Monday, April 17, 2017

Brush with Catastrophe Blog Blast + Giveaway

This is the tale of a crappy witch who's faced with saving the world -- and the amazing man and the phenomenal cat that set out to help him do it.

Brush With Catastrophe 
(The Aloysius Tales Series, #2) 
By Tara Lain

Sammy Raphael is a crappy witch, and on top of that, he can't seem to get a boyfriend. Where other supernaturals can bring down lightning and manifest wealth, Sammy can paint. Granted, the “prophetic” paintings he creates at night always come true, but they never predict anything important. Sammy feels like a total loser with a worthless ability.

One night he paints a gorgeous guy who turns out to be his secret crush, the human Ryder, but Ryder’s changed so much he's almost unrecognizably beautiful. Then Sammy paints an angel who turns out to be a witch. But is that witch also a devil—a devil who can bring down Sammy’s whole community and everyone he loves? And why the hell does Ryder keep changing? Aloysius, the black cat familiar, always backs a winner. So why is he backing Sammy?

This is a 2nd Edition of BRUSH WITH CATASTROPHE

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Also available in paperback


Excerpt 4: Brush with Catastrophe by Tara Lain

Sammy waved at Chen and grabbed his coffee. He skirted through the people in line to get to the back booth. “Hi. How’s it hanging?”

Chen grinned. “Hangin’ low, my friend.”

Sammy scooted into the booth and sipped his latte. He almost had his energy back. Al hopped off Sammy’s shoulder and down onto the seat.

Chen nodded at the cat. “I guess he doesn’t like me as much as Ryder. No tummy rubs or big balls.”

Sammy laughed. “I don’t think he likes me as much as Ryder.”

“Do you have any idea why he’s hanging around?”

Sammy looked at Al. Do I? “Not really, except I’ve been a little under the weather lately, and he seems to be working to make me feel better. I call it purr therapy.”

“Are you serious?”

“Yep.” Sammy stared at Al.

“He’s relieving your cat-atonia?” Chen grinned.

“Yep. And trying to keep me from cat-astrophe.” They both laughed. “But he sure hates Lucien.”

“No kidding.”

“Which is weird because Lucien has always been nice to him. He even brings him cans of organic salmon. Aloysius won’t eat them. He knows which cans came from Lucien and turns up his nose.”

“Are you going with Lucien to the party?”

Sammy smiled. “Yeah.”

“That should be a scene. I think a lot of witches want to get their hooks in him.”

Sammy looked up. “Why do you say that?”

“It makes sense. He’s about the most beautiful thing on earth. But I’ve heard a couple of rumors that there are some tongues hanging out for him.”

Sammy’s heart sped up. “Ryder said that too.”

“Like I said, it makes sense. You can’t expect people not to envy you a boyfriend like that.”

Envy him? Wow. That would be different. “I suppose.”

Guest Post:

The Witch Craze --
Hi. I’m so happy to be here today celebrating the re-release of my paranormal MM romance novel, Brush with Catastrophe. This is the second book in the Aloysius Tales after Spell Cat. It's about witches-- in my case a male witch. But my hero is a young witch and student at a Manhattan university. One of his teachers, Professor Killian Barth from Spell Cat, is a professor of history and teaches a class on the witch craze that gripped Europe and later the US from the 1400s through part of the 1700s. If you have ever studied this time in history, you have to get a chill. And if you’re female, feeling outrage may also be in order. Here’s a short excerpt from the history of the witch craze which ultimately killed perhaps hundreds of thousands of people (the low estimate is over 100,000) at least 80% of whom were women. Here's a bit of the history --
It was announced that satanists in Germany were meeting with demons, casting spells that destroyed crops, and aborting infants.  The pope asked two friars, Heinrich Kramer (a papal inquisitor of sorcerers from Innsbruck) and Jacob Sprenger, to publish a full report on the suspected witchcraft.  Two years later, the friars published Malleus maleficarum ("Hammer of Witches") which put to rest the old orthodoxy that witches were powerless in the face of God to a new orthodoxy that held Christians had an obligation to hunt down and kill them.  The Malleus told frightening tales of women who would have sex with any convenient demon, kill babies, and even steal penises.  (The friars asked, "What is to be thought of those witches who many as twenty or thirty members together, and put them in a bird's nest or shut them up in a box, where they move themselves like living members and eat oats and corn?"  Over the next forty years, the Malleus would be reprinted thirteen times and come to help define the crime of witchcraft. Much of the book offered hints to judges and prosecutors, such as the authors' suggestion to strip each suspect completely and inspect the body to see whether a mole was present that might be a telltale sign of consort with demons, and to have the defendants brought into court backwards to minimize their opportunities to cast dangerous spells on officials.

Outbreaks of witchcraft hysteria, with subsequent mass executions, began to appear in the early 1500s.  Authorities in Geneva, Switzerland burned 500 accused witches at the stake in 1515.  Nine years later in Como, Italy, a spreading spiral of witchcraft charges led to as many as 1000 executions.

Amazing what we humans can do when we demonize some group.  When will we ever learn?
In my previous paranormal novel, Spell Cat, my hero Killian Barth, tells his mother that in the witch trials humans never captured a real witch. They just accused and killed each other. He’s almost certainly correct!  LOL. But in Brush with Catastrophe, witches most certainly exist. This story tells of a seemingly powerless young witch who, with the black cat familiar Aloysius, has to change the world in order to save his race and the man he loves.
I hope you enjoy Brush with Catastrophe!

The Aloysius Tales Series

Book #1
Spell Cat

Available for purchase at 


Also available in paperback

About the Author

Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 32. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Paranormal Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft.  She lives with her soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog near the sea in California where she sets a lot of her books.  Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!

You can find Tara at Lain


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