Monday, February 19, 2018

Blog Tour Review: Heart 2 Heart Anthology


Heart 2 Heart Anthology
by May Archer, Charlie Cochet, Allison Hendricks, Sloane Kennedy, Lucy Lennox, Ruthie Luhnow, Lily Morton, Chris Owen, Poppy Dennison, Hailey Turner, A.E. Wasp
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: 02.07.18

Once upon a time, a bunch of authors wondered… What if a dating app that guaranteed you a love match broke down just in time for Valentine’s Day? What if you found yourself on a blind date with a random guy who might be your opposite in every single way? It could be a disaster. Or… When the code breaks down, fate just might take over.

Eleven of your favorite gay romance authors have joined forces to light up your Valentine’s Day with a collection of sweet, sexy, silly, and hot short stories, featuring a wacky cast of characters chosen from your reader suggestions! Morticians and magicians, superheroes and spies, lawyers and lobstermen, will all learn that love has nothing to do with algorithms… and sometimes you find it in the least-likely places.

And the best part? All proceeds from this collection will go to the authors’ favorite LGBTQ charities, to ensure that love in all its incarnations will be celebrated and protected every single day of the year!

It will only be available for 90 days, so Tuesday, May 8th will be the last time you can purchase this anthology.

Over 162k words total, contemporary MM romance



CHARITIES

We are pleased to be donating 100% of our proceeds to 3 wonderful charities:

We encourage all readers to learn more about these groups and consider making a donation of your own. Every little bit helps.


BACKGROUND/TITLES


What began as a random idea quickly turned into a collaborative and completely voluntary effort from 11 authors, more than 130 readers, cover designer, 2 proofreaders, and one cat herder to keep it all together.


Readers were asked to submit ideas for characters, both typical and off-the-wall, and from that list, each author picked 2 seemingly mismatched guys and helped them find love.

May Archer - The Baker and the SEAL

Charlie Cochet - The Assassin and the Dog Walker

Poppy Dennison - The Electrician and the Event Planner

Alison Hendricks  - The Professional Gamer and the Paranormal Photographer

Sloane Kennedy - The Florist and the Lawyer

Lucy Lennox - The Uber Drive and the Phone Sex Operator

Ruthie Luhnow - The Lawyer and the Lobsterman

Lily Morton  - The Tattoo Artist and the Writer

Chris Owen - The Criminal and the Sommelier

Hailey Turner - The Superhero and the NSA Agent

AE Wasp - The Magician and the Mortician


This is one of the rare times that I picked up an anthology and I'm glad I did it, especially for a Valentine's Day special. The short stories had one thing in common, all the unlikely couples meet each other through a dating app for Valentine's Day. The words I can used to describe them all are, cute, adorable, quirky, steamy, heartfelt and love. I appreciate the way each author fleshed out their characters even with the page constraint. I was able to connect to their character's story and their desire to find love. The most fun was when the couple was matched so haphazardly and I longed to read how everything pan out towards the end. 



LUCY LENNOX

TITLE: The Uber Driver and The Phone Sex Operator

Can you tell us a little bit about your characters?

Azrael is a young dance instructor who also has a side job as a phone sex operator to make ends meet. His two jobs are a complete secret from his conservative politician father who thinks Az is in law school. Travis is temporarily taking his brother's place as an Uber driver. Since the brother is deaf, Travis pretends to be deaf. He's not. Hijinks ensue.

The characters you had to choose from were reader’s submissions, correct? Were there any other characters you considered writing about before you chose this couple?
Tons. But I have a terrible memory. So... nope!

How did you come to be involved in the Heart2Heart Anthology?

Leslie was the brain child of this project and she is my Beloved Beta Reader and trusty assistant. She invited me to participate.

Have you ever been involved in a group project like this before? What were some of the challenges you had to face?

No. But everyone has been wonderful and Leslie has done a tremendous job.

Is this something you'd like to be a part of again in the future?

Absolutely. The set-up was super fun, and I can't wait to see what we come up with next.

You're donating the entire proceeds to charity - can you tell us more about where the money is going?

I adore The Trevor Project as it is specifically geared toward protecting LGBTQ youth. My book Delivering Dante discusses conversion therapy and the dangers LGBTQ youth face when they come out to an unsupportive community. Thankfully programs like The Trevor Project are specifically working to reduce youth suicide by offering support to young people who don't have it in their own communities. The anthology also benefits the Bisexual Resource Center which helps create a community of inclusion as well as raising public awareness of bisexuality. Finally, the anthology benefits one-n-ten which is also geared toward helping youth with education and employment, health and wellness, homelessness and housing, and social support and leadership. We are thrilled to help all three of these organizations in their missions.

Have you ever set someone else up on a blind date? If yes, how did it turn out?

Nope

If Heart2Heart were to match you with someone, who do you think you'd get paired with?

Someone who loved to party and go out all the time. The kind of person who'd want to ring in the New Year at Times Square. Yikes!


"Once we were settled at the table, digging into the food, an awkward silence fell. I sneaked some peeks at Az while he ate. His lips were a deep red, and his eyelashes were as dark as ink. His Adam’s apple bobbed along his slender throat as he swallowed. I wondered idly if I’d be able to see the outline of my cock in his throat if I fucked his mouth from above.

As soon as I realized where I’d gone in my head, I shoved my folding chair back with a screech.

“Fuck! Oh my god, I have to go,” I blurted. “You’re not… I’m not… oh god.”

I lurched for the door when his voice cut through the tiny space.

“Travis, wait!”

I closed my eyes and gulped before turning around.

“Why… why are you going? Did I say something that upset you?”

“No,” I croaked. “God no.”

“Oh. It’s just… you don’t want to be here one more minute in my company then. I get it,” 
he said with a pathetic chuckle. “Story of my fucking life. I finally get up the nerve to meet a guy in person and I can’t even be normal enough to have the actual date. What the hell is wrong with me?”

“I want to fuck you!” I blurted. “I want to fuck you so badly, I can’t get it out of my head. I was terrified that if I stayed here one more minute, I’d do something idiotic like blurt it out to you. And, now I did, dammit. Now you know why I have to go. Because I’m a fucking douchebag who can’t concentrate long enough to share a fucking pizza without wanting to jam my dick down your throat.”

My face felt like a five-alarm fire.

Az’s face looked like he might need life support paddles at any moment.

“Jam your dick down my throat,” he breathed. “Oh god, please. Please jam your dick down my throat, Travis.”

I turned around and leaned my forehead against the cold wood of the front door. Leave, Travis. Open the door and save this kid from himself. He can’t possibly know what he wants. One touch of that olive skin and you’re going to maul him to orgasm. That’s not what he deserves.

“I can’t,” I groaned. “You don’t know what you’re asking me. I won’t be able to go slowly, Az. You’re a virgin. Please.”
“I’m sick and tired of being a virgin! I just want to get fucked. Is that too much to ask? I’m almost twenty-five for god’s sake, Travis. That’s why I signed up for the app in the first place. I just want to get laid!”