Giveaway + Blog Tour: Rim Shot by Skylar M. Cates

Skylar M. Cates is here today with some teasers from her new novel, Rim Shot! There's also a giveaway for a random commenter! Good luck!

Love Through the Holidays

Hello! I’m excited to be here, chatting about my guys from Rim Shot! This book is close to my heart; I’m extremely proud of it and the characters. Set in a small, fictional college town in Indiana, Rim Shot explores the roommate, friends-to-lovers trope as Kyle and Micah navigate the road to a relationship.

College life can be about junk food and tests, first romances or broken hearts, dorm life or sports-----Rim Shot has all of these elements and more!  I really fell for Kyle’s tenderness and Micah’s determination. I hope you will fall for them too.

When I look back at college, I always enjoy how one semester can encompass so many holidays. I figured it would be fun to do that in the novel. So if you want a holiday romance, I’ve got you covered.  *grins*

Here are some teasers from Rim Shot and a small part of their holiday moments:

Halloween Teaser


“Yeah, you know, that holiday with the pumpkins, costumes, and haunted houses? It’s next week.”

“We have practice round the clock at that time. November and all.”

“Oh. Okay, just a thought.”

“Maybe we could go to one of those midnight haunted houses where they chase you?” Kyle offered with a smile.

“Sounds good.” My heart gave a funny thump.

I was in deep shit. Ever since the time on his farm, I wanted Kyle so badly I ached. And not just his body. I was having feelings for him. Fantasizing about sex I could handle, but seeing Kyle as a person and caring about him? I was fucked. I should be hardening my heart, not the opposite.

I tapped my spoon on our tin pail. “I can’t remember the last time I celebrated Halloween, not since I was a little kid dressing up as a Jedi.”

Kyle whistled Darth Vader’s theme song, and I laughed. “So you’re warning me that you favored the villain costumes?”

“Not really. I just like to tease you.”

I could think of lots of ways for Kyle to tease me, including right now


Thanksgiving Teaser:

Thanksgiving weekend was a beautiful, clear day. The leaves still hung in the trees like a bouquet of gold and red, and the air was crisp with the hint of coming snow. My brothers and dad watched endless games of football, my sisters bickered, and my nieces and nephews ran around the yard like wild turkeys about to get chopped. It was the usual noisy, fun time, and after talking to both Todd and Kyle about the holidays, I felt lucky to be home.

Christmas Teaser:

Kyle had a present for me. I had no idea what he might have gotten me. It didn’t matter. He was my gift, corny as it sounded. The heat between us was enough to be a thousand presents, and Kyle was such a part of me now that I couldn’t imagine a future Christmas without him. Even sleeping in the other room, away from him, was hard for me. But I respected Mr. Sweeney’s limitations.

At the first light, I eased back the covers and went across the hallway to wake Kyle. His door was already opening when I got there.

He was waiting for me.


And who knows…Maybe I will write the spring semester for Kyle and Micah some day! Spring break, anybody?

What is your favorite holiday?

Today’s Giveaway: one DSP coupon for $15 dollars to a random commenter

Giveaway ends October 9th @ Midnight EST. Good luck!


Can college roommates go from friends to lovers?

Kyle: I’m confident that with hard work, my position as point guard can carry me from rural Indiana to the NBA. I also know I’m attracted to guys, but admitting it might disappoint my father, who is all I have in this world. I have big dreams, so I’ll stay in the closet. As long as my life remains scandal-free, I have a shot.

Micah: My large family can’t spare the money to help with my education, but that won’t stop me from studying medicine. I needed to get out of the house I was sharing with my ex before I went insane. Luckily, I heard about a guy looking for a roommate. Living with a straight jock won’t be easy, but it’s a chance I’m willing to take


Skylar M. Cates loves a good romance, especially ones that are both steamy and emotionally satisfying. She is quite happy to drink coffee, curl up with a good book, and not move all day. Her best-selling novels feature strong, passionate men. Skylar loves to craft stories where realistic men are challenged with emotional situations. Skylar’s character-driven series will often feature close-knit families, animals, and loyal friendships being tested.

Skylar dreams about spending her days writing novels, walking along the beach, and listening to good live music. She also dreams of eating dessert without weight gain and robots cleaning her house. But she knows she can’t have it all… yet. Although lately the laundry room is the farthest place she has visited, Skylar still loves to chat with people from all around the globe.

 Skylar can be found on Facebook, Twitter, or on her blog.



  1. Can't wait to read it! ❤ Skylar!

  2. I'm not a big holiday person, but I'll say Thanksgiving - which for us Canadians is this weekend. Looks like a great read.

  3. I think I like Halloween the best. My birthday's in October and I love the costumes and make up.

  4. I think I'll go with Easter... I like the longer days and mild weather

  5. Halloween is my favorite.

  6. Christmas is mine followed by Halloween.

  7. I don't really celebrate holidays however I do enjoy fellowship with my family during Thanksgiving