3.5 Stars, CJane Elliott, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, New Adult, Reviewed by Chris

Review: Aidan’s Journey by CJane Elliott

Title: Aidan’s Journey (The Serpentine: Book Two)

Author: CJane Elliott

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 326 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: The star of the University of Virginia theater department, Aidan Emery is lusted after and admired for living out and proud. He uses his talent and good looks to his advantage and never sleeps with the same guy twice. But his glamorous patina has been carefully honed to hide the pain he carries inside. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Mary Calmes, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Kathie

Audio Review: All Kinds of Tied Down by Mary Calmes – Narrated by Tristan James

Title: All Kinds of Tied Down

Author: Mary Calmes

Narrator:: Tristan James

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 9 hours, 1 minute

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones has a reputation for being calm and collected under fire. These traits serve him well with his hotshot partner, Ian Doyle, the kind of guy who can start a fight in an empty room. In the past three years of their life-and-death job, they’ve gone from strangers to professional coworkers to devoted teammates and best friends. Miro’s cultivated blind faith in the man who has his back… faith and something more. Continue reading

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Andrea Speed, Dinner and a Book With Piper and Poppy, Jordan Castillo Price, Piper Vaughn, Poppy Dennison, RJ Scott

Dinner and a Book With Piper and Poppy: The Halloween Edition

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Hello, lovely readers. Happy Halloween, All Hallow’s Eve, or Happy Samhain, if you celebrate! Halloween is one of our favorite holidays. I (Piper) love watching horror movies, seeing all the decorations, visiting haunted houses, taking my son trick-or-treating. Maybe this is in part because Fall is also my favorite season. Changing leaves, hoodie weather, an abundance of honeycrisp apples in stores. This is my happy time. :D

In addition to watching horror flicks to get in the mood, I also like to indulge in rereading my favorite horror or paranormal books this time of year, so Poppy and I thought it would be cool to share some of our favorite books in m/m featuring things that go bump in the night (aside from the heroes ;) ). Continue reading

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Nico Jaye, Self-Published

Book Blast and Giveaway: A Time for Loving by Nico Jaye

Title: A Time for Loving
Author: Nico Jaye
Genre: Historical M/M Romance
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: October 23, 2014
Word Count: 6,565

Blurb: Jack and Christopher have made it through years of campaigning and the horrors of Waterloo together—side by side by day and, by night, in each other’s arms. After the war is over, however, will the love shared between this batman and his officer survive when Christopher returns to the life of a gentleman? Continue reading

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Dreamspinner Press, Garrett Leigh

Interview and Giveaway: Slide by Garrett Leigh

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TNA: Hi, Garrett, thanks so much for being here with us today. Why don’t we start out with you telling us a little bit about yourself?

Garrett: Erm, let’s see…I write porn and keep chickens. I have lots of ink and bake my own bread. I’m a kinda hybrid gal, really. :)

TNA: How would you describe your sense of humor? What makes you laugh?

Garrett: Myself, mainly, which is lucky, ‘cause I’m a bit of a twit. But, seriously, anything can make me laugh, given the right mood, but I’m a big fan of silliness, you know, just arsing around, just for hell of it. Clever humour passes me by. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Andrea Speed, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Lynn, Short Story

Review: DMZ by Andrea Speed

Title: DMZ

Author: Andrea Speed

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 28 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Carlo Langlois joined the diplomatic corps to help people, but when his helicopter is shot down in a war torn country, he’s the one who needs assistance. None other than his old secret crush from university, Ky Kinnaird, turns up. Ky may have been an athlete and still has the rugged build to prove it, but he now works undercover for MI-6, in charge of the extraction. If Ky can keep Carlo safe, an old attraction might have the chance to blossom into more. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Love Lane Books, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Jackie, Sue Brown

Review: The Last Wolf by Sue Brown

Title: The Last Wolf

Author: Sue Brown

Publisher: Love Lane Books

Pages/Word Count: 162 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: The only good predator is a dead one, as far as Joe Lowther is concerned.

