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Review: Other Side of the Line by Marguerite Labbe

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Title: Other Side of the Line

Author: Marguerite Labbe

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 330 Pages

At a Glance: Other Side of the Line is a journey of love and endurance you will not want to miss. I highly recommend it to you.

Reviewed By: Sammy

Blurb: Caleb Hudson and Hal Zimmer became best friends the day they stood up against the schoolyard bully together. Life’s complicated enough with their friendship crossing racial lines in 1960s Charleston, South Carolina, but as time passes, they realize it’s more than their friendship that sets them apart from other kids. At first, Caleb denies his feelings for Hal could be more than companionship. He supports his friend when Hal admits he’s gay, but Caleb isn’t ready to face his own truth.

Hal becomes a staunch antiwar protester, and the divide between them widens after Caleb is drafted. But when Caleb returns from Vietnam, the time for denial is over. His homecoming sets off a series of events that force Caleb and Hal to confront their desires and what lines they’re willing to cross to get what they truly want out of life.

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Review: It’s a tricky thing, beginning a novel with the ending. Establishing that your couple has achieved their happy-ever-after before the end of the first chapter means that their journey to that place must be both compelling to read and entertaining. One of those belies conflict that may have made for a rocky relationship; the other must guarantee that the main characters will have traits that lure the reader into wanting to know all about them and how they ended up together. It is a tricky business indeed, and I would venture to say that if you want to see how a masterful storyteller achieves all of the above, and more, then you must step into the gorgeous novel Other Side of the Line, created by author Marguerite Labbe.

In a distant era that still resonates loudly today, two boys, one white and one black, meet in a school that has been forced to desegregate in Charleston, South Carolina. The early 1960s was a violent and unstable time when standing up for a man of color could bring about the death of both the victim and his defender. But to Hal Zimmer, who has just relocated from New York, all he knows is that Caleb Hudson is an outsider just like him and those who are marginalized and tossed aside by others must always stick together. And so they do…through elementary, middle and high school, these two boys become the best of friends. But something happens to shake their friendship to the core. First is a relocation of Hal to New York and the looming enrollment in a military academy his father insists on sending his “pansy” son to once they return to their roots. The second is far more unsettling, for it is the growing realization from both boys that their feelings for each other are deeper than either of them fully understands.

As the story unfolds, we are given the chance to walk down memory lane with Hal and Caleb—now in their 70s and happily married to each other. At a late summer party, they receive an anniversary gift from their children that sparks one story after another, and outlines how these two very different men came to be partners for life. Their musings will take us from their early school days to the moment when they finally acknowledged that they were in love with each other—in between, their lives would be touched by war, separation, and, for one of them, a longing to stay buried in the closet where he would be safe but always apart from the man he loved.

For those of you who doubt there could be much to discover in a story whose ending is already a sure thing, think again. Marguerite Labbe thrusts the reader into events in history that reshaped generations of people and her two boys grown into men would be both flint and stone in this story. Sparks of anger and cries for justice would flow from Hal as surely as he breathed. Seeming to float from one cause to another, Hal was there in the front lines of both anti-war rallies and gay pride parades. With seemingly inexhaustible strength, he would rise above bigoted parents, bolstered by the love and fierce loyalty of a younger sister and the steady guidance of the best friend he would ever have, Caleb.

Nearly a polar opposite to the fiery Hal, Caleb was thoughtful and slow to anger. With a deep love for his family and a desire to remain close to his roots, which included settling down in the city of Charleston, Caleb strove to stay under the radar, never wanting to stand out unless it was to defend Hal against a bully on the playground. These two seemingly incompatible boys would find solace, understanding and an indefinable peace in each other’s presence.

I could go on and on describing these amazing characters. I could speak of the lush and vivid prose that creates the setting for each life event discussed in the book. I could remark on how I have never experienced such a rush of emotions that included true worry that these two men would never admit their love for each other in time—even knowing they’ve already achieved their happy-ever-after. I could say again and again, read this story—it is a beautiful slice of history wrapped in a love that transcends all obstacles life chooses to throw in its path. But I will leave it at this…Other Side of the Line is a journey of love and endurance you will not want to miss. I highly recommend it to you.

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“My Heart Is Within You” Gets A Backlist Book Bump From Marguerite Labbe



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Halloween may be over, but it’s still not too late in the year for a little vampire action. Thank you, Lisa, for sponsoring this little blast from the past and giving me a chance to revisit some favorite, old characters of mine, Kristair and Jacob from my Triquetra trilogy. These two were so very different: Kristair, the reserved, ancient vampire obsessed with books and hoarding his knowledge, Jacob, the hot tempered football college star who had no interest in anything outside of scoring the game and in the bed.

