Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Cat Grant UberAwesome Book & A Nook Giveaway

Wanna win a book?  Of course you do!  How about a Nook?  Whoooo doesn't?!  Well... guess what?! Go on... GUESS!!  

Oh yeah, that's right...  

Welcome to the Amara's Place first ever Book & Nook giveaway.  *twirls* I'm calling it...

The Cat Grant UberAwesome Book & A Nook Giveaway. 

Tada!  Ok, I'm rambling.  I know, I do that when I get all excited. So, what's all this about really?

Cat Grant has another new release coming out next week, A Fool for You, and I can tell you, this one is vera good.  Vera.  To celebrate, she has given me this tasty little excerpt to share, and she will be giving away a copy of this book goodness, aaand... oooh yee-ah... a Nook.  

AweS000ME (<---sings that part)

We'll be running this giveaway goodness until 11:30pm, PST, May 10th and announce the winner on release day, May 11th.  Drill is the same as always, leave a comment on this post, please be sure to leave your email address. Check out the fine details at the end of this post for more info.

Ready...Set... let's play giveaway!

A Fool for You by Cat Grant

Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing
Publish Date: May 11th
Book Length: Short Novel
Book Type: eBook

Book three in the Icon Men series.

Sexy Chase Aubrey plays blues guitar like nobody’s business. One look at him performing at a New York nightclub, and twenty-year-old keyboard player Brian Barclay’s smitten.

However, Brian remains true to his boyfriend Kit—until Kit cheats on him and steals all the songs they’ve written together. With nowhere else to go, Brian turns to his estranged father, Trevor, and Trevor’s partner, Cameron. But even Cameron can’t smooth over the tension between father and son.

Brian’s in need of a friend, and Chase fills the role nicely—and quickly heats up the sheets with him as well. The passion between them is mind-blowing, until Brian discovers Chase’s secret past. A past he’s run from for years. And when the past threatens the present, Brian can’t help wondering if the love of his life has played him for a fool.



They pulled around the back of the apartment building and parked in the lot. Chase started to climb out of the car, but Brian just sat there, thumb flicking the door latch. “Um…maybe we should rethink this.”

Chase stared at him. “We drove all the way over here, and now you don’t want to get your stuff?”

“Sure I do. I just don’t want to end up in jail again.”

“Look, we’ll try your key. If it works, fine. If it doesn’t, we walk away. I’m sure as hell not gonna break in. Okay?”

“Okay.” Deep breath, then Brian got out and followed Chase to the building’s front door. Luckily, the foyer was deserted, with nobody hanging around the candy and soda machines or picking up their mail. First time Brian had ever been grateful the management was too damn cheap to hire a doorman.

The elevators were working—for once—but they took the stairs instead, three flights up, then crept down the hallway as quietly as possible. Brian’s fingers had gone ice-cold, so Chase took the key from him and stuck it in the lock. The tumblers clicked as he twisted the key with one hand and the knob with the other. The door swung open.

They waited until they were both safely inside before flicking on the lights. “Jesus,” Chase muttered. 

“Welcome to slob central.”

Brian’s eyes practically popped out of his head. Looked as if a tornado had torn through the place. Dirty plates, beer bottles, soda cans and a couple of empty pizza boxes littered the kitchen table and counter. 

Clothes were scattered all over the sofa, floor and bed. A whiff of body odor wafted up from the nearest rumpled pile, making his eyes water. If any of his things had gotten mixed up in there, too bad. No way was he pawing through that mess.

His keyboards leaned against the far wall, still in their cases. A quick look inside told Brian they were exactly as he’d left them. Thank God. “They’re fine,” he said as Chase came over to give him a hand. “If you find an acoustic guitar, it’s mine too.”

“I’ll look for it. Why don’t you gather up your clothes while I start carrying your instruments down to the car? It’s gonna take a couple trips.”

Brian nodded and trudged over to the closet, relieved to see his jeans, t-shirts and leather jacket still hanging there. He grabbed his old army surplus duffle bag off the top shelf and started throwing all his stuff in it, including his extra pair of sneakers and black patent Docs. He’d finished packing up by the time Chase returned from his first run down to the car. While Chase carried his piano, Brian slung his duffle bag over his shoulder and grabbed his guitar case. Then they headed out.

