Monday, August 10, 2015

Blog Tour: Juggernaut by Amelia C. Gormely includes Exclusive Bane Excerpt & Giveaway

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Hi, and welcome to the Juggernaut blog tour!

Almost before I was done writing Strain, my mind began trying to fill in the blanks of the world we saw in Strain, trying to piece together what had led up to that point. I decided I wanted to write a story chronicling the apocalyptic pandemic, both the events leading up to it and the immediate aftermath. The result, of course, was Juggernaut.

On the Juggernaut blog tour, I’ll be sharing my thoughts about the world of Juggernaut/Strain/Bane, including several cut scenes from Juggernaut which I felt contained important world-building details that in the end just didn’t fit the flow of the story. I’ll also be sharing a couple sneak previews of the third book in the Strain universe, Bane (coming September 21 from Riptide Publishing) as well as giving away three e-copies of Bane before it hits the shelves!

To enter to win, leave a comment on this post including a way to contact you (email, Twitter, or Facebook.) Each stop along the blog tour that you visit offers you another chance to enter. Be sure to check the Riptide blog tour schedule for a complete list of other stops. The contest will close Saturday, August 15th, 2015 and the winner will be contacted no later than Monday, August 17th. Any entries made without a way to contact the winner will be invalidated, so please don’t forget to provide your email, or your Twitter or Facebook address. Contest is NOT limited to US entries.

Good luck, and enjoy the tour!

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Today on the Juggernaut blog tour, I’m going to be sharing a sneak peek at Bane, the upcoming sequel to Juggernaut and Strain. Whereas Juggernaut and Strain each stand on their own and can be read in any order, Bane concludes the journey of sets of characters from both books, which means it’s best read with some familiarity with each.

Darius and Rhys were, of course, hugely popular characters with readers of Strain, and it was a pleasure to be able to revisit them and to entwine their story with Zach and Nico’s. In this excerpt, we get a look at how Rhys has matured and prospered during his two years among Delta Company and specifically with Darius.

Rhys was quiet the rest of the day as they left the Garden of the Gods behind and began picking their way through the ruined and uninhabited portions of Colorado Springs. It would take a couple more days to get back to camp, if they kept up their leisurely pace, and Darius tried not to be disappointed that their time alone together was ending.

That night, Rhys sat on their bedrolls as Darius lay behind him, staring into the fire, his knees drawn up to his chest. It was a long while before he spoke. “If I asked you to mark me, the way Joe is marked, would you?”

Darius frowned. Rhys had practically turned green the first time he’d seen the scars on Joe’s skin. Before the plague, Joe’s husband had carved words into his flesh—slurs and insults that appealed to Joe’s well-known humiliation kink. Toby had never added to those, but he’d left his own marks, as well. Typically burns.

“I’ve left marks on you.” Darius dragged his fingers down Rhys’s back, where under his shirt, the faintest scattering of silvery lines remained from times when whipping Rhys had left welts that had split the skin.

“Barely.” Rhys turned to look over his shoulder. “Would you?”

“Are you asking me to?”

“I don’t know. I just wondered if it’s something you’d consider.”

“Guess that depends on if you’d really want it. And why.”

“It scares me.” The shiver that ran down Rhys’s spine under Darius’s fingers testified to the truth of his words. “Makes me ashamed. Advertising it—the things we do—like Toby and Joe. It shouldn’t, I know. Everyone knows. Your squad has seen it, and I’ve stopped minding about that, but the rest of Delta Company . . . Since it’s been just you and me, we’ve kept it all private. I’ve been comfortable with that.”

“Then why ask?”

“I don’t know. I can’t stop thinking about it.” With a disgruntled sound, Rhys turned and lay down beside Darius, facing him. “Maybe it’s like you said earlier, about wanting to prove I’m not weaker. No one would think Joe wasn’t as strong as Toby. I may be taller than you now, but I’ll never be as strong. I’ll never be a Jug.”

The tension in his voice made Darius sit up, looking down at Rhys. “That’s a problem?” he asked, frowning.

“No. Yes. Hell, Darius, I don’t know.” Rhys rolled away, but Darius grabbed his shoulder and rolled him back.

“Spit it out, boy. What’s going on?”

Rhys pressed his lips together, plucking at the blankets of their bedroll. “I— I guess I— I think I always held out for it, you know? That maybe one day the Alpha strain would just . . . take hold. Then I’d really be one of you. I wouldn’t just be your ‘pet civvie.’”

Did Rhys hear how much bitterness bled into his voice on those last words? It made Darius’s jaw clench, not in anger at Rhys but at the rare but persistent remarks, both subtle and overt, that had left Rhys feeling that way.

