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Interview and Giveaway: On the Clock by L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov

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Welcome to the Riptide Publishing/L.A. Witt/Aleksandr Voinov blog tour for the latest installment in the Market Garden series, On the Clock!

Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of one eBook off each of our backlists (excluding On the Clock) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on July 18th, and winners will be announced on July 19th.  Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Please include your email so we can contact you if you win!


TNA: Welcome to TNA, L.A. and Aleksandr. Thanks for stopping by on the tour, and for taking the time to answer a few questions for me. Let’s get started.

“Sex sells” is a well know refrain in the world of advertising. In the Market Garden series your characters sell sex. When it comes right down to it, why do you think there are more socially acceptable uses of sex at certain times and in certain situations than in others?

Mostly because I think sex is a social taboo, not a personal one. Meaning, society has declared what is acceptable and what’s not, and most people go along with it, but secretly, they have fantasies that they know would be met with horrified responses. I think that’s why erotica is so popular—it’s a chance to live those fantasies vicariously and harmlessly. Why does sex sell products? Because a person can be attracted to a particularly sexy model or some erotic branding, and buy the product, but then they can use the product to defend it—I’m buying it because I need/want it, not because they put Gerard Butler on the poster!

L.A./Aleks: As far as using sex for advertising and such, I have a hard time getting my head around why people get so bent out of shape over it, or why there are such double standards. Why female nipples are scandalous and male nipples are on everything. Why it’s okay to tap into that particular primal urge to sell things, but it’s not okay to actually tap into that primal urge to, you know, enjoy it for its own sake.

Market Garden is a place where sex is sold, blatantly and unapologetically. There’s no shame at Market Garden. There’s no deception—when they use sex to sell a product, sex is that product. So I guess for me, in a way, it’s thumbing my nose at the contradictory “sex sells, but don’t sell sex” societal norms.

TNA: One of the things I love about this series is that your characters aren’t working at Market Garden because they have no other choice. They’re all so well suited for the roles they play and are unapologetic for liking what they do… until they find the one person they’re willing to give it all up for. What do you find most interesting about creating these characters in their roles, and then bringing someone into their lives that can make them want to leave it all behind?

L.A./Aleks: To me, (L.A.) there’s something intriguing about someone who’s willing to buck societal norms and say, “No, this is what I want to do, and I’m not going to be ashamed of it just because you tell me to.” Sex is such a taboo, that to brazenly make your living from it takes a type of chutzpah that makes a really, really fun character. It’s entirely possible it’s subconsciously an allegory for brazenly making one’s living writing about sex, but I haven’t dug deep enough into my brain to figure out if it is. LOL

Of course there are absolutely sex workers who are forced into that line of work, and Market Garden isn’t an attempt to paint over them or pretend they don’t exist. This is just a different aspect of the sex industry, and one we chose to focus on for this series—characters who do what they do consensually and confidently.

Naturally, our guys are pretty strong and ballsy, and they make no apologies for what they do. So when someone comes along who rattles their foundation and makes them consider giving up their job, you know that connection has to be a powerful one. And what’s not to love about playing with two characters who can rock each other’s worlds like that?

As far as when they find someone who makes them leave it all behind, that’s the tricky part. It’s important for me that if and when a sex worker gives it up for a partner, it’s on his terms, not because his partner gave him an ultimatum.

I’ve received criticism before for having sex workers give up their jobs at the end of a story because they want to be with the person who accepted them as a sex worker in the first place. After all, if you’ve accepted that someone is a sex worker, why do they have to change to be in a relationship? I’ve also received criticism when a prostitute has continued to work as such even after deciding they want to be with that person because it’s disrespectful to the partner. When it comes to that, I think it really depends on the character if they’re going to stick with it or move on and why. A prostitute can be completely okay with his job, but once he’s got that really strong bond with one person, he might decide he doesn’t want to have sex with other people before going home to his partner. Or he might be the type who can completely compartmentalize—sex with a client is on a totally different plane than sex with his partner, so as long as everyone plays it safe, there’s no reason to give up one for the other.

It really, really depends on the person and on their partner. Just as some people are okay with open relationships and some aren’t, there are people who’d be fine with their partner continuing as a sex worker. I’ve personally known sex workers in real life who have partners at home, and everyone’s happy with the arrangement. I’ve also known sex workers who’ve retired from the trade (whether it’s porn, prostitution, stripping, or what have you) when they settled down with a partner. As long as everyone involved is happy with the arrangement, it works for me.

TNA: Finally, which has been your favorite couple(s) to write, and why?

L.A./Aleks: We both rather love Frank and Brandon from Capture and Surrender. As far as our favorites go, I’d have to guess (since Aleks is traveling while I write this) that his favorite would either be Frank and Brandon or James and Cal from If It Drives.

Mine would be, appropriately enough, Blake and Jason from On the Clock. I’ve been pretty attached to Blake since we first wrote him as Rolex in Quid Pro Quo, and every time he came back for a short story, I really, really wanted to write his happy ending. It’s hard to explain what it was about him that intrigued me, though. Maybe because we both have the same taste in watches.


OnTheClock_600x900Blurb: When Blake Raleigh’s favorite rentboys retire from Market Garden, they’re sure their friend Jason will be a perfect replacement. Though Tristan and Jared are a tough act to follow, Blake returns to London to test out their recommendation.

Jason is right on the money. Negotiations turn him on. Getting paid turns him on. The higher the stakes, the hotter things get. Each trip to London is more expensive than the last, and the webcam sessions don’t run cheap, but Jason is well worth the sticker shock.

The more time they spend together, the more Blake wants, and not just sex and transactions. But Jason’s been burned before by men who thought they were in love with him, and he’s not making that mistake again. When the lines between personal and professional start to blur, it’s going to take more than money, jewelry, and sports cars to keep Jason from clocking out and walking away.

