5 Stars, Audio Book, Drama, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, J.P. Barnaby, Reviewed by Kim

Audio Review: Spencer by JP Barnaby – Narrated by Tyler Stevens

Title: Spencer

Author: JP Barnaby

Narrator: Tyler Stevens

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 7 Hours, 33 Minute

At a Glance: Between JP Barnaby’s writing and Stevens’ performance, it gave Spencer a touch of reality—bad things do happen to good people.

Reviewed By: Kim

Blurb: It’s been nearly five years since Aaron woke up in the hospital so broken, he couldn’t stand the sight of his own face. The flashbacks no longer dominate his life, but he’s still unable to find intimacy with his lover, Spencer Thomas. With time, patience, and the support of his family, his therapist, and his loving partner, Aaron has figured out how to live again. The problem is, Spencer hasn’t. His life has been on hold as he waits for the day he and Aaron can have a normal relationship. Hoping to move things forward for them both, he takes a job as a programmer in downtown Chicago, leaving Aaron alone.

Reeling in the wake of Spencer’s absence, Aaron receives another shock when his attackers are caught.

Now, he must testify and verbalize his worst nightmare. Publicly reliving his trauma without Spencer at his side destroys his precarious control. But he finds someone who can understand and empathize in Jordan, who watched his brother cut down in a school shooting. With Spencer gone and the DA knocking at his door, Aaron seeks solace in Jordan, and Spencer will have to risk everything to hold on to Aaron’s love.

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Review: Our very own Lisa did a very riveting review on the book version of Spencer, and I wholeheartedly agree with what she had to say about it.

Spencer was frustrating for me to read and listen to, mainly because I understand where Aaron is coming from. His life was literally stolen from him during a night of terror, and no matter what, through his eyes life for him will never be the same again. How this young man goes about reclaiming his life is nothing short of a miracle. Others would have let the bastards win by giving up. It’s frustrating for Aaron because he would like nothing better than to be free of his monsters. Knowing that he’ll struggle with PTSD for the rest of his life, he still keeps trying to improve his life and his relationship with Spencer.

It’s frustrating for Spencer, who loves Aaron but doesn’t know exactly what to do for his lover. Spencer is having trouble accepting that Aaron has to do things in his own time, in his own way. But while Spencer does love Aaron, I could see that he wanted to spread his own wings when he took the job in Chicago. It was something Spencer needed to do for himself.

What made Spencer less frustrating was when Aaron had a chance to meet others like him. It made the world a little less lonely and scary, knowing there were other survivors like him who were willing to give him hope that someday things might work out. Jordan made a really good friend to talk to about the PTSD, and the surprise guests that appeared in Spencer gave Aaron a look into his future, if he could manage to take back control when it came time to testify.

I’m was so glad that Tyler Stevens narrated Spencer. He did such a outstanding job with Aaron it was only fair he continue with this second story. Between JP Barnaby’s writing and Stevens’ performance, it gave Spencer a touch of reality—bad things do happen to good people. But with a whole lotta love and support, the victim can transform into a survivor and take back control of their lives.






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Cover Reveal: Authors Gone Wild

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Where authors come together…

Sounds exciting right? Your favorite gay artists from the screen, canvas, and page all together in one convention. We even have guys whose bodies are works of art in themselves. Our events include art shows, book signings, nude modeling classes, demonstrations and panels galore. Anything you want to know in the realm of gay sexuality, you can find it here.

As amazing as our events are, however, they don’t compare to the juicy behind-the-scenes stories, the naughty liasons that happen on the other side of closed doors. This year, we’re fortunate to have a few authors open the curtains and give us a glimpse of HomoErotiCon under the covers: Continue reading

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Ulterior Motives: A Little Boy Lost Short by JP Barnaby

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Dedication: The concept for this story is not mine. It came from a naughty story told to me by my deviant little friend Michael Chulsky Kudo

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I don’t often get off to the porn I shoot, but damn, Alex power bottomed better than any guy I’ve filmed. The perfect arch of his back, the way he leaned into it, the fact that Mike topped meant none of it was fake. It might have been awkward editing his friends having sex if he hadn’t fucked both Mike and Alex at one point or another. Now, it was just a really hot day at the office. Continue reading

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hi, everyone, thanks so much to all of you for stopping by to see what we have in store for you in the week ahead. It’s going to be a full one, so be sure to check back frequently to catch all the guest posts, giveaways, and reviews.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up…


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MondayHayden Thorne kicks off the week with a guest post and giveaway of her Young Adult Historical Fantasy, The Glass Minstrel

A.E. Via also stops in on the Embracing His Syn Blog Tour

TuesdayShira Anthony is here with a giveaway on the Dissonance Blog Tour

B. Snow also drops by with a guest post on the Bedtime Stories Anthology Blog Tour

Brita Addams will also be here today in her monthly guest spot

WednesdayHeidi Cullinan makes TNA a tour stop on the Hero Blog Tour, with a guest post and giveaway

CJane Elliott is here today, as well, with a giveaway on the Stepping Through Blog Tour

ThursdayLisa Henry and Heidi Belleau are here with a giveaway on the Bliss Blog Tour

FridayPoppy Dennison stops in today on the Coconut Grove Blog Tour

Saturday – Today we have Perie Wolford here with a giveaway on the Turning 17 Blog Tour

J.P. Barnaby is also here today with an exclusive (and naughty!) little ficlet featuring Brian and Jamie of the Little Boy Lost series

Sunday – Finally, to close out the week, we have Garrett Leigh here today on the Bold (Blue Boy: Book Three) Blog Tour, with a giveaway

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

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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Reality of Fiction – Kaitlyn’s Story by J.P. Barnaby

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711_TheNovelApproach_JPKaitlynWhat is the purpose of fiction, specifically romantic fiction? Escapism? The big “happily ever after”? Finding the dream? The big awwwwww moment? For me, fiction is a journey outside myself that leaves me more enriched than it found me. Sometimes, that happens, sometimes not, but as Donald Maass reminds us in Writing the Breakout Novel, “It is that truth that persuades us to care and convinces us that this story contains the stuff of life.” Most of my books, especially the novels, have a strong basis in reality, in fact. A portion of the events in these stories have happened to me, to my friends, or on the news, but none more than A Heart for Robbie.

Like a really convincing lie – threads of truth interwoven with fictional elements create a rich tapestry of believability – something that could actually happen. A Heart for Robbie is based on something that did actually happen. Continue reading

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J.P. Barnaby’s “A Heart for Robbie” Is A Story Of Hope And Unconditional Love


“He felt like he’d stepped into a storybook and found his happily ever after.” – J.P. Barnaby


Title: A Heart for Robbie

Author: J.P. Barnaby

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 214 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Celebrated Young Adult author Julian Holmes pits the heroic characters in his Black Heart series against all different kinds of monsters. But when a critical heart defect threatens his son’s life, he finds he has no champion. No amount of books, classes, or practice can prepare Julian for the fight to save his beautiful son’s life. Continue reading

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had another great week.

