5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Maggie Kavanagh, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Kim

Review: Inner Sanctum by Maggie Kavanagh

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Title: Inner Sanctum (The Stonebridge Mysteries: Book Two)

Author: Maggie Kavanagh

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 204 Pages

At a Glance: Inner Sanctum is just as good as the first story, Double Indemnity!

Reviewed By: Kim

Blurb: Six months into a relationship, things have heated up between political blogger Sam Flynn and FBI Special Agent Nathan Walker. Though Sam is happy with Nathan and proud of his own sobriety, he’s anxious about what their future holds. Things are heating up in Stonebridge, Connecticut, as a series of deadly fires puts the community on edge and eventually threatens Sam’s comatose brother. As Halloween approaches, fears rise that the arsonist will strike again.

When Sam encounters the main suspect, seventeen-year-old orphan Damon Blake, he’s not sure what to do. Obstruction might land him in jail, but he is increasingly skeptical of Damon’s guilt. He takes matters into his own hands and investigates, but doing so means keeping Damon’s whereabouts a secret from Nathan and the police. Meanwhile, Nathan wonders what Sam is hiding and grapples with insecurities of his own. Sam wants to confide in Nathan, and Nathan wants to trust Sam, but they discover that negotiating new love can be as dangerous as solving crime.

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Review: It’s been six months and Sam and Nathan are still dancing around each other when it comes to using the “L” word. And even though Sam has quit drinking, there are times when he is still struggling with the temptation. Even struggling with the fact that things are going well between the two of them. Sam still worries that Nathan will realize Sam is not worth it, which is why Sam is reluctant to move in with Nathan. Sam is also especially shy about talking to Nathan about exploring the kinkier side of himself. But, Nathan himself is struggling with his own insecurities when it seems a teaching post with the FBI is on the table rather than a field job.

When the call comes in that there’s been a fire at the Shady Brook, resulting in the death of one their staff, Sam starts to look into the series of arson fires that have started to escalate with deadly intent. And Damon Blake, the main suspect in the fires, puts Sam in an awkward position when he contacts Sam and pleads his innocence. Not to mention, Yuri, one of Sam’s friends (and a one-time lover), kisses Sam at a party and basically let’s Sam know that he still has feelings for him. Even though Yuri is about to move in with his new lover, Michael…

Maggie Kavanagh’s Inner Sanctum is just as good as the first story, Double Indemnity! The writing flows smoothly and the main characters, as well as the secondary ones, are definitely interesting enough that you want to get to know them more. The author does an excellent job of writing a mystery that leaves one guessing who the real culprit is. I love that I couldn’t figure it out, and yet it all made sense when the great reveal happened. I’m really looking forward to the next installment of the series.

I really want to know what is going to happen to Timmy!

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3 Stars, Genre Romance, Jay Northcote, Reviewed by Sadonna, Self-Published, Short Story

Review: All Man by Jay Northcote

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Title: All Man

Author: Jay Northcote

Publisher: Self-published

Pages/Word Count: 44 Pages

At a Glance: Another cute and flirty story of an opposites attract variety, with enough surprises thrown in to keep us guessing.

Reviewed By: Sadonna

Blurb: “You’re the sleek little sports car to my Land Rover.”

From the moment Gareth walks through the door of the salon to fit some new sinks, Jules can’t take his eyes off him. Jules has always been attracted to men who are his polar opposite, so burly Gareth is Jules’s fantasy man.

At the weekend, Jules gets into a tough situation with another bloke in a gay club and Gareth comes to his aid. Gareth rejects Jules’s subsequent advances but leaves him with the hope that his attraction isn’t completely one-sided. Fantasy could become reality.

With Gareth’s work at the salon nearly done, he’ll soon disappear from Jules’s life for good. Time is running out. Jules needs to prove to Gareth that he’s tougher than he looks and that his feelings run deeper than gratitude.

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Review: This story is a spin-off of Top Me Maybe? (published a few months ago). Julian, or Jules, as he prefers, is a coworker in the salon with Tyler from the previous story. He is a little bit envious of Tyler’s hot butch policeman boyfriend. But then he is distracted by Gareth, the guy who has come to fix the sinks at the salon. He is everything that Jules likes: big, hairy, muscles, etc. He flirts a little with Gareth on a Friday and then offers to trim up Gareth’s buzz cut. When Gareth leaves, Jules sighs but looks forward to his weekend out dancing and clubbing with his roommate Sacha, and hey, he’ll get to see Gareth on Monday when he returns to the shop to finish the job.

But over the weekend, Jules happily runs into Gareth at the club he goes to with Sacha. While Gareth doesn’t dance with him, they do run into each other again at a very fortuitous time. Won’t spoil the surprise, but it turns out Gareth and Jules have more in common than they ever thought they would.

This is a really sweet (but not sappy) story of two guys who are attracted but may be a little bit apprehensive about the reaction they might get. Both are willing to be somewhat vulnerable and honest and, in this case, that is a good thing. Recommended for a short story with a happy ending. :)

 

 

 

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4 Stars, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, Reviewed by Jennifer, Riptide Publishing, VJ Summers

Review: Light a Candle by VJ Summers

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Title: Light a Candle

Author: VJ Summers

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 136 Pages

At a Glance: Enjoyable story with BDSM, former friends getting reacquainted, and a man desperate to show how much he’s changed.

Reviewed By: Jennifer

Blurb: Will broke Dusty’s heart their senior year. One unexpected moment of passion between them, and Will freaked out. Not only wasn’t he gay, but he wasn’t kinky either—or so he insisted to Dusty. Their long friendship ended, and Dusty was left with only bittersweet memories of their last movie night together.

Ten years later, out as gay and a Dom, Will auditions for membership at Club Deviant, only to find that he’s been assigned an all-too-familiar submissive. His scene with Dustin feels like fate, and he’s determined to get back what they once had—and more.

Dustin had buried the pain of rejection deep, but playing with Will conjures all his memories of that one electric moment they shared and the friendship it destroyed. He’s built walls around his heart high enough to keep out the Trojan Army, but together, he and Will may find the courage to move beyond their past and face their future together.

Publisher’s note: This is a heavily expanded and revised edition of Velvet Memories, previously published in 2011. 

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Review: I did not read the first edition of this book, from which this one has been expanded, so I cannot compare the two and discuss how much has changed. However, I can say that I did enjoy this one and felt it was well-written and just the right length.

Going back and forth from the past to the present, Light a Candle reveals the history of Will and Dusty’s relationship. From their senior year in high school where a small moment of passion leaves Will running in the other direction, to the present where Will is a confident gay Dom auditioning for Club Deviant, where Dusty is a submissive. The two are brought together on new terms. Will wants to prove to Dusty that he’s changed and that he made a mistake, but Dusty has a hard time accepting that. So, the two retreat to what they know best: Dominance and submission.

While the story might sound familiar, and perhaps overused, I felt it was well done in this book. I became invested in both men, and hoped they could overcome the past and look to the future they could build together. The inclusion of that past was also a nice touch. Not many authors will include past history because it takes away from the present or because the younger versions of the characters are too unfitting to be addressed in an adult novel. VJ Summers did a nice job of balancing everything that really kept me hooked. Just when I wanted to know more of what happened in the past, the author revealed it. When I wanted to go back to the present, the author did that as well. It truly is a fine balance that reveals all the reader could want to know.

If you enjoy novels with BDSM elements I recommend this book, especially if you’re looking for something a little on the shorter side.

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DSP Publications Presents: Genre Talk and a Giveaway with Carole Cummings and Andrew Q. Gordon

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Hello, all you lovely genre readers! As we do sometimes here at Genre Talk, today is a turn-the-tables day. Andrew Q. Gordon has been talking to a lot of fabulous authors and has brought you a ton of brilliant things, a very generous giveaway among them, so I’m handing the reins over to him today. Please be sure to look for the Rafflecopter widget and rules later in the post, but for now, please welcome DSP Publications spec fic author Andrew Q. Gordon!

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With Purpose, my paranormal novel coming out on October 6, 2015, I thought it would be a good time to talk about just does paranormal mean. Ask, ‘what is paranormal’ and you’re going to get different answers. How do I know? Because I asked a bunch of other authors to tell me what it means to them. I also asked them to name their favorite paranormal book (one of their own and one from someone else.) I think you’ll find the answers interesting.

Since this is my post, it is best if I lead the way.

I like my paranormal without shifters and vampires. Those things are part of the paranormal universe, but they’re not what I think of when the question comes to mind. I prefer my paranormal, Supernatural like, with things that are not quite right. Think Highlander, or Charmed or Heroes. I think of Superheroes in a world where no one really knows they exist. Clearly my world view isn’t everyone’s.

I like paranormal to have a whiff of something different, but not enough to require a new universe, ala Harry Potter. Take this world, add a dash of something different, shake it around, and viola! You have type of book/show/movie/story.

Little wonder that Purpose is exactly that. My ‘world’ is our world. It draws on my observations and experiences living and working in Washington, DC. Tossed in the mix is the Spirit of Vengeance. A creature of energy that takes over humans to act as its host and requires them to exact vengeance on the guilty. There is but the one and the world as a whole is largely ignorant of its existence.

To answer the questions I asked everyone else: name two paranormal books, one of mine, one of someone else.

From me it would be Purpose. You can learn more about that below.

invisible-f-220x330From someone else, that’s really a harder question. There have been so many I’ve really enjoyed over time, but one that I’d recommend is (In)visible, by Anyta Sunday. When you read this you get a glimpse into the amazingly creative mind of one of my favorite authors. Rune is invisible to world. No one can see him unless he wants them to, except Scott. Being visible, however, has an adverse affect on people, so Rune doesn’t let people see him often. But somehow, Scott isn’t affected. He can see Rune and he doesn’t get sick.

I highly recommend the book. It’s a wonderful read and Anyta does such a great job with not only the characters, but the paranormal element.

Larry Benjamin:

What attracts me to paranormal is the stories are set in the real world, the world as we know it…with a little extra thrown in. I love the idea of the extraordinary thrown in alongside the mundane, the ordinary. And that gives us, the reader, a choice: Believe, or don’t believe, the choice is yours. My parents are West Indian so we grew up hearing stories about curses and powerful Obeah women with spirits trapped in bottles. I was born with a “caul,” and so could see ghosts, only at the time I had no idea why I was seeing people no one else could. Decades ago after returning to a trip to St Croix, I mentioned my friend and I thought we’d seen a werewolf in a field of sugar cane. My parents at once pronounced his name and said, “I can’t believe he’s still alive.”

Believe, or don’t believe, the choice is yours.

vampirerising-fVampire Rising, is an example of my own paranormal fiction. It is very much grounded in the world, albeit a world that is at once futuristic and retrospective. It is an allegorical novella very much focused on the plight of Vampires as they move among humans. That they are an allegory plays into the idea of believing and not believing, that is: are they really Vampires as we think of Vampires, meaning Vampires really exist, or are they something else, simply different, other?

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513+ThK+6rL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_One of my favorite paranormal books is Red Caps by Steve Berman. He an extraordinary writer, and the stories in Red Caps, allow you find romance, solve a mystery, jump into an unworldly place that is at once familiar and ordinary and remarkably different , all while teasingly telling you: Believe, or don’t believe, the choice is yours.

Another favorite paranormal book—and I have been saying this for years—is Andrew Q. Gordon’s Purpose, for all the reasons stated above. I am so happy it is being re-released giving many others a chance to discover a story that is both real and unreal, ordinary and extraordinary.

Believe, or don’t believe, the choice is yours.

