March 25th, 2016

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Release Day! : Mix 'N' Match

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Title: Mix ‘N’ Match

Authors: Layla Dorine, Eddy LeFey, Eric Gober, Asta Idonea, Kevin Caucher, Alina Popescu, A Lusch, Lily Velden, Kassandra Lea, Dale Cameron Lowry

Genre: Gay Romance, Interracial, LGBT

Length: Anthology/Novel-length

Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing


The heart wants what the heart wants.




Become little more than words in the dictionary when the heart sets its sights on its desire.

Join our authors as they explore interracial themes ranging from the challenges of loving someone from another culture to fighting for the right to love at all.


Celebrate diversity with us.


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Stories Included



Sage never imagined a trip down south would lead to so many discoveries.

He also never expected to meet Eugene, who is as different from Sage as north from south.

Two young men from different backgrounds.

Can they find friendship and love while surrounded by those who consider their desires to be forbidden?

Through The Front Door


A front door could be many things:

Hope, fear, a fresh start, a cold expanse of nothingness.

What will Thomas Ng’s front door mean for Daniel Grimm?

Deceptive Histories


When Miguel falls for Van, he gets caught in the crosshairs of an angry spirit.

A spirit who cursed Van’s family long ago.

Can Miguel and Van break the curse?

Or will their lives end in ruin?

Meschianza Meetings


Philadelphia, 1778

Lieutenant Penton has two problems: dealing with society functions and hiding his passion for Isaac, a slave.

When invited to assist with preparations for the Meschianza, he sees it as a brief escape from both.

However, the night will prove to have more to offer than he ever would have dreamed possible.

A Hopeless Mirage


After hearing “no rice” enough times, Guy decided to swear off dating apps and men, only to find himself falling for his best friend’s boyfriend.

A Touch of Paradise


Hauled to work in Hawaii, Tudor has little time to enjoy the island paradise.

His obnoxious friend Radu has it much easier, using his free time to set Tudor up, dangling a willing Hawaiian beauty in front of him.

Having been burned by long-distance relationships before, Tudor stubbornly resists Kahoni’s advances.

But can Tudor be worn down enough to enjoy a touch of paradise?


A Surprising Service


It’s another frustrating chore in Nick’s day: getting the boiler serviced.

But when Prince walks through the door, it’s not just the heating that gets hot.



Sent by the Royal Flying Doctor Service to curb an outbreak of influenza in an Australian outback aboriginal community, Dr. Dan is ready for anything.

Except Tommy…

A half-caste aboriginal who feels he doesn’t belong…


Kiss of the South


The north and south have been divided by war. But love has other plans for Joseph Calder and Ephraim Pickett.



What if the man you thought you could never have was waiting for you all along?


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Excerpt “Begging yer pardon, Lieutena’, but I’s brought yer some supper.”

The paintbrush slipped from between Ned’s fingers as he spun around. It struck his boot, leaving a streak of pale pink across the black leather.

“Isaac. What brings you here? Is everything well at home?”

“Yes, sir. Folks be having a marv’lous time. All be singing and dancing. But Cap’n Andre, he takes me aside and says I’s to come bring yer some food.” He verified this fact by holding out a linen-wrapped bundle.

Ned wiped his paint-specked hands on his apron and reached for the proffered parcel. In doing so, his fingers brushed against Isaac’s. The contact made him start and he had to fumble to keep hold of the packet. “Thank you, Isaac.”

“Will yer be needing anything else, Lieutena’?”

The ridiculous urge to invent something gripped Ned. He wanted nothing more than to find a reason to keep Isaac here a little longer. It was so rare for them to be in a room alone together, and he had a fervent desire to prolong the moment. But that was madness. What good would it do to dwell on something that could never be? Besides, he found himself unable to concoct an argument that would necessitate Isaac’s remaining.

“I do not believe so. And I suppose you should be getting back before Mrs. Colley misses you.”
Isaac shook his head. “No, sir. Cap’n Andre, he speaks with Missus Colley, and then he tells me to stay long as yer need me.”

Ned frowned.

“I’s to bring the linen back, too, when yer’s done, sir.”

