4 Stars, Anyta Sunday, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Sadonna, Short Story, Wayward Ink Publishing

Review: Hearts by Anyta Sunday

Small Gems

Title: Hearts

Author: Anyta Sunday

Publisher: Wayward Ink

Pages/Word Count: 29 Pages

At a Glance: Another beautifully poignant short story from this master storyteller – bittersweet, hopeful and satisfying.

Reviewed By: Sadonna

Blurb: What if your fate is to lose the one you love and be doomed to live in a city of lost hearts?

Is it possible two dead hearts can see life again?


Review: I feel like each time I pick up an Anyta Sunday story I get something fresh and beautiful and moving. Once again, this story is no exception.

This is the story of Daniel, who is living with a broken heart since his lover of a decade, Sam, left him. He can barely keep on living, and he continues to torture himself with trying to figure out what he did wrong and how he wasn’t enough for Sam.

Then, Toby and Kyle move into the house next door. They avoid Daniel after he warns them away. He tells them they live in a city of broken hearts and that they should move on now to save themselves from the coming heartache. Soon enough, the inevitable happens and Toby is left alone and brokenhearted.

Then something changes. Toby and Daniel begin spending time together. They still miss Sam and Kyle, but they seem to be making some adjustments with each other at least. They tentatively begin helping one another with some of the things that have been left to slide – the garden, cooking, spending time outside with yard and house upkeep. Toby is still a bit hostile about Kyle’s leaving, and he still can’t figure out why he’s been left alone, which leads to some tough moments for Daniel as well.

As time passes, and Toby and Daniel begin to do more outside of their homes, they begin to explore the city and see things through new eyes. Maybe the city is not the problem after all, and the hearts are not really so dead here.

I really recommend this lovely story of love and loss, second chances and perhaps new beginnings – very touching and at times melancholy, but ultimately hopeful as well.

You can buy Hearts here:

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3.5 Stars, Anyta Sunday, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Sadonna, Short Story, Wayward Ink Publishing

Review: It Could Be You by Anyta Sunday

Title: It Could be You

Author: Anyta Sunday

Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 19 Pages

At a Glance: Another well-written short story from an author who is quickly becoming a favorite.

Reviewed By: Sadonna

Blurb: Ted has just won 15 million quid. Or at least, he would have won 15 million quid if he could find his bloody lotto ticket…


Review: Anyta Sunday is really a master at telling a good story in a very short word count. Originally part of an anthology, this story is now available as a standalone.

This is a short story that begins with Ted seeing his numbers called for the lottery – so, of course, he cannot find the winning ticket. He’s been out to dinner with his best mate Jenson, and this could be the answer to all his problems—if he can find the damn ticket! As Ted retraces his steps, Jenson tries to get his attention to share some big news. Ted doesn’t want to hear it, though, and does his best to cut Jenson off at every turn. He’s very worried that what Jenson wants to share means their relationship will change, and he will get left behind. Turns out Jenson’s news isn’t exactly what he expected. ;)

I am a big fan of this author’s writing style. She manages to write authentic dialog, and she can very succinctly tell a compelling story. Well done again, in nineteen short pages. Recommended for short story lovers, especially.

You can buy It Could Be You here:

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5 Stars, Anyta Sunday, Drama, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jackie, Self-Published

Review: Rock by Anyta Sunday

Title: rock

Author: Anyta Sunday

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 256 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Igneous.

When Cooper’s parents divorce, he finds himself landed in Week About—one week with his mum and one week with his dad.
Only, it’s not just his dad he has to live with. There’s Lila, too: The other woman, the one who stole the rock-solid foundation of his life.

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Anyta Sunday Brings “Liam Davis and the Raven” Calling, And There’s A Giveaway

The Novel Approach is pleased to be a part of Anyta Sunday’s virtual blog tour for her latest novel Liam Davis and the Raven. Read on to learn a little bit about Anyta, the book, and register for your chance to win some great prizes!

Author Bio: A born and raised New Zealander, Anyta Sunday has been exploring the literary world since she start reading Roald Dahl as a kid. Inspired, stories have been piling up in her head ever since. Fast forward to her mid-twenties and jump a few countries (Germany, America, and back again), and she started putting pen to paper. When she’s not writing or chasing her kid around, she’s reading, hiking, watching Joss Whedon series, attempting Pilates or curling up with her two cats. Updates on her projects can be found at anytasunday.com.

