4 Stars, B.G. Thomas, Dreamspinner Press, Holiday Romance, Reviewed by Kim

Review: The Beary Best Holiday Party Ever by B.G. Thomas

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Title: The Beary Best Holiday Party Ever (Sleigh Ride: Advent Calendar 2015)

Author: B.G. Thomas

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 76 Pages

At a Glance: I think The Beary Best Holiday Party Ever is a cute and sexy holiday read.

Reviewed By: Kim

Blurb: Before he discovered the Heartland Bear Clan, Ron Corbin figured no one could ever love a “fatass” like him. But the big group of big men accepts him, and likes him just the way he is. Having finally found a place he belongs, he works hard to get elected president of the club—and wins. He’s the happiest he’s ever been.

But Paddy Brennan, a sexy bear cub who blew into town and became Mr. Popular overnight, is elected vice-president. Ron doesn’t think Paddy has earned the honor, and now he’ll have to work shoulder to shoulder (and belly to belly) with the guy for a year.

Ron will do what’s best for the club even if that means setting his personal feeling—that Paddy is a jerk—aside. But then as the two men get to know each other, Ron reluctantly finds he not only likes the guy, but is growing more and more attracted to him.

Deep down, Ron still worries he isn’t good enough, but maybe Paddy can show him there’s a beary happy ending waiting for them after all.

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Review: I don’t care what a person looks like, it’s what inside that shows who you are, and it takes Ron a while to see that he is one sexy man. Oh la la! I really liked Ron. Even with all of his insecurities about his weight, he comes off as someone I’d like to know in real life. I liked how, when he joined Heartland Bear Clan, he grew to be more comfortable with himself. And it was just too bad that Ron let a comment made by Paddy bring back all those insecurities his parents instilled in him as he was growing up. I really dislike people who fat shame! And I more than empathize with Ron about being picked on for being overweight.

As for Paddy, he’s a really nice guy, so when you hear the comment that he made when he first met Ron…well, it’s just hard to believe that he would say something that vindictive. Despite everything, though, Ron is willing to put his negative feelings and conflicting attraction towards Paddy aside as they work together to make the very best holiday party ever for the Heartland Bear Clan.

There is one thing I really enjoy about B.G. Thomas’s writing, and what makes him an auto-buy author for me, and it’s that I know I’m always going to finish his stories with an “aaaaaah” feeling.

I think The Beary Best Holiday Party Ever is a cute and sexy holiday read.

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Review: Spirit by Jamie Fessenden, Kim Fielding, Eli Easton, and B.G. Thomas

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Title: Spirit (Gothika: Book Four)

Authors: Jamie Fessenden, Kim Fielding, Eli Easton, B. G. Thomas

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 260 Pages

At a Glance: Four top-notch authors have once again created an incredibly well written anthology with stories that are both entertaining and thoughtful.

Reviewed By: Sammy

Blurb: Seeing dead people. Haunting and being haunted. Ghosts and those trying to deal with them add a supernatural flair to these four tales of romance. 

In Among the Dead, Neil Gaven sees dead people. A gentle ghost guides him to Trist, who needs his help. But Trist is tormented by spirits, so maybe together they can find a way to live among the dead.

Dei Ex Machina is the story of Sabbio, a Roman slave who was killed 1700 years ago. He’s been alone until he meets landscaper Mason. But because they’re separated by centuries, it will take a miracle to make love work.

The Mill brings a supernatural challenge to Frank Carter and his team of paranormal investigators. The owner’s personal psychic, Toby Reese, is supposed to help. Frank doesn’t have much respect for psychics, but when the dangers of the old mill threaten his team, he realizes he and Toby will have to work together to survive.

Mike Ellsworth finds himself suddenly deceased. Now he’s a ghost with lots left undone in Unfinished Business. He’s never been able to be honest with his wife. He’s never been able to tell the man he loves how he feels. He’s barely been able to admit he’s gay. If only there were a way he could make up for all he’s failed to do….