Life gets weird when you attract the eye of a vampire, especially one hell bent on discovering a way to stop his descent into madness. He’s hearing a whisper on the edge of his understanding, and the powers he’s developed over the centuries are starting to erode. He knows he’s the last Ancient left, and he knows all of the others have disappeared; he just doesn’t want to be included among them.

At first Jacob was scared by the beautiful stalker who hung around so close, but that quickly changes as he becomes intrigued and attracted to Kristair. Surely, inviting him in to scratch both of their itches won’t be a problem. Next thing Jacob know,s he’d agreed to participate in a old Pict ritual, he’s half covered in tattoos, and a group of younger vampires are attacking him and Kristair every chance they get.

And it only gets crazier from there as Jacob and Kristair lead us through one escapade after another. I suppose that’s what you get when you cross a reserved, bookish vampire with a dominant, overprotective human and both of them too stubborn for their own good. Boy did I have fun with these two, so much so they got three books to tell their story, not the usual one. (Did I mention that Jacob is demanding? He’d love for me to do a fourth.)

So in honor of these two and their shenanigans, I am giving away an e-copy of the first book in the series My Heart is Within You.

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Blurb: The power of heart and soul holds the key to the survival of the last of the ancient vampires. Kristair is running out of time. His race has faded away, prey to delusion and deterioration, and his only chance to live long enough to find a cure is to bind his psyche to a human vessel in a long forgotten ritual.

Kristair’s chosen vessel is Jacob Corvin, a man of passionate stubbornness and fierce loyalty; he has captured Kristair’s fantasies so completely that he is both the vampire’s greatest strength and most crippling weakness. Drawing upon Jacob’s spirit and Kristair’s resolve, they each bind a portion of their souls to one other. For as long as Jacob carries Kristair’s heart within him, the vampire can continue his quest.

Just when they have hope, their mission is threatened by The Syndicate, a group of younger vampires who attempt to force Kristair to teach them his secrets before he disappears like the rest of the ancients. Battling both The Syndicate’s attacks and his unexpected need and love for Jacob, Kristair’s strength begins to fade, forcing him to make a decision that will change his and Jacob’s lives forever.

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This book is followed by Haunted By Your Soul and Our Sacred Balance.

My Heart is Within You. :
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Haunted By Your Soul:
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Our Sacred Balance. :
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And Now, Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week!


Jinkies, gang, we’ve got a great week (and month) coming up and I can’t wait to share it with you all.

We’re starting a new series of author visits this month called the Backlist Book Bump. So, what does that mean for you? Well, what it means is that the participating authors who will be coming to TNA throughout the month of November have selected a book from their backlist, one that’s been around for a bit that you may not know about, especially if your new-ish to the M/M genre, and we’re going to show that title a little love, which means you’re going to be given the chance to learn about and maybe even win some great books throughout the month! You’ll definitely want to keep an eye out for that, as well as all the other reviews, articles, blog tours and giveaways we’ll be bringing you in the coming weeks.

Here’s what’s coming up:

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>>Monday: Brita Addams drops in for our first ever Backlist Book Bump, with For Men Like Us

>>Tuesday: Jake Wells will be along with an Interview for his debut novel A White Coat Is My Closet

>>Wednesday: Marguerite Labbe is here with her Backlist Book Bump offering, My Heart Is Within You

And, of course, we’ll have A.J. Corza back with her cover critique of the week

>>Thursday: Jordan Castillo Price comes calling for the Backlist Book Bump, featuring the books in the “Channeling Morpheus” series

>>Friday: Simone Anderson arrives with her own Backlist Book Bump for Knight of Pleasure

>>Saturday: Charlie Cochet has kindly made us a stop on her “The Impetuous Afflictions” Blog Tour

And last, but certainly never least,

>>Sunday: Vona Logan will be here on her Hard ‘n Deep Blog Tour

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And that’s it for this week, peeps. Watch for lots of great giveaways! Until next time, happy reading. :)

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Kate McMurray, Kerry Freeman, Marguerite Labbe, Shae Connor

Welcome, Sports Fans! It’s The Playing Ball Anthology Tour – Little League, Where it All Starts



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Okay, as I’ve said before, I’ve always loved baseball, it’s in my blood, but I have to say that what really made me fall in love with it forever was by watching Little League games. I was never very good at sports myself. I was the girl picking flowers in the field at the soccer game instead of chasing the ball. I was the one who always struck out swinging. Not to mention I was that child that ducked and covered when a ball came my way in volleyball.