Author’s Web Page: http://www.anytasunday.com
Author’s Book Page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liamdavisraven
Author’s Page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anyta-Sunday/251386378229403

Acknowledgements: Caroline Wimmer (http://streiflicht-fotografie.de/?project=book-cover-art-anyta-sunday&lang=en) for the amazing cover art! I love how this so wonderfully captures the tone of the book and its setting.

Teresa Crawford for developing the story and discussing how best to shape the direction of the novel.

Lynda Lamb for keeping me sane while I took so long to get this one ready, and then for going through and catching all my nasty spelling and formatting errors.

HJS Editing (http://www.hjseditingservices.com/) for such wonderful and thorough copyediting and making my characters actually sound American.

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” ― Benjamin Franklin

Title: Liam Davis & the Raven

Author: Anyta Sunday

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 220 Pages

Rating: 4.25 Stars

Blurb: Liam Davis is a serious journalist, and he’s good at it.
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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, A.J. Corza, Abigail Roux, Anyta Sunday, Chris Cox, Chris O'Guinn, Cover Reveal, GotYouCovrd, Jaime Reese, JC Wallace, JL Merrow, Joy Lynn Fielding, Julie Lynn Hayes, LE Franks, RainbowCon, RJ Scott, Therese Woodson

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Greetings, everyone, we hope you’ve had a quiet and relaxing weekend. We’ve got another great week ahead, filled with author visits, interviews, giveaways, and reviews, so go ahead and take a gander at what’s on tap!

MondayAbigail Roux is our guest today on the Ball & Chain Blog Tour. She’s answered a few interview questions about herself, Ty, Zane, and the gang, so be sure to check it out

TuesdayJL Merrow arrives on the Relief Valve Blog Tour, and she’s bringing along a giveaway

Jaime Reese also pops in with a Cover Reveal of, and excerpt from, her upcoming release A Hunted Man, Book Two in The Men of Halfway House series

Wednesday – Author Chris O’Guinn’s arrival is imminent on his Hybrids: Arrival Blog Tour. We’ve got an Interview and Giveaway for his visit

Anyta Sunday is also our guest today on her Liam Davis and the Raven Blog Tour and Giveaway

And, A.J. Corza’s back with another great installment of Got You Covered

ThursdayJoy Lynn Fielding is our guest on her Shifting Sands Blog Tour, and we’ve got a great interview lined up for you

FridayChris Cox drops by on the When Sean Loves Rusty Blog Tour, and there’s a giveaway

Therese Woodson will also be our guest on the Clockwork Horizon Blog Tour, which includes a giveaway of an e-copy of the book

SaturdayLE Franks is our guest as we continue on with the RainbowCon Celebration fun

Julie Lynn Hayes will also be along with a guest post on her Yes, He’s My Ex Blog Tour

Sunday – Finally, last but certainly not least, JC Wallace stops by on the Curiosity Killed Shaney Blog Tour

The Novel Approach is also participating in author RJ Scott’s Autism Awareness Blog Hop today, and we’ll have a giveaway to go along with it

And that does it for a very full week of fun. Until next week, happy reading!

Amazon Digital Services, Anyta Sunday, Self-Published

“The Douglas Fir” Plants The Seeds Of Love In An Unexpected Place

“Let no one who loves be called altogether unhappy. Even love unreturned has its rainbow.” ― J.M. Barrie

Anyta Sunday’s The Douglas Fir isn’t really a Christmas story as much as it is the story of a man finding his miracle in the last place he’d have ever thought to look.

It’s the story of Jason Kress, a man who’s very much in love with his neighbor Noah… who just so happens to be very straight. It’s the story of a fantastically romantic gesture, one that’s at first made to try and win Noah’s heart but then evolves into an act of pure and simple kindness, the sort of thing that makes a man want to do something for no other reason than to make someone else smile. It’s also the kind of act that even though done for Noah, it spreads its residual happiness to Dave, Noah’s best friend and the man Jase has been competing with for Noah’s affection.
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Anyta Sunday Finds The Value Of X In “Noticed Me Yet”

Games are the most elevated form of investigation. – Albert Einstein

Jacob is in a bind. His roommate Stephanie has moved out on him unexpectedly, leaving Jacob scrambling to find someone to replace her half of the rent. His best option for success on the university campus is to hang adverts on the community bulletin boards, soliciting for interest.

