Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Giveaway Carina Press M/M Week & Guest Post Kim Knox

As part of the Carina Press M/M week blog tour we’re pleased to have Kim Knox as a guest today. And what’s more, she is also giving away an ebook bundle of all 6 books that Carina Press is releasing this week. Yes – all six! All you need to do is comment on this post to be entered into today’s giveaway.

Finding love in strange places

Bitter Harvest cover
Following the collapse of civilisation isn't the first place you'd think of to set a romance...but since it is 2012, I found it hard to resist.
It was the chance to play with 'what if', something I love and why I write science fiction romance practically all of the time. What if...with the knowledge that we'll soon have, we tried to rectify an animal's extinction with the latest in nano-technology? Save it and save ourselves. What could possibly go wrong with a drastic human intervention into nature? Nothing, obviously. We know exactly what we're doing...
In Bitter Harvest, the scientists who develop the nano-forms get it exactly right. Their technology works. Perfectly. But then the computer, the AI controlling the project, after 'fixing' one animal makes a corrupted leap and decides to 'save' another. The first wave of nano-forms it sends out cures every human disease. But its template is twisted and in trying to perfect the human race, it sends out the second wave. And kills millions. Only a few survive, and they're under constant threat from the voracious 'infected'.
Into this I dropped Robert Sutton and Nicholas Rider, two men trying to make order in a world gone to hell. Well, Sutton is. Rider is more interested in pushing every hot button Sutton has. Mostly, just because he can. Rider is...evil like that.
Bitter Harvest is my first post-apocalyptic romance. It was fun to play in a world where two men find love, even when the rules of civilisation no longer apply.

A little add on to my post. I got into a conversation with Janna about Bitter Harvest, being my first m/m. It is. I've written a fair amount of m/f over the last few years, but something about the characters in this book wouldn't allow me to create an m/f romance. Sutton and Rider were men. I couldn't escape that fact. (Rider absolutely refused to be a woman :) )

CM Torrens and Marguerite Labbe were partners in crime in encouraging me to write the story as it needed to be written. I remembered reading a post by Alex Beecroft about why she wrote m/m and one reason was a freeing herself from gender stereotypes, of inbuilt perceptions that comes with m/f relationships. I honestly felt that freedom as I wrote Bitter Harvest. It surprised me. And I do want to explore it again.




A glance at the six books coming out from Carina this week makes me amazed at the scope of our corner of the romance world. The settings span centuries, from long ago in Ava March's 1822 London story of class boundaries stretched and Erastes's evocation of light and art in Florence in 1875, to not so long ago, with Larry Benjamin's chronicle of young love in the 1970's and 80's and all the way to Kim Knox's story of passion in dystopian 2050. Dev Bentham’s story is set in the present with love finally found, as is KC Burn's tale of a relationship rekindled. Our protagonists are artists and aristocrats, pickpockets and soldiers, all steaming hot.

Brook Street: Thief by Ava March
Moving in Rhythm by Dev Bentham
Bitter Harvest by Kim Knox
What Binds Us by Larry Benjamin

Just leave a comment on this post to enter to win an ebook bundle of all 6 releases in Carina’s M/M Week.
The giveaway is open internationally. I will announce the winner on Sunday, March 25, so be sure to leave your comment before then and don’t forget to check back or leave a way for me to contact you in your comment or profile.


Check out the other stops along the tour:

3/19 - Dev Bentham at Fiction Vixen
3/19 - Ava March at The Macaronis
3/20 - Larry Benjamin at Joyfully Jay
3/22 - Erastes at The Macaronis

Blurb Bitter Harvest
It's 2050, and humans are an endangered species. Lieutenant Robert Sutton has survived the collapse of civilization by luck, his wits, and a chance mutation that makes him immune to the nano-virus that has wiped out millions. Now, his compound of survivors is surrounded by the infected, who are driven by the need to spread the contagion through sex. It is only a matter of time before they attack. So when Sutton is assigned to interrogate a prisoner who claims to have overcome the infection, he immediately suspects a trap...
Nicholas Rider may have survived the virus, but he's a changed man, ruled by his desires. But his need for Sutton is different. Rider craves an end to his overwhelming needs, and Sutton could be the man to do it.
Secure in his belief that he's invulnerable, Sutton can't understand or resist his intense attraction to his prisoner. Will Rider be his downfall--or his savior?

Kim Knox brews sex, magic, darkness and technology in a little corner of North West England. She writes erotic science fiction and fantasy romance for Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing, Cleis Press and others.


  1. Bitter Harvest sounds great, I haven't read a sci-fi book in weeks. This is definitely going on my TBR list.

  2. This is such a different idea! To have a true drive, a need, for sex is a cool concept! Thanks for the post and giveaway!

  3. Please count me in! This sounds interesting.

  4. ooohhh I love Sci Fi books and this sounds really good.

  5. All of these books sound wonderful! Please count me in.

  6. I have been following the blog tour and each book sounds great. Please enter me into the contest. Thanks


  7. I would love to win! A few of those books are already on my TBR list! :)

  8. Oh I'm intrigued!! I hardly ever read sci-fi/futuristic so this would be a fun change of pace.

  9. Awesome I love sci-fi/futuristic books, really looking forward to reading this one!
    Please count me in!


  10. This looks a great read. Please count me in. Thank you :)
    hambelandjemima at yahoo dot co dot uk

  11. Sounds like a great book, one for my wishlist. Thanks for the giveaway.

    eva.silkka at

  12. They all sound great, Im really lookign forward to read What Blind Us.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. I definitely want to read your book - this looks like a great story!


