3 Stars, Dawn Douglas, Dreamspinner Press, Reviewed by Jackie

Dawn Douglas’s “Fire Inside” Burns Bright Until The End


Title: Fire Inside

Author: Dawn Douglas

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 114 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: After ten years as an active duty Marine, Captain Eric Ramos is rejoining civilian life. His first job is chauffeuring, assisting, and generally keeping track of NBA young gun Tyler Haley. Tyler’s had a rough few months, and his team owner is convinced he needs some hand-holding if he’s going to keep delivering wins for the St. Louis Fire Foxes.
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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Jayden Brooks, Reviewed by Tina

Jayden Brooks’ “That’s Who I Am” – A Mended Daily Dose Anthology Story


“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” ― Robert Frost


Title: That’s Who I Am

Author: Jayden Brooks

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 66 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Jared Winters’s life has been little more than a collection of moments where he didn’t think before opening his mouth. Always a bit different, he’s learned to accept an existence on the outside looking in. But one day, his mouth lands him in a position that nearly costs him his life. Only the timely intervention of Sophie, his twin Conner’s ex-girlfriend, saves him.
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5 Stars, Nicole Castle, Reviewed by Lisa, Self-Published

Nicole Castle Redefines Romance In “Chance Assassins: A Story of Love, Luck, And Murder


“I looked at Frank, wondering whether that was the connection I’d felt between us. Two murderers seeing one another for what they were. Death united us. Not love.” – Nicole Castle


Title: Chance Assassins: A Story of Love, Luck, and Murder

Author: Nicole Castle

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 354 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Vincent Sullivan is down on his luck. When a chance encounter generates a job prospect he’s too desperate to decline, Vincent is well on his way to a career in crime. But after the job goes wrong and he’s gravely injured in the process, things couldn’t get much worse. Except that he may have just killed a man.
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Charlie Cochet, Dreamspinner Press, GayRomLit

Come “Hell & High Water”, Charlie Cochet’s Here Today With A Countdown To GRL Giveaway


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Hello everyone! I’m thrilled to be here today at The Novel Approach to celebrate GRL 2014 and the upcoming release of Hell & High Water, the first book in my new contemporary-law enforcement-shifter series called the THIRDS. By the time GRL comes around, the first and second book in the series will be out, so expect some pretty cool THIRDS swag! Throughout the Hell & HIgh Water tour I’ll be introducing you to this exciting world and the agents who inhabit it.

The THIRDS sprang up from a series of ‘what-if’ questions after I started playing around with the idea of writing a shifter series. I knew right away I wanted to make the THIRDS world as realistic as possible. So the questions began. What if humanity was responsible for the birth of this new and advanced species? What if this new species wasn’t hidden from the world, but a part of it? I brainstormed ways this could be possible and began my research into history with the knowledge I wanted the event that started it all to be fairly recent.

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Cover Reveal, S.A. McAuley, Self-Published

Cover Reveal And Excerpt: S.A. McAuley’s “Damaged Package”


Cover Art By G.D. Leigh

Cover Art By G.D. Leigh


Title: Damaged Package

Tag: If your past came with a warning label, what would it say?

Blurb: Forced into early retirement from his career as a SWAT officer for the city of Detroit, James Deacon knew that when he failed it would be a fall of epic proportions. He’s been living life by the tips of his fingers for over twenty years, and his new gig organizing a group of misfit military types into a functioning team—including his reluctant ex-fiancée—won’t return him to stable ground anytime soon.

Trevor Barrow has been on the move for the last seven years—hitting the road when relationships became too real or too much work. He’s home now, working in the hazardous world of bike messengers in the Motor City, and the only one of his eight siblings who knows he’s returned is his sister Cat. It’s not as if reconnecting with them matters anyway, because it’s likely he’ll be gone again soon.

Both men are lugging some heavy baggage, but when they chance upon each other in a dive bar it’s hard to deny their flaws are more like symbiotic quirks. Trevor’s backpedaling instincts and Deacon’s dance-dance party past may just be intersecting at a time when things are about to get explosive in Detroit.

Release Date: July 14, 2014

Available for pre-order June 30, 2014 at: samcauley.com

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Excerpt:

Deacon paid for their last-round of drinks and they stood at the bar as the lights clicked on. He reached out and swept back a lock of Trav’s fringe, letting his fingers linger against Trav’s sweat-slick skin.

