5 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Mary Calmes, Reviewed by Kim

Audio Review: Frog by Mary Calmes – Narrated by K.C. Kelly

Title: Frog

Author: Mary Calmes

Narrator:: K.C. Kelly

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 5 Hours, 23 Minutes

At a Glance: Worth listening to over and over again

Blurb: Weber Yates’s dreams of stardom are about to be reduced to a ranch hand’s job in Texas, and his one relationship is with a guy so far out of his league he might as well be on the moon. Or at least in San Francisco, where Weber stops to see him one last time before settling down to the humble, lonely life he figures a frog like him has coming. Cyrus Benning is a successful neurosurgeon, so details are never lost on him. He spotted the prince in a broken-down bull rider’s clothing from day one. But watching Weber walk out on him keeps getting harder, and he’s not sure how much more his heart can take. Now Cyrus has one last chance to prove to Weber that it’s not Weber’s job that makes him Cyrus’s perfect man, it’s Weber himself. With the help of his sister’s newly broken family, he’s ready to show Weber that the home the man’s been searching for has always been right there, with him. Cyrus might have laid down an ultimatum once, but now it’s turned into a vow-he’s never going to let Weber out of his life again.

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Review: Omg, I just can’t get enough of Frog by Mary Calmes! I read it a couple of years ago and had a tough time letting it go then. For me, it’s the type of story that sucks you in immediately and doesn’t let go of you, even long after you’ve finished the last page. The audio version of this book did more than meet my expectations, and I swear this is K.C. Kelly’s best performance yet. Listening to Weber’s sexy drawl had me riveted throughout the narrative, and I could understand why Cyrus loved this man so much. What a way to start a long, boring commute! It was such an enjoyable experience. That I ended up, once I finished the audio, rereading the e-book again. What a hangover!

There is one thing I would highly recommend for those that may be reluctant to try Frog in e-book or audio, and that is to go directly to Lisa’s earlier review of the book. It’s an awesome review and describes perfectly what this story is about.

Thank you Mary Calmes and Dreamspinner for an outstanding audio. Frog is worth listening to over and over again for this audiobook listener.






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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Mary Calmes, Reviewed by Jackie

Review: Blue Days by Mary Calmes

Title: Blue Days

Author: Mary Calmes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 98 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Falling for a coworker is rarely a good idea, especially for a man getting a last chance at salvaging his career. But from the moment Dwyer Knolls sees the beautiful but socially awkward Takeo Hiroyuki, he seems destined to make bad decisions. Continue reading

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Audio Review: Crucible of Fate by Mary Calmes – Narrated by Sean Crisden

Title: Crucible of Fate

Author: Mary Calmes

Narrator:: Sean Crisden

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 6 Hours, 57 Minutes

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: A Change of Heart Novel

In the secret city of Sobek, Domin Thorne is making his way as the newly chosen semel-aten, the leader of the werepanther world. He aspires to make sweeping changes—he’s set goals for himself and the people he chose to bring with him, modeling his reign after that of his friend, Logan Church. But Domin may have set too lofty a goal: his normal leadership style isn’t working. Continue reading

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Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway: Fighting Instinct by Mary Calmes

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How would you like a chance to win an e-copy of Mary Calmes’ Fighting Instinct? Pretty great, right? You can enter in the drawing by clicking the Rafflecopter link below. The contest deadline is Midnight Pacific time on Saturday, December 6, 2014. The winner will be selected and announced on Sunday, the 7th, and the book will be delivered straight to your Dreamspinner Press Book Shelf on release day!

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5 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Mary Calmes, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Kathie

Audio Review: All Kinds of Tied Down by Mary Calmes – Narrated by Tristan James

Title: All Kinds of Tied Down

Author: Mary Calmes

Narrator:: Tristan James

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 9 hours, 1 minute

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones has a reputation for being calm and collected under fire. These traits serve him well with his hotshot partner, Ian Doyle, the kind of guy who can start a fight in an empty room. In the past three years of their life-and-death job, they’ve gone from strangers to professional coworkers to devoted teammates and best friends. Miro’s cultivated blind faith in the man who has his back… faith and something more. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Mary Calmes, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Jules

Get All Caught Up In Mary Calmes’s “All Kinds of Tied Down”


“Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you.” – Loretta Young


Title: All Kinds of Tied Down

Author: Mary Calmes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 290 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones has a reputation for being calm and collected under fire. These traits serve him well with his hotshot partner, Ian Doyle, the kind of guy who can start a fight in an empty room. In the past three years of their life-and-death job, they’ve gone from strangers to professional coworkers to devoted teammates and best friends. Miro’s cultivated blind faith in the man who has his back… faith and something more. Continue reading

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Mary Calmes Has Brought Ian Doyle And Miro Jones By For A Visit, And There’s A Giveaway

ce93f53ad7ff10ec5b5b623dd7cf9445[1]TNA: Hey, guys, thanks for being here with us today. I can’t believe Mary set this up for me. I’ve been anxious to talk to you about a few things like, for instance, now that the book is getting set for publication, are you nervous at all? Feeling any anxiety about putting your story out there?

Ian: Why would I be anxious? Is someone going to be shooting at me?

Miro: Not today.

Ian: Well then, why would I be anxious?

Miro: (snickering) Ian never worries, do ya buddy?

Ian: I worry, but not about things that don’t matter. Why would I be anxious about what’s real and how I feel?

Miro: No reason. So no Lisa we’re good.

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week – And , P.S., I Need Reviewers


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

Before I get to the week ahead, I’m looking for a few good reviewers. If you, or anyone you know, loves to read, will read from a variety of sub-genres (though that’s not a deal breaker), and loves to devour books then share your opinion on them, please fill out the contact form below because I want you to join the team.

Previous experience isn’t necessary, but if you review on your own blog, Amazon, or Goodreads, I’d like to read a sample of your work, so please leave a URL link in the comment box as well.

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Poppy Dennison Is Here Today With A Little Co-Author Chit Chat, A Cover Reveal, And A Giveaway


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I’m a really lucky author! I’ve had the opportunity to co-write with three of my absolute favorite authors. I thought it might be fun to let them turn the tables on me as I reveal the cover of Creature Feature 2, my newest co-writing adventure with Rhys Ford which is coming in October from Dreamspinner Press! I let them all have the opportunity to ask me three random questions. Let’s see what they came up with!
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Cover Reveal : “All Kinds of Tied Down” by Mary Calmes


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Blurb: Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones has a reputation for being calm and collected under fire. These traits serve him well with his hotshot partner, Ian Doyle, the kind of guy who can start a fight in an empty room. In the past three years of their life-and-death job, they’ve gone from strangers to professional coworkers to devoted teammates and best friends. Miro’s cultivated blind faith in the man who has his back… faith and something more.
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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week And At The Coastal Magic Convention


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

We’re looking forward to another fun-filled and busy one, and we’ve also got the privilege of sharing a little bit of info about the Coastal Magic Convention, coming in February of 2015. Our very own Lynn will be attending as a Featured Blogger for The Novel Approach, and I couldn’t think of anyone better for the job! Read on after the Sneak Peek info. You’ll find links to the list of Featured Authors, which will be growing in the months ahead, as well as some other important information about the convention.
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4 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Mary Calmes, Reviewed by Traci

Traci Recommends Mary Calmes’s “But For You” – Narrated by Finn Sterling


“I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity.” ― John Green


Title: But For You (A Matter of Time: Book Six)

Author: Mary Calmes

Narrator:: Finn Sterling

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 7 Hours, 18 Minutes

Rating: 4.25 Stars

Blurb: Jory Harcourt is finally living the dream. Being married to US Marshal Sam Kage has changed him-it’s settled the tumult of their past and changed Jory from a guy who bails at the first sign of trouble to a man who stays and weathers the storm. He and Sam have two kids, a house in the burbs, and a badass minivan. Jory’s days of being an epicenter for disaster are over. Domestic life is good.
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4 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Mary Calmes, Reviewed by Traci

Traci Recommends Giving “Parting Shot” A Listen


“Remember that you don’t owe anyone an apology. You are who you are, you have no choice, and that is beautiful.” ― Emy Storey


Title: Parting Shot (AMoT: Book 7)

