Do you miss Kasen and Rowan from Chartreuse? Here’s some good news if you answered yes.

I’m not gonna lie.  I love my paranormal babies like whoa, but Kasen and Rowan have such a huge piece of my heart, too.

I was becoming frustrated with my inability to finish anything lately so my friend Laura (you’re so great, seriously) suggested that I revisit Chartreuse and try to write a story for the boys.

Holy crap.  Did I ever write.

In 4 days I produced a new story to go along with the novel and I have to admit…I really loved it.

Four days? No way!

Yes way?! I know it’s insane, but the words flowed freely and I wasn’t about to stop them.  Rowan and Kasen were really vocal about the direction their lives took after the ending of Chartreuse and I was happy to follow.

It is a Christmas themed story, but pffft. Since when do we live in reality and care about timelines? Exactly.

This story will be released on October 30th (Happy birthday to Chartreuse’s biggest fan Nikki, and Yliana. <3).

It is available for pre-order NOW.

I don’t know how it happened, but I get the feeling we’ll be seeing some more activity from Chartreuse soon.

-Tries to ignore Jessica as this is written-

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SYNOPSIS

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This story accompanies the novel Chartreuse which is available now. For a better understanding, entertainment, enjoyment, and the sake of not spoiling the ending of the novel, please be sure to read Chartreuse first. This is a M/M romance for those who are curious. If you don’t mind the spoilers and you’re just looking for a quick, enjoyable read, please proceed.

For Kasen Reed and Rowan Kelly the road to true love has never been easy. Six years after finding each other, things seem to finally be falling in to place. Their love for each other has done nothing but grow. But true love has its faults.

Demanding jobs, new business ventures, and general day to day activities have put a distance between the two lovers. Both are at a loss on how to fix it. With the holidays right around the corner and a want to expand their family, our favorite couple must find a way to get back to the harmony they once had.

After fighting for their love in almost impossible conditions will everyday life be their downfall? Christmas is a time of peace and love. Can Kasen and Rowan turn their chaotic life around in time to enjoy the holiday and have everything they ever dreamed of?

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Approximately 24,000 words

Update: Giftapalooza 2014

Well, that escalated quickly–and in the best way possible!

We are now up to 94 donations for Giftapalooza, 341 folks are attending, and I’m so happy I could shout it on the roof tops!

The reader and writer gift baskets I put together for two children in need have now turned into FOUR gift baskets, which means 4 kids who love to read and write will be receiving them!  The reader gift basket has been wiped out online and we only have 3 remaining items for the writer gift basket.

What are the gift baskets for?  During RAoC, I always offer up a special gift basket for an aspiring teen writer and an avid teen reader.  It’s just a part of me that I like to share and giving to a child who reminds me of myself when I was younger is a wonderful feeling.  This year I really, really wanted my ‘friendies’ to be involved, so I decided to post the wishlists and let them help me out.  You guys have been amazing about it. <3

The remainder of the writer gift basket is HERE.

I’m ready to buy for a child in need now! Where do I find a wishlist?

Our youngsters will have their wishlists posted beginning on November 14th.  RAoC opens its doors on November 1st, so I really need to take a week or so to focus everything I have there.  It can get a little chaotic in the beginning, but I’d like to think our elves handle it fairly well. :)  Please be patient and I promise I’ll post a wishlist for a kiddo in need as soon as I can.

Where do I sign up to make sure I receive a thank-you gift?

There are two forms I need you to remember. THIS form is really, really important.  It’s going to help everyone out in the long run.

You need to bookmark THIS form if you plan to be an active Santa. (Gift more than one child)  Every time you purchase an item, this is where you’re going to post your information for that particular gift.  If you know the $$ total, it’s going to help me out SO much.  Screenshots *are* required for Giftapalooza just as they are for RAoC.  Besides, how can I keep up with how many gifts you’ve given to determine your prize if you don’t let me know? xx

How will you determine who the thank-you gifts go to?

This is something I’m still brainstorming on.  The goal of RAoC is to gift as many children as possible, so I may be setting up a point-based system on that.  No matter what though, anyone who gifts a child in need will receive an ebook for certain.  Please be patient as I figure out the rest of the details.  I’ll let you know something very soon.

AUTHORS/BLOGGERS/MODELS/ACTORS-there is still time to donate HERE.