“You gotta let me take you home,” Deacon said.

Trav scoffed and took a drink of his beer. “Worst pick up line ever.”

“I thought the worst was saying that I’d never seen you at Honest John’s before?”

“Yeah. You’re pretty bad all around.”

But instead of feeding Trav another line, Deacon made the conscious decision to give an honest reply. “Dating’s just not my scene.”

Trav tipped his head and studied him. “You know what? I don’t know if I’m supposed to believe you and be reeled in by how unconventional you are, or if this is all a game for you.”

He shrugged. Already he knew there was little he could do to sway Trav either way—Trav was perceptive. “I’ll give you time to decide that for yourself. In the mean time, though, I’m serious. Let me at least ride with you in the cab back to your place. I don’t live far from you and it will make me feel better to know you’re safe.”

“I ride a bike in downtown Detroit for a living, James. Pretty sure I can handle myself.”

Deacon’s lips curled into a smile at both Trav’s use of his first name and his brash confidence. “I’m positive you can.”

“Well, then… What? That doesn’t…” Trav pursed his lips together in a thin line and left the remains of his trailing thoughts unsaid. Trav took another swig from his beer, emptying the cup and setting it on the bar. “Whatever. Yeah, you can take me home. But I’m not inviting you up. Got it?”

Deacon would take it. He held out his hand and waited for Trav to decide it was okay to take this one small step. When Trav’s fingers curled around his after only a heartbeat of hesitation, Deacon worked through the lingering crowd to the front door, unable to wipe the triumphant smile from his face.

The ride back into the city didn’t take as long as it had to get out to Ferndale. The city became a ghost town after a certain time of night. And they’d passed that threshold hours ago. They rode in silence, with hands still touching if not intertwined, and when they pulled up to the Park Shelton, Deacon paid the cabbie and got out with Trav.

It took a moment for Trav to realize what had just happened. He watched the cab drive away, glared at Deacon, back down the road, then put his hands on his hips. “Whoa. Whatcha doing getting out of the cab? I distinctly remember not inviting you up.”

“Huh,” was all Deacon said as he pointed at the cab disappearing around a corner. “But there goes my ride.”

“I’m not a first date slut.”

Deacon groaned playfully, but his heart skipped a happy beat to hear Trav considered this a date, too. “You’re not going to make me count out dates or something like that, are you?”

Trav’s fingers drummed against hips as he seemed to be considering his options. Yet barely restraining a smile at the same time. “Just for that response? Maybe.”

Deacon dropped to his knees on the sidewalk, and raised his clasped hands to the heavens, pleading to Trav in an overly loud voice, “Please, Trevor Barrow! What do I have to do for you to let me up to your apartment, Trevor Barrow? I just want to watch the History Channel or maybe So You Think You Can Dance, Trevor Barrow. I promise I have nothing lewd or lascivious—”

A group of female college students walking by giggled at his display, providing a running commentary as they eyed the scene unfolding on the sidewalk. “Dude, Trevor Barrow, you should let him up.” Then, “He’s cute. He can come back to my place.”

Deacon couldn’t have planned his public begging session better.

Trav blushed and laughed out loud. “Alright. Off your knees.”

“At least for now!” one of the girls yelled as they turned the corner.

Trav sighed, offered his hand and pulled Deacon up toward the front entrance of his apartment building. “You’re going to give me a reputation, Deacon.”

“I earn every reputation I give.” Deacon smirked and held the door open for Trav once he’d swiped his key card.

“Where did the tears suddenly disappear to? The histrionics?”

He shrugged. “I got my way.”

Trav stopped in the doorway and looked up at Deacon wide-eyed. “Holy shit. You really are certifiable.”

Deacon ran his finger along Trav’s jawline, wanting nothing more than to kiss Trav. But whether Trav wanted to believe it or not, what happened between them next was up to Trav. “Cat’s completely right. She just should have waited for you to find that out on your own.”

Trav shook his head, his voice laden with sarcasm, but his stunning eyes crinkled at the corners in silent laughter, “Yeah, like that would’ve taken me long.”