Being sure to include the caveat that any interested parties must be gay-friendly was a matter of practicality on Jacob’s part—full disclosure, you know—but when he returns to the message board in the cafeteria only to discover his ad has been taken down, and, in fact, discovers that all twenty of his flyers have disappeared, the one conclusion he jumps to is that someone is being a homophobic prick. That’s when Jacob decides to leave a reply of a personal nature on the board, addressed to the certain someone who’s trying to sabotage his efforts.

And that is when the fun begins.

Jacob starts a very public correspondence with Mr. X on that message board, at first in angry tones but then becoming exceedingly curious as to whom the man is that loves to play at these back-and-forth mind games. There are three parties interested in renting the room Jacob has to offer: Daniel, the philosopher; Zane, the hunk; and Jem, the shy guy. One of them is Mr. X, but he’s not leaving Jacob many clues to work with to discover his true identity.

Note after note, exchange after exchange with Mr. X not only increases Jacob’s curiosity about his mystery man but also sets off a desire in Jacob that feels a lot like he could fall in love with the person who is enjoying this cat-and-mouse affair. Three potential suspects, not to mention one ex who is holding on to a shred of hope that he might become a part of Jacob’s life again, develops all sorts of unexpected complications for the man who only wanted to find the right someone to share expenses with. Now it looks like he might be on the right track to finding someone to share so much more.

Now, I’m not one to assume but if I had to guess, I’d say Anyta Sunday might’ve had a little bit of fun herself, writing this story. It sure feels like it, at least. The Curiosity X-Games kept me guessing almost to the very end, although maybe the best part of it all was knowing who I wanted to win and then racing to the finish line to see if my man would come in first place. He did, by the way, so bonus for me. But, I’d also have to say that tied for the best part is the fact I got to play along. I imagine if I’d been a student at the university, I’d have been far more interested in those exchanges than would have been considered polite, but being the voyeuristic reader is half the fun of the reading, now, isn’t it?

There’s a tinge of the bitter blended into the sweetness of this story, just enough to give it a layered flavor, but not so much as to overpower the romance that slowly blossoms between Jacob and his secret admirer.

If you’re looking for something just a little bit different than your average boy-meets-boy/boy-loses-boy/boy-finds-boy happily ever after story, this is one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. It’s not particularly long, but it is particularly delightful.

Reviewed by: Lisa

You can buy Noticed Me Yet? here:

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Anyta Sunday’s “Taboo For You” Gets Jackie’s Stamp Of Approval

Love is like a friendship caught on fire. – Bruce Lee

One thing I love about reading is discovering a “new to me” author. After reading M/M books for a few years I thought I had read or at least heard of most of the best authors in the genre. Then one day, Lisa sends out an email telling us that she has a book by Anyta Sunday that needs reviewed. I haven’t read anything by Ms. Sunday before, but Lisa tells me she is great, so I figured I would give it a whirl.

The three main characters in this story are Sam, the loveable almost 30 yr old. Luke, who is Sam’s very attractive next door neighbor. Then there is Jeremy, Sam’s 14 yr. old son who is walking a path that could lead him exactly to the same place Sam is in, if things don’t change.

I almost instantly fell in love with Sam. Once I started reading about Sam’s life I could relate to what he was feeling. Being 14 and having sex for the very first time and it changes your life forever. On his fifteenth birthday Jeremy, his son, was born. So, there went college, parties and just basically being a kid. Our twenties are the time in our life where we go a little wild, experiment sexually and basically find out who we are deep down. Sam had made a list of all the things he wanted to experience before his 30th birthday. So now, with three weeks to go he is determined to complete the list.

Luke has been Sam’s next door neighbor for the last seven years. Luke and Sam are the best of friends. However, we soon find out Luke wants more. Luke had to leave town for an extended period to assist his mother through a cancer scare. While he was away he realized that he’s in love with Sam. The biggest problem with this realization is that he has never informed Sam that he is gay. Before leaving to help his mother, Luke found Sam’s list, and Luke is determined to help Sam complete his list.

Jeremy, oh sweet little Jeremy. I like Jeremy a lot. He is a normal teenager and his main goal in life is to figure out how to spend as much time as possible with his girlfriend over the summer. First he is going to have to get his mother to stop with the condom on the banana training. Since his parents made him when they were his age Jeremy doesn’t get any opportunity to be alone with Suzy. So he comes up with the great plan to pretend to be gay to throw his parents off the trail.

