A.J. Corza, GotYouCovrd, Guest Contributor, Sue Brown

A.J. Corza’s Got You Covered – This Weeks Topic – Inspiration

Well, it’s another one of those nights where I’m sitting here flailing for something to review. Honestly, I have the attention span of a very small, one celled organism. Some days it’s all I can do to not have my cranium crammed chock full of pretty book covers I want to talk about, and some days I look at those same covers and feel ambivalent. I’ll blame today’s ambivalence on having to write a report on architecture during the Industrial Era. Which is really interesting (I know I’m odd), but I think my clever repartee account is now overdrawn.

Anyhow, enough grumping over my lack of witty turnings of a phrase, let’s talk about something.
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5 Stars, Jaime Reese, Reviewed by Jackie, Self-Published

Jaime Reese’s “A Hunted Man” Is A Must-Read Experience – Reviewed by Jackie

“It was not a simple but rather a very complex passion.” ― Oscar Wilde

Title: A Hunted Man (The Men of Halfway House: Book Two)

Author: Jaime Reese

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 606 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: After surviving ten years in prison, Cameron Pierce is attempting to put the past behind him. He tries to adjust to his newfound freedom with a place at the halfway house and a job. But one lesson he learned in prison keeps him guarded: hope is a dangerous thing.
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Jaime Reese, Self-Published

Jaime Reese Stops In Today With An Interview And Giveaway on the “A Hunted Man” Blog Tour

15712796TNA: Hi, Jaime, thanks so much for being here with us today. Why don’t we start out by having you tell us a little bit about yourself: hobbies, interests, things we might not know about you but should?

Jaime: Thanks for inviting me! :)

I love creative things…art, music, reading. I’m not much of an outdoorsy person but I love saltwater fishing.

Personality-wise, I’m quiet and reserved initially but will gladly talk your ear off once I’m comfortable in a situation.

I’m married to an amazing man who deserves a medal for putting up with me. We have a 120lb dog who thinks he’s our son and definitely knows how to work those puppy dog eyes of his.

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K. Vale, Liquid Silver Books

Turning The Norm On Its Head – A Guest Post And Giveaway By Kimber Vale

BeFunky_Stenciler_6And, no, I don’t mean knocking the accountant from Cheers off his bar stool.

Sorry, that was cheesy. What can I say? My new release is set in Bean Town—I couldn’t help myself.

Anyway, when you think of rock stars, what words come to mind? Sex? Drugs? Money? Nonstop parties? Binge drinking all night, and then sleeping the day away until the next gig? Did I say sex?
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4 Stars, Cara Dee, Reviewed by Tina, Self-Published

Falling In Love Is A “Public Display of Everything” – Reviewed by Tina

“Is there a voyeur inside you? Or are you the one who would like an audience in the bedroom?” — Cara Dee

Title: Public Display of Everything

Author: Cara Dee

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 161 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: “Is there a voyeur inside you? Or are you the one who would like an audience in the bedroom?”
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4.5 Stars, K. Vale, Liquid Silver Books, Reviewed by Jackie

It’s A Rock ‘n Roll Life In Kimber Vale’s “Double Takes” – Reviewed by Jackie

“I don’t want you to be my fan. I want you to be mine.” ― Emme Rollins

Title: Double Takes (Shooting Stars: Book Two

Author: Kimber Vale

Publisher: Liquid Silver Books

Pages/Word Count: 174 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Ah, the life of a rock star. Everyone thinks it’s nothing but sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

Not for Giovanni Savale.
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D.T. Peterson, Self-Published

D.T. Peterson Visits Today To Talk About His Debut Novel “The Cove” And To Give Away An E-copy Or Ten

TNA: Hi, D.T., thanks so much for being here with us today. Why don’t we start out by having you tell us a little bit about yourself: hobbies, interests, things we might not know about you but should?

D.T: Hi, Lisa. Thanks for spending some time with me. I’m drawn to the unknown. I enjoy working with my hands, gardening, making furniture, and working on my house. Traveling has always been the greatest love of my life. I haven’t met a tree or a boulder, or a raging mountain stream that I haven’t liked, so yea, I’m really outdoorsy. I’m a people person and I need to feel the connection with someone else. I’m quirky and my tastes are all over the place.

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Con Riley, Dreamspinner Press

“Salvage” and “Recovery”: Companion Novels About Family And Forgiveness by Con Riley

The Novel Approach is thrilled to have Con Riley with us today. Be sure to check out the giveaway details below to see how you could win an e-copy of either Salvage or Recovery
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3 Stars, Reviewed by Kim, Samhain Publishing, Scarlet Blackwell

Two Men Fall In Love “Against Reason” – Reviewed by Kim

“The heart has its reasons which reason knows not.” ― Blaise Pascal

Title: Against Reason

Author: Scarlet Blackwell

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 109 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: He lost his heart once. Is it too damaged for love to find it again?