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Review:   There is a new Gothika anthology out, Spirit: Volume Four, and this time it has a supernatural and ghostly bent. Four top-notch authors have once again created an incredibly well written anthology with stories that are both entertaining and thoughtful.

The Mill by Jamie Fessenden:

Our first story is an incredibly well-crafted tale about paranormal investigators and psychics. Drawing from historical fact about the many horrific warehouse fires that took place in the early 1900s, the story focuses on an old sewing factory that burned to the ground with over one-hundred souls locked inside. Since then, Hawley Textile mill has attempted to house other industry, but most recently, plans were made to demolish the old building and turn the land into a shopping mall. However, several unexplained injuries and setbacks caused any renovation or demolition to come to a screeching halt.

The current owner, elderly Mrs. Hawley, has hired a paranormal investigative team to come in and debunk or verify the idea that the building is haunted. While visiting her favorite psychic, she also enlists his help to check out the site. When Frank Carter and his team begin to investigate, his little brother sees something on an upper floor of the building. Before any of the team can move to help him, Louis runs screaming from the large hall and falls down a flight of stairs. While he only suffers a concussion and a broken leg, for some inexplicable reason Louis slips into a coma-like state, and nothing the doctors can do seem to wake him up. Around this time, Frank and his team meet up with Toby Reese, and the general reaction is a lot of skepticism and even a bit of hostility. However, Frank slowly begins to understand that Toby is the genuine article. Not only that, but feelings long dormant are stirring in both Toby and Frank, and now they must team up to confront whatever is haunting the factory–and hope they come out unscathed.

What an incredible story. The pacing, the charged atmosphere that permeated every scene in the abandoned factory, and the growing attraction between Toby and Frank made for an exciting tale all around. Ghost stories are tricky things, and to make them raise that tingly feeling along your spine takes some real dedication to making the story as believable as possible. I really enjoyed how Jamie Fessenden used the distrust between the science of paranormal investigation as opposed to the “feelings” of the psychic. Setting up this foil between Frank and Toby made each supernatural moment in the story just that much scarier and more realistic. This was one of those types of short stories that I would love to see in serial form with many more adventures for this paranormal team. Rating: 5 stars

Dei Ex Machina by Kim Fielding:

In her story, Dei Ex Machina, Kim Fielding offers up a story of second chances. Focusing on two men–one corporeal, who has recently lost his husband, and the other one, who has lived in limbo for hundreds of years–this author brings the two together in a lovely story that focuses on the healing and redemptive power of love.

Once upon a time, centuries before Mason ever walked the earth, a young slave named Sabbio was taken from his home and forced to work on building a majestic palace in a small coastal town called Split.  When he died, he did so without ever understanding what real love is, without ever feeling the touch of a lover’s hand, and without ever fully realizing how love transforms a person. Because of that, Sabbio was destined to live a life in darkness, in a terrible form of limbo where he would often forget who he was and what he had once been. When he is able to pull himself from the dark pit, he walks the small town of Split to which his spirit is forever chained.  One day he sees a young American man, Mason. Mason is still grieving several months after his own husband was shot down on campus grounds where he worked. Having the one man he loved ripped from his life has left Mason empty and hurting.

As the days progress on this vacation Mason has agreed to take with his brother and friends, he will become increasingly aware of the feeling that someone is watching him. Little does he know that a chance encounter with one of the locals will lead to his dreams of being able to love again becoming a reality.

More than a ghost story, Dei Ex Machina, speaks of an instant connection, a spark that only one person can provide for another. That spark leads to recognition and, in Mason’s case, to a second chance at love. When two wounded hearts come together there is often healing, but Kim Fielding goes one step further in the story. Not only are Mason and Sabbio destined to be together, they discover they are the one thing that completes the other, they are soul mates.

This delightful story is complete and total fantasy, and I dare you not to fall in love with its two main characters. Rating: 4 stars

Among The Dead by Eli Easton:

In the third offering of this wonderful anthology, author Eli Easton gives us Among the Dead.