Most of the items on Sam’s list are the usual things twenty-somethings do. He dyes his hair, pierces his ear and walks out on a check in a restaurant. Luke helps him tick one more item off his list, swimming with the great white sharks. The final item on the list is on one hand the best and on the other hand the worst. Luke wants to tell Sam he is not only gay, but in love with him. Before he gets the chance Sam proposes an agreement to “experiment” with Luke sexually. Luke agrees and the situation is equal parts heaven and hell for Luke. Finally, when he can’t take it anymore Luke confesses all to Sam and his greatest fear is realized. Sam doesn’t know what to do with the information and through a series of misunderstandings, the two men end up estranged. Luckily for Luke and Sam, Jeremy’s mother raised a wonderful young man who figures out, eventually, that the world does not revolve around him. Jeremy comes up with a plan that will either bring Sam and Luke together or will end their friendship for good.

I know it may sound cliché, but this book made me laugh and it made me cry. Just witnessing the devotion Luke has to Sam and Jeremy is something we all hope for in a mate. I am excited that this is the first in a new series and I have the feeling I will be reading many more books by this author. I cannot wait to see what Anyta has in store for us and I hope that we may get to pop in and see Sam and Luke in the future. I highly recommend this book, and I will definitely be exploring Ms. Sunday’s books further.

Reviewed by: Jackie

You can buy Taboo For You here:

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My Thoughts On Lenny And Lenny For Your Thoughts by Anyta Sunday

Being together, we harm nobody; being apart, we extinguish ourselves. – Tabitha Suzuma

Leonard Krause is in the process of moving away from the past. Forward, after all, is the only direction he can move when the single reason he’d even think to cling to what once was has abandoned him. There’s no point really in trying to hang on to the years that were, or try to hang on to all the memories, when all they can possibly do, especially the good ones, is end in pain.

Lenny’s in the process of moving from the village of Waldau to the city of Berlin, but there are a few things he must factor into the equation before he can complete the transition from past to future, the most important being that he must make the move as uneventful for his oma as he possibly can, which means he must manufacture as much of the present for her as he’s able to within the walls of their new home. The move will also bring him closer to his best friend Ben and his sister Carolyn, not to mention it will keep him away from his cousin Julien, the cause of poor Lenny’s broken heart.

Lenny For Your Thoughts is the story of four childhood friends, told in chapters alternating between the present and the past and allowing the reader to live through all the events and secrets and dreams that led Lenny and Julien directly up to the point that Julien betrayed Lenny and broke his heart.

If I thought I was going to have a difficult time accepting a romantic relationship between these two men related by blood—which, if I’m being honest, I thought I might—Anyta Sunday quickly put my fears to rest by creating characters whose journeys forged bonds that went far beyond family and friendship and delved into a sole-baring kinship. (And yes, it’s spelled correctly. :) You’ll get that charming little detail of the story when you read the book. )

This is the story of the taboo relationship between two cousins who spent years falling in love with each other and moments falling apart, thanks in large part to Julien’s mother but made just as difficult by the fear of rejection from everyone they love. But, in the end, when all thoughts and feelings were accounted for, when things were done and said that couldn’t be undone or unsaid, it was Julien’s denial of Lenny that caused the greatest harm.

I adored this book and the attention the author gave to each moment that led to the culmination of Lenny and Julien’s love story. Oma was such a surprising treat, and Ben and Carolyn both got their own happy endings too, which was a nice compliment to the conflict in Lenny and Julien’s relationship. Before I knew it, I’d become nearly as invested in the supporting role players as I was in the story’s MCs.

Lenny For Your Thoughts is, at its heart, a story of rejection and redemption, a story of revelation and second chances, and ultimately, it is a story of the unstoppable force that is love, which is a concept I’ll gladly buy into, especially when it’s told by and for characters I’ve grown to love.

You can buy Lenny For Your Thoughts here:

Allen Mack, Allison Cassatta, Anyta Sunday, Brandon Shire, Poppy Dennison, Storm Moon Press

What’s Coming Up This Week?

Here’s what Bruce and I have on tap for the week ahead!

Monday – Brandon Shire will be our guest, answering a few questions about his new book Cold, a book that definitely left me wanting more!
Tuesday – Bruce reviews Poppy Dennison’s Soul Magic, book 3 in the Triad series
Wednesday – Allison Cassatta’s Dear Diary will be the featured review of the day
Thursday – Brings a little Lenny For Your Thoughts by Anyta Sunday
FridayDorian’s World, Allen Mack’s foray into futuristic Alt U, is on tap
Saturday – Storm Moon Press will be our guest with a post for the upcoming Dracones anthology

Happy reading and have a fantastic week!