In the five years since the love of his life abandoned him at the altar, Jake Morgan hasn’t left his house. The locals in this small, English town have dubbed him “Mr. Havisham”, but he’s too preoccupied wrestling his demons to care about Dickensian comparisons.
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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Reviewed by Jackie, Silvia Violet

Silvia Violet’s “Pressure Points” Hits The Spot – Reviewed by Jackie

“If you really want to escape the things that harass you, what you’re needing is not to be in a different place but to be a different person.” ― Seneca

Title: Pressure Points (Pisgah Mountain Wolves #2)

Author: Silvia Violet

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 196 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: It’s hard enough being an inn manager, serving at everyone’s beck and call, making sure all the guests are happy and the employees are paid on time. Add to that being a werewolf, a recovering alcoholic, and a pack leader. Add to that a brother who is trying to tear the pack apart and a dark past he can’t escape. Needless to say, Carl is under a lot of stress. Not helping: Justin, the inn’s human massage therapist—who Carl is trying not to fall for—has offered Carl a massage to “lower his stress levels.” As his boss, Carl can’t tell Justin his hands might lower stress levels, but they would raise something else.
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4 Stars, Jae T. Jaggart, Reviewed by Lisa, Self-Published

Jae T. Jaggart’s “Objects of His Obsession” Is A Sexy Victorian Era Romance

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Title: Objects of His Obsession

Author: Jae T. Jaggart

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 194 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: London, 1898

Lord Benedict Yeats has two obsessions.

One of which has a definite pulse – the seductive and beautiful Evander St John, Duke of Casterwell. A man he has a certain history with.
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GayRomLit, Katey Hawthorne, Self-Published

Look Who’s Here! It’s Katey Hawthorne And Another Countdown To GRL Celebration Giveaway!


I absolutely love working with illustrators. Every book needs a cover, so when I first created The Dangers of Fairy Compacts as a free read on a prompt from Miya Kressin for the Goodreads MM Romance group a few years back, I knew just the kind of thing I needed for a cover image.

FairyCompacts_medLuckily, Courtney Bernard was willing to work with me and provide a perfect image to describe the burgeoning and occasionally ridiculous relationship between my two main characters, the fairy Aeron and the human Tammas.

But when it came to the sequels, I knew I wanted to take it further and get some internal illustrations happening. When I think of fairies, I think of visuals; from the Cottingley hoax photos that tricked even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the modern works of everyone from Brian and Wendy Froud to Amy Brown—there are just certain images that appear in the mind when I hear the word ‘fairy’. (Not all of them are pleasant or pretty, but that’s another issue for another time.)
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5 Stars, Kade Boehme, Loose Id, Reviewed by Jackie

Kade Boehme Takes You To “Where the World Ends” – Reviewed by Jackie

Prejudice is the symptom, wrong assumptions are the cause.
‘Prejudice is the daughter of assumption.”
― Idries Shah

Title: Where the World Ends

Author: Kade Boehme

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 162 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Will Cooper is a Deputy in the Sheriff’s office of Western Washington’s coastal Gray’s Harbor County. While searching for a stolen vehicle, he gets lost and meets Colin Sharpe who’s a member of the local Native American tribe. The two are attracted to one another but after a run-in with some tribe teenagers that ends in bad blood between the sheriff’s department, Will and Colin’s father, the two can’t think of worse people to get involved with.
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A.J. Corza, Con Riley, D.T. Peterson, GayRomLit, GotYouCovrd, Jaime Reese, Jaime Samms, K. Vale, Katey Hawthorne, Kol Anderson, Krissy Bells, Sneak Peek, Susan Mac Nicol, Vaughn R. Demont

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great week! As you can see, we’ve got another busy seven days ahead, filled with more GRL Countdown visitors, giveaways, interviews, and, of course, more reviews from the team for you.

Here’s what’s on tap for the week ahead.

MondayKatey Hawthorne kicks the week right off with a GRL Celebration visit and giveaway

TuesdayCon Riley is our guest today on the Recovery Blog Tour, and there will also be a giveaway

We also have author D.T. Peterson visiting with an interview and the chance for TEN lucky readers to win a copy of his novel The Cove

WednesdayKimber Vale drops by on her Double Takes Blog Tour, and she’s also got a giveaway for you

Jaime Reese is with us today as well, to talk a little bit about her new book A Hunted Man, and she’ll be offering a giveaway

A.J. Corza also joins us today with another installment of Got You Covered

ThursdaySusan Mac Nicol pops in to work a little Double Alchemy for us, and there’s a giveaway

FridayKrissy Bells kicks off the day with a guest article about her book Fag, why she chose such a jarring and provocative title, and there’s a giveaway

Kol Anderson also drops in with a giveaway of his new novel The Perfect Place, and Lynn reviews the book

SaturdayJaime Samms is our guest today with another Countdown to GRL visit

Sunday – And finally, to round out the week, I had the opportunity to interview author Vaughn R. Demont, and he’s giving away all three books in the Broken Mirrors series to one lucky reader

And that rounds out the week ahead. Until next week, happy reading!