After a near fatal accident while windsailing, Neil finds himself with a brand new ability: that of being able to see dead people–spirits who are not yet at rest. At first he thought he was crazy, and after some intensive therapy, he realizes that the knock on his head has actually left him with this very real and horrifying ability. In an attempt to save his sanity, slowly but surely Neil becomes a recluse, only leaving the house every first Tuesday of the month for a check in with his boss at his IT job. Other than that, he has little interaction with the world around him.

On one such Tuesday jaunt, Neil sees a man in a bowler hat. Unlike other spirits, this man seems calm, slightly sad, and desiring to somehow communicate with Neil. At first Neil is terrified, for right after his accident he did try to help the spirits that he saw, sometimes with disastrous results. So, when this gentleman appears in Neil’s apartment, he decides to engage him in conversation. After many attempts, Neil is finally able to understand what the man wants. There is someone who needs Neil’s help; someone who Neil had seen before the accident, at the local park. When he agrees to help the man, the comfortable, quiet life he has been enduring will change forever.

This story had quite the shocker of an ending, but the ride getting there was really sublime. Neil was so cut off from everything and everyone after his accident. Alternating between the thought that he was insane, and grappling with the reality that he could see dead spirits, Neil coped by simply choosing to shut out life as much as possible. When he finally decides to help Trist, at the prodding of the ghost in the bowler hat, he is overjoyed to finally find someone like him–someone who also interacts with the spirit world. The instant attraction, the need to cling to one another, and the reality that neither of them is alone anymore is so incredibly beautiful. While the transition into lovers is rapid, it is also utterly believable. This was such a sweet story about finding your soul mate and defying all odds to hang on to him forever. Rating: 4.5 stars

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The last thing Mike remembers is that stupid text, the one that now has him walking the earth as a dead man–or nearly so. Prior to the accident, Mike had lead a double life. For years he has denied that he is gay; instead, he runs a successful business alongside his trophy wife. And for the last year, has been meeting the one person he really loves, Joel. Having met at one of Mike’s seminars, Joel and he have been meeting clandestinely every time Mike can get into the city. In fact, it is Joel who Mike is texting when he accidentally runs that red light and loses his life…sort of…

You see Mike is now seemingly brain dead, on life support and running out of time. He must somehow reach out to both Joel and his wife to let them know how he feels. He must set things straight before he passes on. But will there be time?

B.G. Thomas writes the most compelling story about what is most important in our lives, and the foolish way we have of taking it all for granted. By writing the character of Mike, the author hits the reader hard with the idea that any second may be our last, and we must live life to the fullest, be honest with those we love and never, ever take our eyes off the prize–love.

One should not look at this short story as just an advert against texting and driving—although it is a very strong reminder of just that idea. No, there is a bigger message here. While we watch those who Mike loved, and who loved him in return, agonize over things that were left undone and words of love that were left unspoken, we are forcibly reminded that every second of our lives counts. Now the question remains, what will you do with that very important message? Rating: 5 stars

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3.5 Stars, Audio Book, B.G. Thomas, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Narration Rating - 5 Stars, New Adult, Reviewed by Amy

Audio Review: Anything Could Happen by B.G. Thomas – Narrated by Charlie David

Title: Anything Could Happen

Author: B.G. Thomas

Narrator: Charlie David

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 7 Hours and 32 Minutes

At a glance: This was a good read but I didn’t think it was a great read. Charlie David, on the other hand, brought this book to life.

Reviewed By: Amy

Blurb: Moving to Kansas City could be the best thing Austin Shelbourne has ever done. For a start, he can stop living a lie and finally come out of the closet. And there’s a chance, though slim, that he might be able to locate the love of his life, Todd Burton. It had seemed like a good idea when he seduced his friend, but Todd freaked out and vanished. Austin hopes to find Todd, make things right between them, and win his love. But when he meets actor Guy Campbell, things get even more confusing.

The moment Guy sets eyes on Austin, he knows Austin is The One. But Austin makes it clear he feels a responsibility to Todd, and Guy has some dark secrets of his own. He’s found redemption in acting and directing, but worries that if Austin learns the truth, he might not be able bear it. And what if Todd accepts Austin’s apology and the love Austin offers? Guy wants Austin desperately, but he also wants him to be happy. In the play of life, with the happiness of good men in the balance, anything could happen.