Shira Anthony:

SmBloodandGhostsFSI particularly love paranormal stories that incorporate high fantasy or sci fi elements. I also love paranormal stories where the main character is thrown into a new universe/reality and we learn about the new world along with him/her. But most of all I love paranormal stories that are strongly character driven, with characters I can relate to.

One of my own paranormal books:

Blood and Rain (Blood #1) – love between a vampire and a vampire hunter with a high fantasy bent (magic, time-travel)

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23755911One of my favorite Paranormal books would be:

Broken Ink, by Jack Pyle

Fascinating and original concept. Special ink in tattoos give the ability to control minds or be controlled by others’ thoughts. Romantic elements and a HEA, but far from a typical romance.

 

Scott Coatsworth:

51puIJJRPVL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_I really like books with a paranormal or magical twist. Something that makes me think, even days later, about the story I just read.

My own story that’s closest to this is Between the Lines, where a Chief of Staff to a Republican Senator finds a medallion that lets him see what people are really saying behind their words.

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One book I really liked in this vein was Stephen del Mar’s The Demise of Bobby and Clyde, a great little gay ghost story set in Stephen’s Bennet Bay world. Sexy and twisty-turny.

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Rick R. Reed:

What type of paranormal stories I like:

Although the genre is paranormal, I like stories that are grounded in reality. Take the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. She gives us a world populated by witches, vampires, shapeshifters, mindreaders, and more, yet they are grounded in common folk who wait tables, short order cook, and so on…you know, like real people. The grounding in reality makes the paranormal, to me, that much more compelling.

One of my paranormal books:

med_BlueMoonCafeThe Blue Moon Cafe, which I like to think is the first werewolf story that contains a homophobic werewolf killer. Here’s the blurb:

Someone–or something–is killing Seattle’s gay men.
A creature moves through the darkest night, lit only by the full moon, taking them, one by one, from the rain city’s gay gathering areas.

Someone–or something–is falling in love with Thad Matthews.

Against a backdrop of horror and fear, young Thad finds his first true love in the most unlikely of places: a new Italian restaurant called The Blue Moon Cafe. Sam is everything Thad has ever dreamed of in a man: compassionate, giving, handsome, and with brown eyes Thad feels he could sink into. And Sam can cook! But as the pair’s love begins to grow, so do the questions and uncertainties, the main one being, why do Sam’s unexplained disappearances always coincide with the full moon?

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51ANGe2+wML._SX338_BO1,204,203,200_And a paranormal book that’s not mine:

I already mentioned Charlaine Harris (wonderful!) but for this, I’ll stick with m/m paranormal and would give a shout-out to John Inman’s SPIRIT, which combines the paranormal with humor in an awesome way.

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Amy Lane:

For me, writing paranormal or fantasy stories gives human beings a great chance to explore what it means to be human. We can’t read about shape changers or elves or fantastic magical lands unless the characters resonate with us–and that means we need to look at the essence of what makes people people— whether they’re vampires, aliens, or tentacle monsters. So I love romance in my fantasy– I think it’s essential. I don’t mind sex (duh!) because it’s a human or alien/human or werewolf/human or elf/human thing, and the communication and family that is built into mating and sex is important when defining a community– large or small. I need there to be individuals in my fantasy world, and personalities in my tropes, and I need to feel that if I fell through a hole in the sky and encountered the blue-skinned, pointy-eared, warrior prince/princess of whatever tribe I’m meeting, the two of us could be friends–or enemies, or lovers–but on a personal, visceral level and not just because the prince/princess is well endowed or worships flowers or built like a brick shithouse.

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My most reason fantasy story is called Immortal, and it’s a dark, dark fairy tale. I’ve always felt that creating another world is an opportunity to explore the more painful things in this world, and I did that in this book, possibly more than any other. My hero isn’t always nice, and he’s not always admirable, but he does redeem himself in the end.

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I’m going back to one of my first inspirations here– Robin McKinley’s Beauty. This was a first person fairy tale retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and when I wrote my own version (Truth in the Dark) I wanted more than anything for that story to touch people’s hearts the way this story touched mine.

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Jordan Hawk:

51qYg+LGuML._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_My favorite type of paranormal stories are the ones were the paranormal element–magic, ghosts, whatever–feels integrated into the world around it. Good world building makes or breaks a paranormal for me.

When I was writing SPECTR, I spent a lot of time trying to figure what a world where people could summon demons would look like–and the reasons people would have to do it anyway, even when they ought to know better. ;) The first book, Hunter of Demons, is currently free on Amazon and elsewhere.

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An author who does this sort of paranormal world building fantastically well is Jordan Castillo Price: her Psycop books, starting with Among the Living, blew me away.

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Cheryl Headford:

The pull of the paranormal for me is that there are no boundaries. Things that define and confine humanity no longer apply. I like paranormal stories that take the norm, even mythical norm, and twist it. I have a soft spot for vampires: always have and always will. There’s something about darkly brooding that appeals, and the whole licking and biting of necks is so sexy

HostageFor one of my own, I will stretch the definition a little, I think, and recommend my new YA Hostage. There is nothing in the book to confirm or deny that Astrin and Rowan are human at all. However, assuming they are, they have abilities that set them apart and. I believe. qualify them as being paranormal.

In the world of Hostage, there are four Houses, each associated with one of the cardinal points and its magical associations. For example, Astrin Raphael comes from the West and his house is therefore associated with ‘watery’ things. He is able to manipulate water, and has some influence over the emotions of others. House Gabriel is in the North, and its prince, Rowan Gabriel, manipulates earth.

As well as their ‘gifts’ Astrin and Rowan are able to speak to each other within their own minds, which comes in very handy after they get caught up in a revolution. Of course, by that time they’re well into their quest to locate and rescue their guardians, and are deep into enemy territory.

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dark_love_live_oak_cover-2 One of the best series of books I have ever read is The Live Oak Tales by Stephen Del Mar. There are all sorts – shifters, witches, gypsies, fairies and kind of a vampire. I LOVED the whole series. It’s an absolute must for all paranormal lovers. It’s extremely well written, rich in lore and fantasy and with cracking stories. They are light on the sex and heavy on the story, but what sex there is, is mindblowing. Did I mention I love them?

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Charlie Cochet:

Hell&HighWaterHiRes300 I love all types of Paranormal stories, though I admit I’m not took crazy about horror. I love a good paranormal romance, and I’m not fussy about which creatures are involved as long as the characters draw me in.

Hell & High Water is the first book in my THIRDS series which is a paranormal series with a twist on shapeshifters.

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There are so many amazing paranormal books out there. One of my favorite series (and I have many), is the Whyborne & Griffin series by Jordan L. Hawk, book 1 being Widdershins. Such fun books.

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Lexi Ander:

I enjoy paranormal stories that are out of the ordinary, that takes a trope and completely flips it into something fresh and exciting.

PrintOne from me would be: Dragon’s Eye which is about three of Sumeria’s sons struggling against the odds to keep their people from being irradiated by a vengeful goddess. This is the fifth book in the series that deals with the transformation of Tristan, Ushna, and Brian, and how they finally bind themselves together after spending so many lifetimes apart. There is only more more book left in the series.

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Sword of the King by Megan Derr. One of my favorites where everyday humans “who bear dragon potential are stolen away and turned into beasts, their former lives lost forever. They are drugged to compliance and trained to fight in the notorious D Pits for the profit of the crime lords who breed them.” Loved the concept and the lore behind the origin of the dragons. This is part of a series (one of my favorites) but can be read as a standalone.

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M.A. Church:

Oh goodness, there are several types of paranormal stories I enjoy, but I’d have to say my favorite involves shifters. I’ll read just about anything with a shifter in it, lol. And while I love werewolves, my favorite types are werecats. But then, I’m a cat person so that comes as no surprise!

Out of all the paranormal books I’ve written, Trouble Comes in Threes is my favorite. The shifters, of course, are werecats.

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Bailey Bradford is one of my all-time favorite paranormal writers. Her world building and characters keep me turning the pages every time!

Cliff – Leopard’s Spots series (Book #12) is my absolute favorite of hers.

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PurposeFSPublisher: DSP Publications

Cover Artist: Angsty G

Release Date: October 6, 2015

Blurb:Forty years ago the Spirit of Vengeance—a Purpose—took William Morgan as its host, demanding he avenge the innocent by killing the guilty. Since then, Will has retreated behind Gar, a façade he uses to avoid dealing with what he’s become. Cold, impassive, and devoid of emotion, Gar goes about his life alone—until his tidy, orderly world is upended when he meets Ryan, a broken young man cast out by his family. Spurred to action for reasons he can’t understand, Gar saves Ryan from death and finds himself confronted by his humanity.

Spending time with Ryan helps Will claw out from under Gar’s shadow. He recognizes Ryan is the key to his reclaiming his humanity and facing his past. As Will struggles to control the Purpose, Ryan challenges him to rethink everything he knew about himself and the spirit that possesses him. In the process, he pushes Will to do something he hasn’t done in decades: care.

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Andrew Q. Gordon wrote his first story back when yellow legal pads, ball point pens were common and a Smith Corona correctable typewriter was considered high tech. Adapting with technology, he now takes his MacBook somewhere quiet when he wants to write.

He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his partner of twenty years, their young daughter and dog. In addition to dodging some very self-important D.C. ‘insiders’, Andrew uses his commute to catch up on his reading. When not working or writing, he enjoys soccer, high fantasy, baseball and seeing how much coffee he can drink in a day.

Follow Andrew:

On his website: andrewqgordon.com

On Facebook: facebook.com/andrewqugordon

On Twitter: @andrewqgordon,

Or just email him: andrewqgordon@gmail.com

Books:

From Wayward Ink Publishing:

A Closed Door

From DSP Publications:

The Last Grand Master: (Champion of the Gods – Book 1)

The Eye and the Arm: (Champion of the Gods – Book 2)

Purpose:

From Dreamspinner Press:

(Un)Masked

Self published:

Ashes of Life

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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Countdown to GayRomLit 2015 with KC Burn

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Welcome, everyone, as we here at The Novel Approach continue the Countdown to GayRomLit with Featured Author KC Burn! Enjoy KC’s guest post, and then be sure to follow the instructions below to enter the giveaway she has planned just for you.

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Obviously, as a straight woman, my characters are not little carbon copies of me. I do try and give my guys some variety in their quirks, foibles, and traits, but when it comes to their likes and dislikes, a lot of that is going to reflect what I like and don’t like. Not all the time, because differences are what make people interesting, in the real world as in books. For me, though, writing about something I have no personal experience with, but have researched, is different than giving a character the love of something I dislike.  It’s far simpler and less disingenuous for me to give characters an interest in either something I like, or something I don’t know about & have to research, than something I dislike.

Like… musicals. I’ve seen a few, and enjoyed some, but mostly it makes me uncomfortable to have people sing at me (American Idol makes me cringe, even the ones who can sing well). I find the tendency to break into precise, choreographed dance numbers completely destroys my suspension of disbelief. I’m not even all that comfortable at live concerts for bands I love! Even if one of my characters **claims** to be a lover of musicals, most likely, there won’t be much detail, because I’d have to spend too much time on something I dislike.

What you will see, throughout most of my books, are characters who like many of the same things I do. The celebrities I think are hot are ones my characters like. Many of my characters tend to have geeky interests, even if they aren’t geeks themselves, like enjoying Doctor Who or Star Trek. A number of them wear guyliner because I LOVE guyliner (really, when your first adolescent crush is on all of Duran Duran, I think you don’t have much of a choice). I don’t listen to a lot of popular music, and so I rarely mention my characters musical tastes, because it might be weird if all they listened to was 80s alternative/new wave, punk, and industrial, as I do.