Author: Mary Calmes

Narrator:: Tristan James

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 8 Hours, 2 Minutes

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Life has never been easy for Duncan Stiel. His childhood was the stuff of nightmares, and his day job as an undercover police officer forces him to hide his true self and occasionally lands him in the hospital. So when he finally meets the perfect man, it comes as no surprise that everything falls apart around him. What Duncan doesn’t expect is that the hardest hurdle to get over before he can make a life with Aaron Sutter is the one inside himself.
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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Mary Calmes, Reviewed by Traci

Traci Recommends Giving Mary Calmes’s “Acrobat” A Good Listening To


“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” ― Joseph Campbell


Title: Acrobat

Author: Mary Calmes

Narrator: Sean Crisden

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Length: 6 hours, 34 minutes

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Forty-five-year-old English professor Nathan Qells is very good at making people feel important. What he’s not very good at is sticking around afterward. He’s a nice guy; he just doesn’t feel things the way other people do. So even after all the time he’s spent taking care of Michael, the kid across the hall, he doesn’t realize that Michael’s mob muscle uncle and guardian, Andreo Fiore, has slowly been falling in love with him.
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“Ears, Eggs & Bunnies” – A Sam And Jory Easter Ficlet by Mary Calmes


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© Mary Calmes 2014


Ears-Eggs-and-Bunnies400x600Technically it was my daughter’s fault and not mine, but I seriously doubted that the love of my life, US Supervisory Marshal Sam Kage, would see it that way. But really, it was. Hannah Banana––B for short––had wanted bunny ears for Easter. I looked everywhere without success because by the time she decided she wanted them, and the kind she wanted, everywhere close to us was sold out. So, because I’m a sucker for my sweet kid, I took the afternoon off to call around and find ears.

Since it was Good Friday and the kids were already with me at the office, once I found a place that said, “Sure, we have some,” I put both my daughter and son in the minivan, and we drove out to Northbrook. It wasn’t far, at one in the afternoon only 45 minutes, and we easily found the place that sold costumes and a ton of other stuff, as it turned out to be this enormous warehouse called Masquerade Emporium. It was huge, the kind of superstore that probably did a bustling business at Halloween but otherwise, people just trickled into.
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4 Stars, Cardeno C., Dreamspinner Press, Mary Calmes, Reviewed by Jackie

Cardeno C. And Mary Calmes Team Up And Take “Control” – Reviewed by Jackie


“Some things are destined to be — it just takes us a couple of tries to get there.” ― J.R. Ward


Title: Control

Author: Cardeno C. and Mary Calmes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 220 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Vy Aleknos is the leader of a hawk shifter flock. Openly gay since he was a teen, Vy is proud and self-assured on the outside, while secretly worrying he’ll be forced to spend his life alone because two males can’t be mates. When bear shifter Robert Cimino appears in Vy’s small town, Vy realizes his concerns were unfounded — he has a male mate, and a sexy, dominant one to boot.
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Vy Aleknos And Robert Cimino Have Stopped In Today For A Little Interview And A Giveaway


In case you haven’t heard, Cardeno C. and Mary Calmes have teamed up and written a book together. Control will be available at Dreamspinner Press on April 18, 2014, but in the meantime, we’ve got Vy and Robert here to answer a few questions, offer an excerpt from the book, and give one lucky reader the chance to win an e-copy!

Read on then leave a comment right here by Midnight Pacific time on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, and you’re entered for the drawing. One winner will be selected at random on Wednesday, the 16th, and notified via email for prize delivery.

Good luck!

TNA: Hey, guys, it’s awfully kind of you to agree to be here with us today. I know your story’s not out until April 18th, so I’m going to try not to ask questions that are too spoilery.

Robert: We appreciate that. Thanks for having us.

Vy: Yes, thank you.

TNA: Why don’t we start with a semi-easy one? What’s the first thing about each other you fell madly in love with, and when did you realize it was love?

Robert: The first thing I fell in love with was Vy’s fiery spirit and his big, sometimes guarded heart. He’s not bad to look at either.

Vy: Please, you just don’t want to say that the first thing you fell in love with was my ass and the second was probably my house. Me as a person, that took more time.

Robert: No. You as a person, as a man, always has been and always will be everything. And your house is eclectic and warm and home. Like you.

Vy: Stop, just stop. For me, I fell in lust at first sight with my mate and then in love soon after. That’s how it happens when you’re mates.

Robert: And how it happens when two people fit well together physically and emotionally.