Buy Link: Riptide Publishing



Author Bios:

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut . . .

Connect with L.A.: Website | Author Blog | Personal Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


EPIC Award winner and Lambda Award finalist Aleksandr Voinov is an emigrant German author living near London, where he works as a financial editor. His genres range from science fiction and fantasy to thriller, historical, contemporary, thriller, and erotica. His books were/are published by Random House Germany, Samhain Publishing, Riptide Publishing and others.

If he isn’t writing, he studies hypnotherapy, explores historical sites, and meets other writers. He single-handedly sustains three London bookstores with his ever-changing research projects. His current interests include special forces operations during World War II, the history of chess, european magical traditions, and how to destroy the world and plunge it into a nuclear winter without having the benefit of nuclear weapons.

Connect with Aleks: Website | Blog | Twitter | Goodreads

5 Stars, Aleksandr Voinov, Genre Romance, L.A. Witt, Reviewed by Janet, Riptide Publishing

Review: Lone Wolf by L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov

Title: Lone Wolf: A Bluewater Bay Novel

Author: L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 358 Pages

At a Glance: The authors manage to raise their own bar with this book

Blurb: Hunter Easton is screwed. Fans, producers, and his agent are all chomping at the bit for the next book in his wildly popular Wolf’s Landing series, but he’s got epic writer’s block and is way behind deadline. Then he reads The World Tree, a fanfic novel by his online friend “Lone Wolf.” It isn’t just a great story—it’s exactly what the series needs.

Kevin Hussain is thrilled when “Wolf Hunter” wants to meet up after reading The World Tree. When Wolf Hunter turns out to be Hunter Easton himself, Kevin is starstruck. When Hunter tells him he wants to add The World Tree to Wolf’s Landing, Kevin is sure he’s being pranked. And when their online chemistry carries over—big time—into real life, Kevin is convinced it’s all too good to be true.

The problem is . . . it might be. The book deal, the sex, the money—everything is amazing. But fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and Kevin is left wondering if Hunter really loves him, or just loves his book.


Review: This is the fourth book in a universe built around Bluewater Bay, a small oceanside town in Oregon, and a TV production that is being filmed in the town. Each book focuses on a separate couple, but the cast of characters intermingle throughout the books, and that is one of the best parts of reading a universe series, for me. When an author can successfully bring secondary characters into their own stories, and add depth to the readers’ awareness of the characters, then they have displayed their own talents well. L.A. Witt and Alexsandr Voinov do this very well in Lone Wolf.

We are introduced to Hunter, the author of the original books that the TV series is based on, and Kevin, a young, geeky fanboy of the books. They have developed a friendship online while hiding behind avatars in the fan group for the books. Kevin is the administrator of the site, and writes fanfic that he shares with Hunter. Of course, he doesn’t know who Hunter really is. This leads to the two men meeting in real life and therein lies the story. I don’t like to write spoilers for the books I review, but I must say the glimpse into the life of an author and the behind the scenes look at publishing, editing, and promotion was amazing. I loved it and I feel so much more sympathy for my favourite authors who might complain of edits in their inboxes now. In terms of this story, though, it solidified the two MCs for me, made them real and allowed the progression of their relationship to resonate. In a good romance novel, we must feel a connection to the characters, and the authors deliver in this one.

The conflicts that arise are real stumbling steps for a relationship, the walls that each man has, and the softening of the barriers between them, are carefully laid out and explored. Layers are added to the characters as they interact with others, both recurring in the series and newly introduced to us, in a very convincing way. The power of this book comes from the emotional connection that grows between Hunter and Kevin, as well as the joy they find in their physical relationship. These two authors are well known for their erotic stories, but I think they have managed to raise their own bar with this book. The alternating POV they use is an effective tool to emphasise the conflict between the characters, and it works seamlessly to highlight the development of the relationship and adds elements of humor and depth to the book. The reader was gifted with an awareness of the character that adds to our connection to them. The plot, pacing and tone of this book are solid; the authors have taken an unbelievable situation and made it work. This is not a fairy tale, it is a romance, and it left me wanting more… More in the series, and more glimpses of Hunter and Kevin.

You can buy Lone Wolf: A Bluewater Bay Novel here:

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Aleksandr Voinov, Riptide Publishing

Excerpt and Giveaway: A Taste for Poison by Aleksandr Voinov

Title: A Taste for Poison

Series: Memory of Scorpions: Book Three

Author: Aleksandr Voinov

Pages: 224

Genre: Historical Fantasy, Action/Adventure

Blurb: Even a king gets stung when he reaches for a scorpion.

After barely surviving an assassination attempt, King Adrastes is a changed man—one who mistrusts even his allies and friends. He readies his empire for war against an enigmatic enemy, the Elder of Vededrin, but not everyone approves. While courtiers dare only to whisper dissent, an outrider called Death foments rebellion in the mountains, aided by a prophecy that promises he’ll stop the Black King. Continue reading

A.J. Truman, Aleksandr Voinov, Bey Deckard, CJane Elliott, Coastal Magic Convention, DH Starr, GayRomLit, JL Merrow, K.A. Merikan, Kevin Klehr, Morticia Knight, Sneak Peek, Tere Michaels

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had a fantastic weekend. We’re gearing up for a great week ahead here at The Novel Approach.

In case you’ve missed them, we still have two outstanding giveaways open to close out our Countdown to GRL Celebrations: Sherrie Henry, Gift Basket Seven, and our Grand Prize giveaway, so be sure to check those out before they expire.

Now, here’s what we have coming up in the week ahead.


