Monday, March 31, 2014

Grand Adventures Anthology Blog Tour & Giveaway

Grand adventures

On September 1, 2011, TJ Klune wrote, "'s not about the ending, it's about the journey..." in a review of Eric Arvin's Woke Up in a Strange Place. With those words, two men began a journey of love and invited us to ride along. TJ and Eric have shared so much with us: their wonderful books, their smiles, their humor, their lives, and their inspiring devotion to each other. In December of 2013, their journey took a detour when Eric was taken to the emergency room. He survived the surgery to remove a cavernous hemangioma from his brain stem, but the challenges TJ and Eric face are far from over.
The authors in this anthology donated their talent as a way to support Eric's continued recovery, to help bring strength to TJ, and to show both of them just how much love surrounds them. Grand Adventures is a diverse range of stories about the journey of love. We’re going on some grand adventures for a great cause.

Thank you for joining us.

One hundred percent of the income from this volume goes directly to TJ and Eric.


Grand Adventures Anthology


Title ~ Grand Adventures Anthology.

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~ 31st March 2014

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Contributing Authors

Foreword by S.A. McAuley
An Unexpected Thing by John Amory
The Twinkie Ignition by J.E. Birk
When Friendship Becomes More by Sophie Bonaste
Isle of Waiting by Sue Brown
The Jogger by KC Burn
Holding Court by Cardeno C.
For Dear Life by Mary Calmes
Under the Full Moon by Ellis Carrington
Stripped by Shae Connor (2nd Edition)
That Place Across the Hall by C.C. Dado
Mistaken MD by Phoenix Emrys
Cops and Comix by Rhys Ford
Last First Kiss by LE Franks
Tomorrow by John Goode
From Fantasy to Friends by CR Guiliano
Witness Protected by Dawn Kimberly Johnson
Water Under the Bridge by Mia Kerick
A Gentle Shove of Human Kindness by Amy Lane
Air (Roads #1.75 million) by Garrett Leigh
An Atheist and a Yoga Instructor Walk into a Bar by Rowan McAllister
Stalking 101 by Moria McCain
Simple Desires by Tempeste O'Riley
Object of Care by Zahra Owens
Kid Confusion by Madison Parker
Fall Train by Jaime Samms
The Exhibition by Andrea Speed
What You Will by Tinnean
Prologue by Brandon Witt

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Mary Calmes

1. Tell us about your contribution to the anthology.

My contribution is about a new beginning and overcoming tragedy to make the best tomorrow.

2. What is your favorite TJ & Eric Memory (either in person or not)?

I just saw Eric at GRL and had him sign my paperback of Simple Men for me. He was so gracious as I gushed. And TJ has been so brave and open with his blog posts and updates.

3. Why did you choose to participate in the anthology?

When Dreamspinner Press announced that they were going to create an anthology for Eric & TJ, I was excited to be a part of it. Just like everyone else, readers and writers alike, I wanted to help.

4. Do you have anything you want to say to TJ & Eric?

Mary Calmes


About Mary


3152411Mary Calmes lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and two children and loves all the seasons except summer. She graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, with a bachelor's degree in English literature. Due to the fact that it is English lit and not English grammar, do not ask her to point out a clause for you, as it will so not happen. She loves writing, becoming immersed in the process, and falling into the work. She can even tell you what her characters smell like. She loves buying books and going to conventions to meet her fans.



Dawn Kimberly Johnson

1. Tell Us about your contribution to the anthology.

My story Witness Protected is about a tough US Marshal and an exasperating witness he’s protecting. They’re forced together for two months, and in that time they fall for each other. I enjoyed writing the push and pull between these two stubborn men. I tried to keep it fast and fresh and funny, with a bit of sweetness sprinkled in.

2. What is your favorite TJ & Eric Memory (either in person or not)?

I enjoyed the photos shared on Facebook of TJ and Eric exploring their new state of Virginia: the colorful leaves and the fields. TJ looked mesmerized.

3. Why did you choose to participate in the anthology?

When the call came out for the anthology, I wanted to participate because I’ve enjoyed reading TJ and Eric’s work, listening to their personal stories, and laughing my ass off at their antics as a couple. They are both so talented and such good men. I want the best for them.

4. Do you have anything you want to say to TJ & Eric?

Dawn Kimberley Johnson #1


About Dawn


3151111A native of West Virginia, Dawn earned a BA from the Marshall University W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications and worked as a copy editor at The Charleston Daily Mail for eight years. She enjoys writing just after waking, after her characters have strolled through her subconscious, chatting with one another, making love, arguing, figuring out how to live their lives and hold on to their lovers.