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Review: I am so torn about this book. On one hand, I love the coming-of-age story that is Austin. I adore the support cast of Uncle Body and the people of the apartment complex. I adore Guy and wanted to wrap him up and take him home. I also really like the idea of the book. In theory, I think this book works. On the page, I had a bit of a hard time with it. Everything just wraps itself up into this neat little bow. I felt like it needed some messy. Overall, I wasn’t disappointed. I just felt like this was a good read but didn’t think it was a great read. I’d give the book itself 3.5 stars.

Narration: Charlie David, on the other hand, brought this book to life. From Uncle Body and his dog to the drag queens at the Steel Magnolia’s play, David makes this a bright and new experience. His Southern accent has just the right touch, and the innocence he inflects in his voice for Austin was perfect. I look forward to more books narrated by Charlie David.

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5 Stars, B.G. Thomas, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Janet

Review: Autumn Changes by B.G. Thomas

Title: Autumn Changes (Seasons of Love: Book Three)

Author: B.G. Thomas

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 266 Pages

At a Glance: I can’t recommend this newest offering in the series highly enough.

Reviewed By: Janet

Blurb: Asher Eisenberg is a brilliant actor, destined for fame and fortune. But a traumatic incident in his past has caused him to reject his Jewish heritage and hide from everyone behind walls of arrogance and selfishness, and he blurs his loneliness with a lot of sex and alcohol. When he meets Peniamina Faamausili, however, he strangely can’t stop thinking about the young man.

Peni is struggling with his sexuality, the Mormonism he was raised in, and the Samoan heritage that calls to him. He longs to receive the pe’a—the traditional Samoan tattoos– and learn more of his people’s ways. He has no interest in a man like Asher, who appears to use men and put them aside and whose drinking can’t help but remind him of the drunk driver who killed his father. But he can’t deny his attraction to Asher and finally agrees to a date if Asher can go thirty days without a drink.

Asher is about to go on a journey that will awaken him to his friends, his past, his future, and even to love. But that awakening could well demand the sacrifice of the dream he holds most dear.

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Review: I was so looking forward to this book. How could B.G. Thomas create a situation or a series of events that would transform Asher into a worthy man? Could he possibly be more than the ass I thought he was? At the same time, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read a book about him if he wasn’t redeemable in my eyes. This author had his work cut out for him with Autumn Changes, and I am thrilled to report that he aced it! Wow!

The novel begins with the refreshing of the characters in this four book set of stories, but through Asher’s eyes, which are pretty disparaging to start off with, we get to see just how low Asher has fallen, and how much the tunnel vision of his life has affected his outlook on life in general. He is a sad character, and although I didn’t love him, I did feel for him, and I started to have hope for him. One of the things that B.G. Thomas does so very well is create characters with incredible depth, with many facets that catch our attention and draw us into the stories he writes. Peni is a man who would be unfamiliar to most of us simply due to his race and religion, but the author inundates us with cultural and family history about him in such a manner that he is relatable almost immediately, and we, the reader, are never overwhelmed by this. The information we need to identify with the characters is delivered in a fun and eager way that builds the story and the characters at the same time.

I must admit to loving B.G. Thomas’s writing style. I am being spoken to by the book in an inclusive way that invites me into the story rather than simply observing it, but the descriptive phases he employs create graphic images nonetheless, and color the pages well enough to visualize the characters’ surroundings throughout the book. He has written a very rich tale that is filling for the senses, and that lingers in the mind long after the pages are read, and engaged all of my emotions along the way. I laughed and cried with this book, and I am just dying to see the next one in the series arrive. Wyatt is a little bear who is so deserving of happiness, and I can’t wait to be a part of it all.

This is the key element of a successful series; deliver a great third book and create interest in the next book in line, and let us visit with the favorite characters we have already met. Thomas has done all of this in a fabulous fashion, and I can’t recommend this newest offering in the series highly enough. Autumn Changes was a joy to read, and I sincerely believe that it is some of this author’s best work ever.