However, when my little brother made the All Star Little League team I was hooked. It didn’t matter that by then I was a teenager who probably should’ve found cooler things to do if I was in any way normal, thankfully I’m not. Instead, I went to my brother’s games. I was the one who had to report on the progress with the game when I showed up late to find out that my mother had gotten every spectator kicked off the field because of her rant to the umpire. (She has never and will never change.)

I loved the chaos of Little League games, like the time an ice cream truck showed up mid-game and both teams left dust on the field in their effort to mob the truck first. Or the time one kid ran the bases backward. I loved how my little sister had to stop at each base and hop on it, she couldn’t run through it to the next one to save her life. (She ended up marrying my brother’s teammate from his All Star days.) Or how my son had to slide into each base and unfortunately fired up the rest of the team to do the same much to the coaches’ dismay.

I also loved the brilliance those kids could show sometimes. The way that I would sometimes forget I was watching kids play because they made it look so freaking flawless. Freaking kids. It blew my mind. Some games I will never forget. I won’t forget their passion, or their love of the game. I won’t forget the hours my brother logged in at the local batting cage, or how supportive those owners were of our county’s Little League team. Or how the local minor league team gave each team a chance to play a game on the “big field” and each time a chance to interact with the players at a game. My son stood with the second baseman during the National Anthem.

These are all memories that have lasted a lifetime and they definitely were an inspiration behind my story “Wild Pitch.” In it best friends and ex-Major League players Ruben and Alan coach rival Little League teams as they start their own All Star season.

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PLAYING BALL

“The one constant through all the years… has been baseball.” — Field of Dreams

Baseball, America’s Pastime, carries with it a mythology like no other sport, entwined with the ups and downs of the nation. In Playing Ball, authors Shae Connor, Kerry Freeman, Marguerite Labbe, and Kate McMurray explore the love for baseball and among the men who play it, from the 1920s through modern times. These four stories tell the tales of baseball men who find love off the field, whether with the heir to a baseball empire, a sports reporter, a fan, or even each other after their playing careers come to an end.

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HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE BY SHAE CONNOR

College student Toby MacMillan, grandson of Atlanta Braves owner Ray MacMillan, works with the team’s locker room crew during the baseball season. It’s there that he meets Caleb Browning, who’s getting his first shot at the big leagues, and Toby, who’s been trying to keep his sexuality under wraps, finds himself smitten. An innocent dinner soon turns into a not-so-innocent night together in Caleb’s bed, but Toby quickly calls things off, afraid of the ramifications of their tryst.

Unable to avoid each other because of their jobs, the two men develop a tentative friendship, but it soon becomes more. After Caleb takes a fastball to the head during a game, Toby’s presence at his hospital bedside catches the attention of more than just the medical staff. Their budding romance hits the news, and Toby’s grandfather threatens to cut Toby out of team ownership unless he denies it. Facing a choice between the team he’s loved all his life and the man he could love for the rest of it, Toby has to decide if he’s ready to make a stand.

WILD PITCH BY MARGUERITE LABBE

For as long as Ruben Martell has known him, he’s been in love with his best friend Alan Hartner. They played together, traveled together and publicly dueled on opposite teams. Now years later they’re both retired from the Major Leagues, are running a business together and coaching rival Little League teams. And in all those years, Ruben hasn’t given up hope that Alan might return his feelings one day, but now he’s starting to believe that Alan will never chose to move beyond the memory of his late wife.

Alan quit the game at the height of his career to take care of his sons and the one constant he’s been able to rely on is Ruben. In all that time he has tried to forget about the night everything changed, only being with Ruben on a day-to-day basis is weakening his resolve. They’d stepped over the line before and it had hurt their friendship and left Alan with a guilt he didn’t know how to handle. Alan doesn’t want to do anything to jeopardize that friendship now even if it mean denying the feelings he’s kept locked away for so long.