TNA: What’s the one thing you wish you could get a do-over on, with regards to the way you met and the things that happened to get you where you are today?

Robert: Everything happens for a reason. We grow and evolve by living and seeing, succeeding and failing. Life doesn’t grant do-overs, but as long as we’re breathing, we have the opportunity to better ourselves and our world.

Vy: I think I’m gonna barf. What I should have done originally was get rope and a giant bear cage to—

Robert: They haven’t made a cage yet that can hold me in my bear skin. Besides, aren’t the strongest cages the ones we create for ourselves?

Vy: —put him in so we wouldn’t have to discuss mates, he would simply have to react to me. Sometimes you just have to act.

Robert: You see that spirit, Lisa? That flame? That right there is what I fell in love with.

Vy: And cages we make for ourselves? Are you kidding?

TNA: Robert, you were skeptical of the idea of a fated soul mate. How’re you feeling about that now? And how does it feel to finally have a someplace and a someone to come home to at the end of the day?

Robert: I feel what I feel. The whys of it don’t matter. Making Vy happy and secure matter. Taking care of him matters. Making sure he knows deep in his big heart and in his sharp brain that he’s mine matter. And coming home to a warm den and a warmer man is … everything.

TNA: Vy, with Robert as a mate, what would you say is the most significant way the ket has changed for the better?

Vy: Sorry I have something in my eye. Okay, uhm, two things. One, obviously we’re hawks so when we fight, it’s in human form for the most part unless it’s with other hawks and then that’s aerial. So from purely a position of strength, having Robert with us strengthens us. No one in their right mind would mess with a bear. Second, and most important, is that for the health and well-being of a ket, the leader needs to be grounded. Before I had Robert with me, I was all over the place. He nurtures me, loves me, and that strengthens me as a man, a hawk and a leader.

TNA: Guys, I have to ask this: is there any downside you can think of to being a shifter? What’s the one thing you love most/least about it?

Robert: Aw, little bird, that was so sweet. Come here. Excuse me, Lisa.

Vy: She’s asking you a question, answer the—Robert!

Robert: I’m sorry, Lisa, you were asking about shifting. After a lot of years in this body, I’ve learned not to focus on what I can’t change and to make the best of what I can. I’m a man and I’m a bear. I work toward being the best version of each of one. Someday I might even get there.

Vy: Don’t let him kid you, he’s perfect now. But for me, I’m a hawk so when I shift, I fly. It’s a gift and I love it. The only downside is that if you don’t wind up at either your house or somewhere you stashed clothes, when you shift back, you’re naked. It’s been inconvenient a couple of times in my life. On the other hand, I once flew to Robert’s new office in the middle of the day and—mmph!

Robert: Ehm, sorry, Lisa. Again. But that memory always makes me want to kiss him. I actually have lots of memories like that now.

TNA: If you could be any other shifter than the one you are, what would you most want to be, and why?

Robert: If someone made me that offer today, I’d turn them down. That’s not an answer I’m sure I could have given you for most of my life. But now … I’m at peace with who I am.

Vy: I have no desire to be anything but a hawk. Really, there’s no beating the flying.

TNA: Vy, Rhys Ford wants to know, what’s the kinkiest sex thing you and Robert have ever done? (She’s so bad! :-D )

Vy: Kinkiest…he attacked me while I was doing yoga once? I think he planned it. Just recently he’s got this honey fetish that we have to do outside now because the sheets get all—Robert!

Robert: Sorry, Lisa. But can you blame me? He says things like that––I need to kiss him. And, actually, to do more than that. Are we almost done here?

TNA: Final question before I ask you if you’ll give us a little excerpt from Control. It’s a big one: do you see kids in your future? If I were to ask you each to list a few things about the other, what would you say would make him an amazing father?

Robert: I have seen kids in our future almost since the beginning. Vy has a wonderful father, and I know he’d follow that example with our family. Plus, being leader of his ket is like being a father in a lot of ways and Vy is amazing with the little ones.

Vy: Robert with children would be amazing. He’s so gentle and loving; I could see him guiding them and talking to them, giving them such good counsel. I fly off the handle and lose my temper but he doesn’t, not unless there’s imminent danger. Robert would be a treasure for any child.