We’ve got some great blog tours, giveaways, and reviews coming up in the week ahead, and speaking of reviews, we’re welcoming a new reviewer to the TNA team this week (watch for more soon). Chris comes to us with lots of blogging and social media experience, and I’m looking forward to her first official review. In the meantime, here’s a little bit about Chris in her own words.
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Tyler Stevens’ Narration of J.P. Barnaby’s “Aaron” Brings The Story To Life


“There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.” ― Laurell K. Hamilton


Title: Aaron (A Survivor Story)

Author: J.P. Barnaby

Narrator:: Tyler Stevens

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 8 Hours, 5 Minutes

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: I can’t describe what it’s like to want to scream every minute of every day.
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Cover Reveal And Excerpt: JP Barnaby’s “A Heart for Robbie”


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BLURB: Waiting for someone else’s child to die so yours can live is the worst kind of Hell.

Celebrated Young Adult author Julian Holmes pits the heroic characters in his Black Heart series against all different kinds of monsters. But when a critical heart defect threatens his son’s life, he finds he has no champion. No amount of books, classes, or practice can prepare Julian for the fight to save his beautiful son’s life

Suddenly there are hospitals, transplant lists, and the nightmare of insurance red tape to navigate. In the midst of his trouble, Julian meets Simon Phelps, the insurance coordinator for Robbie’s case. Simon lives so deep in the closet he might never find his way out, but he dreams of exactly what Julian has. Then one night, drunken need and desperation brings them together, and a new fight begins.

BUY LINKS – DREAMSPINNER PRESS:
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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week


Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great week. In case you missed it, we’ve added another member to the TNA review team, and couldn’t be happier to have Jordan joining our group.

We’ve got another fun-filled week in store for you, more GRL countdown celebrating, more blog tours to host, and more goodies to giveaway, so have a look at what’s coming up in the week ahead.

MondayK.C. Wells kicks off the week on her Dance With Domination Blog Tour and giveaway

TuesdayDaisy Harris is our guest today, and she’s going to do a little Countdown to GRL celebrating with a cheerful look at pantsing, and she’ll also be offering some giveaway goodies

Wednesday – We’ll kick the day off with JP Barnaby and the cover reveal for her upcoming book A Heart for Robbie

Liam Livings also stops in today on his Best Friends Perfect Blog Tour

Abigail Roux offers a deleted scene for her latest Sidewinder novel Cross & Crown

And finally, AJ Corza has today covered with another cover review

ThursdayAngel Martinez is our guest today on the Finn: Endangered Fae Blog Tour

FridayBrad Vance is our guest on the Apollo’s Curse Blog Tour

SaturdayDavid Pratt is our guest on the Looking After Joey Blog Tour

SundayJohn Goode and J.G. Morgan are here to round out the week with an interview about the upcoming third novel in the Arcadia series, The Unseen Tempest

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

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Go-Go Read J.P. Barnaby’s “Andy Go-Go Boy: Working Boys Book 2” – Reviewed by Jackie


“The depth of a soul is not measured by what appears on the surface.” — Author Unknown


Title: Andy Go-Go Boy: Working Boys Book 2

Author: J.P. Barnaby

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 44 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Andy Finnegan is a six foot three brown-haired, blue-eyed, Mack f*cking truck. A former marine who spends his nights dancing for your entertainment, he has a dark side hiding beneath the beautiful veneer.
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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week


novel-approach-facebook-iconHi, everyone, I hope you all had a great week. Thanks for dropping by to see what we’ve got coming up. The most exciting thing going on this coming week for me is that Jackie and I will be heading to RainbowCon in Tampa to represent The Novel Approach, but mostly we’re going to have fun, meet with readers and authors, and get up to general shenanigans with friends.

We’ve also added two new authors to the Countdown to GayRomLit Celebration—Jacob Flores and Sherrie Henry. Jacob’s visit is coming up on April 21st, so be sure to stay tuned for that.

In the meantime, here’s what we have on tap this week:

MondayK-lee Klein comes calling for the RainbowCon Countdown Celebration, and she’s got a giveaway to go with it

TuesdayElizabeth Noble is our guest on her Electric Candle blog tour, and there’s a tour-wide giveaway

WednesdayJR Loveless joins us as our final guest in the Countdown to RainbowCon Celebration, and she’ll have little swag to give away

We also have Laura Harner with us today, as Pride Promotions presents a Book Blast and a tour-wide giveaway

ThursdayJP Barnaby is here today with a Backlist Book Bump of her Little Boy Lost series, and there’ll be a giveaway

FridayK.A. Mitchell joins us with a little Bad Influence interview and a giveaway

Remember that little peek you got at Mary Calmes’s Ears, Eggs and Bunnies? Well, today’s the day you’ll get to see the story in its entirety. It’s only a little taste of Sam and Jory, but it’s nothing less than solid proof Sam Kage still has his hands full :)

Saturday – Woohoo! The Butt Ninjas From Hell are here today. Well, not all of them, but TC Blue is here with a guest post and a tour-wide giveaway

Annabelle Jacobs is also with us to talk about her newest book in the Torsere series, Union, and there’s a giveaway

Sunday – Wrapping up the week is Scotty Cade, who’s here to talk a little bit about his latest release, Sunrise Over Savannah, and the upcoming sequel, Chasing the Horizon, and there’ll be a giveaway too

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

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An Interview Exclusive With Aaron Downing And Spencer Thomas, And Zach Tyler And David Evans – And There’s A Giveaway



Aaron: Uhm, hi Lisa. I’m Aaron, and this is my boyfriend Spencer. So, JP said it was okay to talk to you, that you were really nice and that she trusts you with us. That’s pretty epic. She’s never let anyone else interview us before. She always did it herself. But…uhm…I’m better now. And, yeah, can we just sit here on the couch together?

[Aaron pulls Spencer to the small couch and pulls him down so they can sit together. Spencer wraps his right arm around Aaron, who grabs old of his left with two small hands. He appears nervous, but animated.]

TNA: [Interviewer’s note: I’m a toucher. My natural reaction upon meeting someone is to reach out and shake hands or touch a forearm in greeting, so it’s only at the last moment I remember not to reach out to Aaron, and to offer a wave instead.]

Guys, you have no idea how much I value that trust. I feel as if I’ve been on an emotional journey with you, so thanks to both of you for sharing that with all of us.

Spencer, you and Aaron go through some real challenges in this book, to say the very least, but lots of growth and healing, as well. Without giving away too much, what was the most difficult part of this story for you, which revelation was most difficult for you personally to share?

Spencer: I. Had. To. Think. About. This.. At. First. I. Thought. It. Would. Be. Leaving. Aaron.. But,. It. Was. Not. That.. The. Worst. Part. For. Me. Was. The. Pain. In. Aaron’s. Face. When. Ever. He. Thought. About. Testifying.. The. Helplessness. I. Felt. Because. I. Could. Not. Make. It. Better..

TNA: That’s something we readers can only imagine and probably still not coming close to understanding.

Aaron, I don’t even know where to begin with you. To borrow an ancient ad slogan, you’ve come a long way, baby. How do you feel about some of the more personal things that are going to be revealed in Spencer’s book? Was it a little bit cathartic to let this story be told?

Aaron: I revealed personal things all the way through the story. I really don’t think I have any secrets anymore. Everything has been exposed—like a nerve, raw and open. But was it cathartic? I think it was. Getting everything out, getting an outcome that allows me peace and forward motion helps put my life in perspective.

TNA: I guess, in the end, that’s the best any of us can ever hope for, perspective. That you found it is a pretty amazing gift.