Their walk back down the hallway felt like some weird, surreal dream. Any second Brian expected one of the other apartment doors to fly open and someone to start screaming, “Stop! Thief!”. But nothing happened. 

They took the elevator down this time, and even then it was deadly quiet, except for the distant whirr and clunk of the cable. He was half convinced they’d find themselves face-to-face with Kit and Stewart when the door opened, but they weren’t there. The coast really was clear.

They stowed everything securely in the SUV’s trunk, then climbed into the front seat. Brian let out the world’s most relieved sigh. “I can’t believe we just did that. Or that it was so easy.”

“After the shitty last couple of days you’ve had, you deserve easy.” Chase laughed. “In a manner of speaking.”

Brian laughed too, until he caught a glimpse of something familiar out of the corner of his eye, and immediately froze. A battered old white van with blacked-out windows. “Shit! That looks like Kit’s car!” It passed by close enough for the driver to see them. Brian slumped in his seat, yanking up the hood of his jacket. “C’mon, let’s get the hell out of here.”

“I can’t back out, they’re blocking me.”

Oh God. Oh Jesus. He should’ve known better than to let Chase talk him into this. “I’m dead. I’m fucking dead. My dad’s gonna kill me, if Kit doesn’t pound my ass into dust first—”

“Just chill, okay? They’re turning around.” Chase leaned forward, trying to get a better look out of the SUV’s rear window. “Where’d he buy the van?”

Huh? “What the fuck difference does that make?”

“Just answer me. New York or Toronto?”

“Toronto. We drove it down here.”

“It’s got New York plates. It’s not him.”

For a minute Brian thought for sure he’d pissed his pants. Then, when Chase winked at him, he realized he’d just been punked. He let out a bark of relieved laughter, punching Chase hard in the shoulder. “You fucking jerk! You knew it wasn’t him from the start, didn’t you?”

“I figured it was fifty-fifty. This neighborhood’s lousy with white utility vans.” His tone sounded perfectly casual, until he had to go and smile that gorgeous, knee-melting smile that made Brian glad he was sitting down. “Sorry to make you squirm. Even if you are pretty damn cute doing it.”

He’d leaned in close enough for Brian to feel the soft, warm puff of his breath on his cheek. It tickled, and sent a blush creeping up from his throat. “Y-You think I’m cute?”

“Like you haven’t noticed.”

“But…I’m too young for you. That’s what you said, anyway.”

“My exact words were, ‘I’m way too old for you.’ But I’ve had time to reconsider. You drove out here with me tonight to reclaim a piece of your life. That took guts. Wish I’d been more like you when I was your age.”

“I’m not so sure that’s a good thing.”

“I am.” And then he hooked a finger under Brian’s chin and kissed him.

At first Brian was more stunned than anything else, but when it finally dawned that yes, Chase actually wanted him, Brian wound his fingers in his hair and held on. Chase was one hell of a fine kisser, passionate yet patient, his tongue flicking against Brian’s lips before teasing its way inside. He had a sharp, bittersweet flavor, just like the coffee they’d drunk earlier. He delved deep, then eased off, giving them both room to breathe. 

Offering Brian an out. When Brian refused to let go, Chase kissed him again, arms wrapping around his waist. 

God. A few moments of contact, and they were both rock hard.


The fine details...

  • Giveaway is for ebook and Nook, sponsored by Cat Grant.
  • Contest closes 11:30PM PST, May 10th, 2011
  • To enter,  leave a comment on this post.
  • Please include a valid email address.
  • Winners will be selected at random using
  • If the chosen winners do not respond to my email within 48 hours, another winner will be selected.
  • Contest is open to continental US only due to shipping of Nook.  
  • Must be 18 yrs. old or older.


Sounds good yeah?!  I assure you... 'tis!

That's all for me, for now.

Later taters!

*twirls off*


  1. *Meow* and *purrs* Mom is so thrilled for your exciting news here!! *pom poms* are a shaking!!
    email addy is!!

