The Happy Onion: now available for pre-order

That’s right, y’all. My hot & sexy romantic comedy The Happy Onion — previously published by Samhain Publishing and gently reworked for self-publication by yours truly — is now available for pre-order via all the usual channels. Scheduled release date is Sunday July 30th 2017.

This is a second edition and not substantially different from the original edition. Just fyi. Links to the major pre-order pages below. I’m excited to have this book back out there. Please tell your friends and neighbors!

Liberal vegan meets corporate carnivore. What could possibly go wrong?

Phil Sorrells is a liberal vegan with a popular restaurant and a thing for aggressive little blonds. Thom Stone is an aggressive little blond with corporate ambitions and a fierce temper. The attraction between them is immediate, and the sex is explosive. But when they climb out of bed long enough to talk, they learn how different they really are. So how do they navigate the ideological minefield separating them to find common ground? Very carefully.

© Copyright 1st edition 2008 Ally Blue

© Copyright 2nd edition 2017 Ally Blue

This entry was posted on May 31, 2017, in New Release.

Big Gay Fiction Giveaway, Spring 2017

It’s that time again, everyone: time for the Big Gay Fiction Giveaway! A whole bunch of gay romance authors — both exciting new voices, and some of the best authors in the genre — are giving away their novels, novellas, and short stories for FREE via InstaFreebie. I’ve gone and claimed my freebies, believe me *g*

This time around, I’m giving away my contemporary romantic comedy, The Happy Onion, previously published by Samhain Publishing. I’ve done a bit of re-editing, and it has a shiny new cover by my talented artist hubby Brent Brown, but the story’s basically the same. If you’ve never read it and you’d like to, now’s your chance to read for free. The giveaway lasts through May 29. After that, I’ll be self-publishing the book far and wide.

Stop by the Big Gay Fiction Giveaway this week to pick up as many free gay romances as you can handle. Then be sure to stay tuned to my website — or sign up for my newsletter — for news about my future titles.

Ally Jumps Into Self-Publishing

Yep, you heard right. I’ve taken my three homeless short stories (from the closing of Wilde City Press) and created an Ally-only anthology called Loose Stories. It’s already up on Amazon. I’ve loaded it on B&N and Kobo, though it’s not live yet, and am trying to work out how to get it on iTunes. I’m also planning to load it on Smashwords. So, hopefully it’ll be available on all the major channels soon. These little stories are nothing heavy, just fun, sexy romance with their own odd twists. Hope y’all enjoy!

 A demon, a cowboy, and a villain walk into a book. And live Happily Ever After.

 

A demon with a magic butt and a price on his head.

An interplanetary cowboy with the most valuable plot of land in the galaxy.

A designated Villain who only wants to make people happy, if he can get away with it.

Meet these characters—and the special men who learn to love them—in Loose Stories, a collection of three crazy, funny, surprisingly sweet tales of suspense, adventure, and romance.

 

These stories have been previously published in three separate multi-author short story anthologies. They are collected here together for the first time.

Buy on Amazon.

Read the excerpts!

Goodbye, Samhain books

For anyone who hasn’t heard yet, Samhain Publishing is closing its doors at the end of February. Which means that the majority of my books will no longer be available for sale. I’m a little freaked out about it, to be honest. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with those books. Most likely I’ll try to find homes for the majority of them at other publishers. A few, I might try to self publish, though that’s not my favorite option for a variety of reasons. We’ll see.

In any case, Samhain was the home of my second published novel, Willow Bend, they’ve been wonderful to work with all these years, and I’ll miss them. Thank you, Samhain, for everything. Much love.

Women in Horror Month Giveaway

February is Women in Horror Month. And in celebration of that, a bunch of female horror authors — including yours truly — are offering up a treasure trove of awesome free books and short stories. We have some amazing stuff up for grabs. I’m giving away my short story That Voodoo, including a bonus excerpt from my Lambda award finalist horror novel Down. The giveaway runs through the end of February. Go on over and get some fabulous, female-authored scary stuff!