You guys have been through so much together. Would you share a happy moment with us, one of the best memories in your relationship so far?

Spencer: I. Think. Our. Very. Favorite. Memory. So. Far. Would. Give. Away. The. Ending.. So., My. Second. Favorite. Memory. Of. Our. Relationship. Is. The. First. Time. Aaron. Cuddled. In. My. Arms. To. Watch. A. Movie. In. Bed. With. Me.. We. Watched. Shrek..

Aaron: I liked that too. I feel safer in Spencer’s arms than I ever feel anywhere else. But I think my favorite memory of Spencer was kissing him for the first time. That was the day I found out that he wanted me no matter what kind of scars I had—inside or outside.

TNA: Having been through so much, what would you say is the single most important thing you’ve learned about yourselves and each other?

Spencer: The. Most. Important. Thing. I. Learned. About. Myself., Especially. Lately., Is. That. I. Can. Take. Care. Of. Myself. And. I. Can. Take. Care. Of. Aaron..

[Aaron leans his head against Spencer’s shoulder for just a moment, before sitting up and looking forward once more.]

Aaron: I think the biggest thing I learned about myself since I met Spencer was that I’m not actually dead. I thought, for those first two years, that I’d died, but my body just hadn’t caught up. I don’t think there’s a particular reason I survived that night, but if there is, I’d like to think it’s so that I could meet Spencer. He gave me a reason to live again.

[There’s a knock at the door, then it opens without pause. Two men step into the room, and I realize instantly who it is. Zach Tyler and David Evans’ story was told so eloquently in Rowan Speedwell’s Finding Zach. I motion them over, and after a bit of chair shuffling, we’re ready to continue.]

TNA: Thanks so much for joining us, guys.

Zach, how did you become a conference speaker and advocate for abuse recovery? Was it something you had to think long and hard about, or did you jump at the opportunity when it was presented?

Zach: I guess it mostly came out of that damned book Brian wrote. I didn’t think it would be a big deal, but all of the sudden people started wanting me to do interviews and stuff, and before I knew it I was the face of abuse or something. I feel like an idiot doing it, though. What happened to me was bizarre. What happens to most kids who are abused is horrific and way, way too common. Mine was like, like war or something. When it was over I could walk away, and I had closure. Too many kids live with it day in, day out, for years, and some never walk away. And they never get closure. So I felt like if I had—whaddaya call it? The bully something?

David: The bully pulpit. Means you’ve got the attention.

Zach: Yeah. If I was gonna have that, if I was gonna have the attention, I wanted it to mean something to someone.

TNA: David, were you an influence in Zach’s decision, or was this something you felt he needed to work his way into (or steer away from) on his own?

David: Oh, man, it scared the hell out of me. He’d do these interviews after the book came out, and he’d be just drained. He didn’t talk about it for years, and now he was out there talking about it to everyone. And I knew it was hard on him. I admit I didn’t want him to do it. I wanted him to put it behind him. But Zach’s like a force of nature—once he’s made up his mind, it’s full speed ahead and damn the torpedoes. I think that’s why he survived as long as he did—he’s a stubborn son of a bitch. And since that’s what brought him back to me, I can live with it.

TNA: That’s… that’s got to be pretty empowering.

Zach, when you were asked to speak to Aaron one-on-one, what was your initial reaction?

Zach: Scared. Terrified. I mean, I get up there and talk, and it’s just general and about me and what I’m feeling and what I did, and so on. It’s general. But here this kid wanted to talk directly, and I knew that what I said to him would matter. It wasn’t just a talking head up at a podium. It was one-on-one. Two people. And I knew he was going to hear what I said and it was going to matter to him. And it would affect him. That’s scary. Because if I say the wrong thing, it’s gonna affect him. So I had to know what I needed to say, and it was scary.

TNA: Wow. No pressure there, huh?

Aaron, what was the one thing Zach said that made you realize how strong you are and that gave you hope?

Aaron: He said that I could take back my power. They stole it in that garage, but if I stood up and I told my story, I could take it back.

TNA: Zach and Aaron, this question is for both of you: I’m sure there are times when you feel like there’s no one in the world who could possibly understand how you feel or what you’ve been through. What’s it like for you knowing you’re not alone? Does it help or hurt knowing someone else has felt your pain?

Zach: Jeez. Um. Both? I mean, everyone’s experience is different, so sometimes it’s hard to relate, so you gotta figure other people are gonna have a hard time relating to you. But I have talked to people who’ve survived captivity and torture and stuff that I can relate to, as well as the sexual abuse. It’s a whole spectrum. It hurts when I think about other people going through shit I can only imagine, but damn, when you talk to someone and their eyes light up and they get it, and you know you’re connecting on a kind of primal level—that gives you a whole feeling of relief. It’s like “I’m not alone” sort of thing.

Aaron: I didn’t know, at least conceptually, that other people had gone through what I had. I mean, had I sat and thought about it, of course others had or there’d be no word for it, but I never had any reason to explore it until I…until I was raped. Then, I went online and found support groups for all kinds of people, people who understand what it was like to be terrified of everything and nothing. Talking to them, listening to what they do to cope, that helped.

TNA: Guys, where do you see yourselves going from here? What does your future look like, or are you still just working to live life one day at a time?

Spencer: My. Future. Is. Exactly. Aaron. Downing. Shaped..

[Aaron laughs and smacks Spencer on the arm.]

Aaron: I think she was looking for a serious answer there.

Spencer: I. Was. Being. Serious..

Aaron: Forever, Spencer.

I’m sorry, uhm… Anyways, my future? I see myself getting a job with Dr. Mayer. I see both of us finishing our degrees. I see us writing software together. I see us loving each other. Anything else, we’ll take as it comes.

Zach: School. I still have a lot of catching up to do. Eventually, hopefully, a job in medical nanotechnology, building things that will help cure illnesses and conditions in ways that are safer and more effective than what we have now. And to keep talking to people until I don’t have to anymore. That would be cool.

David: With Zach, I’m living my future every day. What more could I want?

TNA: [I can’t help but smile at that.]

Thank you, all four of you, so much for agreeing to sit down and talk with me, to all of us. It’s been an honor.

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Available Now From Dreamspinner Press

BLURB: Aaron

A Survivor Story

I can’t describe what it’s like to want to scream every minute of every day.

Two years after a terrifying night of pain destroyed his normal teenage existence, Aaron Downing still clings to the hope that one day, he will be a fully functional human being. But his life remains a constant string of nightmares, flashbacks, and fear. When, in his very first semester of college, he’s assigned Spencer Thomas as a partner for his programming project, Aaron decides that maybe “normal” is overrated. If he could just learn to control his fear, that could be enough for him to find his footing again.

With his parents’ talk of institutionalizing him—of sacrificing him for the sake of his brothers’ stability—Aaron becomes desperate to find a way to cope with his psychological damage or even fake normalcy. Can his new shrink control his own demons long enough to treat Aaron, or will he only deepen the damage?

Desperate to understand his attraction for Spencer, Aaron holds on to his sanity with both hands as it threatens to spin out of control.