  2. Yummy excerpt...I did not want to stop reading it. This sounds like a great book and I would LOVE to win a copy. Best of luck to Cat Grant with the release ;D

    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  3. Sounds good! Count me in.
    aspeed2 (at)

  4. Oof, that looks splendid! E-mail address is gileonnen AT gmail DOT com!

  5. Ummm...yes please! Toss my name in the hat Amara. You have all the goodies lately don't you?

  6. Oh, I'm always game for a shiny.
    *crosses her fingers*

  7. Hey Amara! Count me in. I'm always game to add another author to my reading list.

  8. Oh oh oh oh!!! Shiny!!! This is awesome Amara!! Your blog rocks and you are doing a phenomenal job! How cool that you get to giveaway a Nook! *happy snoopy dancing* for you and this awesome accomplishment for your rocking blog!!

    *looks around and releases helium balloons and tosses sparkly confetti*

    I want more excerpt to read!!!! This just singed my fingertips reading it!

    Sign me up for the awesome shinies!!

  9. me, me , me. I wanna copy. Love the excerpt, sounds scintillating.


  10. I would love to win a copy of the book! Oooh and The Nook.. Book & Nook sounds good to me! And it Rhymes!

    AuthorTigris_Eden (at) yahoo (dot) com

  11. Loved the Post btw forgot to say that part! Which is why I want the book! Hehe

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  13. ahh such a yummy tease!!! and the great contest too...Cat you are awesome!!

    respectfully a fan

  14. Sweet excerpt! Can't wait to read the rest!

  15. Scrumptious excerpt! I want I want!

    Thanks for the giveaway!! ;)

    Katie W
    Katiewalthall AT ymail DOT com

  16. Wow looks haut!!! But I love Cat Grant always have. Can't wait to read this one and there is a NOOK to boot OMG just call me *twirling on my toes happy* super excited.


  17. wowzers! Count me in on this one!!


  18. A sweet sounding book and a Nook, I'm definitely in.

    lnxam97 AT gmail DOT com

  19. Oh my goodness what an excerpt. Who cares if it's a May/December romance. It sounds hot as hell. I can't wait to see what happens next.

    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

    user1123 AT comcast DOT net

  20. You guys are amazing! What a great response!

    But just FYI... it's not a May/December story. Chase is twenty-eight, Brian's twenty. :)

  21. Woot! Very cool! Sounds great.

  22. Ooh <3 Delicious!! Want more *jump around*

    Count me in too XP

  23. Sounds great!


  24. Hey, thanx for postin' this over at Goodreads!

    Count me in. This looks like it's gunna be good.

  25. OMG! Awesome giveaway! WTG!
    I'm a GFC follower.

  26. This sounds really good:) Please count me in.


  27. Thanks so much for the giveaway! That's amazing :)


  28. Wow! Wicked awesome, please enter me too. :D

    mdwartistry at yahoo dot com

  29. My Dear Girl,
    Once again you are turning me on to a new author. Sweet excerpt! You are so much fun to play with.

  30. Wow, very generous contest. Count me in.

    nicholas.granger69 @ gmail . com

  31. This is a great giveaway. Please count me in. Thanks

    forwhlz at gmail dot com

  32. Yes please!!
    Thanks Amara.

  33. Wow, that was such a tease! I so can't wait to read more. Count me in!!!

  34. Oh, book looks good, Nook looks real good, so count me in!

  35. I've been looking forward to this book! The Nook is just icing. :)


  36. Wow, looks like another winner for you with this one.

  37. I would love to get my name in the hat. ^__^

    Congratulations on this new release!

  38. Oh WOW! Hi everyone! Thanks soooo much for coming by! :D :D

    I'm so happy you all liked that tasty little treat. This book... ROCKS! I've got you all down for the giveaway.

    Hope you all have a terrific night!

    :D :D :D

  39. Wow, m/m and a nook. You can't go wrong with this pairing.

  40. Great excerpt and great giveaway!

  41. Love Cat Grant's books!! Count me in on this awesome give away!

  42. Sounds like a grat read.

  43. This looks like a great book - I now need to run off and get the previous ones!

    beyerlein @ sbcglobal (dot) net

  44. What an awesome contest! :-) Sounds like a great book and the cover is gorgeous!

    smaccall @

  45. Great contest! I'm looking forward to reading this one.

    Please count me in.