That is until the day he shoots a wolf, only to watch the animal turn into a naked Callum Pope. Cal is being hunted by a group of humans who eradicate shifter packs for sport. Continue reading

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4.5 Stars, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, Reviewed by Lisa, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Self-Published

Review: Sarge by Bey Deckard

Title: Sarge (F.I.S.T.S.: Book One)

Author: Bey Deckard

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 49 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Sometimes it’s just about being in the right place at the right time… with the right person.

Sarge is the short story of a burgeoning D/s relationship between two space marines stationed on an alien planet where an endless war drags on.

Sergeant Wilkes is a hard man with a long, celebrated military career.

Brawny, tattooed, and utterly submissive, Murphy is just an interesting diversion… until Sarge realises he has found something truly rare. Continue reading

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Belinda McBride, Loose Id

Guest Post and Giveaway: Prince of Faith Blog Tour With Belinda McBride

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Q.) Hi, Belinda, and welcome to you. We’re glad to have you here with us today. What do you find most creatively satisfying about writing Alt U/Fantasy/Paranormal/Sci-fi rather than a contemporary romance?

A.) I think I fell in love with speculative fiction way back when I was a kid. The first books I read were children’s classics like Black Beauty and Little Women, which in their way were as far different from my life as a fantasy or paranormal could be. When I was in the sixth grade, I was introduced to Tolkien and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Those books taught me that I could literally make my own worlds, no matter how fantastic or unlikely. My personal life always held an edge of fear and stress; at best, my father was a very unpleasant man. At worst…well, that doesn’t bear discussion. Just suffice it to say that I lost myself for hours at a time in worlds of my own making, where I was usually the hero out saving the lives of my classmates. Continue reading

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L.A. Witt, Riptide Publishing

Guest Post and Giveaway: Precious Metals Blog Tour With L.A. Witt

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Gaslamp Fortnight: A Steampunk Book Tour – October 27th – November 7th

Authors L.A. Witt, Alexis Hall, and Cornelia Grey come together on a Steampunk book tour to celebrate the releases of Precious Metals, Prosperity, and Circus of the Damned.

Join us on adventures through the lawless, untamed, kraken-infested skies! Trek the snowy wilds of the Klondike in the company of a Mountie! Visit a soul-stealing circus where entertainment is at your own risk! Riptide’s Gaslamp Fortnight will tempt you with the steampunk and gaslamp worlds of Cornelia Grey, Alexis Hall, and L.A. Witt.

And Gaslamp Fortnight is featuring a fabulous giveaway! Comment on the tour stops for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate to Harlots and Angels Steampunk Corsetry and get your own custom corset or personalized steampunk gear.

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4 Stars, Genre Romance, Morticia Knight, Reviewed by Taz, Totally Bound

Review: All Fired Up by Morticia Knight

Title: All Fired Up (Sin City Uniforms: Book One)

Author: Morticia Knight

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 160 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Officer Shawn Everly patrols the Strip and one night, fireman Trent Marshall saves him when danger strikes. But it’s still uncertain whether Trent can save himself from getting his heart broken by Shawn.

The party never ends on the Las Vegas strip but neither does the danger. Officer Everly is new to the beat, having recently relocated to Vegas from Los Angeles. Foot patrol on the Strip is a demanding assignment because he’s up close and personal with the public. But what he’d really like to do is get up close and personal with Station 32’s hunky fireman, Trent Marshall. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Amy Lane, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Tina

Review: Beneath the Stain: Parts Six and Seven by Amy Lane

Title: Beneath the Stain: Parts Six and Seven

Author: Amy Lane

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 350 Pages (Full Series)

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: In a town as small as Tyson, CA, everybody knew the four brothers with the four different fathers—and their penchant for making good music when they weren’t getting into trouble. For Mackey Sanders, playing in Outbreak Monkey with his brothers and their friends—especially Grant Adams—made Tyson bearable. But Grant has plans for getting Mackey and the Sanders boys out of Tyson, even if that means staying behind. Continue reading

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4 Stars, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Jaime Samms, Reviewed by Jules