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Pre-Order Now. Goes On Sale 3/21/2014

BLURB: A Survivor Story

It’s been nearly five years since Aaron woke up in the hospital so broken, he couldn’t stand the sight of his own face. The flashbacks no longer dominate his life, but he’s still unable to find intimacy with his lover, Spencer Thomas. With time, patience, and the support of his family, his therapist, and his loving partner, Aaron has figured out how to live again. The problem is, Spencer hasn’t. His life has been on hold as he waits for the day he and Aaron can have a normal relationship. Hoping to move things forward for them both, he takes a job as a programmer in downtown Chicago, leaving Aaron alone.

Reeling in the wake of Spencer’s absence, Aaron receives another shock when his attackers are caught.

Now, he must testify and verbalize his worst nightmare. Publicly reliving his trauma without Spencer at his side destroys his precarious control. But he finds someone who can understand and empathize in Jordan, who watched his brother cut down in a school shooting. With Spencer gone and the DA knocking at his door, Aaron seeks solace in Jordan, and Spencer will have to risk everything to hold on to Aaron’s love.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Award winning romance novelist, J. P. Barnaby has penned over a dozen books including the Working Boys series, the Little Boy Lost series, In the Absence of Monsters, and Aaron. As a bisexual woman, J.P. is a proud member of the GLBT community both online and in her small town on the outskirts of Chicago. A member of Mensa, she is described as brilliant but troubled, sweet but introverted, and talented but deviant. She spends her days writing software and her nights writing erotica, which is, of course, far more interesting. The spare time that she carves out between her career and her novels is spent reading about the concept of love, which, like some of her characters, she has never quite figured out for herself.

Web site: http://www.JPBarnaby.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JPBarnaby
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JPBarnaby

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Available Now From Dreamspinner Press

BLURB: For five years, Zach Tyler, son of one of the world’s richest software moguls, was held hostage, tortured, and abused. When he is rescued at last from the Venezuelan jungle, he is physically and psychologically shattered, but he slowly begins to rebuild the life he should have had before an innocent kiss sent him into hell.

His childhood best friend David has lived those years with overwhelming guilt and grief. Every relationship David has tried has fallen apart because of his feelings for a boy he thought dead. When Zach is rescued, David is overjoyed—and then crushed when Zach shuts him out.

Two years later, David returns home, and he and Zach must come to terms with the rift between them, what they feel for each other, and what their future could hold. But Zach has secrets, and one of them might well destroy their fragile love.

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THE GIVEAWAY:

A $50 Amazon Gift Card!

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There Is A Calm After The Storm In JP Barnaby’s “Spencer”


“Monsters are very real. But they’re not just creatures. Monsters are everywhere. They’re people. They’re nightmares…They are the things that we harbor within ourselves.” ― C. Robert Cargill


Title: Spencer (Survivor Stories #3)

Author: JP Barnaby

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 216 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: It’s been nearly five years since Aaron woke up in the hospital so broken, he couldn’t stand the sight of his own face. The flashbacks no longer dominate his life, but he’s still unable to find intimacy with his lover, Spencer Thomas. With time, patience, and the support of his family, his therapist, and his loving partner, Aaron has figured out how to live again. The problem is, Spencer hasn’t. His life has been on hold as he waits for the day he and Aaron can have a normal relationship. Hoping to move things forward for them both, he takes a job as a programmer in downtown Chicago, leaving Aaron alone.

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week!



Hi, everyone, we’ve got another busy and fun-filled week coming up at The Novel Approach. The lineup is stellar, the guest posts pretty phenomenal, and the giveaways are not to be missed.

Here’s what we’ve got in store for you in the week ahead!

MondaySue Brown is our guest today as we continue the RainbowCon Countdown Celebration, and she’s bringing along a giveaway

TuesdayChris T. Kat stops in on The Wolf and His Diva Blog Tour, and there’ll be a giveaway

Brita Addams is also with us to share an article about Confusing Pairs of Words

WednesdayKerry Adrienne drops by on her Artist’s Touch Blog Tour and she’s bringing a giveaway

John Goode’s 151 Days comes out on March 20, 2014, and we’ve got him and the Foster High boys, Kyle Stilleno and Brad Graymark, here with an exclusive interview

A.J. Corza’s also back today with another installment of Got You Covered

ThursdayJP Barnaby kicks off her Spencer Blog Tour right here at The Novel Approach. We’ll have an exclusive interview with Aaron and Spencer, and Zach and David from Rowan Speedwell’s Finding Zach, and there’s also a giveaway

FridayHL Holston and Eleanor Bruce will be here for the second visit of the week in the RainbowCon Celebration Countdown, and there’ll be a giveaway

Silvia Violet joins us on her Pressure Points Blog Tour, and she’ll be bring a giveaway

Saturday – Today, we’ll have the honor of debuting the cover art for Jordan L. Hawk’s Necropolis, Book Four in the Whyborne & Griffin Series

SundayMarie Sexton closes out our week on her Normal Enough Blog Tour, and she’s offering a giveaway

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

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Love Is Found In An Unexpected Place “In the Absence of Monsters”



Title: In the Absence of Monsters

Author: J.P. Barnaby

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 146000 Words

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Jayden Carter knew the path he wanted his life to take. He wanted to get his Master’s Degree in History and teach. But when he answered an ad for a roommate and met mysterious doctor, Ethan Bryant, he’s brought into a world he never knew existed and his path changes.
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“In The Absence of Monsters” Behind the Scenes – What is Love?



In the Absence of Monsters contains one strong recurring theme, that of questioning established definitions. The definitions of sexuality, recovery, and love are examined throughout the book. The relationship between Ethan and Jayden challenges their understanding of their respective sexualities. Ethan comes to terms with his sexuality, he works toward recovery, but the one concept he can’t quite grasp is love. He understands love in an intellectual way: the love of his mother, the love of a friend, the love you feel for a puppy, but the idea of a romantic love eludes him. As the victim of traumatic childhood sexual abuse, Ethan forced himself at a young age to separate any emotion from physical touch in order to survive. As he got older and began to have consensual sexual relationships, that connection did not re-establish.

A conscientious and respected Dom in his community, Ethan has found a way to control the monster who lurks in the back of his closet. The man who hurt him, the nameless, faceless demon, may be in prison, but his influence continues to haunt his victim. Coming into the novel, we see that Ethan is close to his most cherished submissive, Lexi Morgan. We find that Ethan is desperate to love her, to have some kind of relationship, and has no idea why he can’t. Not until Jayden Carter walks into his life and turns it upside down.

The novel In the Absence of Monsters is the culmination of my own questions on sexuality, recovery, relationships, and love. Over the course of my life I’ve found that being in a relationship with someone will not make you love them. Being in love with someone won’t make a relationship succeed. There is some factor of luck included in the hard work to make that magical combination work in the long term. I’ve been engaged, I think I’ve even been in love, yet, I’m still single. Each time I find that person I think I’m supposed to be with, there is some factor that causes me to walk away. I’ve learned this about myself. On some level, I recognize that I have a deep-seated fear of intimacy, which lends itself to great effect with Ethan. I tell myself, much like he did, that I have no interest in it, yet the reality is that I crave it, even around the edges of the fear. At night, I dream of the man who can fulfill my needs, not only sexually, but emotionally.

My understanding of love is theoretical, at best.