One of the elements I hit time and again – and it’s rather geeky – is board games. I love playing board games. And not your standard Monopoly or Clue, but ones that are more involved, more strategic, and frequently take hours to play. If you watch Big Bang Theory, the guys are often playing board games. I have played or own almost all of the games that appear on that show. Wil Wheaton has a great YouTube channel called Table Top, where he and other actors/geek celebrities show you how to play various games, and I’ve purchased a few games based on those videos.

One of my favourites is Settlers of Catan – I have all the expansions and a version of it on my phone. The game even gets a brief cameo in my book, Cast Off. In fact, I’m planning a series with a full on geeky hero who loves board games, and Catan will likely be only one of many board games that will get mentioned. The best thing about it? There’s a board game café – that’s a café with hundreds of board games where you pay a flat rate to play as long as you want – near me. When I start up this series, I can call my time there research. Best kind of research, in my opinion. Now, if I can just get a couple of hot guys to strip at the same time, I’ll be set!

So… geeky heroes – do you love them or not? I’ve got a $10 Amazon gift card for one lucky commenter.

(The Deets: All comments must be relevant to the author’s prompt question to qualify in the drawing || Comments must be received by 11:59pm Pacific Time on Sunday, October 4, 2015, to be eligible || No residency restrictions apply || Author will be responsible for prize delivery)

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KB_NorthOnDrummond_coverlgBlurb for North on Drummond: Sandy Bottom Bay, Florida  – Come for the Haunts, Stay for the Beaches!

Drew Drummond might call himself a psychic tarot reader, but he doesn’t believe in the supernatural. The business was left to him by his grandmother, and seemed the best way to rise above the chronic criminal behavior of the Drummond family. Despite his efforts, few of the townspeople consider him a good romantic match. Being gay only makes finding love more difficult.

When Cliff Garcia, Drew’s teenaged crush, moves back to town and joins the police force, Drew doesn’t think he has a chance. After all, the skeptical cop considers Drew’s profession on par with professional con man, and Cliff had spent his entire school career feuding with Drew’s volatile brothers. Despite the obstacles, Drew and Cliff begin a fiery relationship.

Just when Drew starts to believe they might have a chance, he suffers a head injury and begins having visions of the future. If Drew tells Cliff the truth, he’ll lose the man he’s falling for, but keeping his new ability a secret is no longer an option. If he can’t convince Cliff he’s for real, a murderer will walk free.

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2 Stars, Extasy Books, Melody Lane, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Lana

Review: Midnight Passion by Melody Lane

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Title: Midnight Passion (City Shifters: Book One)

Author: Melody Lane

Publisher: eXtasy Books

Pages/Word Count: 98 Pages

At a Glance: Midnight Passion left me disappointed beyond belief.

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: Dr. Ryan Collen detests being a vampire although there is hope on the horizon in the form of a monthly infusion. Not only does Ryan hunger for the light of day but the touch of the man who might save him from his demons.

Eric Beck is a shapeshifting recovery agent by day and Muay Thai kickboxer by night. While assisting at the aftermath of a vampire convention attack, he meets his old high school flame Ryan who ignites a craving inside him like he’s never known. Can Eric help crush the evil that threatens to destroy many lives and lose his heart at the same time?

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Review: My love of vampires knows no bounds, but Midnight Passion left me disappointed beyond belief. The story did have an interesting plot, but the author did not develop it at all. I’m guessing here, but I think humans turned into vampires through some DNA mutation. There are shifters and other paranormals, too, but there’s no info or backstory on them, so we are left in the dark.

Ryan, the vamp, runs into his high school crush, Eric, who happens to be a shifter. There is nothing I love more than a hot vamp and shifter getting it on, but here the characters were just mediocre. I think the biggest issue I had was the dialogue. I can only describe it as amateurish and cringe-worthy. It didn’t convey passion or sadness, so I was not interested in the leads or in what they were doing.

The writing can also be described as only so-so. The descriptive language should paint a three dimensional picture, but here it was one dimensional, boring, and not interesting.

At the end of the day, Midnight Passion left me cold and unsatisfied.

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5 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Mary Calmes, Narration Rating - 4.5 Stars, Reviewed by Karen

Audio Review: Mine by Mary Calmes – Narrated by Caleb Dickinson

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Title:  Mine

Author:  Mary Calmes

Narrator: Caleb Dickinson

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press

Run Time:  7 hours and 8 minutes

At a Glance: I love when a good narration is able to bring a story I already love to life, making me love it that much more.

Reviewed By:  Karen

Blurb: Trevan Bean has a job that’s going from illegal to frightening, a boyfriend who may not be in his right mind, and a guardian angel who might actually be evil incarnate. Add to that the reappearance of his boyfriend’s estranged family, death threats, kidnapping, and the struggle of saving money to realize a dream, and Trevan has a lot on his plate. But Trevan is up to the challenge: he promised Landry a happily ever after, and Landry’s going to have it if it kills him! It just might. Landry Carter was a broken doll when they met two years ago but has grown into a partner who can stand at Trevan’s side… most of the time. Now that Trevan’s life just got scary – and Landry just got himself kidnapped – Trevan has to hope Landry’s love stays strong through this newest challenge, because the happily ever after won’t happen if Trevan has to go it alone.

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Review: I have so much love for this story, it is absolutely one of my favorites by Mary Calmes. Mine is the first narration I have listed to by Caleb Dickinson, and I really enjoyed it. Well, for the most part.  There were certain parts where Landry’s voice made me cringe and pulled me right out of the story.  I get the crazy and dramatic way Landry is, and that the narrator was really trying to get that to come across, but I think Landry’s voice was maybe just a little overdone, dramatic and crazy in some parts. It seemed to happen more in the beginning of the audiobook, and I was a little concerned, but as it the story went on, it got better for me. Though, I’m honestly not sure if the over-the-top narration didn’t happen later in the story, or if I was just so into it by that point that I didn’t notice. I am glad I stuck with it, though.

On the other hand, Trevan was spot on and exactly how I’d heard him in my head when I first read the book. The secondary character voices were also distinct enough to let me know when one character was speaking as opposed to another.

I love when a good narration is able to bring a story I already love to life, making me love it that much more.

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5 Stars, BA Tortuga, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Maryann

Review: The Articles of Release by BA Tortuga

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Title: The Articles of Release (The Release Series: Book Two)

Author: BA Tortuga

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 220 Pages

At a Glance: Highly recommended.

Reviewed By: Maryann

Blurb: Just released from the military, wounded warrior Eric Tremaine is trying to put his life back together like the doctors reassembled his shattered leg. He’s a man with no home, since his Louisiana family rejected him, so Eric winds up in Texas with his old Army buddy, Adam Winchester, and his lover, Sage.

When Eric decides to stop sitting on his ass feeling sorry for himself, he is introduced to trainer Troy Daniels, who lost both his legs in a teenage accident. Troy knows what it’s like to feel as if your body is your enemy. While Eric and Troy have a bumpy start, they soon find enough common ground to make a friendship, if not more. But taking it to the next level means finding out what they have to offer each other, and the world, before they can trust that the love they find together won’t cause more pain than pleasure.

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Review: BA Tortuga brings humor, caring, love and a special friendship between all the characters to The Articles of Release. I love this author’s writing style, and this book, with its simple truths, is relaxed and really gives a nice feel to the Release series.

Eric Tremaine is feeling sorry for himself: he’s frustrated, angry and just feels like all is lost, including himself. He was severely wounded in Afghanistan, and now has lost his dream of a twenty year career in the military. His family wants nothing to do with him, and he has no home to go to, so he calls on Adam “Win” Winchester—who doesn’t hesitate to help.

Troy Daniels is a personal trainer and a good friend to Sage Redding. At a young age Troy had an accident which left him disabled, but nothing in life can stop Troy from getting the next rush. I often found myself wondering if he was trying to prove something. Had he really faced his own situation, or did he have a death wish?

When Eric and Troy meet, fireworks happen but not the good kind. They are two very different men, from their disabilities to their families’ acceptance. Tortuga’s portrayal of them as two strong men, as well as our view of them being heroes, makes this a heartwarming story. The Articles of Release takes us through Eric and Troy’s days and how they both deal with their life challenges, and how they love and care for each other. One of the best moments of the story is when Eric starts taking care of Troy. Wrong words or decisions might destroy the good thing they have.

It was such a pleasure to have Win and Sage from The Terms of Release included in this installment of the series. They play a big part in Eric and Troy’s story and bring a nice camaraderie to it. I thought they gave Eric a real eye opener, especially Sage. There is nobody like Sage; he’s just so down to earth. I hope that BA Tortuga continues with the Release series and shares more of Troy and Eric’s life with us, along with Win and Sage’s.

Highly recommended.

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Rhythm Is a Writer

I tried to turn his head, but was stuck. The metal is pressed so hard against my aching teeth that I finally need clearing them. Lightning quick drove mom in stages so far that it bumped against the palate.

“What are you doing?”

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What are you doing, indeed…

Ever considered using a translation engine to churn out a book in another language? Think again. The above is an example of what can happen. The original is a perfectly ordinary paragraph in Swedish, but once it’s been through the grinder, it’s basically gibberish.

Why is this? Why can’t I feed a Swedish novel into a translation engine and have it spit out an English version at a moment’s notice?

Because a text always needs the human touch. Language isn’t a rational system of words that correspond neatly to words in other languages. There are nuances that make the word ‘wet’ different from the Swedish ‘våt’ – even the two English synonyms ‘wet’ and ‘soaking’ don’t mean exactly the same thing.

Other times, one word can mean two things, and the translation engine has no idea which one to pick. For example, consider the word ‘stages’ above. Taken out of context, it’s a correct translation. But the Swedish word for ‘stages’ also means ‘the spoon.’ To decide which word is appropriate, you need to understand the whole passage.

Also, there are grammatical differences between languages, such that in English, you need to specify whose head is turning – as in ‘I tried to turn my head.’ In Swedish, you can say ‘I tried to turn the head,’ and everyone still knows that it’s my own head I’m turning (unless we’re talking about some kind of horror story). But faced with a phrase like ‘I tried to turn the head,’ a translation engine just makes a wild guess about whose head is turning. This can result in men suddenly becoming women, or people turning other people’s heads – and not in a good way.

But quite apart from all these technical differences, there are also issues like the author’s voice, the tone of the text, and the appropriate use of metaphor. A computer can’t convey mood like a human can. Also, if I use local phenomena to add color, it may be meaningless to someone from another country. For example, ‘it tasted like cloudberries.’ Does that give you an instant feel for what I mean? No? Unless you’ve eaten cloudberries and know their peculiar, swampy taste, that simile is worthless. In such cases, I may want to change it into something more culturally appropriate.

Last Communion was first written in Swedish, and when I embarked on the journey of translating it, I had no idea how long it would take. I knew that it would require a lot of hard work, but not that it would take six months rather than a couple of weeks. I actually tried sending it through a translation engine, just to see if it could give me a useful template to start with, but of course it couldn’t. Most of the text turned out so weird that I didn’t even understand what it meant any longer – even though I was the one who had written it.

In the end, I rewrote the whole thing from scratch, because it was easier that way. Above all, it helped me find an appropriate rhythm. One of my role models once said that writing song lyrics is a lot like creating drum parts, and it stayed with me because I really agree. Sometimes you may have to cut or add words in a sentence, purely for the sake of the rhythm. I often see advice about deleting adjectives and adverbs, but sometimes they need to be added, too. A text is like music. Sometimes it’s not so much about the meaning, but about the ebb and flow of syllables.

While trying to find the right rhythm for Last Communion, I listened to the same album over and over again – Termination Bliss by Deathstars. It’s what I like to call “hum-along death music” (sounds better in Swedish, I promise…). On the surface, it’s harsh and heavy, but the melodies are nothing short of sweet. It was the perfect accompaniment to a romance that was played out against a backdrop of death and decay.