ONE MAN TO REMEMBER BY KATE MCMURRAY

In the summer of 1927, all anyone in New York can talk about is Babe Ruth and the Yankees’ Murderer’s Row, the unstoppable batting lineup that no other team can beat. Skip Littlefield, an infielder for the less flashy New York Giants, is happy to let the Babe take the spotlight, even as he starts hitting as well as Ruth himself. Sports journalist Walter Selby has gained a reputation for being something of a dandy. He’s a force to be reckoned with, too, as one of the most dynamic voices in the daily papers. And now he can’t help but notice the talented first baseman helping the Giants race for the pennant. Then he meets the man and is left breathless—Skip is talented, soft-spoken, and also incredibly handsome. And Walt quickly comes to understand why Skip wants to stay out of the spotlight.

Against the backdrop of the lights of Times Square, the excitement of the era, and some of the most incredible baseball anyone has ever played, Skip starts to fall for Walt. But no one can know. Skip’s only hope is that the more charismatic stars will draw attention away from the quite romance blooming between Skip and Walt, or else Skip’s whole career and everything he loves is at stake.

ONE LAST ROAD TRIP BY KERRY FREEMAN

After the last game of his major league career, Jake Wilson is hitting the road, and he’s making a few stops along the way. He has an ex-wife with a new life in New Mexico, a son following in his footsteps in Oklahoma, a daughter with an announcement in Tennessee, and the gamble of a lifetime in Georgia. In 2,500 miles, his life will completely change, and he can only hope that his visit to his first love will cause everything to change for the better.

EXCERPT FROM WILD PITCH

The sun beat down on the diamond and the air had dust kicked up from dozens of cleats. Though it was warm, it wasn’t as humid as it would be back in Florida. Most winters, Ruben couldn’t figure out how he’d ended up in Vermont, of all places, but he loved the summers, even if they were too short. He loved the mist on the mountains on quiet mornings and the view from his house of the picturesque lake. Even more than that, he loved the community in this small town and their passion for the local Little League teams.

Ruben looked around at the ring of expectant young faces covered in sweat, all with streaks of dirt embedded into their uniforms. Was there any better sport than baseball? Despite everything that had been dragging him down and his argument with Alan, it hadn’t been hard to throw himself into the scrimmage, not with all these boys looking to him and his assistant coach, Laurie, for direction.

“That was a great scrimmage, guys. You keep that heart when the games begin, and we’ll take this the whole way.”

“Coach Hartner has got real good hitters on his team,” Sammy said as he looked back at Alan’s team, huddled by the other dugout.

“And we have good hitters on ours too. Don’t let him psych you out, now.” Ruben tugged on the bill of Sammy’s cap. “Besides, if you keep pitching the way you do, you’ll leave them swinging at nothing but air.”

“Hey, Coach, you gonna do the game ball this year?” Christian chimed in, setting his glove on his head like a makeshift baseball cap. Ruben refrained from shaking his head as he struck a pose. The kid was a good player when he focused on the game instead of midfield song and dance antics. His biggest hurdle was the need to be constantly doing something.

“Absolutely.” Ruben retrieved one of the balls they’d used in practice, the pristine white of the leather all but gone behind ground-in dirt. He signed it and tossed the ball to Laurie to sign as well. He gave one ball away at the end of every scrimmage and game, and made sure all the kids got one over the course of the season. “Okay, this ball goes to Parker. You’ve showed the most improvement since we started practice and you kept your head in the game today.”

“Wicked!” Parker’s face lit up as he caught the ball, and his teammates congratulated him before racing off to raid the cooler for their drinks and snacks. For a few minutes there was nothing but chaos as parents packed up their folding chairs and tried to get their kids’ equipment sorted out. Ruben glanced across at the other dugout and picked out Alan’s familiar figure as he shoved spare bats into the duffel bag.

AND THAT’S NOT ALL!

To celebrate the release of PLAYING BALL and our blog tour, Shae, Kate, Kerry, and I have put together a pretty awesome giveaway.

Grand prize: A print copy of PLAYING BALL signed by all four authors, a unisex BBQ apron featuring hot athletes from Originals by Lauren, and swag from all four authors.

Runner-up prize: An ebook copy of PLAYING BALL and swag from all four authors.

The giveaway will run from 12AM Central on September 21, 2013 to 12AM Central on October 11, 2013. To give an opportunity for the authors to get together to sign the book and gather swag, the winners will be picked and the prizes shipped after the end of GayRomLit 2013.

But there are some rules:

You must be a resident of Earth, 18 years or older, who lives in a place where the viewing of adult material is legal. By entering the giveaway, you are indicating your agreement to the rules. Winners must provide a physical mailing address to receive their prizes. If a winner does not respond to the prize notification within 48 hours, the prize will be re-awarded.