  46. Sounds like a great story!

    Much success and luck in sales, Cat!


    S.lira aka Michael M/Rawiya

  47. I work in a restaurant where we have blues performers five nights a week. Unfortunately nothing this sexy ever happens! ;)

    This sounds like a really interesting book!

  48. Ooh, sounds great! Please count me in!

    jacobjunk at verizon dot net

  49. This story sounds good. count my in.

  50. I loved the first book, The First Real Thing, and am going to scoot over and pick up, Appearing Nightly, that way I will be good to go for next week's release.

    Thanks for the fabulous contest.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

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  52. This sounds great, please count me in.
    star.conrad (at)

  53. I'm intrigued just from that excerpt!
    Definitely looking forward to reading the rest.

    ladyj.965 at gmail .com

  54. Poor Brian :( But at least there's Chase to add some sunshine. I like them.

  55. *waves* Hi everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by and entering the contest!

    I've got you all down. :D

    Have a great weekend everyone!

  56. Can't wait to read this release!
    I've been reading similar fiction for the past 2 months. New genre for me and as a straight, married woman living in the burbs, I was surprised at how yummy, hot and steamy reading about men could be! Count me in as a fan!

  57. Oh my. That's spicy. Sounds great. Count me in.


  58. ohh this sounds good. must read more than the excerpt!


  59. Looks great, please count me in.
    (AnnswerMe at

  60. Great cover art and the excerpt was an enticing choice, too. I'd love to win this, read it and review it. Thanks for the contest.
    Best of luck*

  61. count me in!!

  62. Please put my name
    in the hat :)

  63. @Monique: Yeah, hot indeed! Once I found the m/m genre, I never looked back. :)

  64. Thanks for the book introduction and Nook giveaway. I'd love a chance to win. Here's my email: molokaisurfer(at)gmail(dot)com

  65. Looks good, count me in! thanks, heather

  66. Sounds like a great new book! (No surprise there!) Please count me in!
    seritzko AT gmail DOT com

  67. I want in this contest... Only one question??? Does the nook come fully loaded with CAT'S Books?? :::smiles:::


  68. Yessss, I LOVE age differences! Count me in for this one; I'll definitely add it to my to-read list. And I'm excited for the contest, too! My email is maureen DOT willmann AT gmail DOT com :)

  69. The book sounds like a great read! Thanks so much for the giveaway!
    maddiemb {at} comcast (dot) net

  70. I would love to win

  71. Can't wait to read this! And thanks for having such a cool giveaway. ^_^

  72. Great excerpt! I can't wait for the book!
    And I want to enter the contest!

  73. congrats on your new release!
    I always love your books, and they alway more than great. Many entries but what the heck...I love the cover and the excerpts and off to out this one on my gotta have wish list.
    Thank you!


    pommawolf @ hotmail dot com

  74. the new book sounds exciting! I can't wait to read it.

  75. Oh, yes, yes, yes! Please include me, this is so awesome:)

  76. count me in pls. email is


  77. Good morning everybody! You guys are all so great! Thank you for coming by and entering the contest.

    You all just have me over here grinning like a loon :D :D

    I've got you all down! Hope you all have a wonderful day!

  78. I would love to win this book. Thanks for the great contest.

    miztik_rose AT

  79. WOW! It was really hard for me to get in here and so many people....but what the hey, it couldnt hurt, right?! :)

  80. Kewl! Cant wait to read your books!!!

  81. Oh yes, please, count me in!!

    anke_gabriel at yahoo dot com

  82. Very interesting :)
    Count me in, please!

  83. Cat is AWESOME!!!!!! Would love to win!!!

    haefner919 (at)

  84. very interesting teaser, I am looking forward to see if the SUV has a bench seat

  85. That sounds like my kind of romance. I've also been looking at a Nook. Please pick me!!!

    thatbluejeansguy at gmail dot com

  86. Nice excerpt!

    writer.charles.edward (at) gmail (dot) com

  87. oh love the excerpt! Definitely have my attention!

  88. I so can't wait to read this. Cat's books are always awesome!

  89. Can't wait to read this. I love the Ironman Series

  90. Wow, I'm floored by all these entries! Thanks, everybody! And good luck! :)



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