Gabriel’s City Virtual Book Tour

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Hi, everyone, thanks for having me on this tour for Gabriel’s City! Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of this post to win a chance at the ZOMG Smells giveaway!

Spoiled young aristocrat Colin Harwood has always enjoyed flirting with danger, but he’s always been able to retreat to safety—until bad decisions and a chance encounter plunge him into a world far more savage than his own. Gabriel is an urban legend, famous in the underworld for his unpredictability and violence. He’s also a believer fairy tales, and quick to decide to the handsome stranger who came to his aid must be good luck. With few other options remaining, Colin will need to keep his wits about him to learn to survive in Gabriel’s City.

Full blurb

GabrielsCityFor spoiled young aristocrat Colin Harwood, the port city of Casmile is a buffet of easy pleasures. But when he steps into a pub brawl to help a dangerously outnumbered young man, he is drawn into the seedy underbelly of the city the young man calls home.

Gabriel is a cutpurse and a knife for hire, practically an urban legend. His vision of Casmile is touched by a strange combination of faith and madness, driven by fairytale logic and a capacity for love that he often must suppress to survive. He’s always worked alone, but when a dashing dragon who calls himself Colin saves him in a bar fight, he pulls Colin into his world.

Gabriel’s city is nothing like the refined, socialite existence that bored Colin senseless. Colin finds adventure and excitement there—and maybe even love. But with his layers of finery stripped away, nothing remains to protect him from poverty or danger—except Gabriel. So he must choose: go back to the civilized young man he once was, or fly free as Gabriel’s dragon.

About Laylah Hunter

Laylah Hunter is a third-gendered butch queer who writes true stories about imaginary people in worlds that never were. Most of hir work deals with queer characters, erotic themes, and the search for happy endings in unfavorable circumstances.

Hir mild-mannered alter ego lives in Seattle, at the mercy of the requisite cats and cultivating the requisite caffeine habit, and dreams of a day when telling stories will pay all the bills.

Connect with Laylah:

Website:  laylahhunter.com

Twitter:  @LaylahHunter

Goodreads:  goodreads.com/Laylah_Hunter

Laylah is Riptide’s Featured Author for November:  http://riptidepublishing.com/authors/laylah-hunter

Giveaway! I have the good fortune to be friends with the charming people who run ZOMG Smells, who make, as their tagline says, “Fine nerdy scents for fine nerdy people.” They have created a set of perfume oil blends inspired by the characters of Gabriel’s City, and I’d like to give some away at the end of this tour! You’ll get seven 5-ml bottles,

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Gabriel’s City by Laylah Hunter

GabrielsCityFor spoiled young aristocrat Colin Harwood, the port city of Casmile is a buffet of easy pleasures. But when he steps into a pub brawl to help a dangerously outnumbered young man, he is drawn into the seedy underbelly of the city the young man calls home. 

Gabriel is a cutpurse and a knife for hire, practically an urban legend. His vision of Casmile is touched by a strange combination of faith and madness, driven by fairytale logic and a capacity for love that he often must suppress to survive. He’s always worked alone, but when a dashing dragon who calls himself Colin saves him in a bar fight, he pulls Colin into his world. 

Gabriel’s city is nothing like the refined, socialite existence that bored Colin senseless. Colin finds adventure and excitement there—and maybe even love. But with his layers of finery stripped away, nothing remains to protect him from poverty or danger—except Gabriel. So he must choose: go back to the civilized young man he once was, or fly free as Gabriel’s dragon.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1Gabriel’s City was a unique read for me in a lot of ways. We’ve pretty much established that Historical Fiction isn’t my ‘go-to’ genre. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it, it’s more that it’s not on my reading radar. This was definitely Historical Fiction. It was also a book dealing with ‘tough issues’ before people even knew the term existed.

Gabriel was a legend. Up until the moment he met him Colin thought that he was just that. Coming face to face with ‘the Gabriel’ was more than shocking. Before he knew it, Colin became a part of Gabriel’s world. A world that both intrigued and terrified him.

Just a word of warning, in today’s world both Gabriel and Colin would be considered the ‘bad guys’. You can’t read this book from that perspective and sympathize with these characters. The world they lived in was full of people who bent the rules. Laws were obscure and justice was interpreted on a whim in a lot of cases. In Gabriel’s world you fought for survival… literally. No one fought to survive harder or more viciously than Gabriel himself.

So, that tough issue I was talking about? Gabriel obviously had some mental and emotional issues. He flipped between reality and fantasy day to day and sometimes hour to hour. Colin became and anchor for Gabriel. They depended on each other for more than just watching each other’s back. This story was more than just a romance, it made you think and feel… those are the best kind. Even though it wasn’t an easy story to read because of the content, it was a story that I’m glad I took a chance on. It was also my first Laylah Hunter read, and I’m now sure it won’t be my last.

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