No Small Parts – Now Available!

 No Small Parts, book #16 in the Bluewater Bay universe, is now available in ebook and print from Riptide Publishing, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your other favorite third party retailers. I love my boys, and I hope y’all enjoy reading their story as much as I enjoyed writing it 🙂

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© Copyright 2016 Ally Blue

Nat Horn is almost living the dream. His part as a werewolf extra on the hit show Wolf’s Landing has somehow turned into a regular role. Beautiful rising star Solari Praveen has taken an interest in him. He’s even making enough money to think about getting out of Bluewater Bay someday. Except his retired dad’s dependence on pain medications seems to be getting worse, and Nat’s the only one around to take care of him.

When Nat learns that Solari’s interest isn’t romantic, his disappointment is surprisingly short-lived, because in getting to know her, he also got to know her assistant, Rafael. And Rafael turns out to be the kind of friend—and potential boyfriend—Nat never dared to dream about.

Distracted by his astonishing new life, new friends, and new possibilities, Nat lets his guard down, and suddenly his life goes careening out of control. Racked by guilt, he tries to push his new friends away, but the bonds he’s formed are already too strong. In fact, they’re strong enough to pull him forward, into the future he’s been longing for—but to get there, he’ll have to let go of the past.

 

Be sure to comment on any (or all) of the posts on my blog tour for a chance to win a book from my backlist.

December 19, 2016  –  Joyfully Jay
December 19, 2016  –  Booklover Sue
December 19, 2016  –  Attention is Arbitrary
December 19, 2016  –  Diverse Reader
December 20, 2016  –  KT Book Reviews
December 20, 2016  –  Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
December 20, 2016  –  The Jeep Diva
December 20, 2016  –  Prism Book Alliance
December 21, 2016  –  That’s What I’m Talking About
December 21, 2016  –  Bayou Book Junkie
December 21, 2016  –  Book Reviews and More by Kathy
December 21, 2016  –  Love Bytes Reviews
December 22, 2016  –  My Fiction Nook
December 22, 2016  –  Dog-Eared Daydreams
December 22, 2016  –  Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
December 22, 2016  –  OMG Reads
December 22, 2016  –  MM Good Book Reviews
December 23, 2016  –  Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews
December 23, 2016  –  Alpha Book Club
December 23, 2016  –  Creative Deeds
December 23, 2016  –  All I Want N More

Giving Tuesday, Gatlinburg, and a free book

Hey, y’all. As you might have heard, the beautiful town of Gatlinburg, TN has been devastated by one of the wildfires burning in the Great Smoky Mountains. I’m heartbroken about this. I grew up on the Gulf Coast, but I traveled to Gatlinburg with my family as a child, and I’ve been there many times as an adult since I got married and moved to the Asheville area as a young woman. It’s more than just a tourist attraction. It’s a lovely, iconic place. It’s special to so many people, tourists and locals alike. My thoughts and my heart are with all those who have lost homes and businesses, and all the brave men and women fighting the fires right now.

There’s not much I can do, other than donate my little bits of money, clothes, food, and water. But right now, since Gatlinburg is on my mind and since today is Giving Tuesday, I want to give away a copy of my novel The Mountain, because it’s set in Gatlinburg, and I’m hoping that this will make at least a few people think about this beautiful town, and maybe inspire them to help support the people of the town and the firefighters working to save lives there.

If you want to be entered into the drawing, email me at ally AT allyblue DOT com (I’m sure you know how to format that for email). I’ll draw a winner of an electronic book copy tomorrow night, 11/30/16. Thank you!

