4 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Jena Wade, Narration Rating - 3 Stars, Reviewed by Amy

Audio Review: Technically Dating by Jena Wade – Narrated by John-Paul Barrel

Title: Technically Dating

Author: Jena Wade

Narrator:: John-Paul Barrel

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 2 Hours, 18 Minutes

At a Glance: I really enjoyed the brief world Jena Wade weaves, but the narration definitely left me wanting more.

Reviewed By: Amy

Blurb: Meek and mild Bruce Collins decides to set aside his life in technical support for the evening and try a wild night on the town. Self-described nerd Bruce meets suave Westley Taylor at a club, but the night doesn’t go as planned. When they run into each other the next day, Bruce is determined to get the details right and finish what they started. Westley is impressed and invites Bruce on date after date. Bruce figures they’re technically dating and might even be in a relationship, until he accidentally overhears a phone message intended for Westley. Every aspect of their time together comes into question. Now, it’s time for Westley to set the facts straight.

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Review: This is my first book by Jena Wade, and let me say that I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Who doesn’t love the geek and the cutie? This book starts out with Bruce meeting Wes in a club for a brief encounter.Their encounter is cut short by a phone call, and Wes thinks he will never see the sexy man again. The next day at Wes’s job as a concierge, he encounters a man who resembles the sexy, leather clad man from the night before, with the exception of his geeky appearance. After realizing Bruce is the same man from the previous night, Wes is intrigued, and they start a romance. Jena Wade builds a very sweet but awkward relationship that somewhat resembles her main character, Bruce.

From the adorkable Bruce to the sweet and friendly Wes, Wade writes depth hard to find in short stories. The reason I would give Technically Dating a 4 star rating and not a 5 was simple. The couple’s first few dates after Bruce leaves the hotel, the author uses a large time jump in the story. This normally wouldn’t bother me, but the story goes from a budding relationship between Wes and Bruce, to what seems like a relationship with patterns that are implied not shown. With that exception, I truly enjoyed this story and am definitely going to seek this author out again.

Narration: One of the main things a narrator of an audiobook needs to be able to do is define each character with a different version of his voice. I had an extremely hard time telling the characters apart, and had to rewind several times to understand who was saying what. The narrator also pronounced things phonetically. This is wonderful when reciting Shakespeare; unfortunately, it isn’t wonderful when you are hearing a sex scene. I really enjoyed the brief world Jena Wade weaves, but the narration definitely left me wanting more.

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Guest Post and Giveaway: Cowboy Movies – Where to Find Inspiration by Jena Wade

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You would think that when I was writing this story I would have been watching as many cowboy movies I could get my hands on, or at least I would have watched Brokeback Mountain. But alas, I did not.

But now that I think of it, I really should have, because Cowboy movies are the best. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Jena Wade, Reviewed by Jules

Two Men Might Be In A Relationship In Jena Wade’s “Technically Dating”

“You’re better looking than Hugh Jackman. You’d make a better Wolverine too. You’re an animal in bed.” – Jena Wade


Title: Technically Dating

Author: Jena Wade

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 94 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Meek and mild Bruce Collins decides to set aside his life in technical support for the evening and try a wild night on the town. Self-described nerd Bruce meets suave Westley Taylor at a club, but the night doesn’t go as planned. When they run into each other the next day, Bruce is determined to get the details right and finish what they started. Westley is impressed and invites Bruce on date after date. Bruce figures they’re technically dating and might even be in a relationship, until he accidentally overhears a phone message intended for Westley. Every aspect of their time together comes into question. Now, it’s time for Westley to set the facts straight. Continue reading

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Jena Wade Drops By Today On The “Technically Dating” Blog Tour, With A Giveaway


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TNA: Hi, Jena, thanks so much for being here with us today. Why don’t we start out by having you tell us a little bit about yourself, a few things readers may not know about you?

Jena: I live in Michigan with my husband, two dogs, and a brand new baby boy. So that is something new and exciting – Baby JM is three months old now and he is my ‘little helper’–often sitting in my lap or in his bouncy chair while I write.
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A.M. Sexton, Bailey Bradford, Brandon Witt, Clare London, GayRomLit, Jena Wade, Libby Drew, Rain Carrington, Rhys Ford, Sneak Peek

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week



Halloo, everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great week! We’ve got more great guests, lots of great giveaways, and reviews coming up in the week ahead, so here’s a wee peek at what we’ve got on tap.

MondayLibby Drew kicks off the week on the Secrets of Neverwood Blog Tour

TuesdayBailey Bradford is our guest today on the Unexpected Places Blog Tour

WednesdayJena Wade stops in on the Technically Waiting Blog Tour

A.M. Sexton (aka Marie Sexton) is also with us to talk a little bit about her new book Release

ThursdayRhys Ford is dropping by on the Tequila Mockingbird Blog Tour, with a little Hair of the Dog

FridayBrandon Witt joins us on the Countdown to GRL Celebration Blog Tour

SaturdayRain Carrington comes back for a visit on the Penny’s Lane Blog Tour

SundayClare London is here on the “No Angel” Blog Tour

And that wraps things up nicely. Until next week, happy reading!