Review: Patchwork Heaven by Jaime Samms

Title: Patchwork Heaven

Author: Jaime Samms

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 344 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Singer Coby Kennedy and his drummer twin, Bruce, have a band called Patchwork Heaven. They have been rising steadily up the country music charts, but unfortunately, that rise has attracted unwanted attention. Faced with anonymous letters, sinister gifts, and the wanton destruction of their personal space, they hire The Detail, a specialized security firm. Coby never anticipated Gregor, The Detail’s owner and his personal guard, would be quite so intriguing. Continue reading

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Alex Beecroft, Samhain Publishing

Interview and Giveaway: The Reluctant Berserker by Alex Beecroft

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Alex: This is where I go ‘Oh, blimey, what do you want to know?’ because I’m socially inept and never know what people expect me to answer to this. How do you sum yourself up, after all? I’m the one who doesn’t talk a lot but when they do, they come out with an observation so odd, nobody knows how to reply. I’m INTP, which apparently means I ought to be in my room trying to figure out the internal dimensions of the Tardis right now.

On a ‘just the facts please’ basis, I am a hetromantic asexual agender person largely regarded by the world as a straight married woman with two children. But for most of my life I haven’t known the right labels, so I’ve just thought of myself as weird and identified hard with the aliens and robots of SF. Which naturally made me want to write, and here I am today. Continue reading

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Alexis Hall, Riptide Publishing

Guest Post and Giveaway: The Prosperity Blog Tour With Alexis Hall

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Cowboys and Dandies and Wizards, Oh My

Lisa asked me to talk a bit today about the inspirations for Prosperity, particularly in the light of the blurb, which is quite self-consciously pulpy.

Prosperity actually has quite a long history of how it got where it is, and so it has quite a lot of random influences feeding into it. I originally wrote it in response to an open call for frontier stories. I really want to something about the wild west, or at least that felt like the wild west, but I’m kind of squicked out by the, y’know, the genocide that was going on at the time. More broadly, the problem with frontier stories is that virtually every “frontier” explorers have ever encountered has been someone else’s home. You had all these Victorians running off excitedly to darkest Africa and talking about all the things they’d found that nobody had ever seen before. Things that by and large were built by people whose descendants still lived in the area. Continue reading

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Jamie Lake, Self-Published

Guest Post and Giveaway: Bad Boy: Naughty at Night by Jamie Lake

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If You Could Pay To Be With Someone, Would You?

We fantasize about movie stars, athletes even our neighbors. We don’t do anything with them because maybe they’re unavailable or we don’t deem ourselves worthy but there was a price, and you could pay it to be with them for one evening, would you? There’s a part of us that say “no”. We’d want that person to want to be with us, not for the money we’d pay them but because they desire us. That’s one of the dilemmas my protagonist, Peter encounters when he decides to dabble into the dark side and become an erotic masseuse. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Alexis Hall, Historical Romance, Reviewed by Rena, Riptide Publishing, Steampunk

Review: Prosperity by Alexis Hall

Title: Prosperity

Author: Alexis Hall

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 190 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: A breathtaking tale of passion and adventure in the untamed skies!

Prosperity, 1863: a lawless skytown where varlets, chancers, and ne’er-do-wells risk everything to chase a fortune in the clouds, and where a Gaslight guttersnipe named Piccadilly is about to cheat the wrong man. This mistake will endanger his life . . . and his heart. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Geoff Laughton, Harmony Ink Press, Reviewed by Sammy, Young Adult

Review: Under the Stars by Geoff Laughton

Title: Under the Stars

Author: Geoff Laughton

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press

Pages/Word Count: 180 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Ethan Tanner is an out and proud, fastidious, and fashionable sixteen-year-old vegetarian who likes theater and musicals. This year, it’s his sister’s turn to pick the vacation destination, so he ends up on a dude ranch he knows he is going to hate. What with the dirt, animals, and germs, he can’t possibly be happy. Continue reading

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Self-Published, Taylor V. Donovan

Guest Post and Giveaway: Heavy Hitters by Taylor V. Donovan

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Knocked Down By Machismo

Hello, everyone!