Big Gay Fiction Giveaway

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Who wants a free novel, short story, or sample chapter? That’s right, you do! For a limited time — November 20 through 27 — eighty plus authors of gay fiction (including yours truly) are giving away some awesome freebies. Go to the Big Gay Fiction Giveaway page and click on the cover for the story you want. The link will take you to the InstaFreebie page for the free book/story/chapter. Fill in your name and email, and InstaFreebie sends you your free story. That’s it. Get as many freebies as you want, there’s no limit. You’ll be signed up for the author’s newsletter when you give your email; it says so on InstaFreebie, but I wanted to put it out there just so we’re clear. For those of you already signed up for my newsletter, if you get my freebie (my short story That Voodoo) InstaFreebie will send you the story but you will NOT be signed up for my newsletter twice. You’ll only get it the one time. So no worries there 🙂

I’ve looked over the list of freebies, and there are some truly excellent books and stories on offer here. Don’t miss out, y’all! Believe me, I’m gonna be grabbing some freebies and newsletters myself!

No Small Parts available for pre-order

nosmallparts_teaser No Small Parts (Bluewater Bay #18) is now available for pre-order from Riptide Publishing. I’ll have an excerpt up once line edits are done. Be sure to check out the cover reveal on the Heroes & Heartbreakers blog on 9/27!

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© Copyright 2016 Ally Blue

Nat Horn is almost living the dream. His part as a werewolf extra on the hit show Wolf’s Landing has somehow turned into a regular role. Beautiful rising star Solari Praveen has taken an interest in him. He’s even making enough money to think about getting out of Bluewater Bay someday. Except his retired dad’s dependence on pain medications seems to be getting worse, and Nat’s the only one around to take care of him.

When Nat learns that Solari’s interest isn’t romantic, his disappointment is surprisingly short-lived, because in getting to know her, he also got to know her assistant, Rafael. And Rafael turns out to be the kind of friend—and potential boyfriend—Nat never dared to dream about.

Distracted by his astonishing new life, new friends, and new possibilities, Nat lets his guard down, and suddenly his life goes careening out of control. Racked by guilt, he tries to push his new friends away, but the bonds he’s formed are already too strong. In fact, they’re strong enough to pull him forward, into the future he’s been longing for—but to get there, he’ll have to let go of the past.

The Secret of Hunter’s Bog: now available

The Secret of Hunter’s Bog is now available in ebook and paperback on the Riptide Publishing website, Amazon, B&N, and all your favorite third party retailers. The blog tour also starts today and runs through this Friday. Stop by and comment on any of the tour stops for a chance to win a full set of my Mojo Mysteries series in the winner’s choice of electronic format.

TheSecretOfHuntersBog_400x600For Koichi McNab, the shop he and his twin sister Kimmy are opening in Hunter’s Bog Mall is a fresh start after their old one burned down. A way to move on. Especially when he meets the hunky owner of the luxury camping goods store next door. Koichi’s never been an outdoorsy guy, but Will Hood just might change his mind.

Will came to Southern Alabama to establish his own life away from his big, intrusive family—and in hopes of finding Anthony, the lover who vanished two years ago. But meeting Koichi throws everything off-kilter. Anthony was a long time ago. Koichi’s right here, smart and funny and cute, and Will wants him.

As Koichi and Will become friends, then lovers, Will’s past and Koichi’s present tangle into a dangerous knot that brings them face-to-face with secrets, theft, treachery . . . maybe even murder. With their lives on the line, their only way to safety is together.

 

 

Secret of Hunter’s Bog blog tour

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The Secret of Hunter’s Bog is scheduled for release from Riptide Publishing on March 7th. Please join me for an awesome blog tour March 7-11! I have some cool posts planned. And you can comment at any of the stops for a chance to win a full set of my Mojo Mysteries series (Demon Dog, A Ghost Most Elusive, and Myth Adventures) in the winner’s choice of electronic format. Check out the schedule below, or click the banner above to go to the blog tour schedule on the Riptide website. Hope to see y’all on the tour!