Monday – Kicking off the week, we’ll be hosting Aleksandr Voinov on the A Taste for Poison Blog Tour, with a giveaway

Wilde City Press author Kevin Klehr joins us today to talk a bit about his books Drama Queens With Love Scenes and Drama Queens and Adult Themes

TuesdayJL Merrow drops in to visit today on the Raising the Rent Blog Tour, with a giveaway

A.J. Truman also joins us today with a giveaway on his Out in the Open Blog Tour

WednesdayTere Michaels is here today to answer a few questions on the Countdown to Coastal Magic Convention Blog Tour

We’ll also have CJane Elliott with us on the Aidan’s Journey Blog Tour, with a giveaway

ThursdayDH Starr joins us today on the Meant for Him Blog Tour, with a giveaway

K.A. Merikan also stops by on the Guns n’ Boys Blog Tour

FridayMorticia Knight is our guest today on the All Fired Up Blog Tour, with a giveaway

Bey Deckard also drops in on his Sacrificed: Heart Beyond the Spires Blog Tour, with a giveaway


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

Aleksandr Voinov, Alex Beecroft, Joanna Chambers, Jordan L. Hawk, Kaje Harper, KJ Charles, Self-Published, Tamara Allen

Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway – Another Place in Time Blog Tour: Unfair in Love and War by Kaje Harper

Welcome to another place in time…where one can be swept away into lands and eras long forgotten.

This collection of short stories was birthed because a sworn “I don’t like historicals” reader fell in love with what have become some of her favorite books by most of her favorite writers. Surprisingly, they were all historicals. Determined to make others feel the love, these authors were asked to contribute small tastes of how amazing historical storytelling can be.

Included in this anthology:

“Office Romance” by Tamara Allen
“Introducing Mr. Winterbourne” by Joanna Chambers
“The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh” by KJ Charles
“Unfair in Love and War” by Kaje Harper
“Carousel” by Jordan L. Hawk
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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Aleksandr Voinov, Alex Beecroft, Carol Lynne, Cleis Press, GayRomLit, Jayson James, Joanna Chambers, Jordan L. Hawk, K.A. Merikan, Kaje Harper, KJ Charles, Lexi Ander, Lisa Henry, Lynley Wayne, Sherrie Henry, Sophie Bonaste, T.A. Chase, Tamara Allen, Tere Michaels, Will Parkinson

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

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

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

Here’s whats on tap!


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

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

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

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

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

WednesdaySherrie Henry stops by with another Countdown to GRL Celebration visit

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

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

ThursdayLisa Henry stops in today on her Sweetwater Blog Tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Aleksandr Voinov, Rachel Haimowitz, Riptide Publishing

Guest Post and Giveaway: Bathroom Break by Rachel Haimowitz and Aleksandr Voinov

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Welcome to the Belonging ’Verse re-release blog tour with Aleksandr Voinov and Rachel Haimowitz! We’re very excited to be bringing you edited second editions of our Belonging stories, Anchored and Counterpunch (in the case of Anchored, very edited, with over ten thousand new words and a completely different beginning and ending!), which are finally under the same roof and back in print after about a year out of circulation. Continue reading

Aleksandr Voinov, Brita Addams, Chris T. Kat, Cover Reveal, Edmond Manning, EM Lynley, Ethan Day, GayRomLit, Heidi Cullinan, K.C. Burn, L. Dean Pace-Frech, Lex Chase, Lillian McKinnon, Margie Church, Rachel Sparks, SJD Peterson, Tere Michaels

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hi, everyone , and welcome back. Thanks so much for stopping by to see what we have in store for the week ahead.

We have the pleasure of not only bringing you more reviews, but we’ve also got cover reveals, blog tours, interviews, and giveaways coming up just for you.

Here’s what’s coming up!

MondayChris T. Kat kicks off the week on her Tidal Change Blog Tour and Backlist Title Giveaway

Lex Chase also drops by on the Americana Fairy Tale Release Day Blitz

Tuesday – Young adult author Lillian McKinnon will be by to do a cover reveal for her upcoming novel A Life In Frames

SJD Peterson brings the Splintered Blog Tour to The Novel Approach, with a Giveaway

Brita Addams also stops by with her monthly guest post today

Wednesday – Today we have the privilege of hosting an Exclusive Cover Reveal for Tere MichaelsWho Knows the Storm

Then Heidi Cullinan makes a stop at TNA on the Fever Pitch Blog Tour, with a Giveaway

Finally, we have the honor of bringing you the Edmond Manning Butterfly King Blog Tour

ThursdayK.C. Burn is our guest today on the Countdown to Coastal Magic Blog Tour

FridayEthan Day drops back by today on the Countdown to GayRomLit Blog Tour

And EM Lynley also stops in today on the Spaghetti Western Blog Tour

SaturdayRachel Sparks is our guest today on the To Be Whole Blog Tour, with a Giveaway

Aleksandr Voinov is also with us today on the Counterpunch Blog Tour

Sunday – And closing out the week, we’ve got Margie Church with us on her The Camera Never Lies Blog Tour, with a Giveaway

And Dean Pace-Frech also stops in with a Guest Post and Giveaway

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

3.5 Stars, Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt, Reviewed by Kim, Samhain Publishing

The Past Returns In L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov’s “No Distance Left to Run” – Reviewed by Kim

“Desperation can make a person do surprising things.” ― Veronica Roth

Title: No Distance Left to Run (Distance Between Us: Book Four)

Authors: L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 227 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: The night before Chris and his best friend Joshua were sent thousands of miles apart on their respective Mormon missions, they finally gave in to their mutual desire. Left trying to make sense of what happened, Chris’s already shaky faith crumbled altogether a year later when Joshua suddenly died.
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Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt, Riptide Publishing

L.A. Witt And Aleksandr Voinov Drop In On The “Hostile Ground” Blog Tour, With A Giveaway


Welcome to the Riptide Publishing/Aleksandr Voinov/L. A. Witt blog tour for our thriller, Hostile Ground!

Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of two eBooks off our backlists (**excluding Hostile Ground) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on May 20th, and winners will be announced soon after. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.

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Aleksandr Voinov, Brita Addams, Cara Dee, Con Riley, GayRomLit, HAHAT Blog Tour, Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia, Jaime Samms, Jeremy Scott Blaustein, Kade Boehme, L. Dean Pace-Frech, L.A. Witt, Leta Blake, Rhys Ford, Rick R. Reed, Sarah Granger, Sneak Peek, Suki Fleet, Susan Mac Nicol

Here’s A Sneak Peek At A Busy Week!

Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great week. We’ve got loads of good stuff coming up in the week ahead, including a couple more guest posts to celebrate the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia and another Countdown to GayRomLit guest visit. Watch for some great articles, interviews, giveaways, and reviews.

But first, I have an introduction to make. As all of you know by now, the LGBT reviewing community is about to lose one of its staunchest supporters, Becky Condit. Mrs. Condit Reads Books will be closing its virtual doors on May 31, 2014, and though it will be a great loss, The Novel Approach is making an equally great gain. Jules Lovestoread will be joining our crew, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have her with us, so, without further ado, here’s a little intro to our very own Jules:

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4 Stars, Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt, Reviewed by Tina, Riptide Publishing

“Hostile Ground” Is Another Successful Collaboration For L.A. Witt And Aleksandr Voinov – Reviewed by Tina

“If he’d expected to be pampered and coddled through his undercover assignments, he would have gone to work for the CIA.” ― Julie James


Author: L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 362 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Enemy territory is a dangerous place to fall in love.

After the deaths of three undercover cops investigating a drug ring in a seedy strip club in Seattle, Detective Mahir Hussain has been sent to finish the job. He joins the club’s security team in the hopes of finding enough evidence to bust the operation before the men in charge find a reason to put him in a shallow grave.
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Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt, Reviewed by Lisa, Riptide Publishing

L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov Score Another Win With “If It Drives” – Reviewed by Tina

“Once you know what you want, you can make the rest happen.” – Aleksandr Voinov

Title: If It Drives (A Market Garden Tale)

Author: L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 221 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: If it flies, drives, or fornicates, it’s cheaper to rent it.
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Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt, Reviewed by Lisa, Riptide Publishing

There’s A Sexy And Pretty Romantic “Payoff” In This Market Garden Tale

“Every limit is a beginning as well as an ending.” ― George Eliot

Title: Payoff (A Market Garden Tale)

Author: L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 57

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Tristan and Jared have got it made. When they aren’t raking in the cash together at Market Garden, they’re burning up their own sheets and getting closer by the day. But something isn’t right. Tristan’s on edge, and Jared doesn’t understand why.
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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Aleksandr Voinov, Brita Addams, Kingett Reads, Lex Chase, Posy Roberts, Rick R. Reed, Riptide Publishing, Sammy Goode, SE Jakes, Storm Moon Press, T. Strange

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Welcome to another great week coming up, gang, and speaking of welcome, we’ve added a new reviewer to our staff, who we’re so glad to have coming to play in our sandbox! Unlike Robert’s rather spontaneous addition to our crew, this one’s been in the works for what seems like forever now but has actually been more like weeks. Many of you may already know her from her vast repertoire of work for Jesse Wave and Joyfully Jay, but I hope you’ll take a minute to still say hi.

So, without further ado, let’s welcome Sammy Goode to The Novel Approach!

So, what to say about a woman who leads a lovely, simple, ordinary life…

I used to be a stripper and did pole danc…wait….maybe that’s an overshare?

Let me begin again…

I love dogs, but I have a restraining order out against both of my cats…

ok….this is not going as I planned…hmmmm….third time’s a charm?

Hello, my name Is Sammy Goode. It’s lovely to meet you!

I teach small people who never cease to surprise me, and I write plays for them as well…sometimes the plays garner me a boat load of money, sometimes they languish on my “this is such a flop-no one in their right mind will buy it” pile, but always the writing is the thing I enjoy the most.
I read almost as much as I sleep–lots of genres but M/M is by far my favorite.

I am an empty nester except I’m really happy that the nest is, well, empty. I think that either makes me a bad parent or a well adjusted woman. I’m opting for the latter!

And finally? I am so very happy to be here discussing books with you.

And now, here’s what’s in store for the coming week!

Monday – The lovely and delectable Brita Addams is here today with her regular monthly Guest Article. This week she’s discussing the importance of good editing.

TuesdayRick R. Reed is here to answer some very nosy questions about himself and his latest release Legally Wed, and there’s a Giveaway.

WednesdayLex Chase makes TNA a stop on her Conventional Love Blog Tour, and she has a Giveaway too.

T. Strange is also back today with a little Release Day Promo for her new book Amber from Torquere Press.

ThursdayStorm Moon Press is our featured guest with its second installment on the 4th Anniversary Blog Tour.

Friday – Riptide Publishing Presents the SE Jakes Dirty Deeds Blog Tour—you won’t want to miss that.

SaturdayPosy Roberts honors us with her presence on the Flare (North Star: Book Three) Blog Tour, and there’s a giveaway involved

Sunday – Robert is back today with the next installment of Kingett Reads.

And that does it for another week. Until next time, happy reading!

Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt, Riptide Publishing

“Capture and Surrender” To The Men Of Market Garden

“The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.”– Ulysses S. Grant

Capture & Surrender is the fifth book in the successful “Market Garden” series by L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov. The series centers around a rent boy club that caters to upper class men in London. Each book in this series seems to surpass the one before it. I inevitably anxiously await the release of the next installment!

In Capture & Surrender, we meet Frank, the owner of Market Garden. Up to this point Frank has been in the background, but this book gives him his time in the sunshine. In the previous volume, Frank’s BDSM “specialist” found his HEA and has left the Market Garden. This leaves a hole in Frank’s ability to provide a full range of services to his clients. The hole is as big as the one in his heart that has been there since his partner died eighteen months ago.