“Anything you had to prove, Rhys, you’ve proved.”

His shoulder was tense beneath Darius’s stroking hand, rigid. “Have I?” Rhys’s eyes sought out Darius’s in the firelight. “Because it sure feels like a lot of people are waiting for me to slip up and demonstrate that I’m not one of you.”

Darius watched him a long moment as Rhys’s hands twitched restlessly. “This is still about Schuyler, ain’t it?”

“Not just about her.” His eyes darted around, unwilling to meet Darius’s again.

“Maybe you’re the one who feels you don’t fit.”

“Says the man who tried to convince me to leave and go live with a bunch of strangers.”

Ouch. He had that coming. Still . . . “I want you to have a future.”

Rhys shook his head as if dismissing the idea. “I just want today not to be awful. That’s all I need. And when I’m with you, it’s not.”

The words, spoken so simply and with such complete candor, made Darius’s chest tighten. His boy set the bar for happiness so low. A little kindness. A little affection. Some pleasure and maybe some pain, so long as Rhys got to choose it himself. It wasn’t right, and Darius shouldn’t let him settle the way he was. He should make Rhys demand more for himself, but Darius was selfish enough that he couldn’t, no matter how much he knew he should.

He planted his hands on either side of Rhys, caging him in.

“And I won’t ever let it be, if I can help it,” Darius promised instead, punctuating the vow with a short, hard kiss. “You ever come to me and say you want my marks on you because it’s what you want, I’ll give you anything you ask for. But not if it’s to make a point to anyone else. We ever do that, it’s gonna mean something just between you and me.”

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Juggernaut (Strain .5)

Amelia C. Gormley

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Author ~ Amelia C. Gormley

Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing

Published ~ 10th August 2015

Genre ~ Dystopian M/M Romance

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Synopsis

They helped destroy the world. Now they have to survive the new one.

For rentboy Nico Fern├índez, it’s a simple job: seduce a presidential advisor to help cement approval to launch Project Juggernaut. He’s done similar work for General Logan McClosky before, and manipulating people for his favorite client beats the hell out of being trafficked for slave wages in some corporate brothel.

Zach Houtman feels called to work with the most vulnerable outcasts of society. But his father, the Reverend Maurice Houtman, insists that Zach work for him instead as he runs for Senate. Zach reluctantly agrees, but is horrified to see his father leave behind Christ’s mandate of love and mercy to preach malicious zealotry and violence instead. Zach even starts to suspect his father is working with fundamentalist terrorists.

When Project Juggernaut accidentally unleashes a deadly plague that claims billions of lives, Nico and Zach are thrown together, each bearing a burden of guilt. With only each other for safety and solace, they must make their way through a new world, one where the handful of people left alive are willing to do anything—and kill anyone—to survive.

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Meet Amelia C. Gormley

Amelia C. Gormley may seem like anyone else. But the truth is she sings in the shower, dances doing laundry, and writes blisteringly hot m/m erotic romance while her son is at school. When she’s not writing in her Pacific Northwest home, Amelia single-handedly juggles her husband, her son, their home, and the obstacles of life by turning into an everyday superhero. And that, she supposes, is just like anyone else.

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Giveaway

To enter to win, leave a comment on this post including a way to contact you (email, Twitter, or Facebook.) Each stop along the blog tour that you visit offers you another chance to enter. Be sure to check the Riptide blog tour schedule for a complete list of other stops. The contest will close Saturday, August 15th, 2015 and the winner will be contacted no later than Monday, August 17th. Any entries made without a way to contact the winner will be invalidated, so please don’t forget to provide your email, or your Twitter or Facebook address. Contest is NOT limited to US entries.

Good luck, and enjoy the tour!

16 comments:

  1. loved this whole series! it was amazingly well written

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  2. I haven't read anything by this author but sounds interesting.
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  3. new author for me but love the review
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  4. Have not read this series yet. But it sounds like I need too.

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  5. Sounds great! Please count me in. Thanks!

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  6. Great post and thank you

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  7. This is a new-to-me author. The book sounds very interesting. Thanks for a chance in the giveaway.

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  8. It's a great excerpt!

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  9. sounds interesting and my email address is kimthorne119@hotmail.com

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  10. Congrats on your new release! It sounds fantastic

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  11. Count me in, please, and thanks for the giveaway.

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  12. Thanks so much to Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews for hosting me today! I've registered all the context entries and I'll be checking back for more between now and the contest deadline. Good luck to everyone in the drawing!

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  13. I read the first book a couple of years ago and always wondered what came next so.... I am looking forward to read this.

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  14. Just finished the book and I absolutely LOVED it! Cannot wait to get my hands on Bane! :D

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