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Review: Red by B.G. Thomas

Title: Red

Author: BG Thomas

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 90 Pages

At a Glance: If you are familiar with BG Thomas, then you will love this book!

Reviewed By: Janet

Blurb: Leslie “Red” Parks was pretty surprised to find he was considered attractive enough to be a male escort. And once he started and the money came rolling in, he found he didn’t want to stop. For the first time in his life, people truly want him, and he likes that. A lot.

Kirk Toliver has never thought of himself as desirable either—which is why he is single. That, and he has spent years of his life caring for his ill mother. Before she passed away, she made him promise he would splurge on something crazy with the money she left him. So what’s crazier than hiring a male escort?

But neither expected that one night together could lead to what was missing in both their lives.

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Review: Reading this story was so enjoyable on several levels. I have grown to love the tone that Mr. Thomas infuses into his work; energy and excitement literally shimmer on every page. He is a very talented storyteller and always has little gems that are explored in his stories but that we don’t see clearly until the very end of the book.

Red is a male escort, attractive and assured. That is the persona his new client, Kirk, has lusted after. We quickly realize that Red is playing a role, the real person he is has been covered up by his own insecurities for several years. Kirk is a stodgy type of man, not polished, and fairly shy as well. It is his niceness that gets to Red, and it leads to his realization that he is more than an escort and maybe worthy of a friendship. We are carried along with the characters as they spend time together, go on dates and start to rely on the companionship that develops between them. What is really neat is that we are as surprised as Red is to discover that they are boyfriends! They spark new growth in each other, lending their own strengths to each other as they create a loving relationship.

The characters are very well fleshed out; their interactions together and with friends add depth to their personalities. The author uses alternating points of view skillfully, there is no confusion for the reader, and the narration is clear throughout the story. There is a lot of detail to process for a novella, a lot of information to relay over a lessor amount of pages, and BG gives us a rich story that does not overwhelm us. The pace and flow of the story is seamless. There are no plot holes or dangling bits to jar us from the enjoyment of the story.

This story ends with both Red and Kirk recognising their own worth, and knowing that they truly appeal to one another. The lesson about appreciation is another aspect of BG Thomas’s writing that I really enjoy. He really does have a moral to his stories. I urge you all to give this hot, sweet and poignant story a read. If you are familiar with BG Thomas, then you will love this book! And if he is a new author for you, then this is a wonderful introduction to his work.






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Review: Bones (Gothika: Volume Two) by Kim Fielding, Eli Easton, Jamie Fessenden, and B.G. Thomas

Title: Bones (Gothika: Volume Two)

Author: Anthology

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 260 Pages

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Vodou. Obeah. Santeria. These religions seem mysterious and dark to the uninitiated, but the truth is often very different. Still, while they hold the potential for great power, they can be dangerous to those who don’t take appropriate precautions. Interfering with the spirits is best left to those who know what they’re doing, for when the proper respect isn’t shown, trouble can follow. In these four novellas, steamy nights of possession and exotic ritual will trigger forbidden passion and love. You cannot hide your desires from the loa, or from the maddening spell of the drums. Four acclaimed m/m authors imagine homoerotic love under the spell of Voodoo. Continue reading

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Audio Review: Hound Dog and Bean by B.G. Thomas – Narrated by Charlie David

Title: Hound Dog and Bean

Author: B.G. Thomas

Narrator:: Charlie David

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 8 Hours, 23 Minutes

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: There’s been little love in H.D. “Hound Dog” Fisher’s life since the death of his beloved mom when he was a boy. Bounced around the foster care system, he ran away as soon as he could… and took the foster dog with him. As far as he’s concerned, only dogs have no ulterior motive, never hold a grudge, and offer unconditional love. Now he helps run a no-kill shelter and leaves relationships where they belong: in the back room. Continue reading

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Audio Review: Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf by B.G. Thomas – Narrated by Donald Tursman