In contrast, when I edited the story, I couldn’t listen to music at all. At that stage, I wanted to feel the text swell and surge like a symphony, and I couldn’t have someone else’s rhythm distracting me. I had to listen to the words on the page, and for that, I needed absolute silence.

And yet even now, a year after I finished the first draft, I still hear my story in the Deathstars’ music. I can’t listen to those songs without seeing my nameless hero, hanging from a platform above a giant turbine, holding on for dear life. It’s part of the music, like a drumbeat at the back of my mind.

The music of the vampires.

The steady pulse of blood.

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Last CommunionBlurb: A worldwide disease has all but wiped out humankind. Only a few people survive, the doctor’s son among them. But there’s something wrong with him: he no longer wants to eat. Is he finally dying too?

The answer is as unexpected as it is horrible: one night, he discovers a new hunger – a mindless craving for blood. Horrified at himself, he flees into the night, but when he tries to find sanctuary, he almost ends up killed. Just as he starts to realize that even a predator can become prey, he runs into Garangjas – another man who drinks blood. Irresistibly drawn, he follows Garangjas to his flock of ‘Confirmands,’ a weird group of people who might just be his ticket to survival.

There’s just one problem: how can the Confirmands stay alive if the rest of humanity dies out?

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Ingela BohmAbout the Author: Ingela Bohm lives in an old cinema, tucked away in a northern Swedish forest where she can wander around all day long and dictate her books. She used to dream of being an actor until an actual actor asked, “Do you really need to do it?” That’s when she realized that the only thing she really needed to do was to write. She has since pretended to be a dietician, a teacher, a receptionist and a cook, but only to conceal her real identity.

Her first imaginary friend was called Grabolina and lived in her closet. Nowadays she has too many imaginary friends to count, but at least some of them are out of the closet. Her men may not be conventionally handsome, but they can charm your pants off, and that’s all that matters. Recent works include the twisted online love thriller #Not Safe For Work, Shakespeare/Marlowe litslash Rival Poet and the third instalment about seventies rock band Pax Cymrica.

Ingela’s more useless talents include reading tarot cards, killing pot plants and drawing scandalous pictures that no one gets to see. Her favorite tool is the crowbar. She can’t walk in heels and she’s stopped trying, but she has cycled 1200 miles in the UK and knows which campsites to avoid if you don’t like spiders. If you see her on the train you will wonder what age she is.

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Please join us in welcoming author Lexi Ander to The Novel Approach today, on the tour for the latest installment in the Sumeria’s Sons series, Dragon’s Eye. Enjoy Lexi’s guest post and the excerpt she’s selected to share, then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below for the chance to win some great prizes. Details are below.

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What did you say? Utnap-blah—who? I can’t even guess how to say that.

Utnapishtim is the Sumerian equivalent to Noah. You say his name like [oo t-nuhpish-tim]

When I started Sumeria’s Son, the platform I built the series on was the Epic of Gilgamesh. I built the origins and motivations from the ancient story. I know, like that was a shock. ^_^ Utnapishtim was one of the few humans who was offered immortality and a place in Dilmun.

To give you a bit of background Utnapishtim, here’s the down and dirty on the Sumerian deluge myth. King Enlil is fed up with all the noise of humanity and decided to get rid of them. If you have already read the blog post on Abzu and the Igigi War, I’m sure you recognize the common theme between the two stories.

Anyway, he sends out plagues, and famine, and drought which destroyed the world three times and yet the human race persevered. Little did Enlil know (until it was too late) that the humans had help from Enki. The humans procreated quickly and soon they were just as noisy as they were before. In a fit of frustration, Enlil calls a meeting of the gods and makes them vow not to help the humans. To get around that decree, Enki didn’t speak to Utnapishtim directly but spoke into a bed of reeds. What an old trick to tell someone without actually telling them. What do you mean? Utnapishtim over heard me musing aloud?

Utnapishtim followed the instructions and built a boat, loading his family, the village craftsmen, baby animals, and grains. The storm that Enlil caused was so awesome in power that the gods fled to Dilmun. The description of how Utnapishtim tested the lowering of the waters was very similar to that of Noah’s with the releasing of the dove, the swallow, and the raven. They left the boat and had a great party, making a sacrifice to the gods. When the gods cautiously ventured from Dilmun, they were chagrinned at Utnapishtim undying loyalty and faith in the gods and they granted him and his wife immortality and a place among the gods.

After Enkidu died, Gilgamesh went a little insane in his grief and keenly feeling his mortality he searched for his ancestor, Utnapishtim. Even though Gilgamesh was a demigod and long lived, he could die. Just as the gods Humbaba and Gugalanna had died, and his beloved Enkidu. He entered the gates of the Sun Road guarded by the scorpion men and traveled to Dilmun. Utnapishtim cautioned him to abandon his quest but still told him how to gather the plant from the riverbed. It didn’tdo  Gilgamesh any good because a sneaky snake came by while he rested and ate the plant. (Must’ve been a vegetarian snake.)

If you’re wondering if I brought Utnapishtim in as character, the answer would be no. But the story of Gilgamesh’s search is important. The story of the deluge was just for fun but gives you an idea of how the gods sometimes viewed humanity.

A huge thank you for allowing me to be a guest on the blog today! Throughout the blog tour for Dragon’s Eye, I hope you enjoy the behind the scenes look at the gods and mythos, and how they play a part in Sumeria’s Sons. For a visual representation, please visit my Pinterest page. During the tour I discuss the Sumerian pantheon, about who and what the Gods/Goddess are, and how I use them. Make sure you stop by the other blogs to get a complete look at the Gods and Goddess the Lycan’s follow.

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Dragon's Eye CoverBlurb: In the wake of birth and betrayal, Ushna takes the God Ashur to Tristan in a last desperate bid to save Tristan’s life—and is helpless to do anything but watch as Ashur instead buries him in a grave. Though he has no desire to go on living, having now lost Brian and Tristan, Ushna has no choice. Not only do their children need him, the mysterious Simurgh has come out of hiding and forces him to continue on—for there is much to do and little time to do it, especially with treachery and danger closing in on them from every side.

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Excerpt: The other vehicles parked behind us. Corey spoke to my parents but I couldn’t hear what he said. My father nodded and headed towards the last vehicle, where the wounded had been loaded. Warriors surrounded our SUV before Corey opened my door. I didn’t want to leave the vehicle. If I did, then Tristan’s fate would be set in stone. Illogical, I knew, but the thought of stepping foot in that house without him was the point of no return. I’d never be able to undo anything that transpired today, as if I even had the power to accomplish something like that. Part of me knew I didn’t want to answer the questions that would eventually come.

What Saéna said kept returning to the forefront of my thoughts. Why was this not a time to grieve? The only reason could be that Tristan wasn’t lost, wasn’t dead. But I saw him buried and Ashur held onto me until there was no hope of saving Tristan from suffocating. My blood boiled at the memory and I breathed around the anger. She is tending him now. What did that mean? Who? Who was tending Tristan? How was I to look past my pain when I’d lost the brightest point in my life? When Brian was killed, even though we wouldn’t have bonded for years, I still felt the absence of his Flame. Tristan and I had bonded last night and… and… wait.

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Lexi Ander Bio PicAbout the Author: Lexi has always been an avid reader, and at a young age started reading (secretly) her mother’s romances (the ones she was told not to touch). She was the only teenager she knew of who would be grounded from reading. Later, with a pencil and a note book, she wrote her own stories and shared them with friends because she loved to see their reactions. A Texas transplant, Lexi now kicks her boots up in the Midwest with her Yankee husband and her eighty-pound puppies named after vacuum cleaners.

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3 Stars, Ligon and Maine, Reviewed by Lisa, Voir Media Publishing

Review: Blue Paramour by Ligon and Maine

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Title: Blue Paramour (Blue Ridge Saga: Volume One)

Author: Ligon and Maine

Publisher: Voir Media Publishing Group

Pages/Word Count: 344 Pages

At a Glance: Blue Paramour is the perfect example of a fine book that unfortunately didn’t work for me.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: When Brayden, a devastatingly handsome heir to a prominent Southern family, is caught in a compromising position with his handsome male lover, Jackson, life as he knows it comes crashing down. Exiled from the only home he’s ever known and separated from his love, Brayden is ordered to live in Boston where he is expected to become a true man and a proper successor.

But life will show him that things don’t always go as planned…

When Brayden encounters the mysterious and powerful, Vincent Gallaud, he instead embarks on an unforgettable adventure with his newfound king in the tantalizing world of New York City, forsaking everything he has ever known. Taking him on an unexpected journey that teaches him lessons Daddy would never approve.

Back home, Jackson has no choice but to consent to marry Brayden’s greatest adversary and twin sister, Annabelle Steed. Consumed with greed and longing for revenge, Annabelle will stop at nothing to destroy Brayden’s life and rob him of his birthright, Blue Ridge.

But everything comes at a price.

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Review: Set in the time leading up to the Civil War, Ligon and Maine’s Blue Paramour introduces the story of two families, wealthy Southern plantation owners whose lives are intertwined by arranged marriages and the teenage love affair between Brayden Steed and Jackson Wilmington, heirs to their family legacies.

The mark of a good historical novel is its ability to ground readers in the time and place of its setting, something the novel does from the outset in its depiction of life in the south during this time in America’s history, a time when slave ownership was the way of life, when the wealthy lorded over their estates like royalty, and life for the privileged was spent in idyll as they reaped the riches gained from the blood and sweat of another man’s back. This is the life Brayden Steed has been bred to carry on and defend, though it’s not a legacy that particularly suits him.

This story begins at a languorous pace with the introduction of its principal players, slow enough that I had a difficult time becoming invested in and remaining engaged by what was unfolding on the page; though, the tempo does pick up eventually, as Brayden and Jackson’s relationship hits its dramatic and climactic arc. Along with our romantic couple, two key secondary role players are introduced in Annabelle Steed and Patricia Mae Wilmington, sisters to Brayden and Jackson and the intended brides who will join the Steed and Wilmington estates in marriage. Patricia Mae plays what might be considered the Melanie Hamilton standard–the ideal of the Southern woman–well bred and demure–while Annabelle takes on the characteristics of a Scarlett O’Hara–beautiful, shrewd, conniving–though Annabelle lacks any of that Southern belle’s charm, often portrayed as more a caricature than a person. But, this story needed an antagonist and Annabelle fills that role in her own melodramatic way, as both Judas and Cain rolled into one excessively avaricious and resentful woman.

In fact, to a great extent, Annabelle’s portrayal is the epitome of what this novel is built upon—a soap opera-esque level of drama which weaves its way through the inevitable and predictable discovery of Brayden and Jackson’s illicit teenage affair; Brayden’s forced exile; Jackson’s descent into the bottle as he sinks into the depths of depression over Brayden’s disappearance and the realization that he loved Brayden far more than Brayden ever loved him; and his impending marriage to Annabelle—much like a man facing a firing squad and then sort of hoping someone pulls the trigger and puts him out of his misery. The characters are all fairly well written to type, all but the one man who was most certainly the exception to the rule of a black man in the 19th Century.

In a departure from its rather seemly and staid beginning, Brayden’s banishment from Blue Ridge stirs the plot and livens it up a bit, landing our young hero on a train heading north, at which time he meets a wealthy businessman, Vincent Gallaud, a free black man who immediately intrigues Brayden and lights the eighteen-year-old’s senses on fire. So much so that Brayden defies his father’s orders and rather than carrying on to Boston, jumps ship (train) in New York City to follow Vincent to his place of business, where the two begin a cat and mouse relationship in which Brayden plays the prey to Vincent’s more experienced predator.