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About Sam: I sleep little, read a lot. Happiest in a foreign country. Twitchy when not mentally in motion. My name is Sam, not Sammy, definitely not Samantha. I’m a pretty dark/cynical/jaded person, but I hide that darkness well behind my obsession(s) for shiny objects. I’m the macabre wrapped in irresistible bubble wrap and a glittery pink bow, I suppose.

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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, EM Lynley, Reviewed by Tina

Things Get Complicated In EM Lynley’s “Bound for Trouble”


Title: Bound for Trouble

Author: EM Lynley

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 260 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Daniel “Deke” Kane is a broken man, facing the end of his career in the FBI. He’s on desk duty after a botched drug raid left the suspects and two children dead. He’s got one chance to prove himself, or the only thing he’ll be investigating is the Help Wanted ads.
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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Charlie Cochet, GayRomLit, Jordan L. Hawk, KJ Charles, Lex Chase, Lisa Worrall, Mary Calmes, Nikka Michaels, S.A. McAuley, SE Jakes

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week – And , P.S., I Need Reviewers


Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great week.

Before I get to the week ahead, I’m looking for a few good reviewers. If you, or anyone you know, loves to read, will read from a variety of sub-genres (though that’s not a deal breaker), and loves to devour books then share your opinion on them, please fill out the contact form below because I want you to join the team.

Previous experience isn’t necessary, but if you review on your own blog, Amazon, or Goodreads, I’d like to read a sample of your work, so please leave a URL link in the comment box as well.

I look forward to hearing from you!
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5 Stars, J.K. Pendragon, Less Than Three Press, Reviewed by Jackie

A Love Story Blooms In J.K. Pendragon’s “Ink and Flowers”


Title: Ink and Flowers

Author: J.K. Pendragon

Publisher: Less Than Three Press

Pages/Word Count: 144 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: About to lose his apartment, and desperate to avoid having to move in with his horrendous relatives, shy art student Luke impulsively agrees to a deal from hell: sex with a man he doesn’t know in exchange for a couch to sleep on.
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Amber Allure, Clare London

Clare London May Be “No Angel”, But She’s Here With A Giveaway



TNA: Hi, Clare, I’m so glad you could join us today. Why don’t we start out by having you tell all of us a little bit about yourself, a few things we readers may not know about you?

Clare: Hi everyone, and thanks to TNA for inviting me over! I’m an author of gay romance, usually contemporary, often erotic, and sometimes with gentle humour. Just like life, really! I do actually live in London, England – it’s not just a pen name *g* – and I’ve been publishing since 2008. I haven’t been the most prolific writer on the planet recently, but I’ve just started working from home so I’m hopeful of more time and productivity.

I’ve also been on the organising committee for the UK Meet since 2011 and I love the way it’s grown in numbers and reputation, yet remains so welcoming. And I’ll be at GRL in October, with the hope of meeting lots of old and new friends.
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4 Stars, Leighton Rose, Reviewed by Jordan, Self-Published

Leighton Rose’s “Finding Home” Is Worth The Journey


Title: Finding Home

Author: Leighton Rose

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 287 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: For Dillon Turner, home was never a place that meant anything to him. It was simply where he lived until he was old enough to leave. The day he turns eighteen, he boards a Greyhound bus and leaves Chicago behind for what he hopes will be something better.

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4.5 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Reviewed by Traci, T.A. Webb

John Solo Gives Voice To T.A. Webb’s “Second Chances”


Title: Second Chances

Author: T.A. Webb

Narrator:: John Solo

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 7 Hours

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Mark Jennings is at a crossroads. His finance job in the Atlanta nonprofit scene stresses him out, his mother is dying, and his relationship with Brian Jacobs has crashed and burned. He needs a distraction, some way to relax, and a massage seems like just the thing. He never expected his massage therapist, Antonio Roberto, to become his best friend.
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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Reviewed by Jackie, Skylar M. Cates

A Secret Love Isn’t So Secret Anymore In Skylar M. Cates’ “The Only Guy”


Title: The Only Guy

Author: Skylar M. Cates

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 220 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Aaron Weiss knows how to escape. Years ago, he ran from a romantic disappointment and impulsively joined the Army. Now, he’s forced to take a medical discharge and readjusting to life at home proves a challenge.
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Rain Carrington

Rain Carrington Joins Us Today To Talk Pride, “Penny’s Lane”, And Giveaways


I am not simply a writer of gay romance and erotica; I am an ally to the gay community. I have been for as long as I can remember (and that is a LONG time). This weekend I was lucky enough to make it to Denver for Pride. My daughter and I drove to the bigger city and from the moment we got into Denver we felt it, a feeling of freedom and happiness that came over the both of us. From the minute we got there to the minute Denver was in the rearview we smiled.