The tension that had formed across Ned’s brow dissipated at this additional statement. For a moment he had questioned Andre’s motives. Moreover, he’d wondered at how much the man knew... or guessed. But it was clear now that it had merely been Isaac’s style of speech that had led to the confusion. He’d been told to wait for the leftovers. That was all.
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Blog Tour -Beastly Businessmen and Guitar Gods

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Title: Beastly Businessmen and Guitar Gods

Author: Asta Idonea

Genre: Gay Romance, Contemporary Romance

Length: Short Story Collection (novel length)

Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing


Fairytales and Myths for the Modern Gay

The modern age is devoid of magic.

Or is it?

How else could a stolen guitar or a lost shoe lead to love?

What but magic could spark romance at a workplace assessment?

Or turn a mean-spirited monster into a man?

Six fairytales and myths are given a contemporary MM twist in this collection of stories, proving that sometimes the mundane can be magical too.


When Theo’s landlord steals a prized guitar in lieu of rent owed, he informs Theo he will return the instrument on one condition: he wants a date with Theo’s twin sister.

LOVE’S CODE (Ariadne and Theseus)

Andre must pass the examination if he wants to keep his job.

However, he is distracted by his unspoken love for fellow programmer, Eren.

GUESSING GAMES (Rumplestiltskin)

Sasha told a little white lie in his job interview and it won him the role.

Only now he is faced with a pile of work he doesn’t know how to complete.

ASSIGNATIONS AND ULTIMATUMS (The Strange Elopement of Tinirau)

Hunter and Ross are in love, but Ross’ father keeps trying to set him up with undesirable, yet powerful, older men, the latest of whom happens to be Ross’ boss.

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LOST AND FOUND (Cinderella)

Cillian is dreading the work masquerade ball, but once there he finds himself romanced by a dashing stranger, only to flee when he discovers the man’s identity.

A DEBT IS A DEBT (Beauty and the Beast)

Dunstan Griffin is not a man to let a debt slide, so when debtor Alfred Siskin offers the EA services of his son, Wynn, in lieu of payment, Dunstan accepts.

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Excerpt —Guessing Games

“Good evening, handsome. What’s a pretty boy like you doing sitting all alone, looking so sour-faced?”

Sasha glanced up to find a young man perched on the edge of his desk, watching him from behind a fringe of golden hair that hung over his right eye. He seemed young. Too young to be an employee, surely, and yet how else would he have gotten in here? Unless he was another staff member’s son. Or maybe—


“I’m sorry?”

“You were wondering how old I am, and the answer is twenty-one.” He grinned. “I know I don’t look it, but I promise it’s true. I am one hundred percent legal in every way.”

“I suppose you’re going to tell me next that you read minds?” Sasha found himself smiling despite himself, a little of his despair lost in light of his companion’s merriment.

The man laughed and the bright, airy sound echoed around the room. “I wish! Think how delightful that would be. I could learn everyone’s deepest, darkest desires.... But, no, it’s just I’m used to it being the first question anyone asks me, so I’ve learnt to anticipate it and get it out of the way as quickly as possible. You’re Sasha, yes?”

“Yes. How did—?”

The man cut Sasha off with a dismissive wave of his hand. “I’ve heard talk of you around the departments today. Figured I’d come and see you for myself, though I fully expected you to be gone by now.”

“I’ve got a bit of a—” Sasha broke off, unwilling to divulge his terrible secret to this stranger, however infectious the young man’s cheerful mien might be.
“Oh, come on, you can tell me. I don’t work in this department and I swear I won’t blab. Scout’s honour. Cross my heart and hope to die.” His expression was one of dramatic, wide-eyed sincerity that was too overblown to be anything other than put-on.

Sasha hesitated a second longer, but the need to share his burden won out. “I’m supposed to log all these files in the records management system, but I don’t know how. I don’t understand the software, all the codes and terminology.” Saying it out loud, a weight lifted from Sasha’s shoulders and he breathed more freely than he had all day.

The young man cocked his head. “Suppose I could help you. What would you give me in payment for my assistance?”


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About the author

NICKI J. MARKUS was born in England in 1982, but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia with her husband. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.

Nicki launched her writing career in 2011. She published works through Wicked Nights Publishing and Silver Publishing before both companies closed their doors. She is now self-publishing some of her works, including the novella Time Keepers and the fantasy novel The Ragnarök Chronicles.

Nicki also writes M/M fiction under the alternate pen name of ASTA IDONEA and has had several short stories published by Wayward Ink Publishing. She is currently working on her first M/M novella.

Nicki works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys: music, theatre, cinema, photography, sketching, and cross stitch. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel.

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