Stops for this tour:

March 7, 2016  –  The Novel Approach
March 7, 2016  –  Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
March 7, 2016  –  Booklover Sue
March 7, 2016  –  Fresh Fiction
March 8, 2016  –  Prism Book Alliance
March 8, 2016  –  Erotica for All
March 8, 2016  –  GGR-Review
March 8, 2016  –  The Jeep Diva
March 8, 2016  –  Cup o’ Porn
March 9, 2016  –  Love Bytes Reviews
March 9, 2016  –  Book Reviews and More by Kathy
March 9, 2016  –  Man2Mantastic
March 9, 2016  –  That’s What I’m Talking About
March 9, 2016  –  Wicked Faerie’s Tales
March 10, 2016  –  MM Good Book Reviews
March 10, 2016  –  The Day Before You Came
March 10, 2016  –  Just Love Romance
March 10, 2016  –  Sinfully MM Book Reviews
March 11, 2016  –  My Fiction Nook
March 11, 2016  –  All I Want and More
March 11, 2016  –  TTC Books and More
March 11, 2016  –  Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents

 

The Secret of Hunter’s Bog – Cover and pre-order!

Hello dear readers. Please excuse my lateness in posting this, but life’s been nuts lately. Anyhow, I want to show y’all the TOTALLY AWESOME cover for my upcoming novel The Secret of Hunter’s Bog, scheduled for release from Riptide Publishing in March. You can pre-order the book from Riptide for super cheap! And you can read the first two chapters on the website! So go check it out, it’s pretty sweet if I say so myself 😀

Be sure to sign up for my newsletter for exclusive excerpts and other content when the book comes out. Sign-up form on the sidebar here on my website. Also, I’m planning a totally cool Christmas story exclusively for the newsletter, starring Greg and Adrian from the Mojo Mysteries series. Don’t miss out!

Read on for cover and blurb for The Secret of Hunter’s Bog.

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TheSecretOfHuntersBog_400x600For Koichi McNab, the shop he and his twin sister Kimmy are opening in Hunter’s Bog Mall is a fresh start after their old one burned down. A way to move on. Especially when he meets the hunky owner of the luxury camping goods store next door. Koichi’s never been an outdoorsy guy, but Will Hood just might change his mind.

Will came to Southern Alabama to establish his own life away from his big, intrusive family—and in hopes of finding Anthony, the lover who vanished two years ago. But meeting Koichi throws everything off-kilter. Anthony was a long time ago. Koichi’s right here, smart and funny and cute, and Will wants him.

As Koichi and Will become friends, then lovers, Will’s past and Koichi’s present tangle into a dangerous knot that brings them face-to-face with secrets, theft, treachery . . . maybe even murder. With their lives on the line, their only way to safety is together.

 

Myth Adventures now available

MythAdventures72webMyth Adventures (Mojo Mysteries book 3) is now available for purchase in ebook and paperback from Samhain Publishing, Amazon, B&N, and your other favorite third-party vendors. This book takes our boys to some darker places than ever before. Pick up the book and find out how they overcome the things the paranormal realm throws at them this time 🙂

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Something evil is going down in Atlanta…

Adrian Broussard and Greg Woodhall are attending OutlantaCon, Atlanta’s annual gay geek conference, and are looking forward to a weekend of cosplay and general nerdy fun. As they mingle with other conference goers, though, Adrian feels a strange, cold energy emanating from a man dressed as a satyr.

Encounters with storybook creatures roaming the streets only increase the chilly tendrils teasing Adrian’s sixth sense—strong enough to cause disturbing visions of Greg’s existence being erased.

When a girl at the conference goes missing, then turns up dead, clues literally drop in their laps as Adrian begins to fear the cold, alien energy is engulfing the whole city. And in danger of swallowing up his lover.

To Adrian’s horror, his worst nightmare is realized. Now both he and Greg must call on reserves of strength and resourcefulness they never knew they possessed to save Atlanta, and each other.

Warning: This book contains weird critters, Hell-Lanta, regular Atlanta, a creepy escalator, awesome cosplay geeks, temples that aren’t (but totally are), and liberal use of mojo mind powers.

Free book! Get yer hot, fresh free book!

