planner.

Wylde Sterling had made quite a name for himself in his hometown of Roanoke, Virginia, working for a wedding planner that catered to the elite. He was known for his charm and impeccable taste. Yep, he was incredible at giving couples the wedding of their dreams. But he wanted nothing more than to plan his own. After striking out in love more times than he cared to admit, Wylde decided to start his own business in a new city, hoping Richmond would give him a fresh start. Things started out wonderfully – until he started to piss off the angry divorce attorney next door.

Wylde could see past Jacob’s mean scowl, knowing there was a reason for it. It was the man’s defense mechanism, his means of keeping people away. Everything in Wylde told him to stay away, but he believed Jacob just needed to meet a man who had been hurt as badly as he had.

*This item has not been released and will not be available until: October 28, 2016.

Available for pre-order on: Amazon

Enter the Giveaway!

It’s your chance to get lucky! So many awesome authors giving away so many author books…

But alas! You only get one out of these amazing books listed above…

Leave a comment to this post mentioning the books that you would like to win in the order of your preference. 5 winners will be picked out and will be given the e-copies on first come, first serve basis. If you are lucky and fast enough, you could grab that one book you so badly want!!

(P.S.: In case you already own one of these books, make sure to mention it)

Also, if you have any questions/comments/feedbacks for the authors and their works, feel free to include them in your comments as well.

Contest ends: Midnight of 14th October, 2016!

25 thoughts on “Sunday Spotlight & GIVEAWAY – October 9th, 2016

  1. This is (of course) an almost impossible dilemma. How is anybody supposed to pick favourites from among those titles? But, after a lot of soul searching, changing my mind and changing it back again, here’s my list:
    1. Trace Finder
    2. The Secrets in My Scowl
    3. Moment of Silence
    4. On Fire
    5. Trusting Tanner


  2. Wow great giveaway I have Kaje Harper Tracefinder books and Karen Stivali Moment of Silence. My list
    1. On Fire
    2. The Secrets In My Scowl
    3. Trusting Tanner


  3. Gosh so hard to put them in order of choce, so here goes and thank you for the chance to win one of these books ❤

    1) The Secrets in My Scowl
    2) Tracefinder
    3)Trusting Tanner
    4) Moments in Silence
    5) On Fire


  4. This is the first spotlight/giveaway that I actually have some of the books!
    1. The Secrets in my Scowl
    2. Tracefinder: Changes
    3. On Fire

    Tracefinder: Contact – Own
    Trusting Tanner – Own
    Moment of Silence -Own


  5. Fantastic Lineup! I already own both of Kaje’s Tracefinder books, so
    1. Secrets in My Scowl
    2. On Fire
    3. Moment of Silence
    4. Trusting Tanner



  6. 1- The Secrets in my Scowl
    2- On Fire

    I have the rest. Thanks for the giveaway!


  7. Wow, talk about a tough choice. I am newer to m/m, but have fallen fast, hard, and deep. Kaje was recommended to me by a friend and I think Into Deep Waters is one of the best books I’ve ever read – gay or straight. I don’t have many of her other books, but look forward to getting to them. So:
    1. Tracefinders
    2. Trusting Tanner
    3. On Fire
    4. The Secrets in my Scowl
    5. Moment of Silence

    (although that felt cruel because I would love to win any of them…)


  8. I’m looking forward to these coming out.
    1 – On Fire
    2 Tracefinder
    3 the secrets of my scowl


  9. These all look good, but my list, excluding the one I already own, is
    1. Tracefinder
    2. On Fire
    3. Trusting Tanner
    4. The Secrets of my Scowl


  10. The secrets of my scowl!
    On fire
    Trusting tanner
    Looking forward to reading them all


  11. i would want Trusting Tanner..i have already read ae book


  12. Yum, all of these sound very appealing. I have already read and enjoyed Kaje’s intriguing stories, so I would appreciate being considered for any of the others. Thank you to all of the authors for their generosity!


  13. Thanks all for this opportunity! 🙂 I would be thrilled to win any of these, but this is my order of preference:

    Moment of Silence
    The Secrets in my Scowl
    Trusting Tanner
    On Fire

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  14. Oh, goody! So many wonderful writers and a newbie to me. Much success, ya’ll!
    1. Moment of Silence
    2. Trusting Tanner
    3. On Fire
    4. The Secrets in my Scowl
    5. Tracefinder: Contact


  15. So many good choices. Thank you for spotlighting these books and for the giveaway chance!!
    1. Trusting Tanner
    2. On Fire
    3. The Secrets in my Scowl
    4. Tracefinder

    I already own Moment of Silence.


  16. I’m having a hard time choosing which book I’d like to win, but since A.E. Vias’ book “The Secrets in My Scowl” is on my must buy list I will go with that one. I am curious about the other writers books now too and will be keeping an eye out for them.


  17. Wow…awesome!

    Hard to choose an order.

    1. On Fire
    2. Tracefinder
    3. The Secrets in my Scowl
    4. Trusting Tanner
    5. Moment of Silence

    Thanks! 🙂


  18. The Secrets in my Scowl
    Trusting Tenner
    Moment of Silence
    On Fire

    Thank you for the opportunity!


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