I get a family’s love, though a great deal of my family is of the chosen kind. I get a friend’s love, mostly for the same reason. I love books. I love video games. I love writing. I know that because of the feeling I get when I think about these things. But the idea of relying on someone, sharing a bank account, and a bed every night gives me anxiety like I’ve never known. It’s an interesting dichotomy, one that I’ve explored through Ethan and come up with some interesting conclusions.

So, enjoy Ethan’s journey, and find your own answers.

BLURB: Jayden Carter knew the path he wanted his life to take. He wanted to get his Master’s Degree in History and teach. But, when he answered an ad for a roommate and met mysterious doctor, Ethan Bryant, he’s brought into a world he never knew existed and his path changes.

It changes again for Jayden and he leaves Ethan with their friend, Lexi, in tow. Ethan loses himself in a haze of self-destruction and pain. With the help of a childhood friend, Gabriel, Ethan battles the demons of his childhood and finds a way to survive. Gabriel and Jayden wage an epic war for Ethan, but in the end, they may all end up losing.

Adapted from The Forbidden Room and A House of Cards: Deconstructing Ethan

AUTHOR BIO: Award winning romance novelist, J. P. Barnaby has penned over a dozen books including the Working Boys series, the Little Boy Lost series, In the Absence of Monsters, and Aaron. As a bisexual woman, J.P. is a proud member of the GLBT community both online and in her small town on the outskirts of Chicago. A member of Mensa, she is described as brilliant but troubled, sweet but introverted, and talented but deviant. She spends her days writing software and her nights writing erotica, which is, of course, far more interesting. The spare time that she carves out between her career and her novels is spent reading about the concept of love, which, like some of her characters, she has never quite figured out for herself.

Web site: http://www.JPBarnaby.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JPBarnaby
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JPBarnaby

THE GIVEAWAY:

* By entering the giveaway, you’re confirming that you are at least 18 years old.
* Giveaway is only available to residents of the US
* Winners will be selected by random number. No purchase necessary to win. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.
* If you win, you must respond to my email within 48 hours or another winner may be chosen.
* Winners may be announced on JP Barnaby’s blog following the contest. By entering the contest you are agreeing to allow your name to be posted and promoted as the contest winner.
* In the event of technical problems with the blog during the contest, every effort will be made to extend the contest deadline to allow for additional entries.
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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, A.J. Damian, CJane Elliott, Ethan Stone, Guest Contributor, J.P. Barnaby, John Goode, Julie Lynn Hayes, Kingett Reads, Leighton Rose, Nikka Michaels

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week


Happy Sunday, Everyone, I hope it was a great week for all of you. And if not, well, it’s almost over, so there’s that.

Speaking of great weeks, we’ve got another one of those coming up at The Novel Approach—more reviews, more guests, and more giveaways are on tap, so read on to see what’s coming up, and then stay tuned for more chances to win some great prizes!


MondayEthan Stone is with us today. He’s answered a few questions for us and is also offering a giveaway of his book Damaged to one lucky reader.

TuesdayCJane Elliott is our guest as she tours to promote her coming-of-age novel Serpentine Walls.

Wednesday – Author A.J. Damien is here today to introduce herself and tell us a little bit about the erotic fiction she writes.

ThursdayJulie Lynn Hayes is here with a guest article and giveaway of her newest release, When Will I See You Again.

FridayJP Barnaby drops in on her In the Absence of Monsters Blog Tour to talk about love, and she’s also offering a giveaway.

John Goode is also back today with his bi-weekly article in his popular Writing Series.

SaturdayLeighton Rose joins us today on the Back to You Blog Tour, and she’s also offering an e-copy of the book to a lucky winner

SundayNikka Michaels drops in on the Waking Up Wolf Blog Tour, with a guest article and a giveaway.

And Robert Kingett will be back with another installment of Kingett Reads

And that’s it for this week. Until next time, happy reading!

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Eric Arvin, Geoffrey Knight, J.P. Barnaby, TJ Klune, Wilde City Press

Get Ready For The “Ghoul’s Gym” Blog Tour. It’s Bound To Be A Wilde Time!



The M/M reading, writing, and reviewing community has banded together to rally around two of its own, in a show of love and support unlike anything I’ve ever witnessed before. As the dollar amount continues to grow to help Eric and TJ offset some of the financial burdens they’re currently facing, we witness an ever-growing outpouring of hope and prayers for Eric’s quick recovery and TJ’s continued strength to help see them both through it all. Here in the virtual community, JP Barnaby and Geoffrey Knight have worked together to organize a Blog Tour for TJ and Eric’s Ghoul’s Gym, their collaboration in Wilde City Press’s Zombie Boyz anthology, which is releasing on Wednesday, December 18, 2013.

Throughout this mini-blitz, you’ll find articles about the ways in which these two authors have touched those they’ve met, whether in person, online, or simply through their work. There will be prize opportunities, including Amazon gift cards and download codes for free books from WCP, video clips from the archives right here at The Novel Approach, and more.

The following is a list of participating authors and bloggers, so be sure to stay tuned!

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12/17JP Barnaby
12/18Mrs. Condit Reads Books
12/19MM Good Book Reviews
12/20Kage Alan
12/21Joyfully Jay
12/22Brandilyn Reviews Books
12/23The Novel Approach
12/24Sid Love
12/25The Kimi-Chan Experience

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“Painting Fire on the Air” Is A Story Of Grief And Love



“Grief is not as heavy as guilt, but it takes more away from you.” ― Veronica Roth



Ben….what to say about Ben. This man is just a hot freakin’ mess, but he isn’t beyond repair. From the time his younger sister Juliette comes home his parents impress on Ben that his job as a big brother is to watch out for his sister. That is exactly what he did for sixteen years, but one night he let his attention wane and it cost him and his parents everything. Juliette Martin was kidnapped, raped and murdered and Ben couldn’t do anything to prevent it. His eighteen year old mind was convinced that it was all his fault, and he has never been able to shake that belief years later.
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J.P. Barnaby’s “Charlie, Rentboy” Is A Keeper



“Secrets are more powerful when people know you’ve got them.” – E. Lockhart



Charlie is an engineering student in his last year of college. He has a partial scholarship, but how is he going to make ends meet for silly little things like rent and food? He could always work fast food for minimum wage, but when he finds out about a different kind of job that pays SO much better there isn’t really any other option for him. Charlie loves sex, he loves to top, he loves to bottom, and he loves to give and get oral, so why not get paid for it?
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A.J.’s Got You Covered – This Week’s Pick – “A Broken Kind of Life” by Jamie Mayfield – Cover Art by AngstyG





Don’t you just want to grab this kid, pull him into a hug first, and then shove him behind your back, staving off all his demons with a razor edged machete? You do? Well, then you have been enticed by just a cover. A dark, brooding, emoting-so-loudly-you-can-practically-hear-the-kid’s-thoughts-as-he-thinks-them, fantabulous cover.

A Broken Kind of Life, written by J.P. Barnaby (writing as Jamie Mayfield), art done by AngstyG (whose website, on a side note, I could write odes to ’cause it’s that damn cool), is a novel about a troubled youth battling with his own inner demons and his parents thoughts of having him institutionalized. This is the sort of book that I’m always wickedly conflicted about reading. I’m not an angst fan. I’m not a soppy gooey Mary Sue lover either but angst, well let’s just say, my significant other won’t let me watch Emergency Vets anymore cause I end up in tears by the end every time. Which is odd cause romantic movies? Nothing, nary a quivering lip in sight.