Title: Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf

Author: B.G. Thomas

Narrator:: Donald Tursman

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 2 hours, 19 minutes

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Kit Jefferies, a part-time department store Christmas elf, is an artist who loves life and his family. Unfortunately, his car dies at a rest stop in the middle of nowhere as he is heading home for Christmas. Enter Nick St. George. Continue reading

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Review: A Taste of Honey Anthology

Title: A Taste of Honey

Author: Anthology

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 340 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: In the mood to try something sweet? How about a collection of stories about bears and the special men in their lives? Guys don’t have to be in their twenties, perfectly sculpted, and hairless to be hot. Bears are real men with real bodies—and that doesn’t always mean a perfect six-pack or an immaculately smooth chest. With bears, it can mean more man to love. The men in this anthology are chubs, cubs, grizzlies, pandas, polar bears, and more—all looking for a connection. And beneath their burly physiques are hearts of gold. Explore the bear scene and beyond with these big, hairy guys and the men who find them irresistibly sexy.

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GayRomLit Virtual Gift Basket Giveaway: Basket Seven

1237Cheers, everyone! We’ve made it to the end, this is our final GRL Virtual Gift Basket Giveaway, but that doesn’t mean the giving is quite done yet. We have a final Grand Prize giveaway coming up tomorrow for one lucky GayRomLit attending reader, so be sure to stay tuned. And in case you missed them, there’s still time to enter in the Baskets Four (exp. at Midnight PT tonight), Five, and Six giveaways.

In the meantime, here’s what’s up for grabs in Basket Seven:

The Novel Approach: A $25 Amazon Gift Card
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Review: Summer Lover by B.G. Thomas

Title: Summer Lover

Author: B.G. Thomas

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 350 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Seasons of Love: Book Two

Scott Aberdeen doesn’t believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, or God. Or love—at least, he knows no one will ever love him. After all, he has carried a torch for his best friend Sloan for a decade, hoping his feelings will be returned one day. But when Sloan finds springtime love with another man, Scott’s fantasies are crushed and his skepticism confirmed. Continue reading

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Welcome B.G. Thomas On The “Summer Lover” Blog Tour And Giveaway

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Author PicTNA: Hi, B.G., we’re so glad to have you hear with us today.

B.G.: You don’t know how happy I am to be here.

TNA: Would you start by telling us a little bit about yourself?

B.G.: Well, I just recently started my fourth year of professional writing and sometimes I can barely believe it. My life has seemed more like one of my stories than “real” life. My dreams are coming true left and right and my heart is filled to overflowing with gratitude. Continue reading

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week


Hello again, everyone! Can you believe it’s August already? I know! Me either.

We’ve got another great week coming up, filled with guest posts, giveaways, cover reveals, and, of course, more reviews.

Here’s what’s in store for the week ahead.


Monday – We’re kicking off the week in grand style today, with an Exclusive Cover Reveal and Excerpt from In the Raw, an upcoming release by Eileen Griffin and Nikka Michaels from Carina Press

Tuesday – We have our second Exclusive Cover Reveal of Jordan L. Hawk’s Bloodlines, Book Five in the Whyborne & Griffin Series

Kate Pavelle also joins us today on the Breakfall Blog Tour, and she’ll be offering a giveaway on her visit

We’re also participating today in Shira Anthony’s Blue Notes Book Blast, so be sure to watch for that

WednesdayCharlie Cochet joins us today for a Countdown to GRL Celebration on the Blood & Thunder (THIRDS: Book Two) Blog Tour

ThursdayCarol Lynne makes a stop here at The Novel Approach today, on her Snake Charmer Blog Tour, during which you’ll have the chance to enter a giveaway

FridayBA Tortuga stops by today to talk cowboys on the Midnight Rodeo: Homecoming Blog Tour

SaturdayNikki Woolfork joins us on the The Men of Summerly Blog Tour, with a Giveaway

Sunday – And finally, B.G. Thomas ends a great week for us on the Summer Lover Blog Tour, with a giveaway