    -Mandy Beyers

  14. I'd love a chance to win any one of these books, so to win all six would be wonderful! Thanks for giving us the opportunity. :)

    mydarkangeldreams at yahoo dot com dot au

  15. I love all of the different types of m/m stories being released this week! I got hooked on m/m romance a year and a half ago. I'm so excited to read all of these new stories. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

  16. Love Carina press stories! Thanks for a chance at the giveaway!

    benevellicoupons AT gmail DOT com

  17. I've never decided if I like the post apocalyptic stories, I've only read a few and really enjoyed them all, but I still haven't made that leap that says I read them. Maybe I just need to read more of them to be able to make certain.

  18. Sounds great - count me in! :))


  19. Sounds like a great book :-) Would love to win all of these!

    smaccall AT

  20. Sounds good! Please count me in :)

  21. Bitter Harvest sounds absolutely great! Ohh~ I'm honestly very eager to read your first M/M book!
    ^^;; kinda sad to say I haven't read any of your M/F... right now I'm on binge of pure M/M books. lol... I'm just kinda over M/F. At the moment..
    anyways, really enjoyed the post!! :D


  22. Sounds like a great book.
    Thanks for the great giveaway

  23. Wow, of all the posts about these books, this one sounds like it's right up my alley. I'd love to be entered in this drawing.

  24. Count me in for the contest please :)


  25. Commenting!! :)

    AaronWilliams198029 at yahoo

  26. ohh, I am definately intrigued by Bitter Harvest, as well as the other books in the bundle

  27. Thanks for Janna for letting me post and everyone for commenting. Good luck with the draw!

    @Andrea - Thanks! I'm addicted to SFR. I can't help myself :)

    @Julia - Thanks :) SFR gives you the breadth to play. It's my favourite genre to write in.

    @Fictionvixen Come to the darkside... :D

    @Lyra L7, @DawnsReadingNook, @Sunflowery, @Storm Thanks!

    @Loveless/Judi That's no problem! :D I do hope to have more m/m in the future.

    @Hollie Sounds like a plan :)

  28. Please count me in as well. :)


  29. This book sounds fabulous please count me in :-D

    Sarah S


  30. Congratulation Kim on your first m/m book. I hope there will be more coming. I like science-fiction / futuristic / dystopian stories and I'm always looking for more in m/m romance subgenre.


  31. Please include me in the drawing! I love sci-fi and there's not enough m/m books in this genre.

  32. Bitter Harvest sounds interesting. I am still getting into the whole sci fi books. Will definitely give it a try.
    I would love to be included in the drawing for the six Carina Press books please!

  33. Congrats on your first m/m release.
    Bitter Harvest sounds interesting.

  34. Congrats Kim to the new release, I love futuristic books and am looking forward to try this one, especially since it's your first in the m/m romance genre!


  35. This book sounds great. I would love to be included in the givaway.

  36. Hello Kim,

    Thank you to Rarely Dusty Books for hosting Kim Knox on the Carina Press M/M Week Blog Tour. Thank you to Kim for taking the time out of your busy day to spend time with us & share your first M/M Post-Apocalyptic Romance, “Bitter Harvest ".

    “Bitter Harvest” sounds like a Fantastic Read, what a great twist you bring to the M/M genres. I can’t wait to read Robert Sutton and Nicholas Rider’s Story.

    Thank you also to Carina Press for offering up six M/M Books by 6 Great Authors, I'm such a BIG Fan of M/M/ Fiction & have filled my eReader with so many of their sub-genres….but of course I always have MORE room. LOL

    I would very much appreciate if I could be entered into your giveaway for this very generous gift of 6 Great Book by 6 Fantastic Authors!

    Bitter Harvest by Kim Knox
    Brook Street: Thief by Ava March
    A Brush with Darkness by Erastes
    First Time, Forever by KC Burn
    Moving in Rhythm by Dev Bentham
    What Binds Us by Larry Benjamin

    Thank You!

    Take Care & Best Wishes,

    PaParanormalFan (Renee’ S.)

  37. What a great contest! I love the imagination in scif/fantasy. I liked it when you said "(Rider absolutely refused to be a woman :) " It makes me feel like you got to know your characters really well and makes me want to get to know them too. I am looking forward to your book. please count me in as well

  38. These sound great. Count me in.


  39. Count me in Janna. Have a great weekend.

  40. Thanks for the great giveaway. Please count me in.


  41. It's like Christmas, in MArch! Yay! thanks for the giveaway. Heather

    sassycyclist at bak dot rr dot com

  42. Awesome give-a-way! I'm in...

  43. wow, what a great collection of stories! thanks for the chance :)

  44. What a great chance you are giving us. All 6 books sound wonderful :D

    felinewyvern at googlemail dot com

  45. The contest is closed and I'll announce the winner soon in a new blogpost.

    Thanks for playing, everyone! :)

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