5 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Fairy Tale/Mythology/Folk Lore, Kim Fielding, Reviewed by Kim

Audio Review: Brute by Kim Fielding – Narrated by K.C. Kelly

Title: Brute

Author: Kim Fielding

Narrator:: K.C. Kelly

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 11 Hours, 14 Minutes

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Brute leads a lonely life in a world where magic is commonplace. He is seven and a half feet of ugly, and of disreputable descent. No one, including Brute, expects him to be more than a laborer. But heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and when he is maimed while rescuing a prince, Brute’s life changes abruptly. He is summoned to serve at the palace in Tellomer as a guard for a single prisoner. It sounds easy but turns out to be the challenge of his life. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Abigail Roux, Andrea Speed, Anne Tenino, Anthology, Comedy, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Sammy, Riptide Publishing

Review: My Haunted Blender’s Gay Love Affair, and Other Twisted Tales Anthology

Title: My Haunted Blender’s Gay Love Affair, and Other Twisted Tales

Authors: Abigail Roux, Andrea Speed, and Anne Tenino

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 340 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: A collection of not-so-chilling tales of love and laughter from three of the genre’s masters of pulp.

In The Bone Orchard by Abigail Roux – Pinkerton investigator Ezra Johns and US Marshal Ambrose Shaw have a lot to learn about life—and the afterlife—in their quest to bring a vicious murderer to justice. Fortunately, they’ve got all the time in the world to figure it out. Continue reading

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Sara York, Stiff Rain Press

Guest Post – Sara York: Authors Gone Wild

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HomoErotiCon, the conference featured in Authors Gone Wild, is a place where anything could happen. This little book, okay it’s a huge book, is filled with fantasy meet-ups where fun is the focus. Authors, readers, publisher, and industry professionals are out to have a good time, and they really are into having a good time. The attending authors see nothing wrong with showing a little skin, getting a busy, and giving a little back.

This is one book you want to read! Continue reading

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Dreamspinner Press, GayRomLit, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Sophie Bonaste

Countdown to GRL: Death Gets a Boyfriend by Sophie Bonaste

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Hello everyone! My name is Sophie Bonaste and I am guest posting today as part of the GRL Blog Tour. But before I begin I want to send a big thanks to Lisa Horan and all of the great bloggers helping to promote all of us authors attending this year’s conference.

As I write this, there are less than three weeks until GayRomLit 2014! It’s crazy to think that I’m going to Chicago not as a reader, but as a Supporting Author. I didn’t even have one book released at this time last year and now I have that title. I am so honored to stand next to some of the best authors in the genre and I can only hope that I will be able to do GRL proud. Continue reading

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Deanna Wadsworth, DH Starr, Ethan Day, GayRomLit, Katey Hawthorne, Rhys Ford, RJ Scott, Sherrie Henry

GayRomLit Virtual Gift Basket Giveaway: Basket One

1237It’s been in the planning for weeks, and the time is finally here! With less than three weeks until the official first day of GayRomLit 2014, The Novel Approach and our team of Featured and Supporting Authors have put together Seven Virtual Gift Baskets to give away.

Helping us kick things off with Basket One are:

Rhys Ford: $25 Gift Card to the e-tailer of the winner’s choice
Sherrie Henry: An e-copy of Last of the Summer Tomatoes
RJ Scott: An e-book of choice from her backlist Continue reading

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5 Stars, Hayden Thorne, Queerteen Press, Reviewed by Lisa, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Review: Masks: Ordinary Champions by Hayden Thorne

Title: Masks: Ordinary Champions

Author: Hayden Thorne

Publisher: Queerteen Press

Pages/Word Count: 189 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Book 3 of the Masks series follows Eric’s adventures as a newly-transformed supervillain sidekick. Taking advantage of Eric’s relationship with Peter, the Devil’s Trill uses him for a shield against the superheroes. In the meantime, new villains and a new, covert vigilante-like group appear, with a young hero with chameleon powers attempting to infiltrate the Trill’s hideout and help Eric. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Drama, Historical Romance, Lisa Henry, Reviewed by Lynn, Riptide Publishing

Review: Sweetwater by Lisa Henry

Title: Sweetwater

Author: Lisa Henry

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 240 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Wyoming Territory, 1870.

Elijah Carter is afflicted. Most of the townsfolk of South Pass City treat him as a simpleton because he’s deaf, but that’s not his only problem. Something in Elijah runs contrary to nature and to God. Something that Elijah desperately tries to keep hidden. Continue reading

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Less Than Three Press, Lexi Ander

Guest Post, Excerpt, and Giveaway: Lexi Ander Talks About Wait? I Made That Rule?