Doubleday, E. Lynn Harris, Guest Contributor, Kingett Reads

Kingett Reads “Basketball Jones” Chapter 14

In chapter 14 of Basketball Jones, I don’t understand how AJ can like a man who is, literally, a little stupid on every inch of his brain mass. Intrigued? It’s time for Kingett to read Basketball Jones.

It’s a common stereotype that athletes are about as smart as sand. Everyone knows that stereotypes are just massive tropes that people sometimes portray in real life, and usually, I don’t like to call judgment on a character until I know him or her. Usually, I study characters in a book just as I would people because I want to know what their dimensions are, and I want to know what’s inside of their head, and I want to know what their dreams, and hopes, and feelings are.
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GayRomLit, J.K. Hogan, Wilde City Press

Writing Anxiety by J.K. Hogan – It’s A GRL Countdown Celebration Giveaway


Blurb: As if being a deeply closeted gay man living in the South isn’t enough, Justice Crawford also suffers from a crippling anxiety disorder. Flying cross country to be the best man in his best friend’s wedding probably isn’t the best idea, right? Forced back into the closet after being rejected by his family, Justice has given up on the idea of finding acceptance and love. He has allowed his disorder and his troubled past to keep him from taking a chance, but love might just find him where he least expects it… in Seattle.

Sailor and charter boat captain Nic Valentine is still reeling from the unexpected death of his father, when the man of his dreams—literally—falls into his lap. He thinks he’ll never see the man again, but fate has other plans. Nic tries to resist the charms of adorably quirky, nervous Justice, because he has no desire to get tangled up with another closet case. But when life keeps throwing them together, will Nic decide that Justice might be a keeper after all?


Hey everyone! Thanks for having me on The Novel Approach today. Though I have several m/f PNRs out, I’ve just released my first m/m contemporary romance: I Survived Seattle from Wilde City Press. The story was loosely based on and inspired by a trip my husband, my son, and I took to Seattle to attend our friends’ wedding. The romance genre is where my heart lies and I’ll probably always write it, but I like to challenge myself to create deeper characters that go through more within the story than just falling in love.

Justice, the main character from I Survived Seattle, apart from being a gay man living in the South, also suffers from a crippling anxiety disorder. One of his triggers is travel, flying in particular, and since the book starts off with him on a cross-country flight to Seattle, you can probably imagine his state of mind. Today I wanted to talk a bit about writing a character with anxiety—and a mild case of OCD in Justice’s case. That part of Justice was semi-autobiographical. I pulled a lot from my own experiences as inspiration for Justice.
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3.5 Stars, Khloe Knight, Reviewed by Lisa, Self-Published

Khloe Knight’s “Always” Is A Sweet Coming Out Story

“You can’t stay in the closet forever, Damon. Someday secret little meetings and stolen kisses won’t be enough for either of us.” – Khloe Knight

Title: Always (Always #1)

Author: Khloe Knight

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 40 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: Jason has had a crush on Damon Nixon ever since he figured out he liked boys. After one fateful day at summer camp Jason’s dream finally comes true as he and Damon begin meeting in secret. But the waters of this new relationship are tested when school comes around and the weight of this secret becomes heavier than either boys expects.
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4 Stars, Christa Tomlinson, Reviewed by Tina, Self-Published

You’ll Want To Claim Christa Tomlinson’s “The Sergeant” – Reviewed by Tina

“You’re the only one I want to control. The only one whose submission I want, need, and crave with every part of me, every second of every day.” – Christa Tomlinson

Title: The Sergeant

Author: Christa Tomlinson

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 426 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Sergeant Logan Pierce: Head of Houston’s elite SWAT team. He leads his squad with cool efficiency, taking down rough criminals while keeping his team safe. But behind closed doors he sets a darker part of himself free. He’s a Dominant in the world of Bondage and Domination. As a Dom, he’s controlled many submissives, but never had one for his own. That’s because there’s only one man he wants: Corporal Clay Foster.
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Dreamspinner Press, F.E. Feeley Jr.