Raoul, Frank’s long time bartender at the Market Garden, knows the perfect replacement. Stefan seems like he will definitely be able to meet the needs of the Market Garden’s clients when he walks in the door like a wet dream. Stefan is former US Military, he is big and hot and dominate. He also immediately sets his sights on Frank. Unfortunately for Stefan, Frank has a strict policy about not getting involved with the rent boys.

As Frank first thought, Stefan does well at the Market Garden. The clients love him and his camouflage wearing, bossy attitude and “services.” Frank is feeling strange about the situation though. He’s not sure what the feeling is that he has every time he sees Stefan go out the door with a client.

A couple of times a month, Frank and a group of friends have a paintball tournament which always ends with sex in one form or another. Either a player is captured and has sex with his captor, or there is a group getting together or partners are watching one another get off with another man. All the participants are gay. Since Frank’s partner dies, he hasn’t participated in the game or the post game sex, he has only served as an referee for the games.

Frank asks Stefan to accompany him to the game, explaining clearly the rules of the game and Frank’s personal no contact rule with the rent boys. Stefan immediately proves that he has no regard for the rules of the game or Frank’s personal life. He sets out to win Frank in both arenas.

As Frank & Stefan get to know each other, it becomes obvious that they have a huge important commonality. It is also clear that they have a lot of obstacles between getting to know each other and getting to love each other. Stefan is determined to get through those obstacles to get to Frank.

The Market Garden series has always been unbelievably hot. The sex is off the charts and leaves the readers fanning themselves. Capture & Surrender was no different on that front. What struck me as very different was the emotional aspect of the story that developed with these two men. There is a depth of feeling and sharing that we haven’t seen before from this series. The combination of the physical and emotional that Witt & Voinov created is perfect. They balanced the pain Stefan and Frank had to overcome and the trust required to do so with the super hot sex scenes we expect and love from them.

The journey Frank & Stefan take is rocky and strewn with landmines, but it is one I was grateful to be able to take with them. Raoul’s intentions in bringing Stefan into the business in the first place are eventually revealed and realized. That crafty bastard needs his own story, and soon!

I was so pleased to see a depth of emotion in Capture & Surrender. It was unexpected, but very gratefully received. It gave Frank’s story a gravitas that he deserved as the owner of the club, not just one of the boys. All this while continuing to keep the heat at an almost constant boil. Witt & Voinov are an amazing team. Although I have a feeling I am not alone when I say, PLEASE can we have more Tristan and Jared? Please? Knowing the sadistic nature of these two exquisitely talented authors, they will make us wait until the final book in the series for our Tristan and Jared fix. I don’t know how many books are planned. I am torn between wanting to get to the last one for T & J and waiting years because the intervening books are so damn good. Hotly, heartily, heavily recommended.

Reviewed by: Tina

You can buy Capture and Surrender here:

Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt, Riptide Publishing

L.A. Witt And Aleksandr Voinov “Unhinge the Universe”

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Love sometimes comes when we least expect it. Two men who are meant to be mortal enemies are thrown together under the most heinous circumstances, only to find themselves clinging to each other for survival.

WWII, 1944 France. Hagan Friedrichs, a SS German Lt. is trying to find his brother after a mission he’s on goes terribly wrong. He finds himself captured and interrogated by an American Captain named John Nicholls. What happens when the uniform comes off? And there they are, just two men, scared and tired of war.

I loved how the authors humanized these characters. When all is said and done, they are just two men swept up into a war through no fault of their own. They are human beings no matter what uniform they’re wearing. There’s an understanding of compassion between these two men that neither if them is willing to admit. They are both grieving for people they recently lost, Hagan his older brother and John, his lover.

The flow of the story keeps everything moving at a steady pace. There’s no down time. From the tense and sometimes nail biting scenes to the sweet, loving scenes. The shaving scene for me is intense and beautiful all at the same time. It showed that underlying fear and uncertainty that Hagan still has for his captor, and it showed the caring and kindness from John.

I really enjoyed this story all the way through. It was unpredictable, not knowing what was around the corner. The wondering if or when are they going to get caught! It keeps you on your toes the whole time. I found myself wanting these two men who, in reality shouldn’t even be together, to beat the odds and find their happiness. I was rooting for them the whole time.

Even though this story takes place during WWII, the actual fighting isn’t a big part of this story. I highly recommend this for everyone. You won’t be disappointed, I promise.

Reviewed by: Lynn

You can buy Unhinge the Universe here:

Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt, Riptide Publishing

If It Fornicates You Better Put A Cage On It

If it is the dirty element that gives pleasure to the act of lust, then the dirtier it is, the more pleasurable it is bound to be. ― Marquis de Sade

You remember Nick and Spencer, don’t you? Yes, of course you do, but only if you’ve already read If It Flies. And, if you haven’t, what are you waiting for anyway?

Who could resist, let alone forget, the Market Garden Dom and his quiet attorney, the utterly perfect sexual submissive who brought Nick-the-sadist to his knees? Figuratively speaking, that is. Literally speaking, Spencer is the man who has caused Nick to begin reexamining who he is, what he does for a living, and why doing it now feels so much more prosaic than it ever had before Spencer came into his life.

Love—or something very close to it—will do things to a man, and do those things in such a cunning way that he never sees them coming, let alone providing him with the means to identify or label what those things are. It begins in such an insidious fashion: the need to be with someone, the desire for that someone and everything he gives you, so consuming that you’re suddenly changing habits without understanding why, when all it really is, is the simple fact that you’ve found the one and only person who could ever make you want to change—without really understanding why you want, or even need to, when the person you want to change for has never once asked it of you.