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A Man Panics Into Error In Jena Wade’s “Lumber & Law” – Reviewed by Jackie


“Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth.” ― C.G. Jung


Title: Lumber & Law (Shoes & Ties: Book Two)

Author: Jena Wade

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 95 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: A few months after his brother’s accident, Jesse Brody can’t stop thinking about Troy Evans, the police office that helped solve the case. Even though Troy almost had to arrest him, Jesse is sure he has a shot at a date.
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What Makes My Characters Sexy? – A Guest Post And Giveaway From Jena Wade


HI ALL! I’m Jena Wade, here to talk (Blog?) with you about my novel Lumber & Law – sequel to Shoes & Ties – available from Loose-Id – and what makes my characters sexy.

First of all, writing Jesse Brody was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. He’s funny, he’s candid, and he does whatever he wants, without being the alpha-jerk. That is what made him sexy to me. He says whatever comes to his mind, which sometimes had me thinking – can he/should he really say that? And the answer was always yes, yes he can.

The things that came out of his mouth made me laugh and hopefully they will do the same for the readers. That was my goal with this story – to make readers laugh out loud. Funny men = sexy men.

Troy was a little more difficult. When writing Shoes & Ties I didn’t spend as much time with him as I wanted (in the first draft). So I was super stoked when I got to add the scene at the end at Trent’s house… which I won’t go into detail about in case some haven’t read Shoes & Ties yet…

Anyway, it was a great scene (in my humble opinion ;) ) Troy took the spotlight for a little while, which really kick-started my writing of Lumber & Law.

Troy was sexy because he’s a cop (and who doesn’t love them… in stories, not when they are writing you tickets for speeding). Then… when Troy did what he did to win Jesse back (sorry, but I can’t spoil the ending), he stole the show. It took all of the natural sexiness he had and magnified it by a million… guess you have to read it to find out why.

So, readers – comment for a chance to win a copy of Lumber & Lawbut you have to include what you think makes a character sexy! :)

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Jayson James, Jena Wade, JL Merrow, Keira Andrews, Nikka Michaels, Sid Love, Sneak Peek, Stevie Gonzalez

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week



Welcome back, everyone, I hope you’ve had a fantastic week. We’ve got lots of great guests, giveaways, and reviews coming up in the week ahead and hope you’ll all stop in to see what each of our special guests has in store.

Here’s what’s on deck in the week ahead!

MondayJL Merrow drops in today on Riptide Publishing’s It’s All Geek to Me Blog Tour, and there’ll be a giveaway, too.

TuesdayJena Wade is here to talk a little bit about her new book Lumber & Law, and she’ll be giving away an e-copy of the book.

WednesdayKeira Andrews skates through on her Cold War Blog Tour to talk about the sport of figure skating, as well as offering a giveaway of the e-book.

ThursdayStevie Gonzalez stops in with exclusive excerpts from his series The Adventures of Astropilots Stern and Moreno, and he’s also offering an e-book giveaway of the first book, Framed on Titan.

FridaySid Love isn’t only a blog owner, but he’s also a published author now, and he’ll be our guest at TNA today to promote his Valentine’s Day romance, Holding on to Hope.

SaturdayNikka Michaels is back to promote her new release Room Service, so stay tuned for her visit.

SundayJayson James rounds out the week with a guest post about his newest book Drifting, and he’s also giving away an e-copy of the book.

Until next week, happy reading!

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No Need To Get All Dressed Up – Just Bring The “Shoes & Ties”



“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” ― Edgar Allan Poe


BLURB: Ashten Brody is a chef fresh out of college. He lands his dream job working as a personal chef to Trent Cole, local luxury hotel owner. As it turns out, Trent is also his dream man.

After working together, the two are unable to deny their attraction. One late night they can’t hold back any longer. Too bad Ashten rushes off soon after.

In the weeks that follow, it appears to Ashten that he has landed his dream man and his dream job. He and Trent appear to be on the path to a serious relationship and life-long happiness. Life seems to be just too perfect…

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Jena Wade Has Brought “Shoes & Ties” And A Giveaway!



TNA: Hi, Jena, thanks so much for being here with us today. Why don’t we start out by having you tell us a little bit about yourself? Hobbies, interests, odds and ends things that make you, you.

JW: Hi! I’m Jena Wade – brand spanking new author. :)

Besides writing, I enjoy riding horses (I own two), gardening, and playing outside. In the winter I hibernate, definitely not a cold-weather person.

I love to read. M/M romance of course.
… that about sums up my life.

TNA: Have you always written M/M Romance? If so, what would you say are some of the things that prompted you to explore gay romance and relationships in your writing?

JW: Yes? Kind of. I’ve always known I was going to write a romance novel someday. I loved to write and I loved romance, sooner or later I knew I was going to actually do it.