Blurb:

Vy Aleknos is the leader of a hawk shifter flock. Openly gay since he was a teen, Vy is proud and self-assured on the outside, while secretly worrying he’ll be forced to spend his life alone because two males can’t be mates. When bear shifter Robert Cimino appears in Vy’s small town, Vy realizes his concerns were unfounded — he has a male mate, and a sexy, dominant one to boot.

Robert is a bear shifter who refuses to shift. Immediately attracted to Vy, he deviates from his normal pattern and seeks more than a one off with the powerful, bristly hawk. But Robert’s affections are rooted in his human form, and when Vy discovers Robert doesn’t recognize him as his mate, he pulls away. If Robert wants to stay with Vy, he must convince a man deeply ruled by his animal instincts to give their relationship as humans a chance.

Excerpt:

AS I rounded the corner, Robert turned and saw me. He immediately moved the skillet off the burner and darted over to me. Stopping just inches away, I saw how warm his eyes were and how happy he looked.

“What?”

“Your house is small and cozy.”

“Yeah?”

He nodded. “I opened the windows, and I can smell the wildflowers and hear the crickets.”

From how soft his voice was, I figured this was a good thing.

“And when I went outside on the porch—all I could see was stars.”

I watched the muscles in his jaw clench with emotion. He was really struck by everything he was telling me. “So it seems like the fact that you can go outside and be part of nature but still be safe and warm inside… that appeals to you.”

He wasn’t ready to speak. I watched him working to hold himself together. My mate was a man whose control was absolute, but maybe being around me was loosening it up just a little.

“You were so great tonight,” I said, changing the subject to give him time to calm down. “Is it okay if I hug you?”

He bent and grabbed me, nuzzling his face in my hair, inhaling deeply. I was held tight but not bruising, and his sigh was very sweet.

Here was a weakness—the man liked to cuddle. And so instead of doing what I’d planned and seducing him, I went about exploiting what I knew.

“Whatever you made smells great.”

He was off me, bustling around my kitchen, telling me to sit down while he filled two bowls and stacked a thick earthenware plate full of perfectly grilled cheese sandwiches. They were golden brown.

“You could have put ham in the sandwiches if you wanted.”

He grimaced. “I’m a vegetarian.”

“You are not,” I said, chuckling.

“I am. I even eat bee-free honey.”

“You’re screwing with me.”

His grin made his eyes glint. “No.”

“Huh. Okay, then. Does that mean when I eat a cheeseburger you’re gonna hurl?”

“No,” he assured me, leaning across the table to brush my hair out of my eyes. “I promise. I’m sorry I didn’t add any ham to yours, though.”

“No, it’s perfect, I was just thinking of you. I promise to try and not make any more assumptions where you’re concerned.”

He seemed pleased. We ate and talked about the night, and I was surprised he didn’t ask about any of the things that had my brain working: the kids, the pack of werewolves, and whatever they had been up to. I had to find out, but everything, all of it, paled in comparison to watching my mate enjoy his food, seeing his shining eyes, and listening to the deep rich baritone of his voice.

“You should lie down on the couch while I do the dishes.”

“You don’t have to do that. You cooked, so I should clean.”

“You’re hurt, I’m not,” he said, reaching out to put a hand on my cheek. “Let me take care of you.”

“Okay,” I agreed. I got up, limped across to the living room, and flopped down on my couch. I put my leg up on the ottoman and stretched out. I was dozing by the time he was finally hovering over me.

“I should put you in bed and let you get some rest.”

I patted the couch beside me. “Come sit for a minute before you go home.”

Something flickered across his face, and I hoped I knew what it was. I had purposely said home knowing there was no way, even if he was glamping out there the woods, that it was as nice as my little house.

“Could you put one of the pillows under my foot?”

He went to take a step.

“Oh, hey, could you take your shoes off before you walk over by the fire? I don’t wanna track dirt through there.”

Doing as I asked, on a mission to get me the overstuffed pillows, he tugged off his boots and stepped across the rug.

I knew bliss when I saw it, and it was easy to see on Robert’s face. The man was very tactile, so the feel of the soft rug with the extra-heavy padding underneath it must have felt like heaven. The colors of the room, the deep rich browns—sepia, sable, chestnut, and mahogany—as well as the chenille throw pillow he couldn’t help but caress, all played on his senses as he returned to me.

“You still owe me a massage,” I reminded him.