Those of you who have read my work already know my stories are mostly inspired by everyday situations. For those of you who have yet to read my work and have absolutely no clue what to expect, I’ll tell you realism is my “thing.” There’s no magic penis that’ll cure anything and everything, but there’s a strong desire to be happy. There’s love, commitment, and there’s hope.
I’ll always try my best to make my readers part of my characters’ journey. Now, it’s never a quick or easy road, but my readers tell me they feel emotionally invested by the time they reach The End… or The Beginning. It always depends on which story they choose to read first. ;-) Continue reading

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Dreamspinner Press, Julie Lynn Hayes, M.A. Church

Character Interview and Giveaway: Be My Human by Julie Lynn Hayes and M.A. Church

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A door opens and two men enter the room. One has inquisitive green eyes and calico hair, an unusual color on Earth, but common on his home planet of Trygos.

Taz: My, Reed, why have those two sent us out again? I do not understand.

Reed: Time for another book, that’s why. *looks at Julie and Michelle* Am I right?

Julie: Gosh, Michelle, guess we can’t pull the wool over these guys’ eyes, can we?

Taz: I don’t understand, why would you wish to do that? Then we could not see.

Michelle: *Groans. Gotta find a book that explains this stuff!* And here we go. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Audio Book, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Kim, Self-Published, Z.A. Maxfield

Audio Review: Family Unit by Z.A. Maxfield – Narrated by JP Handler

Title: Family Unit

Author: Z.A. Maxfield

Narrator:: JP Handler

Publisher: Self-Published

Run Time: 8 hours, 38 minutes

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: A retired marine, Logan is methodical and conservative. Richard is a liberal pacifist who is pathologically afraid of guns. Yet the minute Logan sets eyes on Richard, his heart turns over like an old car engine and it isn’t long before his motor is revved and Richard is in the driver’s seat—even if it seems like each man is driving a different car. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Jacob Z. Flores, Reviewed by Kathie

Audio Review: When Love Comes to Town by Jacob Z. Flores – Narrated by TJ Jamesin

Title: When Love Comes to Town

Author: Jacob Z. Flores

Narrator:: TJ Jamesin

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 7 hours, 32 minutes

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Brody O’Shea isn’t looking for much, just a hot guy with a decent job, who is sane and doesn’t have kids. The son of a former rock star, Brody has lived through the pain of bankruptcy and bad parenting, and he doesn’t want to experience it again. As a reformed horndog, he wants the security and stability of a relationship. But almost every guy he meets seems satisfied with Mr. Right Now, and he wants to find Mr. Right – now! Continue reading

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KJ Charles, Samhain Publishing

Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway: Flight of Magpies by KJ Charles

Danger in the air. Lovers on the brink.

A Charm of Magpies: Book Three

With the justiciary understaffed, a series of horrifying occult murders to be investigated, and a young student who is flying—literally—off the rails, magical law enforcer Stephen Day is under increasing stress. And his relationship with his aristocratic lover, Lord Crane, is beginning to feel the strain.
Crane chafes at the restrictions of England’s laws, and there’s a worrying development in the blood-and-sex bond he shares with Stephen. A development that makes a sensible man question if they should be together at all.

When a thief strikes at the heart of Crane’s home, a devastating loss brings his closest relationships into bitter conflict—especially his relationship with Stephen. And as old enemies, new enemies, and unexpected enemies paint the lovers into a corner, the pressure threatens to tear them apart.

Product Warnings: Contains hot-blooded sex, cold-blooded murder, sinister magical goings-on and a lot of swearing.

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Eva Lefoy, MLR Press

Guest Post and Giveaway: I Always Forget Something by Eva Lefoy

It seems that when I’m writing along either in a M/F or a M/M story – yes, I’m a bit all over the boards – I always forget something. Lately, it’s been blow jobs. And I really have to wonder why in the heck am I forgetting those?

While it’s not one hundred percent true, I do tend to toss them in sometimes as negotiation points between characters or else use them as comedy. In Sex, Ties and Videotape, Paul gave a blow job to Geoffrey as a way of showing him how serious he was about his desire for him. On the other hand, in Dom of Destruction, Brian walks in on Gar getting a blow job from a sub, and Gar’s poor cock is left dangling there with no hope of relief. Continue reading

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