Back in the day, I assumed I would write het romance, cause that’s what I read, but then I fell into reading m/m romance and finally I had (made) the time to sit down and actually write a story that had been running around in my head for nearly two years.

I think I just finally found something that I was really really passionate about and that was just the kick I needed to actually write.

TNA: Let’s chat a little bit about your new book Shoes & Ties. We’d love for you to tell us a bit about it and how you come up with the idea for it.

JW: Gosh, it’s been so long I don’t even know how I came up with the idea… it’s just been running around in my head for too long for me to remember. I feel like Trent and Ashten have always been inside my head and I have no idea when they moved in.

Shoes & Ties is my debut novel.

Ashten Brody is a chef fresh out of college. He lands his dream job working as a personal chef to Trent Cole, local luxury hotel owner. As it turns out, Trent is also his dream man.

After working together, the two are unable to deny their attraction. One late night they can’t hold back any longer. Too bad Ashten rushes off soon after.

In the weeks that follow, it appears to Ashten that he has landed his dream man and his dream job. He and Trent appear to be on the path to a serious relationship and life-long happiness. Life seems to be just too perfect…

TNA: Did either of the main characters give you fits as you were writing, not wanting to cooperate with where you saw their story going?

JW: That didn’t happen with Shoes & Ties. For the most part Ashten and Trent were easy to write. Trent was hard to make likeable though, members of my crit group HATED him at first :)

TNA: What’s the one thing you hope for readers to take away from the book?

JW: Happiness :)

I’m a sucker for a happy ending. A lot of what I write can get a little sappy (and later some of the sap gets edited out :) ).

I just want to make people smile with my writing. Give them a little bit of an escape for an hour or two or three (however long it takes you to read the story).

TNA: What would you say is the most stressful part of this authorly business: Writing the book? Shopping it out to publishers? Waiting for reviews? The marketing you do to promote it?

JW: Marketing.

As a web developer by day I have the tools necessary to do it, but I just don’t care for it –that’s terrible, I know! – I just would rather be writing.

Waiting for a response for Shoes & Ties was painful, but now I am too busy with my day job and other writing to think too much about what I have out on submission. Though I’m sure if I get a rejection then I might rethink all that :)

TNA: Would you say you’re a plotter or a “pantser”?

JW: Definitely a plotter. I outline each story – at least the first half – before I start writing. And I write everything in order.

I can write without the outline for short stories, but anything more than 10K I need an outline.

TNA: Of all the characters you’ve created, do you have a favorite? If so, who and why?

JW: Jesse (Ashten’s brother) is my favorite – and he has his own story called Lumber & Law.

He’s funny and he says whatever comes in his head, which made writing his story fun.

TNA: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received with respect to writing?

JW: Hmmm… One of my beta readers once teased me for my sappiness :) but then she said “Different strokes, for different folks” and I always remember that when I am writing and reading ( and beta-ing). Not everyone is going to like what you write. I’m not going to like everything I read. Just because some people might criticize my writing or not like it is no reason to not write.

TNA: Do you have an all-time favorite literary character? If so, who and why?

JW: Westley from The Princess Bride. Both the movie and the book He’s just so dreamy *far off look, loud sigh*

… what were we talking about again?

TNA: Would you care to share a little bit of information on any of your current WIPs?

JW: Lumber & Law – sequel to Shoes & Ties – is almost done. This is Jesse’s story and I don’t want to give too much away, so my lips are sealed 

I have a story out on submission *fingers crossed* called Technically Dating about a geek who falls for the suave sexy guy in the club, but isn’t sure if he can make any relationship work, let alone a long-distance one.

Also, I have another WIP called Objection which features Gavin, who was a secondary character in my Love Has No Boundaries story – Strip, Please, which is available for free!

TNA: Where can readers find you on the internet?

http://www.jenawade.com
http://www.twitter.com/thejenawade

TNA: Would you like share an excerpt from Shoes & Ties with us?

Ashten’s gaze never left Trent’s body until he stepped into the pool and began his laps, and even then, Ashten had a hard time tearing away. Ashten turned his attention back to the grill. The steak seemed to be taking forever to cook. He checked the temperature again, just to make sure the grill was actually on.

Trent’s powerful shoulders pushed him through the crystal clear water of the pool. Every so often he would stop and comb his wet hair back with his fingers.

Ashten put his back to the pool. He shouldn’t be watching his boss like that. It didn’t help, though. He could see the reflection of the pool in the bay window.

When Trent stepped out of the water, Ashten had to hold on to the grill to keep from falling. Trent’s body glistened with water droplets. Ashten’s mouth went dry as Trent toweled down his washboard abs and muscular thighs. He could picture those thighs wrapped tightly around his waist, gleaming with sweat instead of pool water.

Trent strolled to the patio door, before flashing him a sexy grin and asking, “See anything you like?”

Trent was already in the house, the door closed behind him when Ashten finally choked out, “No!”

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THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

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