Once on in the city we parked and walked to the parade route. Right away we saw people dressed in rainbows…tutus, leggings, boas, hats, skirts and kilts in rainbow colors. I had a painted shirt and a rainbow flag around my waist so I blended in just fine.

There was not a scowl or frown among the people headed to the street where the parade would pass. There was not an angry word or face without a smile. It was refreshing.

As we sat on the lawn of our state capital, we looked around at children and older people, straight and gay, people in groups and alone all coming out to celebrate diversity. That was a little like a contradiction in terms because we didn’t feel diverse or different at all. We felt like a family or at the very least old friends.
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5 Stars, Barbara Elsborg, Reviewed by Lana, Samhain Publishing

Barbara Elsborg’s “Every Move He Makes” Is A Story of Passion, Denial, And Danger


“Passion rules us all. And we obey. What other choice do we have?” – Joss Whedon


Title: Every Move He Makes

Author: Barbara Elsborg

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 324 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Keeping an eye on his charge isn’t easy. Keeping his hands off? Impossible…

It took attending his own funeral to force Logan to accept a new life as an undercover MI6 agent. That doesn’t make his latest assignment any less aggravating. Babysitting a Russian pop star with delusions that someone’s trying to kill him.
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5 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, J.P. Barnaby, Reviewed by Kim

Tyler Stevens’ Narration of J.P. Barnaby’s “Aaron” Brings The Story To Life


“There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.” ― Laurell K. Hamilton


Title: Aaron (A Survivor Story)

Author: J.P. Barnaby

Narrator:: Tyler Stevens

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 8 Hours, 5 Minutes

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: I can’t describe what it’s like to want to scream every minute of every day.
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5 Stars, KJ Charles, Reviewed by Lisa, Samhain Publishing

Betrayal And Danger Abound In KJ Charles’ “Think of England”

Title: Think of England

Author: KJ Charles

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count:

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Lie back and think of England…

England, 1904. Two years ago, Captain Archie Curtis lost his friends, fingers, and future to a terrible military accident. Alone, purposeless and angry, Curtis is determined to discover if he and his comrades were the victims of fate, or of sabotage.
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Brandon Witt, Dreamspinner Press, GayRomLit

Brandon Witt Stops By Today To Celebrate The Countdown To GRL With A Giveaway


2014GRL_BlogTour_sq200x200Considering I’m someone who doesn’t like large crowds or parties, I’m a little over the moon about attending GRL for the first time this October. I’d dreamed of being a published author since high school (let’s pretend that wasn’t that long ago), and the past two years since seeing that dream become a reality have been full of many firsts. Acquiring a spot at GRL, seeing my name listed with many wonderful authors was one of those surreal I’m making it, I’m actually making it! moments. There are so many authors, bloggers, and readers that I’m dying to meet. And that is saying something for me. I tend to be one of those who only likes very small groups of tried and true friends. Although I know it’s not perfect, and I probably still have on rose-colored glasses, after coming from the church world and the politics of the education world, our little universe of M/M writers and readers has been so welcoming and supportive. Truly, you all are an astounding and loving group of freaky people. You’re beautiful, and I can’t wait to meet as many of you as possible.
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3.5 Stars, LC Chase, Reviewed by Tina, Riptide Publishing

Love Heats Up The Rodeo In L.C. Chase’s “Let It Ride”


“Life had its own plan; folks just had to learn how to ride it or get bucked off.” — L.C. Chase


Title: Let It Ride (Pickup Men #2)

Author: L.C. Chase

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 195 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: Pickup man Bridge Sullivan is the kind of cowboy everyone wants—as a brother, a friend, a lover. People think he’s straight, but Bridge isn’t one for labels, and when a sexy male paramedic jumpstarts his heart, he charges in with all guns blazing.
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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Reviewed by Sammy, Shira Anthony