It is the very thing that happens when a man finds perfection—not a person who is perfect but the person who is perfect for him. Spencer is that person for Nick, the perfect gift of complete surrender which makes all of Nick’s other clients slip so far beyond the pale in comparison that suddenly the one place Nick has always wanted to be, becomes the last place on earth he wants to be because Spencer is somewhere else.

Nick is bound.

Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt have delivered once again in this chapter of the Market Garden Tales, and this time it’s the closest thing to a romance I’ve read in the series. It’s everything you’ve come to expect from these two authors: a story that’s sexy and raw and, depending upon your definition of the word, just a little bit kinkay, thank you very much. It’s a down and dirty romance in which Spencer learns the beauty of orgasm denial and Nick learns the beauty of compromise and trust. And maybe the best part of it all is that this installment left me believing in Nick and Spencer beginning.

If you love your rentboys and love just about all the hot sex you can possibly handle in a purely voyeuristic sort of way, now would be a great time to start the series.

Reviewed By: Lisa

You can buy If It Fornicates here:

Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt, Riptide Publishing

If You Don’t Think Doms Need Safewords, Think Again – If It Flies by L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov

One must do violence to the object of one’s desire; when it surrenders, the pleasure is greater. – Marquis de Sade

Nick is perhaps the baddest of the bad boys at Market Garden, the man who doesn’t mind at all doing a little violence—for the right price, that is. He’s introduced briefly in the first two books of the Market Garden Tales series as one of the kinkier men who services the johns looking for a little, or a lot, of pain with their pleasure, and let me assure you Nick is a Dom and a sadist who really, really loves what he does. He is a master of his craft in much the same way an artist excels in transforming a once unmarred canvas into something that begs to be appreciated for the sweat, tears, sometimes even blood that went into creating it, but how much of what he does is simply part of the act he’s being paid to perform? Oh, there’s no mistaking Nick is a sexual dominant in every sense of the word, but there’s a difference between playing a role because the money dictates it, and fulfilling a need because the mind and body demands it.

That difference is a line Nick has never toed before, but all it takes is one man, a man whose needs as a purely trusting and giving submissive causes Nick to err on the side of fear and caution, because Spencer is the one man who has come along and unintentionally erased all the boundaries of sex for money and sex for the pure and unadulterated want of another human being who is more than simply an outlet for a fantasy. Spencer is the man who blurred those lines with a single kiss, in turn causing Nick to immediately and unflinchingly redraw them; not as mere intangibles but as a wall of silence and distance between himself and the temptation Spencer represents.

L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov are exploring the Gordian knot of sex and love, and sex in which there is no emotion involved at all, only the physical act of pleasure that’s separate from the emotional act of being connected to someone else because it’s a choice and not a career obligation. Jealousy is not a factor in this equation for Spencer; possession is everything in this equation for Nick. For the sub and his Dom, it adds up to the promise that they’ve each found something they want beyond a simple business arrangement.

If you haven’t found the love for the Market Garden boys yet, then don’t start here. Get to know Tristan and Jared in Quid Pro Quo and Take It Off first; they’re very well worth introducing yourselves to. Whenever you do choose to impose yourself upon this world of high priced, top shelf rentboys, I will only say to be prepared for an extreme ride of the erotic variety, in which sex is a game of strategy and is played for maximum effect.

To quote the ever eloquent George Takei, “Oh myyyyy.” That’s pretty much it. Well, that and “Have mercy.” I don’t know who first said that one, but I did, at least a half dozen times while I was reading this book.

You can buy If It Flies here:

Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt, Riptide Publishing, Small Gems

In Which I’m Pretty Sure My Brain Checked Out Somewhere Around The Lap Dance – Take It Off by L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov

Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire. – George Bernard Shaw

Oooh. My. Bwaaah… Yes, that’s me being rather speechless in a very complimentary way, because there’s just not much room for words in my head at the moment. Why? Because I can’t seem to erase the mental picture that L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov left there with this sexy-heavy little episode of the life and times of Tristan and Jared, two of the Market Garden rentboys who are professionals at more than simply pleasing their clients—as well as each other. It would seem they’re also fairly talented at making me want more of them. They’re really good that way.

Some people like to watch other people get down to the business of sex, while some people would rather read about it, then let their imaginations drift to all sorts of places that reality can neither attend nor compare to. If you’re one of the latter, believe me when I tell you to go have a look at Jared getting his sexy on for Tristan and Rolex this time around, then come back and tell me I’m lying about the sex and seduction business. Yes, that’s a triple dog dare. I’m forgoing etiquette and going right for the throat.

Take It Off brings two of my now favorite rentboys together with their wealthy American client again, who seems to love to watch these guys work for it, if the large sums of money he’s willing to lay down for the pleasure of their company is any indication.

I can also say that Take It Off brings together a now favorite writing duo with these two authors, who have penned these two short stories so synchronously that it’s difficult, if not impossible, to detect the seams of each one’s distinct influence. To me, that’s a pretty good indicator that the remainder of the books in the series, even though the next book won’t be focused on Tristan and Jared, will be on my list of absolute must-reads.

You can buy Take It Off here:

Aleksandr Voinov, Rachel Haimowitz, Samhain Publishing

Break and Enter (Red Cell Book One) by Rachel Haimowitz and Aleksandr Voinov

Maxim #35:

That which does not kill you has made a tactical error. – Howard Tayler “The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries”

Cyberpunk! It’s my second favorite punk behind that of the Steam variety, and Rachel Haimowitz and Aleksandr Voinov have delivered some really fantastic steamy Cyberpunk in Break and Enter (Red Cell Book One), the story of a cybernetic Special Forces soldier-turned-mercenary who has been hired to locate and breach a corporation’s security protocols but winds up an unwitting pawn in a game of corruption.