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!

Andrew Q. Gordon, Anyta Sunday, Dreamspinner Press

(Un)masked by Anyta Sunday and Andrew Q. Gordon

“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” – James Arthur Baldwin

Oscar Wilde once said, “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” Well, Jayden Walker and Graham “Gristle” Thistle may not live in the literal gutter, but they’re barely one small step up from there, living in a place they’ve dubbed “the hovel”, dreaming of the day they’ll book the Tory Street Theater where they’ll direct and perform one of Jay’s plays. It’s a reach-for-the-stars dream that seems as if it might never be fulfilled, but that doesn’t keep Jay from trying, nor does it keep him from hiding his continued failures from Gristle to save his brother from the disappointment of knowing that dream might never become a reality.

(Un)masked is a story of mixed mythologies and a play-within-a-play that follows the same thematic elements as Anyta Sunday’s wonderful (In)visible, in which a centuries old curse obscures its bearer from being seen as he truly is. It’s a story that might just make you believe we each have a soul mate whom no one else can see for who he truly is because no one else can see that person with his whole heart.

This is the sentimental and dramatic story of Lethe Cross, the young man who is carrying the curse that masks his true identity and causes others to see him, for better or for worse, as the person they most want to see. It’s an affliction that’s been passed down from his many times great grandmother and a misery he’s determined will die with him. This is a story of love and loss and sacrifice, the story of a determination that propels a man to do what he must, in order to remain set on his convictions and to stay the course regardless of the costly forfeit he must make.

It was fortune that brought Jay and Lethe together; it was magic that made Jay see Lethe for who he really is. It was love that helped them endure and persevere to their happy ending, and it was faith that made their dreams come true.

(Un)masked is a heart-tugger of a romantic story that maybe didn’t resonate quite as deeply with me as (In)visible, in a book-to-book comparison, but (In)visible did set the bar fairly high, so even not quite meeting that standard still left room for a pretty enjoyable read in (Un)masked.

Buy (Un)masked HERE.

Anyta Sunday, Self-Published

Shane and Trey (Enemies to Lovers, #1) and a Bonus Short, Get It by Anyta Sunday

“Lovers may be—and indeed generally are—enemies…” – Lord Byron

Shane and Trey, book one in Anyta Sunday’s Enemies to Lovers series, begins as a story of unrequited love and ends as a story of unexpected love between two young men who began as anything but friends.

Outing himself in front of his best friend Ryan—the object of his affection—his twin sister June, and his sister’s boyfriend Trey was the furthest thing from Shane Watson’s mind when it happened in a spontaneous burst of emotion, but that single monumental event was the catalyst for everything that happens for the remainder of this turbulent story of family dysfunction, accidental romance, friendship, and unconditional love between a brother and sister.

A years long friendship destroyed in a single moment by homophobia, an intimidating reaction from an enemy, and the support of his sister greet Shane’s outburst in the weeks just before they all leave for college. It was Shane’s revelation of his sexuality that instigated a transformation in Trey Brennan, the boy who’d once bullied Shane, which ignites the spark of a potentially destructive relationship, a relationship that puts a sibling bond to the ultimate test. And, in fact, it’s June’s unwitting interference that throws Shane together with her boyfriend, who has now become Shane’s greatest temptation.

Shane and Trey is a story of both the healing and destructive power of love and the tenuous bond of family and friendship. It is a story of acceptance and trust amidst the insecurity of a future that cannot promise forever, and of accepting each moment as the gift it is. It’s a story of misunderstandings and overcoming doubts and of finding a way to repair the past. It’s a sometimes bittersweet but ultimately hopeful drama that Shane charmed me through as he navigated his way along on a journey with no direction, only following his heart toward the boy who loves him.

Get It is a bonus short story at the end of Shane and Trey that follows the unrequited love theme in a friends-to-lovers story that proves blindness is in the eye as well as the heart of the beholder.

There is a vapor-thin line that exists between loving someone and being in love with him, and it’s a line that Benny Reece and James Stewart walk on opposite sides of, loving each other on different sides of the spectrum of friendship.

Both men are suffering the pangs of unrequited love, though James’ suffering has further reaching implications. Losing Benny is far too high a price for James to pay, and their friendship isn’t something he’s willing to gamble away on something with such long odds, even knowing the payoff could be infinite, so he keeps his feelings sheltered within the comfort of the status quo. But the longer he yearns for Benny and watches him pursue a guy who really just isn’t that into him—couldn’t possibly ever be as into him as James—the harder it becomes for James to hide.