Vincent takes on the role of sexual mentor to Brayden, at which point the novel takes a decidedly erotic turn as Brayden becomes an enthusiastic and willing pupil of Vincent’s Svengali-like tutelage. Their relationship is built largely upon sex, with Vincent playing alpha, but it soon becomes complicated by feelings that remain unspoken and misspoken, lies, secrets, and then ends in an a way that lovers of such dramatic spectacle will eat up as long as one is able to suspend belief a little and accept the events that happen as part of the novel’s milieu. I personally never made a connection to these two men as a couple, based largely on the failure to see where they had anything in common apart from sex, though it did all come to a spectacular end, so the lack of engagement was fortunate. I did, however, like the juxtaposition of their role reversal as a white and black man in that time period.

Blue Paramour, Volume One in the Blue Ridge Saga, is the perfect example of a fine book that just didn’t appeal to me, owing in total to the manner in which the story is conveyed, which, of course, is entirely a personal preference and doesn’t at all make it a bad book (outside of it needing a much more thorough editing). None of the characters, apart from Vincent’s maid, Sara, held much appeal for me, but Sara was a breath of fresh air among a cast of rather cookie cutter archetypes.

Having cut my historical reading chops on books such as Gone with the Wind and John Jakes’ North and South Trilogy, among others, I’m shocked this story didn’t resonate deeper with me, and I can only owe that to the plot being staged in such a theatrical and over-the-top way, not bad, though, if that’s a delivery you love, in which case Ligon and Maine deliver with a deft and generous hand.

Blue Paramour ends on a to-be-continued, so if you don’t like loose ends, beware. Brayden’s transformation has only just begun, and this book leaves him at an all-important turning point—convincing readers he has feelings for Jacskon, or ever did, being a pretty big hurdle to clear from my perspective–but a clever way for the authors to keep their readers on the hook.

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3 Stars, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, Genre Romance, Meredith O'Reilly, Reviewed By Carrie, Stormy Night Publications

Review: His Captive’s Heart by Meredith O’Reilly

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Title: His Captive’s Heart

Author: Meredith O’Reilly

Publisher: Stormy Night Publications

Pages/Word Count: 79 Pages

At a Glance: I would recommend this book if you’re looking for light BDSM and a sweet romance.

Reviewed By: Carrie

Blurb: Twenty-nine-year-old lawyer Marcus Bradberry has fantasized for years about finding a firm-handed man who would not hesitate to provide both guidance and discipline while also bringing him the kind of fulfillment he’s only dreamed about. When he meets Dimitri Anderson, the owner of a local kink club, Marcus takes a chance and shares the wildest fantasy he’s ever had with him.

Though he confesses to Dimitri that nothing excites him more than the idea of a being overpowered, kidnapped, and mastered completely by a strong, handsome man, Marcus is nonetheless shocked when Dimitri takes it upon himself to bring this fantasy to life. When Dimitri surprises him after work on a Friday, Marcus soon finds himself blindfolded, handcuffed, and driven away to an unknown place.

It quickly becomes clear that Dimitri knows exactly what his captive sub needs and is more than ready to give it to him, but as the weekend progresses, Marcus realizes that trusting his new master is at times much harder than he expected. Will he surrender to his most secret desires or will his fears drive him away from his master’s loving arms?

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Review: Marcus is a twenty-nine-year-old lawyer who dreams of having a Dom who will meet all his fantasies, when he sees an ad for an opportunity to visit a local kink club for the night and see how the lifestyle plays out in real life.

Once at the club, he meets Dmitri Anderson and through the course of the night, confides his ultimate fantasy of being kidnapped and forced to submit for a weekend. Dmitri is the owner of the club and a little jaded as far as subs go…until he meets Marcus. Instant attraction flares between the two and Dmitri sets out to fulfill Marcus’ fantasy.

While this story is about a Dom/sub relationship, it is the connection between the two men and how they grow to fall in love over the weekend that is the real story. Marcus needs a Dom—he can be a bit of a brat, he questions everything. It’s what makes him such a good lawyer. Dmitri has the patience of a saint and is a loving but strict Dom, which is exactly what Marcus needs.

This was a really sweet love story at the core and an easy, light novella to read. I would recommend this book if you’re looking for light BDSM and a sweet romance.

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2 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, K.A. Mitchell, Reviewed by Karen

Review: Put a Ring on It by K.A. Mitchell

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Title:  Put a Ring on It (Ready or Not: Book One) 

Author:  K.A. Mitchell

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press

Page/Word Count:  204 Pages

At a Glance:  I’ve really enjoyed other books by K.A. Mitchell, but unfortunately, this one just didn’t do it for me.

Reviewed By:  Karen

Blurb:  Kieran Delaney-Schwartz—adoptee, underachiever, and self-professed-slacker IT guy—lives his under-the-radar life by the motto: Don’t try, don’t fail. His adopted siblings are all overachievers thanks to his driven, liberal parents, but Kieran has elected to avoid disappointing anyone by not getting their hopes up. He’s coasting through his early twenties when he’s hit head-on by Theo. The successful decade-older Broadway producer sweeps him off his feet for a whirlwind thirteen months that are pretty sweet, until it all comes screeching to a halt on Valentine’s Day, with an unexpected proposal via an NYC Times Square flash mob.

Now everyone wants in on the wedding, except the grooms….

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Review: When I read the blurb for this book, I was really excited. I’ve enjoyed other books by K.A. Mitchell, but unfortunately, this one just didn’t do it for me. I found that I didn’t really like any of the characters…well, maybe not that I didn’t like them as much as I felt no connection to them. There have been a lot of books I’ve read where I found myself not liking a particular character, or even a main character, but I almost always come around. There is usually some kind of explanation behind the actions that turns it around for me, but I just didn’t get that with this book.

We are introduced to the four friends in the Prologue, and as I read on, there was nothing about them, other than a loyalty between them, that appealed to me. The back and forth about the marriage decision seemed to drag on, with no real explanation as to why the characters were acting the way they were, and the brief mentions of how they felt didn’t really put it into perspective for me.

There isn’t any real backstory about Theo and Kiernan’s relationship prior to the proposal, either, and it was hard for me to understand what it was they saw in each other. I didn’t feel invested in their relationship and kept waiting for everything to come together, but, in the end, Put a Ring on It just didn’t work for me.

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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Articles of Release Blog Tour with BA Tortuga

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We’re so pleased to welcome author BA Tortuga today, on The Articles of Release Blog Tour. Enjoy BA’s guest post, then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for the chance to win an e-copy of the book.

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Hey y’all! I’m BA Tortuga, resident redneck. I’m madly in love with my wife, Julia, I’m a romance writer, and I’m an unrepentant believer in happy endings. I’ve been publishing for more than fifteen years and I write cowboys of every kind.

The Articles of Release is the story of Eric Tremaine, a soldier that was wounded overseas and is in the midst of a medical discharge. He’s depressed, worried and alone, and when he calls his old Army buddy, Adam Winchester, he’s grateful that Sage and Win have a guestroom to offer him. When he meets personal trainer, Eric, who has challenges of his own, he discovers that maybe he’s not done living his life.

Q: Describe your favorite rainy day activity.

BA: Well, I live in the high desert wherein rainy days aren’t really a thing. I mean, we have monsoon season, which means it rains from 4-4:05pm every day for a month, but that’s not the same thing.

Honestly. I live in 345 annual days of sun.

The closest we have are snowy days, because I have seen that happen 4-5 times.

During those days, Julia and I get the blankies, the dogs, Sherlock on the television, the coffee warmers and we snuggle. Also, Miss Sadie the Basset is a fireplace WHORE, so we light a fire for her. :D

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Articles of Release CoverBlurb: Just released from the military, wounded warrior Eric Tremaine is trying to put his life back together like the doctors reassembled his shattered leg. He’s a man with no home, since his Louisiana family rejected him, so Eric winds up in Texas with his old Army buddy, Adam Winchester, and his lover, Sage.

When Eric decides to stop sitting on his ass feeling sorry for himself, he is introduced to trainer Troy Daniels, who lost both his legs in a teenage accident. Troy knows what it’s like to feel as if your body is your enemy. While Eric and Troy have a bumpy start, they soon find enough common ground to make a friendship, if not more. But taking it to the next level means finding out what they have to offer each other, and the world, before they can trust that the love they find together won’t cause more pain than pleasure.

Where to buy the book: Dreamspinner e-book || Dreamspinner paperback

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BA TortugaAbout the author: Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy’s Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds, getting tattooed, texting her sisters, and eating Mexican food. When she’s not doing that, she’s writing. She spends her days off watching rodeo, knitting and surfing porn sites in the name of research. BA’s personal saviors include her wife (still amazing to say that), Julia Talbot, her best friend, Sean Michael, and coffee. Lots of coffee. Really good coffee.

Having written everything from fist-fighting rednecks to hard-core cowboys to werewolves, BA does her damnedest to tell the stories of her heart, which was raised in Northeast Texas, but has gone to the high desert mountains and fallen in love. With books ranging from hard-hitting GLBT romance, to fiery menages, to the most traditional of love stories, BA refuses to be pigeon-holed by anyone but the voices in her head.

Where to find the author: Facebook || Facebook Author Page || Twitter: @batortuga || Pinterest || Blog || Website || Instagram

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Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

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Hi, friends and fellow reading addicts, welcome back to another peek into the future at The Novel Approach, and a teaser of who we have visiting with us in the coming week.

We’ve got a great lineup of guest authors to share with you, along with giveaways, and, of course, many more reviews too.

Here’s what’s on tap!

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Monday – Author BA Tortuga kicks off our week this week on the tour for The Articles of Release, book two in the Release Series

Tuesday – Today we’ll be welcoming author Lexi Ander to TNA on the tour for her latest novel Dragon’s Eye

We’ll also have author Ingela Bohm joining us today to chat a bit about her new novel Last Communion

Wednesday – We’ll have author KC Burn dropping by today as a featured author on the Countdown to GayRomLit 2015 Celebration

We also have Carole Cummings and Andrew Q. Gordon stopping in for a new edition of Genre Talk

Thursday – We’ll be starting October (!!!) off with author Skylar M. Cates and an exclusive cover reveal for her upcoming Dreamspinner holiday story A Guy’s Thanksgiving

We’ll also have author AF Henley with us to chat about their new novel Wolf WY

Friday – Rounding out the second of our GayRomLit Blog Tour visits this week will be author Jaime Reese, filling us in on what she likes most about GRL

Mia Kerick will also join us today on the tour for her new book A Hard Day’s Night

And, we’ll have yet another edition of Flashback Friday for you today too

Saturday – Finally, to close out the week, we’ll have author Lex Chase here with us to chat about her new novel Bayou Fairy Tale

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4.5 Stars, Bey Deckard, Genre Romance, Literary Fiction, Reviewed by Lisa, Self-Published

Review: The Last Nights of the Frangipani Hotel by Bey Deckard

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Title: The Last Nights of the Frangipani Hotel (The Actor’s Circle: Book Two)

Author: Bey Deckard

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 78 Pages

At a Glance: Yet another lovely read from Bey Deckard

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: All James wanted was a little solitude at his favourite resort: bright sunshine overhead, soft, white sand underfoot, and a hammock to read in while the warm breeze rustles through the coconut palms and almond trees. However, when an old acquaintance shows up, and James is obliged to share “his” beach, a profound exchange over a bottle of rum leads to a lust-fuelled encounter in the dark.

Reeling from the intensity of the drunken tryst, James decides to cut his vacation short rather than face what he’s kept hidden under mountains of denial.