I can’t wait for November 14th to arrive so we can share this magical experience together.  You’ve never seen anything like it before.  I promise.  xx

COVER REVEAL: ROOMIES BY LINDY ZART

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TITLE: Roomies
AUTHOR: Lindy Zart
 
GENRE: NA Rom-Com
RELEASE DATE: November 21, 2014
BLURB:
Graham Malone is my roommate, my personal eye candy, the reason I get up in the morning smiling (that could be from the illicit dreams I have about him too, I suppose. Let’s move on.). He’s also beautiful to look at, but his heart is where his true beauty lies. Take away the exterior and the interior still shines.
I love him. I mean, I’m pretty sure I do, having never been in love before. Anyway, it seems legit.
And now his brother Blake is here, and, well, he’s the complete opposite of Graham. Sarcastic, brooding, and totally available. But he’s leaving soon, and Graham’s the one I want. I shouldn’t have to remind myself of this, right? I wouldn’t have to if Blake would quit looking at me like I’m something yummy and he’s starving.
Here’s a toast to roomies; the ones you should never fall in love with. Or something.

Giftapalooza is finally on the map.

I have to start this blog post with a big ole THANK YOU to everyone who has shared Giftapalooza-related posts over the past few weeks.  You seriously have no idea what an impact you’ve made and what a difference it’s going to make for kids all around the globe.

Giftapalooza is geared towards uniting authors, bloggers, models, and readers alike to gift children in need during Christmas time.

You better believe I was shocked and thrilled when RAoC caught the attention of several news sites, Kevin Smith, and John Cena.  I mean, honestly, that is something to be insanely proud of.  You can only hope to get some sort of spotlight shined on a cause you’ve been working so hard with for the past 4 years, but Giftapalooza only started in 2013, and in its second year running, I cannot believe the names already attached to this project.

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Allow me to express myself through the art of gifs.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. <3 

Ridener Reviews: Final Hours by Cate Dean

5 out of 5 stars.

Review:

I really enjoyed this book. I read a teaser Cate posted at a party today for book 2 in this series, so of course I had to come snag up book 1! A very quick and fun read in my opinion. I’ve recently gotten into time-travel stories and she did very well with this book. I really enjoyed the sex scenes–which is not something I often say. She didn’t make it too crude and that’s just how I like them! Her sex scenes were sweet with just the right amount of steam. Well done, Miss Dean. I do wish I had a Jackson Kane. <3 I’ll be reading more of your work soon.

JACKSON KANE

And the best news is this book is FREE.

The Better Days: A Memory of Liam and Dimitri

WARNING: Proceed with extreme caution.  This is an event that took place before The Truth about Kadenburg.  Your feels will be stirred.  You will have an urge to hate the author–please don’t.  With that said, you may proceed.

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“You’re fucking with me, right?”

Glancing at the red cloak in his grasp, Liam lifted his chocolate eyes to stare at the redheaded male and a grin spread across his lips.  “What? You don’t like it?”

“I think you’re being as corny as hell right now.” Dimitri rolled his eyes.

“Aw, come on! You’d be the hottest Little Red Riding Hood I’ve ever seen.  Just try it–”

“Hell no!” Dimitri laughed and took a step away from him, doing an about face and walking away from him.  “I’m not putting that on, Liam.”

“Pleaaase?” Liam followed after him, catching him by the back of his shirt as he tugged his boyfriend against his chest.  His arm slid around Dimitri’s torso and he nuzzled his nose against the side of his neck.  Breathing him in, he released a gentle chuckle.  “You’ll look so damn sexy.”

     “I’m not sure if you remember this or not, but Red Riding Hood is a girl.  Pretty sure you’re more than aware I have a dick.”

“Oh, I’m aware,” Liam smirked, kissing over his skin.  “But I don’t know what else we’re supposed to do for Halloween.”

“I tell you what,” Dimitri turned in his arms, tilting his head back slightly to meet his boyfriend’s gaze.  “How about you play Little Red Riding Hood and I’ll be the big bad wolf?  I mean, technically, I fit that role a little better.”

“Ah,” Liam quirked an eyebrow and ran his tongue over his bottom lip in thought.  “What if I want to be the big bad wolf for a change?”

They both snickered before Liam placed the cloak onto a nearby shelf.  They had been at this all afternoon.  Finding costumes for Halloween was not as easy as they thought it would be.

“I know we’re both versatile in more ways than one, babe, but you can’t take my wolfiness away from me.” Dimitri’s hands slipped into the back pockets of Liam’s jeans as they embraced one another affectionately.  They didn’t get enough alone time together.

     “I would never try to take your wolfiness away from you,” Liam promised.  “That’s one of your qualities I enjoy.”

“Funny that.” Dimitri leaned in to press a quick kiss against his mouth.

“Funny that.” Liam echoed, capturing Dimitri’s bottom lip between his teeth.  Their seemingly innocent kiss turned sensual as his small nips elicited a groan of desire from his wolf.  Liam pulled him closer and probed his lips apart with the tip of his tongue, delving in for a taste of spiciness he’d never find anywhere else.