Ellis Carrington

1 Tell Us about your contribution to the anthology.

Under the Full Moon is a story of love overcoming adversity with a paranormal twist: It's an old school vampires vs. werewolves story where the two species are at odds. The local pack alpha finds his young nephew injured on his property and a young vampire turns out to be the child's unlikely savior.

2. What is your favorite TJ & Eric Memory (either in person or not)?

I attended GRL two years ago; I guess it was the year Eric and TJ met? I think Amy (Lane) and I were fleeing the Hard Rock Hotel gift shop, attempting to abscond with every bottle of water they had because we couldn't handle the lack of humidity in New Mexico. While we were glancing around in our retreat--probably checking to make sure nobody was going to tackle us for our water bottles--I caught a glimpse of TJ touching Eric's face out of the corner of my eye. It was a small, fast, gesture and I sure as hell didn't stop to take it in because that would have been rude, and it would have put our contraband at risk. But it was one of those moments when you know you've just seen something beautiful. It's a special and rare privilege to spot a slice in time of two people falling in love.

3. Why did you choose to participate in the anthology?

I wanted to help, but I don't know either Eric or TJ very well. I felt it was the least I could do.

4. Do you have anything you want to say to TJ & Eric?

Ellis Carrington


About Ellis



Romance requires a hopeful ending and that is why Ellis Carrington is driven to write it. She loves to create original stories that are gritty, witty, and a little unexpected, just like the heroes who inhabit them. Her guys come in both human and non-human form because spirit guides and vampires deserve love too. Her favorite things are great friends, great music, and books that make her sob like there’s no tomorrow.



Tour Stops

Be sure to check in at the other blogs and catch with what all the authors have to say on this fabulous tour!

29-Mar-2014 Kimi-Chan

30-Mar-2014 Boys in our Books

31-Mar-2014 Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews

1-Apr-2014 Boy Meets Boy Reviews

2-Apr-2014 The Blogger Girls

3-Apr-2014 MM Good Book Reviews

4-Apr-2014 Sid Love

5-Apr-2014 Joyfully Jay

6-Apr-2014 Mrs. Condit & Friends Read Books

7-Apr-2014 Prism Book Alliance



1st Prize ~ Large Cover Art Print Signed by the Artist Paperback copy of Grand Adventures
2nd Prize ~ $30 Dreamspinner Press Gift Card (sponsored by Dreamspinner Press)

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  1. This book is such a great thing to help them. I can't wait to read it too!

  2. Not sure if I did everything right but the ONE thing I did do right was buy this book! waiting for my Kindle Paperwhite to charge...silly Kindle not being charged on such an important day!

  3. I'm really enjoying reading these author interviews!

  4. I just got my copy late last night! I am so excited to read this. Thank you all for your contributions!

  5. I can't wait to read this and a great big thank you to everyone that helped to make this happen.

  6. Thank you to everyone involved in the production of this book, got my copy this morning, suspended everything else to read it first. Now.... Stop distracting me!!!!!!!!!

  7. I pre-ordered the book and I can't wait to read it.

  8. Just downloaded it today, I'm so psyched! Love to Eric, TJ, and all the contributors!

    Trix, vitajex(at)aol(Dot)com

  9. Can't wait to read this! thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Wow, Ellis, that is such a beautiful memory....

  11. Thank you for the giveaway. If I win, please contribute the gift to Eric and TJ's fund. I'm looking forward to reading the book, downloaded today.

  12. Thanks to all who contributed. I pre-ordered a copy. So happy to get it!

  13. Awww...I love these guys and I adore your stories about them. Thanks so much for sharing. I can't wait to sit down and read all of your stories in this antho! :)

  14. I can't wait to read the book thanks for opportunity!

  15. I love the idea of this book. I hope the money helps a lot.

  16. This is so fantastic

  17. Great author interviews and it's awesome all these authors have pulled together to help two fellow authors.

  18. Come on people let's get this book to #1...I have my copy!

  19. This is an amazing blog tour. Loving the interviews. <3

  20. Looking forward to reading this one. What an amazing contribution!!

  21. Thank you to all the wonderful authors that contributed to this as well as Dreamspinner Press. The love and support this community has for TJ & Eric is so amazing. So proud to be a small part of it.

  22. It's a wonderful thing this amazing community is doing.

  23. Can't wait to get my hands on this!!!

  24. Interesting stories

  25. Such beautiful quotes, and I love how you displayed them.