LLG_lgThat’s right, folks, Love, Like Ghosts is now FREE on Amazon! This spectacular deal is, of course, for a limited time only. Since I’m not sure exactly how long this is going to last, best to hustle your buns on over there and get yourself a copy before they start charging again 🙂

Love, Like Ghosts is technically a part of the Bay City Paranormal Investigations series — the last book of that series, though it can be read as a stand-alone — but it’s the story where Greg Woodhall and Adrian Broussard from the Mojo Mysteries series first met and fell in love. So while it’s not a part of the Mojo Mysteries series, in a way it’s where that series started, because it’s where Greg and Adrian began as a couple.

If you’ve ever wondered if this couple and their adventures might appeal to you, now’s your chance to get a taste before Myth Adventures, the latest Mojo Mystery, comes out next month. Personally, I adore this book and my boys, and I want everyone to love them like I do.

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© Copyright 2009 Ally Blue

Truth. Lies. A century-old mystery. What a tangled web…

At age eleven, Adrian Broussard accidentally used his mind to open a portal to another dimension. Now, ten years later, he’s successfully harnessed his strong psychokinetic abilities. In the process, he’s learned the lessons which have become the guiding principles of his life. Absolute truth. Absolute control. Always.

Sticking to his personal code of ethics has never been a problem, until two chance meetings—one with a hundred-year-old ghost, one with a handsome, very-much-alive man—turn his orderly existence upside down.

Having grown up in a family of paranormal investigators, Adrian is intrigued by the spirit of Lyndon Groome and determined to solve the mystery of his death. Greg Woodhall, however, affects Adrian in unpredictable ways. Not only does his every touch challenge Adrian’s hard-won control over his abilities, his company quickly becomes a light in Adrian’s lonely life.

As the mystery surrounding Lyndon’s death turns sinister, Adrian’s relationship with Greg deepens into something serious. Something Adrian wants to keep. But intimacy isn’t as easy as honesty, and when the heart’s involved, the line between right and wrong can blur.

(Warning: This book contains a gory ghost, a haunted castle, nerdy college parties and gay sex enhanced by psychic powers.)

Ally enters the modern age. Sort of.

That’s right, y’all. I’m starting a newsletter. Finally getting in the groove of five years ago! Ha!

Anyway, all kidding aside, I really am starting a newsletter. I think I need to. I’m super unorganized, and I think that might actually be the best way for me to make sure that the people who want to know about my new books and whatnot actually get to hear about them.

The signup form is on the sidebar here on my website. For those following along via Amazon or Goodreads, I’m also putting it here in the body of this post. I really hope you’ll sign up. My first newsletter,  coming out in early October, will have an exclusive excerpt from Myth Adventures (Mojo Mysteries book 3) as well as (I hope) pictures and travel reports from my trip to New Zealand to visit my daughter. I’m looking forward to sharing my ramblings with all of you 🙂

 

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Discovery: flash fiction anthology

cover-discoveryThe rules are simple enough. Write a complete story—either sci fi, fantasy, or paranormal. Make sure it has LGBT characters and/or an LGBT vibe. And do it all with just 300 words.

The stories in this volume run the gamut, from platypus shifters to alien slug monsters, from carnival horror stories to haunting stories of ships with souls. There are little jokes, big surprises, and future prognostications.

This is an anthology of flash fiction specific stories, all with LGBTQ characters/ideas, and all with the general theme of Discovery. The publisher, Mischief Corner Books, takes what they need for expenses, and the rest goes to support the QSF website. A very worthy cause! It’s a fantastic site supporting GLBTQ sci-fi, fantasy, and horror fiction.

My own contribution is a little horror story called “Wrong.” I hope you like it 🙂

You can buy the book from Mischief Corner Books, Amazon, ARe, and Kobo.

 

We have a winner!

The winner of my Pride Month Giveaway is Tracey S. Congratulations, Tracey! To everyone who entered, thank you so much!