He sagged down onto the couch beside me.

“But I think I’d rather have you sit with me if that would be okay.”

His posture mirrored mine, slouching. He pushed me forward for a minute before he wriggled sideways, so I ended up leaning back against him.

“You have beautiful hands,” I told him, taking his right in both of mine and turning it over. “I love all these gorgeous veins.”

I felt the tremble run through him as I lifted my chin and kissed under his jaw.

“I… I should… go.”

“Sure.” I yawned, nuzzling into the side of his neck, pressing back against him and letting him feel my weight. “Just five more minutes, okay?”

His sigh was long, but he still tried to leave another ten minutes later.

“Vy, I should—”

“You know, in the winter it’s really nice out here.” I yawned again, ignoring him, still talking. “I make a fire sometimes and sleep right on the couch with all these pillows.”

He stayed quiet, and I could tell he was listening.

“Sometimes I bring in a down comforter too.”

Silence.

“But not everyone likes to be all wrapped up and—”

“I do,” he said quickly.

I closed my eyes when he nuzzled his face into my hair. No doubt about it: snuggling up next to him, talking, would catch me a bear.

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“Ears, Eggs And Bunnies” – Oh My! – How About A Little Teaser?


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On Friday, April 18, 2014, Jory, Sam, Kola and Hannah will be getting up to a few Easter shenanigans in a wee little ficlet Mary Calmes wrote just because there can never be enough Jory and Sam. Make sure to watch for it in its entirety right here at The Novel Approach, but in the meantime, let’s show Reese Dante some love for the graphic art, and enjoy a teaser snippet from this Easter ficlet.

Excerpt: “Hey,” Sam greeted me, picking up the phone when I called him, “I’m on my way home. Did you need me to get something? More cups?”

“What?”

“You’ve got like what, six kids coming?” He scoffed. “And they all want their own colors for dipping? I think you need more plastic cups, J.”

“If you think so.”

His chuckle was deep and very sexy. “Why were you calling, then?”

“Just to tell you that everyone’s supposed to show up to the house pretty soon, so I wanted to make sure you were on your way. I just got a text from Dylan that she and Chris and the kids are headed over now.”

“Yeah, so? Aren’t you home?”

“Not quite yet.”

“Why not?”

“Hey, Dane and Aja should be there in a half an hour, and Aubrey and Rick and Chisholm too.”

“Horrible,” he grunted.

“It’s a cute name, Sam,” I chided him.

“For a trail, not a kid.”

I laughed at him.

“So, where are you?”

“Just running a bit behind.”

“Okay. Did you find the bunny ears?”

I caught a glance at Lavra’s ears in the rearview mirror. “Yes and no.”

“How is that a yes and no question?”

I coughed. “I wanted to find out, do you know if a consulate closes?”

“I’m sorry?”

“Like, you know, does a consulate close for the evening?”

“Of course. I mean, they’re always guarded, but the gates close unless there’s an emer–– Wait. Why?” he asked, sounding instantly suspicious.

“No reason.”

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week


Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had an outstanding week, and are gearing up for another.

We’ve been busy as can be around here these days, booking more great authors and reading more great books, and we’re looking forward to more great fun in the months to come. We’re building up the GayRomLit Countdown Celebration roster of authors, which Rhys Ford kicked off for us last month. I’m sure we’ll be adding more as the months move along, but here’s a list of confirmed authors you can watch for here at TNA between now and October:

Charlie Cochet | Daisy Harris | Edmond Manning | Ethan Day | Jaime Samms | LE Franks | Lex Chase | RJ Scott | Sophie Bonaste | Z.A. Maxfield | Jordan L. Hawk | Katey Hawthorne | Jamie Lynn Miller | Brandon Witt | Zathyn Priest | J.K. Hogan

How about that for a lineup? We’ll keep you posted on additions as the tour continues. But, for now, here’s what’s on tap for the coming week.