Good luck!

CLICK HERE TO WIN

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Please Welcome Marguerite Labbe To The Joyful Approach Celebration! And Don’t Forget To Check Out The Goods!





Make Me Whole – Myths and Self-Fulfilling Prophecies



I’ve loved mythology ever since I was a little girl. The tales of gods and goddess were right up there with tales of dragons and fantasy worlds, the myths may have even ranked higher because the tales were such a pivotal part of some cultures. They were stories of another world, they pertained to my world. That love stayed with my whole life. When I went to college and dived into all the wonderful classes in the Humanities Department, I found myself specializing in Comparative Folklore and Mythology. It brought together my love of stories, with art history, sociology, language and history, all in one intriguing package.

One of the elements that both fascinated and frustrated me about Greek mythology was the self-fulfilling prophecies. Like when Oedipus was doomed to kill his father and marry his mother. Everybody in the tragic tale went out of their way to do something to avoid that happening and everything they did, led to the inevitable outcome. I’d always wondered what would happen if Oedipus’s parents hadn’t given in to their fears and raised him instead of abandoning him. Would that still have been his fate? There had to be a point where they could stop, take a look at what was happening, take a look forward and make a conscious decision to alter their fate in a way that didn’t stem from trying to run from it.

The idea of the self-fulfilling prophecy comes into play with Make Me Whole. Nick Charisteas knows too much about the cursed statues. Finding them has become an obsession to him and he’s spent many hours reading over his family’s journals, reliving the heartbreak of those who failed to break the curse. So when he starts suspecting that he’s the next in line, reborn to try, it has him contemplating running instead. And just to add to his aggravation, Dexios takes it upon himself to emerge from the statues and offer his own kind of cryptic and often angry advice.

Make Me Whole is a story of learning to trust again, with Galen and Nick starting to risk their heart again despite fear of being hurt again, because keeping it safe means being only half alive. I hope you enjoy Make Me Whole as much as I enjoyed writing it. It was a wild ride from start to finish.

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Blurb: After a grueling battle in ancient Greece, lovers Dexios and Lykon committed their lives to each other in the name of Goddess Cythera. After the war, fearing the strength of his love for Dexios, Lykon abandoned his vow and returned home. Heartbroken, Dexios called on Cythera, who changed him into four unfinished statues. In that form he would wait for his fickle lover to return, break the curse, and make him whole.

Thousands of years have passed when Galen Kanellis finds the disassembled pieces in the storeroom of a Seattle museum and makes them the focus of his new exhibit. Needing information, he contacts his ex-lover Nick Charisteas. Nick has a lifelong dream of finding the Dexios Collection, and the last thing he expected was for it to wind up in the hands of the man who broke his heart. As both men search for answers about the statues, worries of abandonment and fear of loss test their renewed relationship, threatening to separate them again—this time permanently.

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“Ghosts in the Wind” Is A Love Story Most Romantic



“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart” ― Helen Keller



Before I write the review I have to preface this by telling you all that I usually steer WAY clear of bittersweet titles. I am a total romantic and I want a HEA. If I wanted real life, I would just look at my own. :) I reluctantly accepted this book for review, and once I started reading I couldn’t put the darn thing down until I finished it! Marguerite Labbe is a new to me author and I think she now owns a piece of my heart forever.

The beginning of this book grabbed me by the heart and never let go. We get to meet Andrei Cuza and Dean Marshall at their most romantic. These two men have been best friends since high school and once they finally moved from friends to lovers, they never looked back.

Andrei Cuza was raised in a traditional Romany clan. When he was a small child his older sister died. Very soon after, he and his family realize Andrei has the sight. He can see and interact with ghosts. His clan does not approve of he and his dead sister interacting and when he is caught kissing a boy at fifteen, they have had enough. They basically drop him off at a church and turn their backs on him forever. With the help of a young man that he meets, Dean Marshall, and Dean’s family, Andrei ends up finishing high school and becoming a very successful private investigator.

Dean Marshall is a personal trainer and owner of a successful gym. His father is probably the person most responsible for helping Andrei when he was tossed out of his clan. Dean has loved Andrei since he was a teenager and he knows he will love him until his last breath. Unfortunately, that fact is proven right at the beginning of the book.