This was a Pride Month for the history books 🙂

Pride Month Giveaway

Hey y’all, in honor of GLBTQ Pride Month, now drawing to a close (where did the time go??), I’ve decided to have a drawing. I’ll be giving away an ebook set of my Mojo Mysteries series to one winner, chosen by random number generator. Just leave a comment here telling me to include you in the drawing. Be sure to include your email so I can contact you! Deadline is eleven PM Eastern Standard Time June 30, 2015. The winner will get one copy each of Demon Dog and A Ghost Most Elusive, the first two books in the Mojo Mysteries series. The third book doesn’t come out until October, so that’s why it’s not part of the package.

Why these books? To me, Greg and Adrian (my Heroes in this series) represent Pride: they live and love openly and proudly. They know that what they share is rare, beautiful, and precious, and they’d never let anyone tell them it’s not. As a straight woman, it’s not really my place to speak about Pride, I think. But as an ally, I do support it in heart, in spirit, and in the flesh. This little giveaway is only a wave to say “hi” and “Pride is on my mind this June.” I’d encourage everyone who enters to also search out and purchase books by LGBTQ authors. There are SO many excellent LGBTQ writers out there, in all genres. Do yourself a favor, find them and read them!

 

ETA: Okay, well, since WordPress refuses to cooperate with me and allow comments, here’s what to do to enter the drawing: email me at ally @ allyblue dot com (in the usual email format instead of that one, obviously) with PRIDE MONTH GIVEAWAY in the subject line. Give me your name, preferred email, and preferred ebook format, and I’ll enter you in the contest. Sorry about that! Stupid WordPress.

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Mojo Mysteries book 1: Demon Dog.

DemonDog72webOne juicy mystery, mustard and relish included.

Three years after solving the hundred-year-old murder case that brought them together, Greg Woodhall and Adrian Broussard have settled into life together in the colorful college town of Chapel Hill. Adrian’s doctorate research and Greg’s two jobs keep them busy, but they have each other and life is good.

When Greg is offered the chance to help Bay City Paranormal scope out the historic PlayMakers Theater’s rumored spirits, he’s excited to get involved—at first. But as the protoplasmic trail unexpectedly shifts to DogOpolis, where Greg works part time, he senses something in the air besides the mouthwatering aroma of gourmet hot dogs.

There’s an entity that the team can’t quite get a handle on, but it’s creating havoc in Greg’s relationship with Adrian. Things that leave him doubting his own sanity. When the team finally uncovers the truth, no one is prepared for the danger—or what they’ll have to do to stop the thing plaguing DogO before it stops them. Permanently.

(Warning: This book contains a spooky mystery, unusual hot dog toppings, and a fast food joint that may or may not be haunted. May cause random hot dog cravings.)

© Copyright 2012 Ally Blue

 

Mojo Mysteries book 2: A Ghost Most Elusive.  

GhostMostElusive-A72webWhat’s a guy supposed to do when his mojo’s a no-go?

Adrian Broussard has always considered his ability to talk to ghosts a mixed blessing. Until the night he and his man, Greg Woodhall, find the body of an elderly neighbor. The woman’s ghost whispers murder, then refuses to speak to Adrian again.

She does, however, try to communicate with Greg. An unexpected twist that leaves Adrian grappling with a green-eyed jealousy monster—and he has no idea how to vanquish it.

For Greg, his first experience with talking to a ghost is part fun, part terrifying. Beyond that, he simply wants to help the woman he’d befriended in life. At least Adrian’s just as eager to solve the case, which is good. Because things get real weird, real fast.

Figuring out whodunit isn’t going to be easy, especially with a ghost who seems to be speaking in tongues. But neither of them anticipate the revelations they reveal as they dig deeper into the case. Or the danger those revelations unleash.

(Warning: This book contains suspense, spookiness, suggestive nicknames, amateur sleuthing and a grumpy ghost. May cause inappropriate laughter and/or nail-biting.)

© Copyright 2014 Ally Blue