“Damn, baby,” Dimitri pulled back after a few seconds.  “We’re in public, y’know?  There are little kids roaming about.”

“At twelve o’clock on a Monday?  I doubt it, Red.  There’s a thing called school.” Liam leaned in for another kiss.

“Mmm. Right. I wouldn’t know too much about that, now would I?” Dimitri asked before Liam’s mouth closed over his again.  He fisted the fabric of Liam’s shirt between his fingers and allowed his eyes to close.  God, he loved kissing him.

“We’re working on it, aren’t we?” Liam murmured once they broke apart again.  “Read that.” Liam nodded towards a bright orange sign hanging above one of the Halloween displays.

Dimitri followed his gaze and frowned.  “I don’t know…”

“Come on, you can do it,” Liam nudged his shoulder gently.  “We’ve been practicing this.  Just tell me what it says.”

Releasing a heavy sigh, Dimitri pursed his lips together.  His eyebrows furrowed in concentration as his eyes slowly swept over each letter.

“Hall…o…ween….”

“That’s right.” Liam said excitedly, lacing his fingers with Dimitri’s.  He squeezed his hand reassuringly.

“..Spesh…spesh…shul?”

“Special.  That’s good, baby! What’s the rest of it say?”

Dimitri felt the corner of his mouth twitch which meant he was already growing impatient.  He was ashamed that he couldn’t just look at something and read what it said at the drop of a hat; Liam had been a saint about it, thankfully.

“Buy one….get one….fuh…fuh-ruh…”

“You can do it,” Liam whispered, his lips dangerously close to Dimitri’s ear.  The heat of his sweet breath caused a shiver to run down the wolf’s spine.  “Just concentrate, Dim.  Take your time.”

“Fuh-ruh…eeee,” Dimitri blinked as the letters connected in his mind.  “Free?”

“YES!”

He felt his feet leave the floor as Liam picked him up, spinning him around like they’d just won the lottery or something.  Dimitri couldn’t help it that happiness gushed through his veins as Liam dusted kisses all over his face.

“See?  I told you!” Liam said excitedly, placing his feet back on the floor but keeping his arms locked around him.  “You’re smarter than you give yourself credit for, Red.  I knew you could do it.”

“You always say that,” Dimitri murmured as his face heated up.  Damn.  He wasn’t one to blush, but Liam had a way of getting under his skin like that.  He cleared his throat and lifted a hand to rub at the back of his neck.  “You have to say that.  You’re my mate.”

“I don’t have to say that,” Liam argued as his gaze softened.  “But I am your mate and don’t you forget it.”

“I won’t,” Dimitri leaned in to kiss those soft, warm lips, feeling the air leave his lungs as Liam began to kiss him back.  “You’re mine as I am yours.”

“Forever and for always,” Liam promised.  He brushed his fingertips over Dimitri’s jaw and smiled.  “Are you sure I can’t talk you into wearing the cloak?”

“Not a snowball’s chance in hell.” Dimitri grinned.

“Damn.  So close,” Liam sighed.  “All right.  Well, let’s break for some food, huh?  I’m starving.”

“When are you not?” Dimitri laughed and allowed his boyfriend to pull him out of the department store. The chilly September air immediately bit at him, but he wasn’t bothered by it.  Weather rarely bothered him these days, especially when he was with his mate.  Liam had a way of making him feel warm all the time.

“Hey, if you think I’m a pig then wait until you meet Lorcan, okay?” Liam glanced at him over his shoulder and Dimitri’s heart nearly lost its ability of beating.  Damn, he was beautiful.

“I can’t wait to meet him,” Dimitri replied.  “I can’t wait to meet your family.”

“I can’t wait for you to meet them either,” Liam stopped on the sidewalk and pulled Dimitri into himself again.  “They’re going to love you.  Just like me.”

Dimitri felt the threat of tears lingering in the back of his throat as they gazed into each other’s eyes.  How easy it was to get lost in those brown orbs.  He swallowed hard and nodded.  He hoped Liam’s family would love him in spite of their differences.  It’s all he could ever ask for.

“I do love you, Dimitri.” Liam whispered, resting his forehead against his boyfriend’s.

“And I love you,” Dimitri promised, closing his eyes.  “I’ll always love you.”

“Good,” Liam pulled away suddenly and tugged at his hand.  “Now come on.  I’m hungry and I need to find a Captain Shivers.  I know one has to exist around here, somewhere.”

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The SONG that inspired it.

Get book 1 of the Kadenburg Shifters Series HERE.

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©Copyright T.E. Ridener, 2014