MondayAllison Cassatta is our lead-off guest today with a RainbowCon Celebration and Giveaway

Riptide Publishing presents a Spotlight Stop on Heidi Belleau’s Straight Shooter tour today, and there’s a Giveaway

Pride Promotions presents the Not in the Stars Anthology Blog Tour. We’ll have Angel Martinez here to represent, and there’ll be a tour-wide giveaway

TuesdayHayden Thorne comes back for a visit to talk about her newest release Banshee, and she’ll be giving away an e-copy of the book

Rebecca Cohen is also with us today, with a Backlist Book Bump and an e-copy giveaway of her book Servitude

WednesdayNicole Dennis stops by to join in the RainbowCon Celebration fun, and she’s offering a giveaway

A.E. Via is also with us today on her Nothing Special Blog Tour, and she’s got a giveaway too

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

ThursdayHeidi Cullinan makes TNA a stop on her Tough Love Blog Tour and she’s offering a giveaway

FridayCat Grant and L.A. Witt pair up and come calling on the Guarded Blog Tour, and there’s a giveaway

SaturdayCardeno C. and Mary Calmes are here on their Control Blog Tour. They let me interview Robert and Vy, and they’re giving away an e-copy of the book

SundayS.A. Meade is our guest today with a guest post about her newest release, Tournament of Shadows, and she’s giving away an e-copy of the book

And that brings another week to a close. Until next time, happy reading!

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Dreamspinner Press, Mary Calmes, Reviewed by Jackie

Mary Calmes Opens The “Floodgates” To Danger And Romance – Reviewed by Jackie


“True love doesn’t need proof. The eyes told what the heart felt.” ― Toba Beta


Title: Floodgates

Author: Mary Calmes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 234 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Tracy Brandt considers himself a lucky man. He has a wonderful family, good friends, and a dependable job. His love life, however, features a cheating ex who, though out of the house, is not yet out of the picture—with a past that just might get Tracy killed.
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Amy Lane, Dreamspinner Press, Ellis Carrington, Jaime Samms, Mary Calmes, Poppy Dennison, Rhys Ford

Mary Calmes Is Owning Up To A Not So Secret Secret, And There’s A Giveaway


I used to protest and say, oh no, I don’t write that many policemen. It didn’t seem like a lot, not really. But as I was counting the other day, I realized how ridiculous that I’m sounding lately. Sam Kage, Duncan Stiel, Pete Lomax, Dante Cerreto, Jerrit Troy and Frost Ramsey, Raza Bashandi, Frank Corrigan, Kevin Chaney, and the two marshals I just finished writing. It has moved past a one-off and become a thing. I feel like I should go to a support group or something.

“Hello, my name is Mary Calmes, I write law enforcement type guys.”

And why is that?

I’ve tried to sit and think, what is it about lawmen that does it for me? First, I decided to ask my friends:


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Amy Lane: I love lawmen in books because they are an opposable force. Their world view locks down the possibilities of the world around them. They’re order imposed on chaos. But since their lovers are often chaos, they are forced to change as characters and so are their mates. Also, since much of the chaos is bad, they’re forced to keep their mates safe. They’re like a walking bank safe strolling through a tornado. If they don’t learn some flexibility, they will hurt their mates against their adamantium walls. If they don’t maintain their strength, the forces of evil will hurt them and their beloveds. And at the center of the safe is a very delicate eggshell, holding a live beating heart.


Jaime Samms: Well, I’ll tell you what does it for me about cops, marshals, private investigators and bodyguards: it’s that they are very “me Tarzan, you mine.” They truly believe themselves to be invincible, and that makes them heroic.

Poppy Dennison: For me, law enforcement romance heroes represent the American dream. I love a good Good Guy, one who will keep you safe and make sure no one messes with what’s his. They’re really swoon worthy!

Rhys Ford: Because there’s nothing sexier than a bad boy on the right side of the law.

Ellis Carrington: Law enforcement professionals are taught to carry themselves with a commanding presence, and that added air of authority and confidence is sexy as well as magnetic. Plus, the uniforms are damn hot.


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I think about the all the amazing lawmen I’ve read; Tere Michaels’ Evan Cerelli and Matt Haight, as well as Jim Shea; Rhys Ford’s Kane Morgan and his brother Conner, the SWAT commander; Dani Alexander’s Austin Glass; or Brooke McKinley’s Miller Sutton. I definitely have a thing for policemen, and I think more than anything it’s about the weight of the job. Day after day, they have to make life and death decisions. Sometimes big, sometime small, but all of those have to try and be made taking into consideration what’s best for everyone. Since a true alpha takes care of the whole and the many and not the one and the few, it’s a heavy responsibility to bear. So perhaps the similarity to an alpha is where the lure lies.