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I would like to thank The Novel Approach for hosting me today. I’m taking you behind the scenes to the making of Twin Flames with today’s topic of “world rules.”

When I’m writing by the seat of my pants, creating the characters and the world as I go along, I have to very careful. Nowadays, I build my world first. When I began Twin Flames I had the situation: Tristan breaks bond with jerk mate. But as the story evolved and I built the world I hit a snag… and not a small one. Continue reading

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Harmony Ink Press, Will Parkinson

Free Ficlet and Giveaway: Wet Paint by Will Parkinson

Blurb:Transitions: Book Two

Although Addy’s heart and body bear the scars from his life before he was adopted by the Deans, he’s ached for something he thought he would never find. Until he met Benny. He isn’t sure how anyone can care for someone as broken as he is, even though he wants it desperately.

High school senior Benny Peters has his whole life planned out for him, until a chaste kiss at summer camp opens a new world of possibilities. Determined to erase Addy’s insecurities, Benny works to take away his boyfriend’s pain and replace it with love.

When Addy’s past intrudes on their future, it’s going to take everything Benny can muster to show that no matter what–or who–they face, they belong together.

Buy Links: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon Continue reading

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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Historical Romance, Lee Rowan, Reviewed by Jackie

Review: Ransom by Lee Rowan

Title: Ransom

Author: Lee Rowan

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 276 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: An officer, a gentleman… and a sodomite. The first two earn him honor and respect, the third may cost him his life. David Archer realizes how hopeless his attraction to his fellow midshipman is from the moment a newly-arrived William Marshall challenges a sexually abusive shipmate to a duel – and shoots him dead. Continue reading

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Aleksandr Voinov, Alex Beecroft, Carol Lynne, Cleis Press, GayRomLit, Jayson James, Joanna Chambers, Jordan L. Hawk, K.A. Merikan, Kaje Harper, KJ Charles, Lexi Ander, Lisa Henry, Lynley Wayne, Sherrie Henry, Sophie Bonaste, T.A. Chase, Tamara Allen, Tere Michaels, Will Parkinson

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Lisa_avatar_twitter Happy Sunday, everyone, I hope you’ve had a great weekend so far!

We have an outstanding week ahead for you here at The Novel Approach, including the kickoff of our GayRomLit Virtual Gift Basket Giveaways–Gift Cards and E-books Galore. We’ll have three baskets to give away this week, and four next week, so be sure to stay tuned for that and so much more from our guest authors. And, of course, we’ll be bringing you many more reviews.

Here’s whats on tap!

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Monday – Kicking of the week, this week, is Will Parkinson on his Wet Paint Blog Tour and Giveaway

And joining us today as a first-time visitor, Lexi Ander stops by with a Guest Post and Giveaway on her Twin Flames Blog Tour

Tuesday – We’re winding down these final weeks of the Countdown to GRL Celebration with Sophie Bonaste today, on her Death Gets a Boyfriend Blog Tour and Giveaway

We’ll also be hosting the authors from the Authors Gone Wild Anthology

And, watch for the first of our seven Virtual Gift Basket Giveaways to go live today, which will include not only a $25 Gift Card to the e-tailer of the winner’s choice, but eight e-book titles from some of our participating authors

WednesdaySherrie Henry stops by with another Countdown to GRL Celebration visit

We’ll also be hosting the blog tour for the Historical Anthology Another Place in Time, featuring authors Tamara Allen, Joanna Chambers, KJ Charles, Kaje Harper, Jordan L. Hawk, Aleksandr Voinov, and Alex Beecroft

Round Two of the Gift Basket Giveaways happens today, with another $25 Gift Card to the e-tailer of the winner’s choice, as well as eight more e-books up for grabs

ThursdayLisa Henry stops in today on her Sweetwater Blog Tour

We’ll also be hosting author T.A. Chase today, on her Walking in the Rain Blog Tour

FridayLynley Wayne is here with an interview and giveaway on her Facing Demons Blog Tour

K.A. Merikan also drop in on their Guns n’ Boys Blog Tour

We also have another Virtual Gift Basket to give away today, featuring a $10 Gift Card to Are or Amazon, a $15 Gift Card to Dreamspinner Press, and seven more e-book titles

SaturdayJayson James is our guest today on his Pieces of Us Blog Tour

And we’ll also be hosting Tere Michaels on her Faith & Fidelity Blog Tour, with a Giveaway

Sunday – To bring a close to a fantastic week, today we’re hosting author Carol Lynne on The Brick Yard Blog Tour

We’ll also be hosting Cleis Press on their Men on the Make Anthology Blog Tour

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

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Dreamspinner Press, Poppy Dennison, Rhys Ford

Guest Post and Giveaway: Creature Feature 2 – Vampyres In Detroit by Poppy Dennison

Lisa_avatar_twitterThe Novel Approach is thrilled to welcome Poppy Dennison to the blog today, one half of the dynamic writing duo of Poppy and Rhys Ford, and their newest release Creature Feature 2.