Major Victor “Cyke” Kellermann is part man, part machine, and is wholly endangered by the Judas at SenTech who is bent upon embezzling from the company and making Cyke his scapegoat. Cyke is having a hell of a time accessing the information from the SenTech database that will clear his name, as he’s now been pegged as nothing more than the David who’s attempting to slay the corporate Giant; that label given to him by a law enforcement that may or may not be fully complicit in the SenTech CTO’s illegal activities.

Break and Enter is a page-turning, all-out suspense laden cat-and-mouse thriller between Cyke and the police, one that gets continually more dangerous for the man who is far more than human but certainly not infallible. It’s Cyke’s tenacity and dire need for physical proof of his innocence that unintentionally throws him onto the radar of an EMT known as Bear, the man who will find a way beneath, behind, and inside Cyke’s defenses—and not only those of a technical nature. Bear does some raiding of his own and along the way, steals Cyke’s heart.

This is a dark and atmospheric story; a slink in the shadows, back to the wall, how-will-Cyke-ever-get-out-of-this-one? nail-biter. I loved it and can’t wait for book two to see what these two skilled storytellers have hidden up their scheming sleeves for these two men.

Buy Break and Enter here:

Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt, Riptide Publishing, Small Gems

Small Gems – Quid Pro Quo by L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov

Please, God, don’t let me be reading too much into this. – L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov

I probably am. Reading too much into this, that is. How can I not, though, when there’s so very much there to want? Sometimes I wish there was a magicky button I could push to bend authors to my will, to make them write faster and not tease me with these little morsels of salacious goodness and then make me wait for interminable periods of time for more. But since there isn’t, I guess I’ll just have to take what I can get and shut up about it.

Quid Pro Quo is a lot of sex in a little package and it may well be some of the hottest erotica I’ve ever read. It’s definitely some of the hottest erotica I’ve read so far this year, hands down. This is the first short set in the Market Garden universe, where the rentboys cater to the moneyed clientele and the question arises, at least in this installment, of who really holds all the power in this provocative exchange: Tristan, the prostitute, or the nameless john who is an eager and willing pawn in this bid for control over Jared’s orgasm.

It’s not very often that I’ve considered recommending a book for a single sex scene alone, but for this one I might make an exception. L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov have created the perfect atmosphere of want and need, of dominance and submission, and of temptation and voyeurism and a hunger that may only ever be able to be satisfied within the framework of the job.

All I know is that I’m anxious for the next installment. I don’t know whether it will continue with more Tristan and Jared, or if there’ll be other Market Garden boys introduced. Whichever direction these authors decide to go with the series, though, I’ll definitely be along for the ride.

Buy Quid Pro Quo here:

Abigail Roux, Aleksandr Voinov, Andrea Speed, Anthony Paull, Beau Schemery, Benjamin Alire Saenz, Carole Cummings, Charlie Cochet, Hayden Thorne, J.C. Lillis, Jamie Samms, Lorraine Ulrich, P.D. Singer, Rhys Ford, T.D. McKinney, Terry Wylis, The Year In Reviews

The Best of 2012 – Part Deux

How about some cover art, yeah? Right or wrong, I’m going to be the first to admit I have a hard time not judging a book by its cover. Sometimes a beautiful cover will make me pick up a book I might otherwise not have, and on the other side of that coin, I know I’ve passed on more than a few books that are probably quite good but I can’t get past the images that were chosen to represent the work inside. I’ve read books with covers that were better than the books themselves; I’ve read books that were infinitely better than the trappings they came in.

There are some really great covers I came across as I was compiling my “Best of 2012” list. Some of the best covers are from books that didn’t quite make my list (and maybe some of them should have :-/) but I think they deserved to be recognized here. They aren’t in any sort of order, some are plain some are more elaborate, all are ones I thought were pretty. :)

What do you think? What are some of your favorite covers from books you’ve read this year? Do you judge books by their covers too?

Arabesque by Hayden Thorne – Cover Art by Ms. Rosek

Mechanical Magic by Lorraine Ulrich – Cover Art by Anne Cain

Desmond and Garrick Books 1 & 2 by Hayden Thorne – Cover Art by Ms. Rosek

The Wolf’s-own Series by Carole Cummings – Cover Art by Anne Cain

The Rare Event by P.D. Singer – Cover Art by Anne Cain

Infected: Shift by Andrea Speed – Cover Art by Anne Cain

Roses in the Devil’s Garden by Charlie Cochet – Cover Art by Charlie Cochet

Dark Soul: Volume One by Aleksandr Voinov – Cover Art by Jordan Taylor

Stained Glass by Jaime Samms – Cover Art by Paul Richmond

Outtakes of a Walking Mistake by Anthony Paull – Cover Art by Kyle Cross

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz – Cover Art by Chloe Foglia, Mark Brabant & Sarah Jane Coleman

Dirty Secret by Rhys Ford – Cover Art by Reece Notley

The Gravedigger’s Brawl by Abigail Roux – Cover Art by Reece Dante

How to Repair a Mechanical Heart by J.C. Lillis – Cover Art by Mindy Dunn and Andrea Sabaliauskas

The 7th of London by Beau Schemery – Cover Art by Beau Schemery

Kissing Sherlock Holmes by T.D. McKinney & Terry Wylis – Cover Art by Trace Edward Zaber

Abigail Roux, Aleksandr Voinov, Amelia C. Gormley, Amy Lane, Andrea Speed, Anyta Sunday, Astrid Amara, Ava March, Beau Schemery, Benjamin Alire Saenz, Carole Cummings, Charlie Cochet, Cornelia Grey, Dani Alexander, Diana Copland, Eden Winters, Edmond Manning, Elyan Smith, Ethan Day, Ginn Hale, Hayden Thorne, Heidi Belleau, J.C. Lillis, J.H. Trumble, J.P. Barnaby, Jennifer Cierra, John Goode, John T. Fuller, Jordan Castillo Price, Josh Lanyon, Joshua Martino, Kaje Harper, L.B. Gregg, M.J. O'Shea, Maria McCann, Marshall Moore, Mary Calmes, Missy Welsh, Nicole Kimberling, P.D. Singer, Paul Alan Fahey, Piper Vaughn, Rhys Ford, S.A. Reid, The Year In Reviews, Violetta Vane, Z.A. Maxfield