However, his escape is thwarted when Rudie, handsome and plainspoken, calls him out on his behaviour and makes him see that life needn’t be spent running away from his desires.

Set at a rundown old resort on a small Caribbean island, The Last Nights of The Frangipani Hotel is a story about letting go of fear and learning that passion and love can be found in the most unexpected of places.

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Review: In The Last Nights of the Frangipani Hotel, the second (standalone) novella in Bey Deckard’s The Actor’s Circle series, the author once again explores sexuality through his narrator, James Talbot, an actor who’s found his own corner of paradise in a shabby little hotel on a tropical island. The Frangipani Hotel is James’s escape when the pressures of Hollywood and his own fame begin to hem him in, and it’s here that James learns he’s also been running away from his own reality. That river in Egypt everyone’s always talking about? James has been treading its waters his whole life.

Rudie Brauer is a fellow actor who shows up at the Frangipani in search of a bit of solitude. We know that Rudie is beautiful because James tells us so every single time his eyes wander to the next perfect spot on Rudie’s body—which happens rather frequently. And it’s at that point that we, the readers, know what James doesn’t seem to get—or, at least what he’s not willing to admit to. That he’s not altogether straight.

Watching through James’s somewhat skewed lens of self-awareness, we see him struggle with his lust for Rudie, his using Rudie’s body to satisfy a need James doesn’t fully understand, and we see in Rudie a man who doesn’t mind being used for a little bit of rough, so long as they both get off on it. What Rudie does seem to mind, though, is James’s obtuseness with respect to what his desire for Rudie truly means.

Deckard uses his gift for scene setting to its fullest effect in this novella—ocean waves breaking on the shoreline; the sun shining on the soft white sand; the palm trees swaying languorously on tropical breezes; and the warm, humid nights spent in a rundown hotel room—each add to the sensuality of the story, creating a dreamy backdrop and underscoring the steamy scenes between these two men.

The Last Nights of the Frangipani Hotel isn’t a traditional romance, but there is a romanticism to the story in the sentimentality James feels towards his island hideaway, especially when it becomes clear the hotel is about to be swallowed up in the all-inclusive resort machine. Part of those sentimental feelings become wrapped up in and around Rudie, who, in their short time together, appears will become something more than just a vacation affair for James, which leads James to some decisions about his future and their little slice of heaven on earth.

I don’t know that I’d call this a coming out story. Perhaps it’s more of an awakening for James, as his story isn’t about what he’s willing to show the world but what he’s willing to admit to himself and, now, to Rudie.

This is yet another lovely read from Bey Deckard.

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4 Stars, Historical Romance, Reviewed by Maryann, Taylin Clavelli, Wayward Ink Publishing

Review: Dakota Skies by Taylin Clavelli

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Title: Dakota Skies

Author: Taylin Clavelli

Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 350 Pages

At a Glance: Dakota Skies is an Old Western saga, an entertaining story with plenty of action.

Reviewed By: Maryann

Blurb: Born in the wrong time…

In 1875 Dakota, Sheriff Jamie Carter has to hide his interest in men, even from his gutsy twin sister, Anna. On a good day, the truth can mean a bullet between the eyes, and on a bad, one in the back.

A man on a mission…

Jamie leaves Anna in charge of Blackrock and he hits the bounty hunting trail, along with his faithful equine companion, Houston. Five territories, scores of ‘Wanted’ posters, and many bullets later, his path unexpectedly converges with that of enigmatic loner, Kit Brooks.

Two men with one soul…

Will the smoldering fire between them rage into an inferno and break down protective barriers, allowing them to find love? Or will it separate and kill them?

Beneath Dakota skies…

Jamie and Kit’s story is a sweeping saga of cowboys, Indians, persistent broads, and vengeful villains, where the cowboys aren’t always the good guys, and love can’t be taken for granted.

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Review: Jamie Carter shares the title of Sheriff with his twin sister Anna. Anna can shoot, fight and ride better than any man. We learn a lot about how Jamie and Anna followed in their father’s footsteps.

Kit Brooks has a story of his own to share, which is much different than Jamie’s. Mason Lee Anderson, the gambler, card player and sharpshooter, will be a big part of Kit’s story. Mason has a very special connection to Kit, Kate, and the Sioux tribe.

Anna befriends Hayley, who teaches her how to cook, as well as the fine art of being a lady. Anna teaches Hayley the fine art of shooting. Poor Morgan Haynes, Jamie’s best friend and saloon owner… Anna has a plan for him!

We meet members of the Sioux tribe, who are a very important part of this story. Chief Wahchinsapa, Tala, Howahkan (the medicine man), Takoda and others, and learn the beliefs and ways of the Sioux, taken into the spirit world along with Jamie and Kit, where we meet Chenoa.

And, last but not least, there’s Houston, Jamie’s faithful companion, his horse. Not just any old horse, a very talented one. He will have you chuckling!

I think the cover of this book deserves a mention, it really reflects the story behind it, as well as the map inside the book, which gives us an idea of the places Jamie and Kit traveled. Dakota Skies is an Old Western saga, an entertaining story with plenty of action, good guys, bad guys, working girls, heartbreak, hijinks, love, and the mystery of the spirit world. The story centers on Jamie and Kit, but the other interesting characters and their stories deserved a mentioned.

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Genre Romance, Loch Awe Press, Reviewed by Jules, Samantha Wayland

Review: Home & Away by Samantha Wayland

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Title: Home & Away

Author: Samantha Wayland

Publisher: Loch Awe Press

Pages/Word Count: 402 Pages

At a Glance: This was the perfect book at the perfect time. It just made me feel…good.

Reviewed By: Jules

Blurb: You can build a team, but you have to find your home.

Rupert Smythe is fond of many things. Callum Morrison isn’t one of them.

Rupert is a quiet, thoughtful business man and, sadly, a total wimp. Maybe not the ideal candidate to run a professional hockey team, but he signed on to do it anyway. As his life has reminded him on an almost daily basis since, this isn’t the most brilliant idea he’s ever had. And that was before Callum showed up.

Being in the spotlight is just part of being a professional athlete, but Callum needs a break. He arrives in Moncton unannounced, determined to help grow the team he just bought, and under the assumption he’d be welcome. Possibly he should have tried to make a better first impression.

Callum figures he can push through the rest of the summer, never expecting two kids, a host of friends, and his growing feelings for Rupert to derail everything he has ever believed about what he wanted, and what he could have.

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Review: I’m asking in advance for you guys to overlook the number of times I might use the words cute, sweet, adorable, charming, or lovely in this review; because Home and Away was ALL of those things. Now, I know that first sentence might send some people running – but don’t! Stop right there. It wasn’t sweetness overload. Honest. It was just…charming. It worked – all the way around.

Callum Morrison is a household name among NHL fans, especially those in Denver where he plays. He is your typical rough and tumble hockey player, who has come to spend the summer in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, to help out in operations with the Moncton Ice Cats, the professional hockey team of which he is part owner. Rupert Smythe, general manager of the Ice Cats, is the exact opposite of the type of person one would expect Callum to be interested in – and vice versa – but, when things start clicking between them, it’s like they were meant to be.

Rupert and Callum just fit. When Rupert unexpectedly needs help with a family matter, Callum doesn’t hesitate to jump in, much to Rupert’s surprise. As the story unfolds, and they begin to truly know one another, their preconceived notions of each other get blown out of the water. I love how they grow together, and ultimately, end up finding their home with, and because of, each other.

There were soooo many parts of this book that had me grinning, laughing, swooning, sighing, and fanning myself – these boys were on fire – I can’t even begin to recount them to you. Just know that there is an adorable four year old, a couple of Ice Cats who will have you cracking up, a few great friends, some hockey, some awesome figure skating, and a bubble butt. Oh! And, the Morrisons. If you’ve read any of Samantha Wayland’s Hat Trick series, then you’re familiar with some of the Morrison clan already, but if you haven’t, let me tell you, they are fabulous. I think it’s also important to note that I had not read anything else in this world, or from this author previously, and it didn’t hamper my enjoyment of this book one bit.

Could I make a couple of small criticisms about the book? Sure. There were a handful of editing issues…things happened perhaps a little quickly between the two MCs…the sheer number of gay people in the story felt a little convenient at times…Did I care about any of that? No. I absolutely ADORED these characters, and their story. This was the perfect book at the perfect time. It just made me feel…good.

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Flashback Friday and Giveaway: The Why Haven’t You Read This Book Yet? Edition

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Welcome back to another edition of Flashback Friday, everyone! This week’s FbF Feature is all about the books we’ve read and would love to force feed to every single person we’ve ever met ever in our entire lives. Extreme, no??? But yes! This begins a potpourri of prose that has made us cry, squee, giggle, you name it, we’ve loved it, and we wish everyone would read these books.

Last week’s winner of the Flashback Friday Speculative Fiction Edition was Julie Small, who made the wisest of wise choices and went with Jordan L. Hawk’s Widdershins as her e-book prize. Congratulations to you, Julie, and thanks so much to everyone who’s played along with us!

I hope you’ll find a title or two amongst our choices that you haven’t read yet because if you click on the Rafflecopter widget below, you can enter for the chance to win an e-copy of one of them, winner’s choice.

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TNA_Signature_JulesThere are a LOT of books I want to shove in people’s faces and make them read. Ha! But, I chose this week’s book because I just read it – tardy to the party – and I want to make sure that no one else leaves it languishing on his or her TBR pile! The book is Shattered Glass by Dani Alexander, and I want you to go right now and load it up on your e-reader. Don’t wait another moment, folks. This is an absolute must read!

Austin Glass killed me. Killlllllllllllled me. The king of snark. Zero filter. Inept in all of his female relationships. Yet also smart, funny, a brilliant detective, and somehow manages to come off as endearing a large portion of the time, despite the no filter issue.

While waiting for an informant on a case, Austin sees Peter. Well…what he sees are bunny slippers…and, he can’t get the slippers, or the man, out of his head. Austin is a complete goner for Peter, and it ends up sending him on the roller coaster ride of his life as he tries to figure out his feelings for Peter, and solve his case at the same time.

The action in the story is fabulous. The characters are interesting, eclectic, and entertaining. I found Peter’s background, including that of his “brothers” Darryl and Cai, fascinating, and was on the edge of my seat as their story unraveled. And, Austin Glass in particular is a character that will stay with me for a very long time. I LOVED this freakin’ book, man.

Bonus note: I actually listened to the audio for this book, and it was AH-MAZING. The narrator does a phenomenal job with the pacing, the accents, and the whole performance in general.

shattered glassA male prostitute, a mangy cat, a murder and an obsession that threatens his career, his impending marriage and his life. Nothing is going as planned for Austin Glass.

Austin Glass seems to have it all, A loving fiancee, a future with the FBI and a healthy sized trust fund. At least on the surface. He also has a grin and a wisecrack for every situation. But the smile he presents to the world hides a painful past he’s buried too deeply to remember, and his quips mask bitterness and insecurity. Austin has himself and most of the whole world fooled—until he meets a redhead in a pair of bunny slippers.

As events unfold in the biggest case of his life, Austin’s carefully planned future unravels, and he finds himself pushed into making quick, life-changing decisions. But can he trust himself or anything he feels, when each event seems to be just a series of volatile reactions?

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TNA_Signature_CHRIS*Runs up and shoves a book under your nose*

If there is only ONE book that I could make someone read it would be Conquest by S.J. Frost. This book, actually this whole series, is one of the reasons I became utterly hooked into the M/M genre. It’s also one of the first romances I stumbled on that featured a rock band as part of the main story. Considering I love my rock music as much as I love reading, well this book was a match made in book heaven!