Poppy’s sizzling and sexy Rise of Revenants and Rhys’s creatively inspired Legacy of Blood and Death are stories chock full of everything great Urban Fantasy should be—magical, fantastical, humorous, a touch horrifying, and, of course, there’s a little bit of romance to let your imagination go wild.

Between vampyres, werewolves, a sticky-fingered dark fairy with a temper and a sweet tooth, a couple of mages, a stray troll, and the hunters working to keep the city of Detroit safe, these two stories have been crafted to flow seamlessly together to bring the paranormal to a dark and depressing contemporary city. Continue reading

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Brigham Vaughn, Self-Published

Guest Post and Giveaway: Partners by Brigham Vaughn

Partners

Title: Partners (Equals Book 2)
Author: Brigham Vaughn
Previous Book: Equals
Cover Artist: Brigham Vaughn

Blurb: After a rocky first few months, Stephen Parker and Russ Bishop’s relationship is at a crossroads when the death of Stephen’s father forces them to visit Stephen’s hometown in southern Georgia.

Estranged from his family, Stephen must find a way to come to terms with his past and say goodbye to the father whose expectations he could never live up to. The small, conservative town provides its own challenges as Russ realizes providing emotional support is one part of being a true partner for Stephen. Continue reading

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4.5 Stars, Dan Skinner, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jules, Self-Published

Review: The Bible Boys by Dan Skinner

Title: The Bible Boys

Author: Dan Skinner

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 125 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: A Sin. An Abomination. Teenagers Caleb and Matthew had been told by the radical fundamentalist church that dominated their families’ lives that a love like theirs—between two boys—was unnatural and forbidden. That it would damn them forever. The religion controlled their families like puppets, watched their every move, made keeping a secret almost impossible. They had only one chance to be together…and it would be a daring one right under the noses of the very people who would condemn them… Continue reading

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3 Stars, A.L. Wilson, Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Rena, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Self-Published

Review: Isle of Illusions by A.L. Wilson

Title: Isle of Illusions

Author: A.L. Wilson

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 30000 Words

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: The year is 1954 and this marks 10 rocky years that Cyrus has spent with his human companion, Dr. Lorenz Meissner. The two unlikely lovers, after some heated debate, decide to cross the Mediterranean and go on holiday in Italy. Continue reading

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Elin Gregory, Love Lane Books

Guest Post and Giveaway: A Taste of Copper by Elin Gregory

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Knights & Squires

Hi, I’m Elin. Many thanks to The Novel Approach for allowing me to post here today in celebration of my new release. A Taste of Copper is a historicalish story with a medievalish setting.

The story concerns the troubled relationship between a loyal squire and his master, a grumpy and unappreciative knight, and was inspired by the Black Knight scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Continue reading

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Less Than Three Press, T.T. Kove

Guest Post and Giveaway: More Than Anything by T.T. Kove

T.T. Kove

Writing About Illnesses

Jørgen has always suffered from panic attacks, but back when his first character came to me (like, ten years ago, would you believe it?) I was young and didn’t know much about mental illnesses. But last year, when he came back, I knew exactly what was wrong with him: Jørgen suffers from PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder. He has issues with touching, with crowds, with dark and enclosed spaces. He has issues with intimacy and a difficult time dealing with his family. He’s had a hard life and it’s not sugar-coated. Jørgen is damaged and it’s not going to be magically repaired. Continue reading

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2 Stars, Barbara Geiger, Loose Id, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Taz, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Review: Changeling (Middle Hill: Book One) by Barbara Geiger

Title: Changeling (Middle Hill: Book One)

Author: Barbara Geiger

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 326 Pages

Rating: 2 Stars

Blurb: Matt sells sex because he has to take care of his little brother, Sam. While it sucks, it’s not that much different from the abuse he endured when he was a teenager. He’s exhausting himself trying to keep them together and Sam out of the jaws of the foster care system. When he “meets” Kevin, things start looking up a little. Kevin’s not the first john to give Matt the maybe this could work outside of work vibe, but Matt is surprisingly hopeful, for once. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Edmond Manning, Literary Fiction, Pickwick Ink Publishing, Reviewed by Lisa