Into the Wind Is A Stunning Sequel To Shira Anthony’s Mermen of Ea Series


“I believe in the immeasurable power of love; that true love can endure any circumstance and reach across any distance.” – Steve Maraboli


Title: Into The Wind (Mermen Of Ea #2)

Author: Shira Anthony

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 216 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Since learning of his merman shifter heritage, Taren has begun building a life with Ian Dunaidh among the mainland Ea.
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2 Stars, Amber Allure, Reviewed by Jordan, Shawn Bailey

Shawn Bailey’s “Conquering Kameron” Misses The Mark


“Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.” ― Oscar Wilde


Title: Conquering Kameron

Author: Shawn Bailey

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 31,000 Words

Rating: 2 Stars

Blurb: Boston University graduate Kameron Santella lands a job with a prestigious publishing house, but instead of getting the job of his dreams, he ends up at the bottom of the corporate ladder, working his butt off in the mail room. One afternoon, he meets a handsome older man named Vern, whom Kameron thinks is a senior editor. Vern takes a liking to Kameron and invites him on a weekend trip to the museum and dinner. Before the outing ends, romance ensues, and Kameron finds himself falling for the silver-tongued devil. But on Monday morning, Kameron gets the shock of his life when he learns that Vern is actually Vernon Henderson, the no-nonsense CEO and publisher of Henderson’s Publishing Company whom everyone seems to fear.
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Dreamspinner Press, Rhys Ford

Part Three of Rhys Ford’s “Hair of the Dog/Tequila Mockingbird” Blog Tour Drops Here And Now


!Tequila MockingbirdLGHey! I am Rhys Ford and I’ll be taking over this blog today … sort of. There’s really no cool way of introducing yourself on someone else’s blog and honestly, if you’re following this series of shorts, you’re going to be sick of reading this. So… feel free to jump down to the meaty bits of the short if you like. Go on. I won’t mind.

Now, if you’ve been following the Sinners Series, I am happy to say the third book is either on the brink of coming out or out by the time this post hits. It is called Tequila Mockingbird and features Connor Morgan as he discovers he’s in love with a drummer—a guy drummer. Murder, mayhem, sexing, etc. All of those follow. You know the drill. But wooot! I am very happy to announce Connor’s story.
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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Reviewed by Jackie, Rhys Ford

Rhys Ford’s “Tequila Mockingbird” Shoots Straight For The Heart


“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ― Oscar Wilde


Title: Tequila Mockingbird (Sinners Series: Book Three)

Author: Rhys Ford

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 250 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Lieutenant Connor Morgan of SFPD’s SWAT division wasn’t looking for love. Especially not in a man. His life plan didn’t include one Forest Ackerman, a brown-eyed, blond drummer who’s as sexy as he is trouble. His family depends on him to be like his father, a solid pillar of strength who’ll one day lead the Morgan clan.
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4 Stars, A.M. Sexton, Reviewed by Jules, Self-Published

A.M. Sexton’s “Release” Is A Can’t-Put-It-Down Novel


“Infinity yawned both above and below, and in between there was only me. If Donato released me, I would cease to exist. I’d be swallowed by the sky. But he held me fast, and I breathed deep. I drank the night. I tasted the stars. I made love to the sea. The enormity of it brought tears to my eyes. I felt wondrously alive – wild and pure and achingly free.” – A.M. Sexton


Title: Release (Davlova: Book One)

Author: A.M. Sexton

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 244 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Davlova: a poverty-ridden city-state ruled by a tyrannical upper class. Resources are scarce and technology is illegal. But in the slums, revolution is brewing.
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A.M. Sexton, Self-Published

Marie (A.M.) Sexton Is With Us Today On The “Release” Blog Tour And Giveaway



TNA: Hi, Marie, 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, things that readers may not know about you? Say, for instance, the fact you have an amazing shoe collection that I envy beyond all reason.

Marie: Hmm. Well, I’m not sure there’s anything people don’t already know. I’m a soccer mom. I love shoes, wine, coffee, and football. I like monster movies and old-school slasher-style horror. I love my home state of Colorado, and I really dig a good antihero. (Boyd Crowder is the bomb.) (Do people still say ‘bomb’?)
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