My new book Floodgates was released March 3rd, and of course, there’s a lawman.

Here’s the blurb:



Tracy Brandt considers himself a lucky man. He has a wonderful family, good friends, and a dependable job. His love life, however, features a cheating ex who, though out of the house, is not yet out of the picture—with a past that just might get Tracy killed.

Homicide inspector Cord Nolan wants nothing more than to show his best friend’s little brother that he’s a reliable man, but to do that he’ll have to get Tracy to look past the player he used to be. It’ll be a tough sell; reputation is everything, and Cord’s is tarnished by his past indiscretions.

Tracy and Cord have spent five years trying to suffocate their fiery attraction under a blanket of grudging antagonism. When Tracy finds himself with a target on his back, Cord finally has the chance to ride to the rescue and break through the dam of Tracy’s reserve. But he’d better be careful: if Cord is breaking the floodgates to wash away the past, he’s going to have to hold tight to Tracy to make sure they’re still standing when the tumult recedes.

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THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, A.J. Corza, GotYouCovrd, Heidi Belleau, Heidi Cullinan, Kelly Wyre, Khloe Knight, LE Franks, Lisa Henry, Mary Calmes, Michael Rupured, RainbowCon, Riley Hart, Sandrine Gasq-Dion, Sneak Peek

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Greetings, everyone, I hope you’ve had an outstanding week! We’ve got six weeks of celebrating ahead, as we do our part to help count down the days to RainbowCon 2014. Watch for guest posts, giveaways, and more reviews ahead. Here’s what we have on tap.

MondaySandrine Gasq-Dion kicks things off for the RainbowCon Celebration today, talking about her upcoming release of Dirty Ross, and offering a special combo giveaway for FOUR, count ’em four lucky readers.

Riley Hart also stops by with a character interview with Mateo, Josiah, and Tristan from Broken Pieces, and she’s got some swagalicious swag she’d like to give away.

TuesdayRiptide Publishing presents Lisa Henry and Heidi Belleau on the “King of Dublin” Blog Tour

WednesdayMichael Rupured is our guest for Day 2 of the RainbowCon Celebration, and he’ll be giving away a couple of autographed books to a lucky reader.

Mary Calmes has a guest post for us today. She’ll be talking about Cord and Tracy and her new book “Floodgates”, and offering a giveaway.

A.J Corza will also be back with some more great insights into the cover art we all see and love.

ThursdayHeidi Cullinan is back today on her Double Blind Blog Tour. She’ll be talking about the book and offering a giveaway.

FridayLE Franks stops in on her 6 Days to Valentine Blog Tour

SaturdayKelly Wyre will be here today on her Fight Blog Tour, and she’ll be offering a giveaway of the book.

And that’s it until next week. Happy reading!

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Dreamspinner Press, Mary Calmes

Mary Calmes Draws The Map To “Where You Lead”


”Today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.” – Khalil Gibran



Title: Where You Lead

Author: Mary Calmes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 82

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: ATF agent Peter Lomax isn’t a hearts and flowers kind of guy, but he can be possessive, and it caused problems until Carver Fleming. Carver may be part of the art world, but he gets Peter, loves belonging to the man, and Peter treasures the way Carver understands them together.

Carver loves Peter, but he’s fully aware that six months doth not a commitment make. Carver wants to make the relationship last forever, but he’ll have to leave their life in Chicago to take care of the family he loves. He wants to do it with Peter by his side, but going from the city of Chicago to tiny Colt, Kentucky is a big change.

Carver has only one Christmas wish: Please, oh please, let Peter fall enough in love with Carver’s family to follow Carver home.

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Dreamspinner Press, Mary Calmes

A Relationship Gets A New Perspective In “Old Loyalty, New Love”

5-star-rating

Mary Calmes is one of those authors who writes a book and you just know you are going to love it. Whether it’s the cute little twink with his alpha male or an older cowboy trying to live up to what his man thinks he is, Ms Calmes never fails to entertain. This new universe she has created is no different. There is Roman Howell, the scarred man who has learned the hard way there are few people you can count on in life, even when it comes to family. Add in a little Quade Danas, a jackal shifter, who has learned that very same lesson, just in different ways, and you have the newest story from Ms. Mary.
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