“Objects in the Rearview Mirror” May Look A Lot Like F.E. Feeley Jr. And A Giveaway

The Novel Approach is pleased to welcome F.E. Feeley Jr. today! Read on for excerpts from both Objects in the Rearview Mirror and Timber Manor, then click on the Rafflecopter link and enter for a chance to win an e-copy of one of the books.

Good luck!
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Christa Tomlinson

Christa Tomlinson Joins Us Today To Talk About “The Sergeant”, And There’s A Giveaway

Hello, and thank you for having me on the The Novel Approach today. My name is Christa Tomlinson and I’ve just released my second erotic romance, The Sergeant. In many ways it can be considered my first. There was a lot I didn’t know my first time around. In addition, I published The Sergeant myself, rather than going through a publisher, so it was an entirely different process. I had to find my own editors and cover artists, rather than relying on that being done for me.

I’ve wanted to write romance ever since my older sister let me read some of her historical romance novels. I don’t remember the first one I read, but I do know I was immediately hooked. When I finished each book I’d read the back cover to learn a little about the author. In no time I had Johanna Lindsey’s image and bio memorized. I’d often wonder what it was like to write in Hawaii. I never found out, because I didn’t really know how to contact her and ask. When I was a little older I realized that I could send her and other authors fan mail. Many of their biographies ended with something along the lines of …loves to hear from her readers. But I wasn’t much of a letter writer so I never did.
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4.5 Stars, AR Moler, JMS Books LLC, Reviewed by Lana

AR Moler’s “Personal Protection” Heats Things Up And Leaves You Wanting More – Reviewed by Lana

“That was my first instinct — to protect him.” – Graham Greene

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Author: A.R. Moler

Publisher: JMS Books LLC

Pages/Word Count: 49 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Dr. Ryan Bergstrom has offended somebody, but he has no idea who is so upset with him. Ryan is a gifted medical researcher working on a drug that could slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Death threats and nasty pranks mean that the medical research firm has hired a bodyguard to make sure their golden boy is protected from his stalker.
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4 Stars, Daisy Harris, Reviewed by Jackie, Samhain Publishing

Daisy Harris’ “Nothing But Smoke” Proves There’s An Exception For Every Rule – Reviewed by Jackie

“Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.” ― Dalai Lama XIV

Title: Nothing But Smoke

Author: Daisy Harris

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 214 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Michael Larson considers himself one of the good guys. He recycles, eats mostly vegan, and volunteers. But one night, while on a jog through a Seattle park, he encounters a sexy man on a motorcycle he wants to be bad with.
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Loose Id, M.J. O'Shea

The Novel Approach Welcomes M.J. O’Shea On The “Rising Sun” Blog Tour – And There’s A Giveaway

Blurb: New Seattle 2199

Castor Kovalenko, socialite and high ranking member of the Dragon Triad, is worried about his cousin, Lynx. He’s been missing for weeks and there have been rumors circling the city, rumors that he’s been taken hostage by the hacker thief Yoru Katana. Castor needs to find his cousin before it’s too late. He’s willing to do nearly anything to bring Lynx to safety.
Jaffa Sharp is trying to stay alive. It’s not easy when the only thing you’ve ever learned to do is steal. Even harder when he keeps running into one annoying Dragon prince who keeps trying to get him arrested.

When Castor uses Jaffa to get to his cousin and the thief Katana, they both learn that nothing is as it seemed, including Lynx and Katana himself. Castor and Jaffa soon become involved in a plot to take the city back from the villainous triads. They find themselves fighting the people they thought were their leaders — and fighting an attraction stronger than either of them have felt before. Nothing is certain in the precarious new world they find themselves in: Life, death, friend, enemy, and the most uncertain thing of all…love
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LE Franks, MLR Press

“Can This Be Real”? Yes, It Can. LE Franks Stops In Today With An Interview And Giveaway

LEF_options_rainbow_TransTNA: Hi, LE, thanks so much for being here with us today. Why don’t we start out by having you tell us a little bit about yourself: hobbies, interests, things we might not know about you but should? Your love of practical jokes, for instance. What’s the best prank you’ve ever pulled?

LE: I say prank…you say “Grand Theft Auto.” There was the time we had to “liberate” a vehicle during a party in order to convince the owner to get down off the roof… there was the time the guy I had just started dating thought I stole all his dirty clothes and stinky running shoes when I went to visit him out of town and moved him to a larger room while he was working (the strange man in the shower upon his return was a nice touch)… and the time I kidnapped and threatened all his ties…(they were horrible and needed to be set free).

Honestly I don’t know why people get so upset over these things…you don’t see me whining about getting short-sheeted and left with a rubber shark in my bed on my wedding night, do you? (Come to think of it the same man got the short sheeting as well.)
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