Jesse and Evan are the couple that I hold up as an example of how you can make a relationship work. They are also two of my all time favorite characters in this genre. They aren’t just lovers but they truly are the other’s soul mate, even if it takes them time to get to that point with each other. While they are two completely different people, at different stages of their lives and careers, there is something about the other that constantly draws them together.

Did I mention that Jesse and Evan are smoking hot together? The sexual tension between these two will literally set your ereader on fire! Not to overlook Jesse and Evan’s musical talent which takes the book to a whole different level. There’s nothing I love more than a book that can actually capture the emotion that is wrapped within music and this entire series gives you that feeling.

You definitely need to give Jesse and Evan a chance, because once you pick up the first book in the series you’re going to want more!

conquestVocally gifted singer, Jesse Alexander, has dreams of taking his band, Conquest, to the top.

Evan Arden was thought of as a musical genius when at the height of his career he vanished from the spotlight. Together, their relationship is just as intense as their music careers. With success pushing down on them, Jesse must decide between his life of music, or his life with Evan.

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TNA_Signature_SammyIf I Could Force You to Read This Book, I Would. Oh yes, indeed I would—and I would also provide a bottle of liquor and a box of tissues ‘cause this one is a tough read, but the rewards? They are oh so great!

A Note in the Margin was a difficult book to read. This story cut me to the core for many reasons and on many levels. Remembering the synopsis I wrote a few years ago reminded me once again of the great impact this novel had on me.

John is “taking a break” from the corporate rat race. In fact, he must; otherwise, he will spin apart, perhaps have a nervous breakdown, a heart attack. One is never sure because Ms. Rowan is not specific in the reason, only that the break must occur or John will not survive. And so, John invests in a small, unassuming used bookstore named Margins. Here he meets and employs the son of the previous owner, Jaime. Jaime, in turn, introduces John to the homeless man that, every afternoon, occupies an old leather chair in the back of the shop, sketching in his notebook and reading. And so the story begins…and you are sucked into the sometimes violent, oft times horrific life of David, a former corporate man, father and husband. A formerly closeted gay man…a shell of his former self…mentally broken, whoring for bus fair to travel to see the son whom he is never able to speak to or interact with…living in fear and only sometimes dwelling in reality.

Wounded…broken…desperate…David…John—both equally fragile, equally needy, find each other.

This is not an easy story to read. My gut clenched often and unhappily as David worked his way back from the abyss to life with John, to love, to acceptance of himself, and forgiveness as well. Ms. Rowan paints a picture that is teeming with realism, gritty with emotion and remarkable in its depth. Her characters are achingly real, so much so that I found myself yelling at them so they would move before disaster struck again. Several times the stark raw emotion leapt off the page, forcing me to stop dead, turn off the kindle and step away. It was too much, too overwhelming.

Do not tread lightly into this book—for a light read it is not—at all. But it is a worthwhile read…a stunning look into the homeless man’s world…a glimpse into the intricacies of mental illness…yes, it is this and so much more. At this novel’s core is a love story that is so sweeping in its scope and tender in its telling that you are carried along in its mighty wake.

You should read this book—honest, you really should! Just bring along tissues…and maybe a stiff drink or two.

**As a side note when I visited Australia a few years ago, I had the honor of meeting Isabelle Rowan—such a lovely woman, smart and kind to a fault. I have enjoyed many of her stories to date and strongly recommend her lovely work to you.

NoteintheMarginJohn McCann, a man who judges life by the tally of an accounts ledger, has a supreme goal in life: To achieve, live, and enjoy the rarified executive lifestyle. But he’s encountered one problem: The migraines are going to continue to get worse unless you make some major changes in your lifestyle. What you need is a ‘sea change’… Perhaps buy a nice little business in the country, settle down, something easier to occupy your time…

While John knows the doctor is right, he just can’t resign from the job he’s fought so hard for. He decides the sacrifice of taking a year’s leave of absence won’t interfere too much with his plans, and so he finds himself running Margins, a cozy little bookstore, with the help of the former owner’s son, Jamie. John expects to put in his year, get his stress under control, and then get back to business.

What John doesn’t expect is how Margins and its denizens draw him in, particularly the quiet, disheveled man who takes refuge in the old leather chair in the second-hand book section. John’s plans for an unattached year of simple business crumble when he meets David and is forced to reevaluate life, love and what he really wants from both. John and David are forced to come to terms with their pasts as they struggle to determine what possible future they might build together.

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TNA_Signature_SadonnaDiane Adams – Making of a Man series

This is one of the BEST series I’ve ever read in any genre. Jared and Alex meet when Alex is a teenager – and just figuring out that he’s gay. Jared is an old soul in a young man’s body. He’s had to face a lot in his life already, and he truly isn’t that much older than Alex in years but is light years ahead in life’s hard knocks and experience. He’s been unlucky in love, and he’s already lost his father and inherited a business that he needs to keep going to keep a roof over his and his mother’s head. He takes the time to be a friend to Alex (and Alex’s best friend Clark) while they are still in high school and Alex is still in the closet. This series is currently at 6 books with some shorter freebies in between. There is still one more promised book to come.

So far this series has taken us through about 20 years of Jared and Alex’s story, and it’s an absolute pleasure to watch Alex grown up and grow into his relationship with Jared. Jared is one of the best men on the planet – bar none. There are wonderful supporting characters, realistic conflicts, no pat answers and some of the best dialogue around. Completely believable and if this series doesn’t convince people that Love is Love, I don’t know what would. Just absolutely some of the best storytelling in the genre and beautifully done.

Our DecemberSometimes two people fit together so well it seems their love was preordained, as if every step taken led inevitably to a happy ending. Deeply in love, Jared and Alex are such a couple, but the path to true and lasting love is rarely smooth. At fifteen, being gay isn’t the best thing that ever happened to a guy. In fact, Alex Ross thinks it’s down right scary. Then he meets twenty year old construction worker Jared Douglas, and Alex starts to think the gay thing might not be so bad after all.

The attraction between them is intense, but — mindful of Alex’s age — Jared is determined to keep the sparks from igniting. The stress of controlling his feelings makes it almost a relief when Alex’s father ships him off to prep school. Jared expects Alex to forget him and find a boy friend his own age; he doesn’t anticipate how much it will hurt. When Alex comes home for Christmas, just turned 16, with his heart on his sleeve, Jared knows he can’t continue to keep everything he feels a secret.

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TNA_Signature_LisaI read a quote once by a man named Alfred North Whitehead, who was a philosopher. The quote went something like this:

It takes an extraordinary intelligence to contemplate the obvious.

Al Fletcher may never be described as extraordinarily intelligent, but he is an extraordinary character who has a way of being, oh, perhaps a wee bit obtuse but is so utterly guileless that his observations of the obvious are just sweet and charming, and when I read his story, Muscling Through, several years ago, he quickly shot to the top of the list of some of my all-time favorite characters.

Larry came into Al’s life in a dark alley one night…while Al was taking a whizz. Yep. Big Al, with his tattoos and a nose that’s seen the business end of more than a few fists, was peeing in the great outdoors when Larry happened upon him…and then promptly assumed, based on Al’s looks, that he, Larry, was going to get robbed at best, or get a good beating, or heaven knows what else, at worst.

Now, Al’s been known to be drunk and disorderly on a few occasions, but purposefully mean and/or violent? That’s not Al at all. Al does things like hide the kitchen knives when he makes sure you get home safely, assuming you’re drunk and a danger to yourself because you’re acting crazy—which is really not you being drunk or crazy. It’s just you being scared shitless of Al.

Al does things like eat finger sandwiches in a posh restaurant and then hopes that when the staff cut the crusts off those sandwiches that they at least had the common decency to feed those perfectly good crusts to the birds.

Al is an artist, and though the world may not see beauty in him, Al sees beauty in the world. And that makes him beautiful where it counts.

Muscling Through isn’t a long book—less than ninety pages—but it’s one of the best novellas I’ve ever read. If not the best. It’s funny and full of warmth—just like Al—and is one of the most endearing opposites attract stories I’ve ever run across, thanks to JL Merrow’s deft hand and lovely sense of humor.

In a genre where we’ve learned not to jump to conclusions or make assumptions, JL Merrow crafted a character who’s spent his life having others define him by his looks, when, in fact, it’s his heart and soul and downright goodness that make Al who he is, and make it easy to see why a man like Larry would fall madly in love with the big, tattooed, beautifully simple man.

muscling throughThe bigger they come, the harder they fall… in love.

Cambridge art professor Larry Morton takes one, alcohol-glazed look at the huge, tattooed man looming in a dark alley, and assumes he’s done for. Moments later he finds himself disarmed—literally and figuratively. And, the next morning, he can’t rest until he offers an apology to the man who turned out to be more gentle than giant.

Larry’s intrigued to find there’s more to Al Fletcher than meets the eye; he possesses a natural artistic talent that shines through untutored technique. Unfortunately, no one else seems to see the sensitive soul beneath Al’s imposing, scarred, undeniably sexy exterior. Least of all Larry’s class-conscious family, who would like nothing better than to split up this mismatched pair.

Is it physical? Oh, yes, it’s deliciously physical, and so much more—which makes Larry’s next task so daunting. Not just convincing his colleagues, friends and family that their relationship is more than skin deep. It’s convincing Al.

Warning: Contains comic misunderstandings, misuse of art materials, and unexpected poignancy.

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5 Stars, Audio Book, Cardeno C., Genre Romance, Giveaways, Narration Rating - 5 Stars, Reviewed by Amy, Self-Published

Audio Review and Giveaway: Walk With Me by Cardeno C. – Narrated by Alexander Collins

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Title: Walk With Me

Author: Cardeno C.

Narrator: Alexander Collins

Publisher: Self-Published

Run Time: 6 hours and 40 minutes

At a Glance: Cardeno C. continues to masterfully write amazing love stories that make me laugh and cry and root for the characters.

Reviewed By: Amy

Blurb: When Eli Block steps into his parents’ living room and sees his childhood crush sitting on the couch, he starts a shameless campaign to seduce the young rabbi. Unfortunately, Seth Cohen barely remembers Eli and he resolutely shuts down all his advances. As a tenuous and then binding friendship forms between the two men, Eli must find a way to move past his unrequited love while still keeping his best friend in his life. Not an easy feat when the same person occupies both roles.

Professional, proper Seth is shocked by Eli’s brashness, overt sexuality, and easy defiance of societal norms. But he’s also drawn to the happy, funny, light-filled man. As their friendship deepens over the years, Seth watches Eli mature into a man he admires and respects. When Seth finds himself longing for what Eli had so easily offered, he has to decide whether he’s willing to veer from his safe life-plan to build a future with Eli.

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Review:  Once again, this is a true romance. Cardeno C. is a master at these slow burning romances that develop through friendship and later into love. Walk With Me is no exception.

Seth is starting work with Eli’s father as a Rabbi. The book starts here with Seth visiting the Block family. When Eli runs down the stairs and stops short, staring at Seth, this story begins. My God, I think perhaps Eli Block is at the top of my list of favorite M/M characters, this young man’s enthusiasm, joy, and certainty in his behavior.

And I love how Cardeno C. wove so many wonderful side characters into this story, but the major side characters were the weddings that Seth performed. One more hysterical than the next, I swear I was cackling in the car as I listened. There was only one thing that made me frustrated about this story—I feel like Seth’s years of denial and non-communication to Eli made Eli doubt himself and his feelings and confidence. That really hurt me. When they finally got together, I hated how tentative and afraid Eli was. This was quickly overcome and made better, but I just hated to see Eli hurt.