On the way home from closing a business deal, Dean stops to help a young mother on the side of the road with a flat tire. Unfortunately for Dean, her crazy ex-husband shows up and kills not only her but he guns down Dean right there on the side of the road. Of course, when Andrei hears about this he starts to lose his mind. Dean is very confused when he wakes up on the side of the road and everyone is ignoring him. It isn’t until a little girl starts to talk to him and explains he is dead that he starts to remember being shot. It turns out this little girl is Andrei’s sister, who died when he was a child. She stayed with Andrei and has now adopted Dean as her new brother also. She helps Dean navigate his new reality and teaches him about the dangers that exist on this side of the afterlife.

The story centers around Dean and Andrei having to let one another go. It isn’t easy for either man, but they also know they don’t have much choice in the matter. Dean wants to hold on long enough to see the children who were kidnapped when he was killed safe, and Andrei wants to know how he can go on without Dean.

Eventually the inevitable happens. Dean prepares to cross over and thanks to Andrei’s abilities, the two men are able to say goodbye, but at what cost to Andrei? The final scene before the epilogue was one of the most touching and romantic scenes I think I have ever read. Dean and Andrei were so in love you could just feel it with every word and smile they shared.

I loved the fact that Dean and Andrei got the chance to say all the things you would always want to say to your partner if you knew they were going to die. They didn’t part with what-ifs or should haves or could haves; they both got true closure. This book was packed with ghosts, action and romance. The three concepts blended so well together the story just flowed, and I didn’t stop until the story was over. This will definitely not be the last book I read by Marguerite Labbe. I am looking forward to exploring her worlds again and again, and I highly recommend you come along with me.

Reviewed by Jackie

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Marguerite Labbe Is With Us Today To Talk A Little Bit About “Ghosts in the Wind”. And, Guess What? There’s A Giveaway!


Despite the fact that Ghosts in the Wind is a thriller, where the main characters Dean and Andrei are hunting down a murderer, and there are elements of horror in it as well with the ghosts and the dangers of remaining in limbo, primarily the book is about love in all of its amazing and wonderful forms.

It’s about the love between friends, when Justin breaks his own rules to support a grieving Andrei. It’s about the love between siblings, with the way Ileana stays behind has a ghost so her little brother won’t be alone and how Andrei supports her still even after he grows up and leaves behind childhood games. It’s about the love of family, both the family that one is born into and the family that is created. Dean’s parents became a surrogate family to Andrei when he was a teenager abandoned on the streets and remained with him, supporting him even after Dean’s murder. There is the love of a grandmother not willing to give up hope for her missing grandchildren and the love of a matriarch for her descendents even if she cannot comprehend their choices. It’s about the love that Andrei has for all the abandoned kids in the world and his drive to see them safe no matter what it takes.

Most of all it’s about the love between best friends and soul mates, Dean and Andrei were inseparable for years before they became lovers and then partners. When Dean is murdered, Andrei is shattered. But death doesn’t stop Dean from returning to help his partner grieve and it doesn’t stop Dean’s need to find the children who were kidnapped when he was killed. It doesn’t stop Andrei from being willing to set aside his own sorrow to let Dean move on for his own safety. And despite his own grief and heartache, Andrei is as unable to leave kids in danger as well.

Ghosts in the Wind may make you jump at shadows in some parts or reach for the tissue box at other times, but I think in the end it will leave you smiling and you won’t be sorry you dove right into the tale with me. Out of all of the stories I’ve written, this is the one I’m most proud of and I’m sure Dean and Andrei’s deep love and commitment will touch you as much as it touched me.

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Blurb: Andrei Cuza and Dean Marshall celebrated their tenth anniversary only to have their happiness shattered by a random, insane event: On his way home from closing a business deal, Dean stops on the parkway to help a young mother with her flat tire, and her ex arrives, murders them, and takes off with his two kids.

Ghosts have haunted Andrei all his life. He bears the guilt for his sister being stuck in limbo, because ghosts are frozen at the moment they died, unable to adapt to the changes in their living loved ones. When Dean returns to Andrei as a ghost, the double punch of losing him and having to watch him founder if he doesn’t move on is almost more than Andrei can bear.

Despite dangers in limbo—Jackal Wraiths that devour souls are hunting him—Dean isn’t going anywhere until he helps Andrei track down the missing children. Andrei is in danger as well when he pays dearly to feel Dean’s touch one last time. Time is slowly running out as Dean and Andrei try to say good-bye while they track a killer who’s more than happy to kill again.

A Bittersweet Dreams title: It’s an unfortunate truth: love doesn’t always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.

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