Review: The Butterfly King by Edmond Manning

“Whereof what’s past is prologue.” — William Shakespeare


Title: The Butterfly King (The Lost and Founds: Book Three

Author: Edmond Manning

Publisher: Pickwick Ink Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 301 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Terrance Altham doesn’t know why he’s been arrested. He’s committed no crime and the cops aren’t talking. Sadly, the man sharing his holding cell talks too much. Known only as Ghost, he is a young grifter, apparently familiar enough with this police station to convince Terrance a break out is possible, and pushy enough to leave Terrance no choice but to follow Ghost into the underbelly of New York City. Continue reading

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Dinner and a Book With Piper and Poppy, Dreamspinner Press, J.H. Knight, Piper Vaughn, Poppy Dennison

Dinner and A Book With Piper and Poppy

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Welcome to the first edition of Dinner and a Book with Piper and Poppy! We have some treats in store for you including some comfort foods to go along with a comfort read. And as an added bonus, we convinced J.H. Knight to stop by and answer a few questions about her book The Last Thing He Needs while we’re cooking!

Take a look at the blurb for this thing and tell me you won’t need some great comfort food while reading it:
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L. Dean Pace-Frech, Musa Publishing

Guest Post and Giveaway – Tapping Into Our Soul’s Expression by L. Dean Pace-Frech

Here’s to staying young our whole life by tapping into our soul’s expression ~ Jill Badonsky


photoI love reading books about characters my age. And, just like Jill’s quote says, I also feel like I can stay young by reading about characters who are younger.

First of all, there is the wisdom that comes with being in your mid-forties. I still enjoy reading about characters making stupid decisions and reflect upon my own youth. When I read Love You Forever by Amelia Bishop, I totally identified with the two characters and some of the jealous and vindictive things they do to each other. They have some additional stress with that curse.

There’s also wisdom that I can still learn through reading about younger characters. I wished I had JT’s patience in Unbreak My Heart by K-lee Klein. JT holds out, but will it be enough to get Brett’s attention? You’ll have to read that book to find out that happily ever after. Continue reading

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Kindle Alexander, Self-Published

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Full Disclosure by Kindle Alexander

Synopsis
Deputy United States Marshal Mitch Knox apprehends fugitives for a living. His calm, cool, collected attitude and devastatingly handsome good looks earn him a well-deserved bad boy reputation, both in the field and out. While away on an assignment, he blows off some steam at a notorious Dallas nightclub. Solving the case that has plagued him for months takes a sudden backseat to finding out all there is to know about the gorgeous, shy blond sitting alone at the bar.
Texas State Trooper Cody Turner is moving up the ranks, well on his way to his dream of being a Texas Ranger. While on a two-week mandatory vacation, he plans to relax and help out on his family’s farm. Mitch is the last distraction Cody needs, but the tatted up temptation that walks into the bar and steals his baseball cap is too hard to ignore.
As Mitch’s case gains nationwide attention, how will he convince the sexy state trooper that giving him a chance won’t jeopardize his life’s plan…especially when the evil he’s tracking brings the hate directly to his doorstep, threatening more than just their careers. Continue reading
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4 Stars, Drama, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jackie, Teegan Loy

Review: Frozen Hearts by Teegan Loy

Title: Frozen Hearts

Author: Teegan Loy

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: The best college hockey player in the nation is hanging up his skates because he’s tired of living a lie. Five years ago, Erik Fox was forced by his father to change schools in the middle of the night when his father found out about his indiscretion. Erik had a boyfriend and hockey players do not date boys. Continue reading

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4.5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Fairy Tale/Mythology/Folk Lore, Lex Chase, Reviewed by Sammy, Romantic Comedy, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Review: Americana Fairy Tale by Lex Chase

Title: Americana Fairy Tale

Author: Lex Chase

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 340 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Modern fairy-tale princess Taylor Hatfield has problems. One: he’s a guy. Two: his perfect brother Atticus is the reincarnation of Snow White. Three: Taylor has no idea which princess he is supposed to be. Four: Taylor just left his prince (a girl) at the altar. Despite his enchanted lineage, Taylor is desperate to find his Happily Ever After away from magic, witches, and stuffy traditions. Regrettably, destiny has other plans for him. Dammit. Continue reading

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