Narration: Alexander Collins was a new narrator for me, and he had me cracking up. He brought this well-written story to life. This was simply one of the best performances from a narrator that I have listened to; however, through the entire story I kept saying to myself, “This guy sounds EXACTLY like another narrator.” I will not list who he is, as I don’t want to take away from Mr. Collins performance, but it did distract me from the book a little.

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Cardeno C.About the Author: Cardeno C. – CC to friends – is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few “awwws” into a reader’s day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno’s stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever- after sunset.

Cardeno’s Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads M/M Romance Group, and various reviewers. But even more special to CC are heartfelt reactions from readers, like, “You bring joy and love and make it part of the every day.”

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Character Interview and Giveaway: The Texas Wedding Blog Tour with RJ Scott

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We’re so pleased to welcome author RJ Scott to The Novel Approach today, on the Texas Wedding blog tour. Enjoy RJ’s guest post, an interview with Robbie, and then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for the chance to win a $15 Gift Card at Amazon or ARe, winner’s choice, and two additional runner-up opportunities to win an e-book from RJ’s backlist.

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In Texas Wedding there is a moment towards the end that will make sense if you read the book. However, I wanted you to see what five characters thought of the main couple Jack and Riley, and Sean decided to help by interviewing them.

Texas Wedding is only possible because SCOTUS supported same sex marriage. Thank you SCOTUS. Love is love.

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Robbie took the offered seat. If he had a choice he wouldn’t be here at all. The idea of talking about himself or opening up his heart for any reason scared the shit out him.

“You okay?” Sean asked.

How did he answer that loaded question? Not for the first time he wished Eli was in here with him.

“Yeah,” Robbie lied instead.

“And you’re okay with this interview?”

“It was all explained, go for it.”

“I just want your thoughts about Riley and Jack.”

Robbie had spent the last few days wondering what the hell to say when it came to his turn in front of the camera.

“Jack’s a good boss,” he began. Tick one in the list of things he was going to say. “And he loves horses. He’s a cowboy in his heart.” That sounded a lot more flowery than he’d intended.

Sean nodded his approval. “Like you,” he said, and pressed a hand to his chest. “A cowboy inside here.”

“Yeah. And Riley, him and Jack are happy.” Robbie shifted uncomfortably in his chair. Since falling in love with Eli things had changed in his life. He could admit to having emotions, he could be honest and let some of those sentiments free. He just didn’t want to say the wrong thing and ruin this whole damn video.

“What about their family. Tell me about them.”

Robbie brightened. Now that he could do. “Their eldest, Hayley, she’s a sweetheart, and the twins, Connor and Lexie, they’re so alike in some ways and so different in others. I remember when the twins were born, and when Max moved to live here. Max has autism; he’s a special kid, and Jack and Riley are the best parents.”

Sean sat back in his chair. “So do you have a message for the viewers of this film?”

“That Jack and Riley, and the kids, are a family.”

Sean tilted his head, clearly expecting more.

Robbie cleared his throat. “What else do I need to say. Family is everything and there is a whole lot of love in that house. Never seen two men more in love, and they love their kids, and they’ll be together forever.”

That was a lot more flowery than he’d thought he’d manage.

“Thank you,” Sean said.

“Am I done now?” Robbie was once more incredibly uncomfortable. Eli was going to have a field day with this when he saw it. Never seen two men more in love? What the hell made him say that? When he only had to see him and Eli in the mirror to see the same love.

Robbie and Eli’s story begins in Texas Heat

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Texas 7Blurb: Sometimes Riley and Jack have to be the ones to fight other people’s battles and stand up for what is right.

With the life changing prospect of a yes vote from SCOTUS on the issue of same sex marriage, Riley and Jack realise they have decisions to make. Add in some distressing family news and the very real possibility that old secrets may resurface, and this last book in the Texas series pulls together as many threads as the boys can manage to handle.

But through all the ups and the downs, children, family events, laughter, and tears, there is nothing as special as the forever love between these two men.

The full book list:

Book 1 – The Heart of Texas

Book 2 – Texas Winter

Book 3 – Texas Heat

Book 4 – Texas Family

Book 5 – Texas Christmas

Book 6 – Texas Fall

Book 7 – Texas Wedding

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RJ ScottAbout the Author: RJ Scott has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies. She was told to write a story and two sides of paper about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born.

As an avid reader herself, she can be found reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, her first real true love will always be the world of romance where she takes cowboys, bodyguards, firemen and billionaires (to name a few) and writes dramatic and romantic stories of love and passion between these men.

With over seventy titles to her name and counting, she is the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway. She is also known for the Texas series charting the lives of Riley and Jack, and the Sanctuary series following the work of the Sanctuary Foundation and the people it protects.

Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.

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4 Stars, A.J. Llewellyn, Amber Allure, Genre Romance, Reviewed By Carrie

Review: Air Bear by A.J. Llewellyn

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Title: Air Bear

Author: A.J. Llewellyn

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 38000 Words

At a Glance: Air Bear is an incredibly well thought out book for being an extended novella.

Reviewed By: Carrie

Blurb: Kappy and Jason are happily newlywed men relocating from a military base in Massachusetts to Kappy’s childhood home of Honolulu. For Kappy, the move brings up a lot of good and bad memories. And with his husband working a lot, it leaves him to deal alone with his resurrected past.

Jason, an Air Bear, is working at the combined Hickham and Pearl Harbor bases as a military police detective on a reactivated cold case. Although Jason’s work is secretive, his private life is spicy, hot, and nothing like anything the normally remote Jason has experienced before.

But things are about to get freaky when the target of Jason’s investigation starts stalking him. Jason has much to lose, and now he wonders about Kappy’s assertion that the island spirits—especially some wacky volcano goddess named Pele—will protect him…

This story was previously published in an Anthology from Amber Quill Press named AmberPax. Each of the stories in that book were separated and can now be found individually.

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Review: Jason is an Air Bear – a military policeman and an air force pilot. Kappy is a braille interpreter and tutor. When Jason gets stationed at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii, shortly after they are married, it gives Kappy a happy excuse to go home.

Kappy – short for Kahuna – was born and raised in Hawaii, and the chance to show the island off to his new husband is an opportunity he can’t pass up – but only if Jason refrains from talking pork on the H3 highway. Jason is on a task force charged with solving cold case police files. The problem is, this case doesn’t want to stay cold, and a killer needs to tie up loose ends before he gets caught.

Air Bear is an incredibly well thought out book for being an extended novella. I laughed at the parents, I was intrigued by the mystery, and it was an easy and enjoyable read. The HEA for Kappy and Jason is never in jeopardy—they are a solid couple and so good for each other. I highly recommend this short, easy read.

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4 Stars, Felice Stevens, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Sammy, Self-Published

Review: Beyond the Surface by Felice Stevens

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Title: Beyond The Surface

Author: Felice Stevens

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 229 Pages

At a Glance: Author Felice Stevens used a delicate hand when developing her story, and left us with a romance that was very much worth every moment spent reading it.

Reviewed By: Sammy

Blurb: On 9/11, firefighter Nick Fletcher’s world changed forever. He’s unable to rid himself of survivor’s guilt, made worse by the secret he hides from his family and co-workers. Nick’s life is centered around helping burn victims, until he is reunited with the man he’d once loved but pushed away. Now he has a second chance at a love he thought lost forever.

For fashion designer Julian Cornell, appearances mean everything. His love affairs are strictly casual, and the only thing he cares about is making his clothing line a success. A chance encounter with the man he loved long ago has Julian thinking for the first time in years there may be more to life than being seen at the best parties and what designer labels to wear.

When Julian’s world takes an unexpected turn, it’s Nick who helps him regain perspective on what matters most in life. Julian, in turn, helps Nick accept who he is and understand he isn’t responsible for tragedies he couldn’t prevent. Lost love found can be even sweeter the second time around and after all the years apart, both men learn to look beyond the surface to find the men they are inside.

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Review: Two damaged men reach beyond their many years of separation to find that there may yet be a chance for them both to find love…with each other. One is a survivor of 9/11—a then rookie firefighter who obeyed an order until the last minute and found himself the only member of his squad to survive, albeit badly burned across his chest and scarred for life mentally. The other man has lived by his wits and his flair for fashion since his mother died, leaving him alone. Fighting for every scrap of fame he has earned, there is also something hollow in it all—something missing. Both look back to the past when they were in love with each other, one certain, the other frightened. A fashion designer who is fearlessly out and proud, a firefighter who is deeply closeted and horribly wounded, reunited. They will become incredibly strong and free when they finally tear down the walls that surround their hearts.

Felice Stevens’ Beyond the Surface is a tender love story that pairs two men who both have been masters at keeping the world at bay for so very long. The appeal of Julian and Nick is not their chosen professions or even their friends and family; rather, it is the way in which they slowly, fearfully emerge from behind the high, thick walls they have built around their emotions. Never allowing more than a one night stand for pleasure, both of these men are so incredibly needy, so lost and so desperate to be loved. While there were times when this novel got a bit too predictable and the language just a bit too flowery for me, one cannot deny the chemistry between these two main characters or their journey from the darkest of moments to the light of a life together.

Occasionally, I felt the continual reminders of Nick’s fears and Julian’s self-doubt were overplayed—it was at these times when I wished for more background on a few plot points that seemed shallow. For instance, I was truly mystified by Julian’s arch enemy, fellow designer Devon Chambers. Given what he did to Julian and his career, I wanted to hear a whole lot more about his backstory and their fleeting past relationship. Without that information, the level to which Chambers obviously hated Julian did not ring authentic. Also the swift capitulation by Nick’s father toward the last quarter of the novel seemed a bit forced to me, too soon and too easy. I felt that and the swift tie up at the ending of most every roadblock the two men had encountered did not do a good service to an otherwise carefully constructed story.

While Beyond The Surface may have had a few glitches, overall, one cannot deny the warm and tender love story that lay at the base of this novel. Author Felice Stevens used a delicate hand when developing her story, and left us with a romance that was very much worth every moment spent reading it.

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5 Stars, Hank Edwards, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Angel, Wilde City Press

Review: Terror by Moonlight by Hank Edwards

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Title: Terror by Moonlight (Critter Catchers: Book One)

Author: Hank Edwards

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 150 Pages

At a Glance: A fun and funny romp with two best friends and the paranormal showing up in a small town.

Reviewed By: Angel

Blurb: Cody Bower and Demetrius Singleton have been friends for over twenty years even though they are polar opposites. Cody is tall, handsome, athletic, and straight, and Demetrius is average height, more of a thinker, and gay. They have started an animal control business together and have to figure out how to be business partners without letting it affect their friendship, but that’s the least of their problems. When one of their first clients ends up brutally murdered in what appears to be an animal attack, the two realize something big and dangerous is stalking their tiny town of Parson’s Hollow, and it’s up to them to catch it before it kills again.

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Review: Hank Edwards is a new to me author, and I loved my first go round with him. I opened up Terror by Moonlight and then couldn’t put it down, reading the entire novel in one sitting. The fast paced story revolves around two men, who are best friends, and the new business they have just started.

Cody Bowers is fun loving and out of control, and Demetrius is his gay best friend. I loved the snark between the two, and the UST (unresolved sexual tension) is so thick it permeated the pages. These two attract more trouble just trying to do their job than seems humanly possible. I loved how the supernatural was just accepted as if it was an everyday occurrence—very little disbelief among the characters, and it was great. I’ve never watched Supernatural, but I want to now because of the references made in the book.

Terror by Moonlight was fast and funny, incorporating puns and digs at popular culture and the beloved tropes of the paranormal genre. It went by so fast that I missed the characters when it ended, and wanted more.

Thank you, Hank Edwards, for a fantastically fun read! I look forward to reading more of your stories.

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