But I digress. The cover. I am so caught out by the look in his eyes, the grim faded colors of his world, and the shockingly bright red of the word broken that just seems to shout, PAIN WITHIN, that I want to read this.

Every week, the wonderful person that is Lisa Horan sends me a folder of book covers. Usually about 10 to 14 on average (so far), and I pick from within. I open the folder and take my first look, usually discounting all but 2 or 3 in the very first few minutes. Then I set it aside for a bit, go have dinner or whatever else, re-watch Sherlock for the umpteenth million time, work on some homework or art and come back to it later. Then I take a closer look. I look at the backgrounds, the colors, the fonts. I try to get a general feel for the book cover. Which one is speaking loudest? Why? That’s what I usually do; this week, not so much. This cover just leapt out at me, drawing my attention from the very first glance.

I can’t really pinpoint a favorite part as I’m enjoying it as a whole picture. I love that the artist used a particularly turbulent looking storm to represent the characters state of mind in a very literal sense. By positioning it in the area we usually equate to our brain being, and over the starkness of the words, it really drives home the loneliness and fear of the character. The splintering of the lightening equates itself to the splintering of the young man’s mind. The position of the character low on the page seems to give off fearfulness, a ducking of a shameful head, but the eyes are peering upwards, perhaps hopeful, perhaps not completely beaten down then.

The font is well fitted as well. A slightly more ragged looking font combined with a very rigid looking font reflects the imbalance of the story as well. The colors are compelling, especially the vivid red which makes the word “Broken” jump out at you. Fonts are tough to get right, believe it or not. I know that for myself, I scroll through a huge list of fonts trying to find the perfect one and sometimes you think you have it, and nope it’s just a teeny tiny bit off. If it doesn’t fit, it really detracts from the cover. If it fits, it enhances it. It’s like putting the final touch on a perfectly frosted cake that you’ve slaved over for hours. One slight misstep can wreak artistic havoc. Luckily for J.P. Barnaby she not only got an artist that knows their way around graphics and artistic vision, but one that is accomplished in choosing the correct fonts as well.

Hopefully I’ve been able to show the simple, grim, beauty of this cover, and have been able to convey my enjoyment of it, dark though it appears to be. It just goes to show that a cover can be beautiful even when it’s understated, such as this one. As well as a good lesson to remember if you’re prone to tossing all sorts of things at a cover and seeing what sticks. That said, however, it is equally vital that you choose interesting pictures if you are going with a more minimalistic approach because honestly, if the pictures are boring, the cover is boring, and people will tend to think that the story is boring as well.

On the subject of covers for this week, that’s all I’ve got.

Have a great day and may the good books be with you!

A.J. – Got You Covered

All thoughts and comments are the reviewers only and not the viewpoints of others. If I’ve made you angry, stepped on any toes, or otherwise ruffled any feathers, I do apologize. This is just for fun, and written in the hopes that it will help fledgling book authors and artists to grow and learn.

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Anne Brooke, Charlie Harding, Clare London, Eric Arvin, Ethan Stone, Ewan Creed, Geoffrey Knight, Hank Edwards, J.P. Barnaby, Lloyd Meeker, Owen Keehnen, Patrick Darcy, Pelaam, Shae Connor, Wilde City Press

Your 4th Of July is About To Get All Kinds Of Wilde!

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Summer is all about fun, adventure and making great holiday memories. What do the Wilde City authors get up to? Find out when they were asked about some of their favorite summer traditions … past, present, and future.

Help Wilde City Press celebrate the start of summer and July 4th. Enjoy 25% of your entire cart from Wednesday July 3rd through Sunday July 7th with the coupon code: WildeFreedom.

 

What is your favorite July 4th / Independence Day memory or tradition?

 

Shae Connor

My favorite July 4th tradition is putting the watermelon in the pool.

See, my extensive extended family mostly lives in and around a small Georgia town, and the main gathering place for as long as I can remember has been the house of one of my grandmother’s sisters. (Both my grandmother and her sister are gone now, but some things just don’t change.)

Every year on the 4th of July, everyone who’s in town gathers at that house for a cookout. There’s a big grill out back, where the manly men types cook the meat. There’s also a pool, and every year, there’s a watermelon that goes in the pool. The kids play with it in the water most of the day, and then after everyone eats, the watermelon gets fished out, washed off, and sliced for everyone to dig in. The water in the pool chills it perfectly, not too cold like it would be from the fridge.

Now I want some pool-cooled watermelon!

I’ve been making up stories for as long as I can remember, but it took me a long time to figure out that maybe I should start writing them down. I started out writing fanfic well over a decade ago, and in 2010, I moved into original fiction. (Though I do still get waylaid by a fanfiction plotbunny now and then.)

Shae is new to Wilde City. Look for Fringes, her Charlie Harding Presents erotic sci-fi short due out later this summer. Visit her at: shaeconnorwrites.com

 

Owen Keehnen

I am not sure if it was the exactly the 4th of July, but I do recall the fireworks. I was probably 20 or so and felt very grown up. I was in my first real apartment with my first real boyfriend. It was night and to escape the heat we climbed out my bedroom window onto the roof. We spread a sheet on the graveled tar and were lying there just holding hands and watching the stars. There was heat lightning to the south. The small town fireworks began about a half hour after dusk and probably lasted a total of five minutes. When they ended, I turned to him and said, “I love you.” I didn’t know exactly what those words entailed, but I knew how I felt and at that moment there wasn’t a doubt in my mind. It was such a feeling of complete contentment. We ended up falling asleep out there on the roof and climbed back inside around 3 a.m. He’s gone now, but whenever I see fireworks I think of him and that rooftop and that moment. It always brings a smile.

In addition to the four poems he contributed to Falling Awake, Owen has two other projects coming soon to Wilde City. The LGBT Book of Days is a fun and comprehensive guide to thousands of the most important dates in LGBT history – it’s great for reference and trivia and a real treat to compile. The second is a humorous novel called Young Digby Swank, a gay coming of age story about growing up Catholic which is hilarious and heartbreaking and heroic all at the same time. Visit Owen on facebook.

 

Hank Edwards

Meet Josh Stanton, orphaned at a young age in the mid-1800s, he has always been considered an outcast in Belkin’s Pass. Now he’s grown into a quiet, well-educated young man full of secrets, the least of which is his love for his best friend, town deputy Dex Wells. But when the ancient vampire Balthazar begins feeding on the residents of Belkin’s Pass, Josh’s secrets prove to be the turning point in a battle for the souls of the townspeople—but at what personal cost? —- Cowboys & Vampires, available now at Wilde City Press.

Visit Hank at hankedwardsbooks.com

 

 

What is your favorite Summer memory or tradition?

Geoffrey Knight

My favourite Independence Day moment has to be when Will Smith socks that mean old alien in the chops after they have the dogfight in the canyon and he says something bad-ass like, “You aliens just wrecked my July 4 barbecue and now I’m gonna have me some E.T. burgers because you guys suck!” Oh … you mean a real Independence Day memory, not a scene from the movie! I guess I’ll answer the Best Summer Memory or Tradition question instead.