And all it takes is a single, simple moment of clarity for Benny to finally open his eyes and heart to the possibilities that’ve been right there in front of him all along.

Between the wanting and the waiting and the getting, there was a lot to love in this short little story. The mounting frustration and tension built naturally into James and Benny’s relationship played out wonderfully and made me wish for just a bit more when it ended.

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4.5 Stars, Anyta Sunday

(In)visible by Anyta Sunday

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery


Those are the final three words of Anyta Sunday’s wondrous (In)visible and to be perfectly honest, there are no three words I could come up with that would better sum up all that this book was for me. Part coming-of-age story, part fairy tale, part fantasy, part love story, this novel is so much more than I’d expected it would be when I began reading. It is a journey of self-discovery for two young men, filled with all the teenage angst of awakening sexuality, first love, the first kiss, and the bitterness of loss when fate and misfortune burden Rune and Scott with the curse of witnessing the harshest realities of the world around them, all too soon.

From the opening paragraphs of this book, as Rune stands at the edge of a river, contemplating yet another attempt at ending his own life—as he’s done every year for the past three years—the mystery and the need to unravel the tangled threads of his affliction begins. Rune is invisible, you see, which I’d mistakenly believed to be a metaphor for a lost child who’d been overlooked, ignored, dismissed, and become dispensable, but it soon became very clear that I was wrong. No, Rune is not the unseen; he is quite literally the invisible, a curse handed down to him by his mother, and one that figures prominently into every aspect of this narrative. Rune is the personification of magic and mystery and it didn’t take but a few sentences for him to cast his spell on me.

It was a fateful but fortunate accident that Rune and Scott met at the edge of that river. It was also a fortunate twist of fate that somehow Scott could see Rune. Though Rune is able to will himself visible when he wants to, Scott, whether it was with his eyes or his heart, could see through the aura that shields Rune from others. Why? Well, that’s never spelled out for the reader, which is probably as it should be because sometimes there are no concrete answers to all the mysteries of the universe; some things must be accepted solely on faith.

Three years of running from a horrific and life-altering event that would reshape the pattern of Rune’s already tormented existence, ends when Scott invites Rune into his life and offers him sanctuary from the loneliness of his invisibility. They form a friendship made all the more significant by its rarity, as their bond is one that is not shared with anyone but the two of them, and it is a bond that, in the awkwardness and anxiety of the growing sexual awareness of two fourteen-year-old boys, blossoms into a sweet and innocent first love.

Until tragedy intrudes upon the idyllic summer the boy shared, and the past comes back to torture Rune in one horrific and misunderstood event, forcing him to sacrifice his own happiness as the only option to protect Scott from the contamination of Rune’s affliction.

For four years, Scott lived with the notion that Rune hadn’t loved him enough to stay and see him through the single defining moment of his young life—the death of his father, Scott’s misguided guilt over his culpability in that tragic event, and the subsequent decline of his mother’s fragile grasp on her sanity. Those four long years were spent with the knowledge that a boy whose entire world fit into a single small bag that was always packed, always with him, and kept him ready to run on a moment’s notice had abandoned Scott without a single word of explanation. What Scott didn’t know was that Rune was never far away and when, by chance, they meet again, all the pain and heartbreak Scott endured may be too much for all the love Rune feels for him to overcome, a love which, upon reflection, is the light that guides Scott, the light that embraces him and finally enables him to see himself as worthy of all Rune has to offer.

Nowhere was it ever promised that this would be an easy journey, and it wasn’t. In fact, I had myself fully prepared for a tragic ending, tissues at the ready, which is why I forced myself to sit on my opinion of this book for a couple of days. Oddly enough, I felt a bit disappointed when it ended happily. But what initially felt anticlimactic to me after the emotional tug-of-war of the entire book, was really more a misperception on my part of what this story wasn’t—or maybe what it was—which is, at its heart, a fairy tale love story in which the magic of love overcomes a curse and binds two young men together in a happily-ever-after. Exactly what a fairy tale is supposed to do.

Anyta Sunday has authored a fully unique and fantastical story constructed around two characters with whom I instantly and irrevocably fell in love. I read all two-hundred-nine pages of this book in a single sitting, absorbed every beautiful word of it, which is maybe the best compliment I can pay to it.

*(In)visible appears to be available only in Kindle format and can purchased HERE.*