Blog Tour & Giveaway: One Step Too Close by KA Merikan

K.A. Merikan are here and they're talking about their newest release, One Step Too Close. It's book 6 in their (amazing) Sex & Mayhem series and there's a GIVEAWAY!

We are proud to present our newest book, One Step Too Close. It is the #6 in our biker-themed series, Sex & Mayhem, and for the first time, both of the main characters will be actively involved in the outlaw lifestyle. Members of the same club, big, strong, and yet very lost in what they feel for one another. The fact that they had been raised as brothers, despite not being at all related, doesn’t make things any easier.

We came up with the two MCs while writing our previous release, Guns n’ Boys: Swamp Blood, where they fill in the roles of secondary characters. One Step Too Close, is going to be all about them. Jed and Ryder will have to face long-held secrets, fierce jealousy, a love that shouldn’t have happened, and a threat that could cost them both their lives. Loyalty to their motorcycle club will clash with a forbidden love affair. Jed’s daredevil, self-destructive attitude will clash with Ryder’s ambition, and controlling nature. They will both have to learn how to compromise instead of butting heads. Oh, but the compromises will be most delicious!

RELEASE DATE: 11/18/15

If you want to see our inspiration photos for this book, check out the One Step Too Close Pinterest board:


--- One love. One motorcycle club. Two stepbrothers. ---

Ryder. Controlling. Ambitious. Protective.
Jed. Self-destructive. Trapped. Lonely.
Their love? Forbidden. Taboo. All-consuming.

For Jed, the Coffin Nails Motorcycle Club is family. With them, he learned how to think, what to enjoy, and how to fight, but there is one thing he knows his friends can’t find out about. They would never accept him as gay, and so his life is a constant struggle with desires that fill him with despair. Only there is a much darker secret lurking in Jed’s heart. His feelings for his stepbrother, Ryder, go far beyond brotherly. Trapped with a yearning that can never be fulfilled, Jed spirals out of control and unwillingly puts the love of his life in danger.

Ryder is climbing up the ranks. Recently promoted to sergeant-at-arms, he has it all: drive, respect, and the love of his biker family. When his stepbrother gets into trouble with the law, Ryder decides to take the blame and save him from a long sentence. Deep inside, he knows there is nothing he wouldn’t do for Jed, but through a desperate attempt to suppress his own hidden desires, he might irreversibly break the man he secretly loves.

But finding out what they feel for each other will test their loyalty to the Coffin Nails MC and change their lives forever.


Themes: Outlaw motorcycle club, criminal activity, forbidden love, stepbrothers, blackmail, homophobia

Genre: M/M dark romance, suspense, drama

Length: 135,000 words STANDALONE novel

WARNING: Adult content that might be considered taboo. Explicit sexual content, strong language, violence. Reader discretion advised.



When Jed walked past Ryder, he accidentally brushed him with his shoulder, triggering a warmth that trailed all over Ryder’s body. He took a deep breath. He only needed to remind himself that Jed was his brother, and it would be fine. Everyone struggled in those situations, in proximity of beautiful bodies they shouldn’t want to touch, but just like most people, Ryder had enough self-control to limit his true interest to the right gender. Girls were lovely. Soft, their bodies so different than his own, interested in things Ryder never paid attention to. With men, the camaraderie was much closer, so no wonder that he sometimes found himself breaking boundaries, even if just in thought.

Ryder sighed, lowering his eyes when Jed pulled off his jogging bottoms. “You shouldn’t have gone in the first place. You had no sensation in your hand minutes before that race, and I’m not letting you kill yourself.”

Jed turned the water on, and Ryder tried not to think about the way Jed’s tan buttocks clenched when the cold stream hit his body. He was lucky no one had access to his brain, or he’d never finish explaining himself. He’d first truly noticed the dimples in Jed’s buttocks at nineteen, when they went skinny dipping with a group of friends. Everyone else went right in, but Jed got thigh-deep, kept complaining about the cold, and clenched his goosebump-covered ass. Ryder had to go over and give him a gulp of tequila for Jed to finally take the plunge.

“I was bored. I wanted to do something fun. Racing gets me all pumped up.” He actually grinned back at Ryder, as if this was a happy subject.

Ryder swallowed hard and looked up at Jed’s face, now sprayed by warm water. “And that’s what I get. Trouble with my woman, and having to deal with cops. And as for Ripper’s attack? He might have had it coming considering what he eats and how much he smokes, but what happened didn’t help either.”


About KA Merikan:

K. A. Merikan is the pen name for Kat and Agnes Merikan, a team of writers, who are mistaken for sisters with surprising regularity. Kat’s the mean sergeant and survival specialist of the duo, never hesitating to kick Agnes’s ass when she’s slacking off. Her memory works like an easy-access catalogue, which allows her to keep up with both book details and social media. Also works as the emergency GPS. Agnes is the Merikan nitpicker, usually found busy with formatting and research. Her attention tends to be scattered, and despite pushing thirty, she needs to apply makeup to buy alcohol. Self-proclaimed queen of the roads.

They love the weird and wonderful, stepping out of the box, and bending stereotypes both in life and books. When you pick up a Merikan book, there’s one thing you can be sure of - it will be full of surprises.


More information about ongoing projects, works in progress and publishing at:
K.A. Merikan’s author page:

To enter to win an ebook copy of One Step Too Close, please leave a comment on this blog post and let us know your name and a means of contacting you (e.g., email, Twitter handle, link to Goodreads account, etc.)

The giveaway is open until 10:00PM (Pacific time) on 11/26/15. Shortly thereafter, we will contact a winner whom we will select using a highly scientific "names in a hat" method (or, you know, an internet randomizer). Please respond to the winning notification within 48 hours or we will choose another winner.


  1. Sounds great, looking forward to it & adding to my wishlist.

  2. I've added this one to my wishlist. It sounds great. Thank you for the chance to win a copy!

  3. Very very nice! I am adding to my list
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  4. I love this series, thank you for the giveaway!


  5. I'd love to win this!


  6. Uhm. So. I kind of need this book in my life. Seriously. I AM SO EXCITED TO READ IT.

    K&A doing step brothers. Dang. Yum.

  7. I read the first book in this series and really enjoyed it. Thank you for the giveaway


  8. Have I ever thanked you Unicorns for introducing me to The Merikans? I'd most probably never have found them if it wasn't for you guys, so thank you.

  9. Angela:

    Congrats on the release of One Step Too Close and thanks for the giveaway chance :)


  10. wishlist continues to expand. Thanks a lot. Really :


  11. This giveaway is officially closed and a winner will be contacted. There are plenty of open and planned giveaways for the rest of our anniversary month!