I don’t think I have one particular memory or tradition that stands out because I love everything about Summer. Being Australian, Summer means lots of public holidays: Christmas, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Australia all happen in the space of a month or so, so January pretty much means lots of delicious seafood and days at the beach and your skin feels dusty with sea-salt the whole time, which is a feeling I love. Now that I’ve moved to an island it’s even better; Sydney beaches can get really crowded but up here I can walk from one end of the beach to the other with my dogs and not see a soul. And yes, of course I go in for a skinny dip! ;)

“I want to see.” … “Nash, we’re in Egypt, in the ruins of an ancient city, standing in front of a secret door! Aren’t you curious?”
“Curiosity killed the – ” … “No, I’m not curious.”
The lie was unconvincing enough to give Ryan the confidence to sway him.
Sway him with a kiss. …
“Curious yet?”

You can read Nash’s answer in Cairo Curse, book two in the Vampire Lair series. Visit Geoff at www.geoffreyknightbooks.com

 

Lloyd Meeker

My favorite summer tradition is honoring the solstice. In one old tradition, Midsummer Night was the time to leave a small dish of brandy in the garden as a gift to the fairies, which I’ve always thought was charming. Inviting the goodwill of nature is always a sensible idea!

I mark the solstice by honoring extremes – the dark of winter in the southern hemisphere and the light of summer in the northern – and the inevitable swing of the one toward the other. It is the wisdom of the Tao, the dance of light and dark, each with the spark of the other in its core.

This idea may seem pretty dry, but try this little experiment: sit on a playground swing and build momentum. Make the point furthest back winter solstice, when movement forward begins, and make the point farthest forward summer solstice, when graceful retreat begins. Feel the delicious centrifugal force as you move, your weightlessness at both far points – and remember the earth, held in her arc by the sun.

Gay PI Russ Morgan doesn’t mind being fifty but hates being single. He’s made peace with being a psychic empath, and he’s managed to build a decent life since getting sober. As he uncovers obscene secrets shrouded in seeming righteousness, he might have to make peace with a sword of justice that cuts the innocent as deeply as the guilty. —- Enigma, coming soon to Wilde City Press.

Visit Lloyd at lloydmeeker.com

 

Clare London

I wish the UK had July 4 celebrations as well! This summer so far, we’ve had sleet, flood rains, gale force winds and then occasionally a sunny, hot day. I think this is the reason most of our sentimental celebrations take place in the latter half of the year. Or why the British talk constantly about the weather.

It seemed sunnier in The Old Days, when I was young(er). One happy memory is of an annual trip with friends to Henley-on-Thames, for a barbeque/picnic beside the river. This was the irresponsible time before kids and mortgages! We always arranged a game of rounders (like baseball, but not), competing with way more enthusiasm than skill, and helped along (or hindered?) by huge amounts of alcohol.

We still have photographic evidence of the fun. A gal sitting in her bikini, draining the last cupful of fruit punch from a litre-sized jug. A chap with his younger brother hauled over his shoulder, running towards the river to throw him in. Various self-inflicted rounders-bat injuries on sunburned shins. Clare, clutching river weeds to her chest because she lost her tube top when she dived in…

Oh those lazy, hazy afternoons of summer!

Meet Freeman, a quiet man who’s not used to sharing his plans, his history, or his emotions. He’s returned to the city on business, a case that has nothing to do with the people he once left behind: his ex-wife, his male ex-lover, and his ex-business partner. He has no plans to engage with any of them again – until he meets Kit, the provocative young man who’s going to pull Freeman from the safety of his shell, whether he wants to or not. —- Freeman, coming soon to Wilde City Press.

Visit Clare at www.clarelondon.co.uk

 

Eric Arvin

I’m a big music slut any time of the year, but I especially love summer music or music that makes me think of summer. Every spring I make an awesome playlist for the warmer months. There be lots of frivolity and even some slower tunes in the mix. Here are a few from this year’s playlist:

Boys on the Radio by Hole
Mad About You by Belinda Carlisle
Love This by Cosmo Jarvis
Love Profusion by Madonna (Madonna has a lot of great summer tunes)
Car Wheels on A Gravel Road by Lucinda Williams

Midnight City by M83 (they’re last album was a summer spectacular)
I’m Like a Bird by Nelly Furtado
Soak Up the Sun by Sheryl Crow
Summer Fling by kd lang (from her album Invincible Summer)
Summertime Clothes by Animal Collective

Wicked Game by Chris Isaak
Spaceman by The Killers (again, they’ve got a lot of great summery songs)
Boys of Summer by Eric Himan (a great version of the Don Henley classic)
For the Summer by Ray LaMontagne
Summer Days by Norah Jones

Summertime by Ella Fitzgerald
Summer Moved On by A-ha
Freeway by Aimee Mann (Mann’s voice just sounds like summer to me, other Mann Summer songs include 4th of July and Fifty Years After the Fair)
Free Falling by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
End of the Innocence by Don Henley

If I Ever Feel Better by Phoenix
Birmingham by Shovels & Rope
Ramona by Night Beds
Singing in My Sleep by Semisonic
Lightning Bolt by Jake Bugg

Eric Arvin resides in the same sleepy Indiana river town where he grew up. He graduated from Hanover College with a Bachelors in History. He has lived, for brief periods, in Italy and Australia. He has survived brain surgery and his own loud-mouthed personal demons. Eric is the author of The Mingled destinies of Crocodiles and Men, and various other sundry and not-so-sundry writings. He intends to live the rest of his days with tongue in cheek and eyes set to roam.

Visit Eric at ericarvin.blogspot.com

 

Patrick Darcy

Without a doubt, on a cold summer night in Dublin, I dream of being naked on an Ibizan beach. Preferably Playa Es Cavallet, the gay nudist beach. It’s a bit of a trek; you have to get past the German and Dutch naturalist before getting to the promised land of sexy, naked homos. I see it now, hot muscled hunks, with tattoos and great big…….

The beach is all white sand lined with cool beach bars, and the sound of funky music fills the air. Such a great relaxed vibe and beautiful people cruising each other. To say it’s sexual would be an understatement.

Summer is all about being naked, however, there are occasional problems. As a weak and feeble man, I am constantly being shown up by my hardon. I want to be dignified and European. But I’m Irish, I see a hot naked guy and, well, my cock just has to show its appreciation. Total nude beach faux pas. Oh the shame of it! The only saving grace is that my buns are rather pert. So I spend most of the day laying on my front, peaking through my Roy Orbison shades at all the beach talent.

OK. now I’m horny!

Hi! I’m Patrick Darcy. Rugby player, Irishman and writer of full strength gay erotica. Follow me at patrickdarcybooks.com, as I comment on life in Dublin, hot men and all the things that make me tick. There are two big passions in my life: great sex and rugby. Quite often, these are combined! I love the thrill of competition, the power, the intensity, the brotherhood of rugby.

Oh, and I love being naked!

 

Anne Brooke

My favourite summer memory is my mother’s homemade lemonade. She only ever made it in summer as she said it was an outdoor drink and needed a big dose of sunshine to make the bubbles pop. Apparently winter would make the whole drink go grey and flat, and as I was young I believed her – and in a way I still do. Homemade lemonade only ever appeared about three or four times a year and only when we were very good and she was pleased with us. It wasn’t ever something she prepared for either but, in our family group, she would slip away quietly and after a while one or another of us would realise she was missing. From then on the excitement would mount and then – at last! – half an hour or so later she would reappear with a huge jug of lovely lemony-yellow bubbly drink and a selection of glasses. Drinking it meant you had enough sugar in your system to last you well into the next month, but it was like a blast of sunshine and citrus in the mouth, I can tell you. Sheer bliss!