2012 – A Year In Reviews

Well, it’s that time of year again, the time of year when we all wonder where the days and weeks and months have gone, the time to reflect on some of the great books we’ve read throughout the year, the time of year I scratch my head and wonder if I’ll ever live long enough to read all the books I want to read (The answer? Pfft. No.), the time of year I wonder how the flip I manage to read as many books as I do in an entire year, and then wonder how I’m supposed to compile a list of favorites that doesn’t include more books than some people read in a year’s time. Top Ten? Piffles. I can barely pick the top ten in a single sub-genre, let along manage it for an across the board list. So, do I get a little creative in my selection methods? Probably. Is it honest? Definitely. Do I feel badly for leaving some amazing books off my list? Certainly. But I have to draw the line somewhere. ::sighs:: And for that I apologize to all the very deserving authors out there who should be recognized and celebrated for their brilliant work.

Quite a few of the books that made my list this year weren’t even published in 2012; that’s just when I finally got around to reading them. ::slow:: There is one book, however, that was published in 2012 that has managed to make me do something I’ve never been able to do in three years of putting together a year in reviews list: name a top pick for Best Book of the Year. Yep, that’s a first for me.

And since I’m always looking for the “next great read”, if there are books you’ve read this year that didn’t make my list, leave a comment and share so I can add it to my ginormous reading pile. :)

So, without further ado, here’s my list of Favorite Books of 2012:

Category One: Best Contemporary by a New To Me author

1. Shattered Glass by Dani Alexander
2. A Reason to Believe by Diana Copland
3. Aaron by J.P. Barnaby

*Honorable Mention: Inertia and Acceleration by Amelia C. Gormley*

Category Two: Best Contemporary by a Favorite Author
1. Armed & Dangerous by Abigail Roux
2. Sidecar by Amy Lane
3. Acrobat by Mary Calmes

*Honorable Mention: The Rare Event by P.D. Singer and One Small Thing by Piper Vaughn and M.J. O’Shea*

Category Three: Best Historical – 20th Century
1. Skybound by Aleksandr Voinov
2. Protection by S.A. Reid
3. Roses in the Devil’s Garden by Charlie Cochet

*Honorable Mention: Into Deep Waters by Kaje Harper

Category Four: Best Historical – 19th Century or earlier
1. As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann
2. When the Music Stops by John T. Fuller
3. The Affair of the Porcelain Dog by Jess Faraday

*Honorable Mention – His Client by Ava March

Category Five:Best Young Adult/Coming of Age (Contemporary)
1. End of the Innocence by John Goode
2. Don’t Let Me Go by J.H. Trimble
3. How to Repair a Mechanical Heart by J.C. Lillis

*Honorable Mention – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz*

Category Six:Best Young Adult/Coming of Age (Fantasy and/or Historical)
1. The 7th of London by Beau Schemery
2. The Winter Garden and Other Stories by Hayden Thorne
3. (In)visible by Anyta Sunday

Category Seven:Best AU/UF/Fantasy
1. Infected: Shift by Andrea Speed
2. Mnevermind 1: The Persistence of Memory by Jordan Castillo Price
3. A Token of Time by Ethan Day

*Honorable Mention: Irregulars by Nicole Kimberling, Josh Lanyon, Ginn Hale & Astrid Amara*

Category EightBest Short Stories/Novelettes – All Sub-Genres
1. Clouds’ Illusions by Hayden Thorne
2. Bounty Hunter by Cornelia Grey
3. Zones by Elyan Smith
4. Portside by Elyan Smith
5. The War at the End of the World by Heidi Belleau and Violetta Vane
6. Same Time Next Year by Eden Winters
7. Tinsel and Frost by Eden Winters
8. Oscar’s Soul by Missy Welch
9. Singing Alone by Jennifer Cierra
10. The View from 16 Podwale Street by Paul Alan Fahey

Category Nine: Best LGBT Non-Romance
1. Fontana by Joshua Martino
2. The Infernal Republic by Marshall Moore

Category Ten: Best Series – AU/Fantasy
1. The Wolf’s-own Series by Carole Cummings
2. The Rifter Series by Ginn Hale
3. The Infected Series by Andrea Speed

Category Eleven:Best Series – Mystery/Suspense
1. The Cut & Run Series by Abigail Roux
2. The Cole McGinnis Mysteries Series by Rhys Ford
3. The Romano and Albright Series by L.B. Gregg

Category Twelve: Best Series – Erotic/Kink/BDSM
1. The Dark Soul Series by Aleksandr Voinov
2. The Bound Series by Ava March

Category Thirteen Best Series – Contemporary
Tied for First place: (Seriously, I can’t choose)
1. The St. Nacho’s Series by Z.A. Maxfield
1. The Johnnies Series by Amy Lane
1. The A Matter of Time Series by Mary Calmes
1. The Tales From Foster High Series by John Goode

And now….

Finally, it comes down to my choice for Best Book of 2012, which goes to the brilliant and beautiful King Perry by Edmond Manning. I can say, with all honesty, I’ve never read a book quite like it in my entire life. Simply put, it is the reason I read and read and read, because every so often I find a book that leaves me both speechless and wanting to shout its praises from the rooftops at the same time. If you haven’t read it yet, do. Soon. Like maybe right now, soon. :)

Now it’s time to get to work on adding to my list for next year!