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

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Charlie David’s Narration Makes B.G. Thomas’s “The Boy Who Came In From the Cold” A Recommended Listen

Title: The Boy Who Came In From the Cold

Author: B.G. Thomas

Narrator:: Charlie David

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 7 Hours, 57 Minutes

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Todd Burton has had enough of small-town Buckman. His abusive stepfather calls him a fag; his friend Austin makes him realize he may be gay, but Todd doesn’t want to admit his stepfather is right; and he dreams of being a chef. Three good reasons to flee his hometown and pursue greener pastures. But when Todd reaches the big city, his luck runs dry. Soon he can’t pay his rent and gets evicted. In the middle of a snowstorm. Continue reading

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B.G. Thomas’s “Spring Affair” Is A Story Of New Beginnings – Reviewed by Lynn


“If people did not love one another, I really don’t see what use there would be in having any spring.” ― Victor Hugo


Title: Spring Affair (Seasons of Love: Book One)

Author: B.G. Thomas

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 350 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Sloan McKenna is going through a tough time. His beloved mother has recently passed away, leaving him her house and beautiful garden. But should he keep the house? Sell it? To make matters worse, he’s in love with one of his best friends, Asher, a man who can’t (or won’t) love him back.
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In Which A “Secret Valentine” Is Revealed – Reviewed by Kim


“To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves.” ― Federico García Lorca


Title: A Secret Valentine

Author: B.G. Thomas

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 44 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: After his divorce, Steve Manchester came out so he could be himself and find love with another man. But as it turns out, the only man he really wants is his sweet, intelligent, and gorgeous best friend Burgess Cameron. Burgess, however, wants to keep the relationship platonic. When Steve can no longer stand the unrequited love, he decides to move to San Francisco to start a new life. But before he leaves, Burgess invites him to a Valentine’s Day dance, where Cupid may have other plans for them both!
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B.G. Thomas, Dreamspinner Press, Reviewed by Kim

There’s More Than Puppy Love In B.G. Thomas’s “Hound Dog & Bean”


“Happiness is a warm puppy.” ― Charles M. Schulz


Title: Hound Dog & Bean

Author: B.G. Thomas

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 276 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: There’s been little love in H.D. “Hound Dog” Fisher’s life since the death of his beloved mom when he was a boy. Bounced around the foster care system, he ran away as soon as he could… and took the foster dog with him. As far as he’s concerned, only dogs have no ulterior motive, never hold a grudge, and offer unconditional love. Now he helps run a no-kill shelter and leaves relationships where they belong: in the back room.
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B.G. Thomas, Dreamspinner Press

In Which “Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf” Make A Miracle


“Miracles are what happens when you get out of the way of yourself.” ― Brad Szollose


I absolutely loved this story! In fact, I did something I rarely do with a book: I read it twice!

Nick St. George is on a mission to drive to San Francisco in time for Christmas. Along the way he runs into a rather nasty ice storm. After spending the night in a frightful motel room, he takes his chance on the road rather than spend another night in motel hell. As the weather worsens, he stops at a rest stop and finds himself an elf! Well, not a real one, but another traveler wearing an elf’s hat who is stranded by the weather.
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B.G. Thomas, Dreamspinner Press

“Anything Could Happen” If We Don’t Give Up On Our Dreams



We all have hopes and dreams that we do almost anything to make real. And if we get lucky, and our wish is granted, maybe that’s what we call happiness.” ― Sakura



Austin Shelbourne has spent his life in small town America. He had hopes and dreams just like the rest of us. He wanted to be an actor, he wants to make his family proud of him and he wants true love. Austin thought he had found true love but when he acted on it, he lost the most important thing in his life. Todd Burton was Austin’s best friend in the whole world. They have known each other pretty much their whole life and when Austin figures out he likes boys “that way”, he also realizes that he loves his best friend. One day he decides to act on that love and Todd runs away from him and from everything they have ever known together. Eventually Austin hears a rumor that Todd has moved to Kansas City, and he knows he has to follow. He has to find out if there is a chance, no matter how small, that Todd might return his feelings.
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