The night I met Luke Milton, the last thing I was looking for was any kind of relationship …

“What the hell are you doing?” …
“Waiting for you …”
“You’ve not covered up your mark.” … “You must have taken some stick for it from the office.”
“Why should I cover it up? You gave it to me. That’s worth all the stick in the world.”

Read the rest of Luke and Alan’s interactions in The Beginning of Knowledge, available now at Wilde City Press. Visit Anne at www.annebrooke.com

 

Ewan Creed

I’ll set the scene for you – a rowboat, a bottle of wine, a low moon, and a good man. We had met on the beach that morning and clicked, so after hanging out all day I invited him out to dinner and then for a ride on the lake. There was just something about him. It was so easy to talk to him. I told him more about myself than I told my best friends and he shared just as much about himself. That evening was nothing special in the scheme of things, and yet perfect at the same time. It was one of those connections you just don’t forget. He was the first person I ever told that I wanted to be a writer.

Meet Alex, a man caught up in the leather bar scene of 1975, a man consumed by the feeling of sexual abandon and freedom. One night Alex gets more than he bargained for and is transported into a dark carnal wonderland of sexual abandon and perpetual desire, a world that can trap a man for all eternity. —- The Leather Bar Mural, available now from Wilde City Press.

Follow all of Ewan’s release dates HERE.

 

 

If you could escape to anywhere in the world this summer, where would it be?

J.P. Barnaby

J. P. Barnaby, an award-winning gay romance novelist, is the author of over a dozen books including the Little Boy Lost series, the Forbidden Room series, and Aaron. As a bisexual woman, J.P. is a proud member of the GLBT community both online and in her small town on the outskirts of Chicago. A member of Mensa, she is described as brilliant but troubled, sweet but introverted, and talented but deviant. She spends her days writing software and her nights writing erotica, which is, of course, far more interesting. The spare time that she carves out between her career and her novels is spent reading about the concept of love, which, like some of her characters, she has never quite figured out for herself.

J.P.’s new Rentboy series is coming to Wilde City press later this year. Visit J.P. at www.JPBarnaby.com

 

Pelaam

I live in New Zealand and summer here starts in December. For someone born in the UK, seeing bikinis and sun lotion next to Christmas trees and decorations just isn’t right. A holiday somewhere hot and sultry with exotic cocktails might be most people’s idea of summer bliss. However, I’d like to escape to celebrate my summer Christmas in Canada with snow, caribou, and lots of mulled wine.

Living in clean, green New Zealand, I am an author, foodie, wine buff and Art Historian. I write M/M romance, particularly paranormal, sci-fi and fantasy, and like to add passion, and a twist, to my tales. I grew up on Dr Who, Star Trek and The Night Stalker. I never leave the house without at least one notebook, ready to jot down anything the muse may whisper. Visit me on facebook.

 

Charlie Harding

I would scoop up my partner Scotty Rage and we’d meet up with our 10 closest friends at a beach somewhere. Seafood, cocktails, sand, sun and the people we care about… Our favorite combination!

Charlie Harding joined the ranks of adult performers in February 2012. He has won multiple awards including “Best New Cummer,” “Best Daddy,” “Best Ass Eater 2012” and “Manly Man”. Charlie has also put his multiple college degrees to work building network of business ventures including launching his own line of personally selected gay erotica at www.charliehardingpresents.com. Charlie lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his partner and fiance, Scotty Rage.

 

Ethan Stone

I would love to go on a cruise to somewhere warm but not too hot. I want a place with a beach, cool clear water and some hot cabana boys. The hot cabana boys are not just for eye candy, they’d be there for inspiration. The whole trip would be for inspiration since I’ve been having a hard time with writing lately. Being in a relaxing environment with pretty eye candy all around me could really help with my writing block. Additionally, it would benefit my health as well. If I were to lay shirtless in the sun, soaking up all that vitamin D, I’d have all the energy I need for anything that happened to come up. :-)

Anyone wanting to contribute to the “Save Ethan’s Mental and Physical Health” Cruise feel free to use Paypal.

“Did you like what you saw out there?” …
“You’re a very … talented dancer.” …
“Anything else you liked?”
“You fishing for a compliment, Holt? You don’t seem the type to need your ego stroked.”
“Maybe it’s not my ego I want s…”

See if Jason Holt ever gets around to telling Quinn what he wants stroked, Past Tense available now at Wilde City Press. Visit Ethan at www.ethanjstone.com.

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Dreamspinner Press, J.P. Barnaby

There’s A Dose Of Forgiveness In Bane of Boston by J.P. Barnaby

When baseball is no longer fun, it’s no longer a game. – Joe DiMaggio

Jonathan Young did a very bad thing. Something so bad that he was turned into a pariah by an entire city. You might not think it such a bad thing. I certainly don’t. The very bad thing that Jonathan Young did? He caught a baseball. Not just any baseball, though. The baseball that Jonathan Young caught could have been the ball that landed the Boston Red Sox in the World Series for the first time since 1918.

Baseball fans in Boston take their Sox very seriously. Jonathan was harassed from every angle. The photographers wouldn’t leave him alone, so he lost his job. He changed his phone number five times. His boyfriend of five years couldn’t take the pressure, so he left. Even his own brother wouldn’t speak to him. All over a baseball. Jonathan refused to talk to any reporters regarding the incident, no matter how much money they threw at him. All this over a baseball. He earned the nickname The Bane of Boston.

Jonathan changed his name to Jack and moved to Chicago. Jack thought he could easily get lost in such a big city. For three years, this proved to be true. Then Jack me Ryan in a bar near Wrigley Field. Ryan was the first man Jack had met since moving. Unfortunately, Ryan recognized Jack. Even more unfortunately, Ryan is a sports reporter for the Chicago Tribune.

Ryan sees in Jack the possibility to have the career he always wanted. He had the chance at an exclusive interview with the Bane of Boston! He would take Jack home, and after spending the night with him, get him to open up about the very bad thing.

After spending some time together in and out of bed, Ryan confesses to Jack who he is and that he took Jack home in hopes of writing an article about him. He also tells Jack that now that he knows him, he can’t write the story, because he wants Jack more than he wants an exclusive. He wants to spend every day proving it.

Jack leaves, but not before Ryan writes down and gives him his phone number. That piece of paper seems to burn a hole in Jack’s pocket. He avoids the bar where he met Ryan. Ryan searches for and eventually finds Jack in a new bar and repeats his desire to have Jack in his life.

My favorite thing about this book was Jack and Ryan’s ability to forgive and forget. Ryan was willing to forget that his Jack was Jonathan Young, the Bane of Boston and was willing to sacrifice his career goals for Jack’s love. Jack was able to forgive Ryan for starting their relationship on a lie and he finally found someone to love him in spite of being the most hated man in baseball.

Bane of Boston was a short, but sweet read. I highly recommend it to the romantic in all of you!

Reviewed by: Tina

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