3.5 Stars, Drama, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Amy, Sara York, Self-Published

Review: Velocity by Sara York

Title:  Velocity (Flight HA1710: Book Two)

Author: Sara York

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count:  89 Pages

At a Glance:  While I liked this second entry in the Flight HA1710 series, I was a bit disappointed in it as well.

Blurb: The crash of Flight HA1710 brings life into focus for Phil Stewart. Before meeting Davin Tierney, love seemed only a myth to Phil, but one night in New York City changed everything, giving him something he didn’t even know existed. But Phil wasn’t comfortable saying I love you. During the crash, Davin suffers a brain injury, leaving him in a coma. Phil wonders how love can be so cruel to give him Davin and then take him away so suddenly.

Davin never intended to give Phil a second look, but Phil broke through barriers and made amazing overtures before stalling on the word love. The crash changes everything, and he’s no longer willing to play it safe, but can Phil actually change from the playboy Davin first met?


Review:  While I liked this second entry in the Flight HA1710 series, I was a bit disappointed in it as well. This could have had the emotional impact that the first installment had, but fell flat for me. The writing was clear and easy to follow, but it had several inconsistencies that threw me out of parts of the story. They may have been personal issues, so YMMV. In the end, though, I did like the story.

This chapter starts with backstory of Phil and Davin meeting as Phil is taken to the hospital after the crash. He awakens and his utmost desire is to find Davin, but the nurses continue to sedate him when he inquires about Davin because he gets rather excited in doing so. More backstory happens in these drug-induced flashbacks, and we get to see a bit of the relationship of the two men pre-tragedy.  I really enjoyed the changes Phil was making in his life, and how shy Davin was becoming more sweet and sexy.
When Davin makes his physical appearance, I was relieved his injuries weren’t as serious as first presented. Yet, my angst-loving heart also quickened at this. How would these two men continue if one was disabled? Not that I wished Davin ill, but I love the dynamics of relationships, and this one had changed so much. How much more could they take?

But it was not to be. I won’t spoil it by telling you what happens, just know that I really started to have an issue with the story. Because of more inconsistencies with plot and the romance not matching, I am torn about my reaction to the book. It started out so wonderfully emotional and deep, but it ended up more about sex than anything else.



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5 Stars, Annabeth Albert, Anthology, Bianca Sommerland, C-Squared Publishing, Cassandra Carr, Dalton Diaz, Erotica, KyAnn Waters, L.A. Witt, Mia Downing, New Adult, Reviewed by Lana, Sara York, Whitley Gray

Review: Campus Cravings Anthology

Title: Campus Cravings

Author: Anthology

Publisher: C-Squared Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 392 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Welcome to Cathia University, where school is in session! Nine of today’s hottest gay romance authors have crafted brand-new interrelated novellas celebrating everything wonderful about college, including sophisticated professors, sexy teaching assistants, ambitious grad students, and spirited undergraduates, all looking for the same thing: an A+ in true love. Continue reading

Sara York, Self-Published

Guest Post and Giveaway: After the End by Sara York

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Sometimes life gets too tough and you want to give up. Last week I participated in my first ever CrossFit completion. It was freaking tough. Not only was it very difficult, it was almost physically impossible. I kept chipping away at the workout, moving when I didn’t want to and pushing when I only wanted to lie down on the floor.

Pushing ourselves doesn’t always come naturally. I’ve enjoyed learning how to go beyond what I thought I could do. Dedication to pushing beyond where I think I can go has bled over to writing. Thought After The End isn’t my normal type of book, the decision to write the story came easily. I wanted to push my writing to a place I hadn’t gone before. Taking the easy way and writing what the reader expects may make more money, but I never want to get lazy in writing. This book pushed me more and forced me to improve in ways I didn’t even know I needed to. Continue reading

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Guest Post – Sara York: Authors Gone Wild

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HomoErotiCon, the conference featured in Authors Gone Wild, is a place where anything could happen. This little book, okay it’s a huge book, is filled with fantasy meet-ups where fun is the focus. Authors, readers, publisher, and industry professionals are out to have a good time, and they really are into having a good time. The attending authors see nothing wrong with showing a little skin, getting a busy, and giving a little back.

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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

4 Stars, MLR Press, Reviewed by Jackie, Sara York

Sara York’s “Cops, Cakes, and Coffee” Brings Cops And Closets Together – Reviewed By Jackie

“Nothing good comes from hiding in the shadows.” ― David A. Broughton

Title: Cops, Cakes, and Coffee (Love’s First Response: Book One)

Author: Sara York

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 63 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: After Drake Knowles embarrasses himself in front of Adam Hughes he doesn’t see a way for them to ever be together, but sometimes laughter creates a bigger attraction than seduction.
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Sara York Contrasts Love And Religion In “Pray the Gay Away” – Reviewed by Jackie

“The gods play no favorites.” ― Charles Bukowski

Title: Pray the Gay Away (A Southern Thing #1)

Author: Sara York

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 314 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Star football player, Jack Miller, had it all. The perfect family, looks, girls hanging on his every word, and the respect of most people in his town. But one thing was missing–a man to be his own.
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Sara York Joins Us Today On The “Pray the Gay Away” Blog Tour, And There’s A Giveaway

Hi Everyone, I’m so excited to be on TNA blog today. My new release, Pray The Gay Away, wasn’t supposed to be as big of a book as it turned out to be. I’d planned on maybe doing 20,000 words for 3 or 4 titles that Jared Rackler and I were joking about with Kiernan Kelly. I wasn’t prepared for the characters that came to me, demanding their story be told. But when Jack introduced himself to me, I knew he needed more than 20,000 words to say what he wanted to say. Andrew, his boyfriend, also needed more than 20,000 words to tell his story. So A Southern Thing series was born and the boys from Sweet, Georgia came to life.

This project required more than just writing, though. I wanted a certain cover and none of the stock photo sites were giving me what I needed. My stomach twisted when I came to the decision that I would need to shoot the cover with models I found in the city where I lived. I’d never done a model search before, and I didn’t have any clue if I’d find two young guys willing to pose on the front of a gay book.

Finally I had the models in place and the location picked, and then we just had to wait for a sunny day. A sunny day came along and the models assembled. I took a few shots, and I knew I had something great after about ten, but we kept on going, taking about ten total. There were five shots in the final running for the cover of Pray The Gay Away. I’m very happy with the final product.

Being responsible for all aspects of this book was scary. There’ve been periods of extreme worry that it wouldn’t be good enough, and lots of doubt that I chose the wrong shot for the cover.

Now that Pray The Gay Away is finalized and ready for primetime, I’m excited. I hope you like Jack and Andrew. If you do, please tell a friend. And remember, Jack and Andrew’s story isn’t finished; it’s only just begun in Pray The Gay Away.

Pray The Gay Away blurb:

Star football player, Jack Miller, had it all. The perfect family, looks, girls hanging on his every word, and the respect of most people in his town. But one thing was missing–a man to be his own.

When Andrew Collins showed up in small town, conservative Sweet, Georgia, he looked more scrawny mutt than high school senior. Andrew’s plan was to keep his head down and graduate high school, leaving his family behind to start his real life.

When he meets Andrew, Jack thinks he’s found heaven, but reality holds him in check until one night when his lips gently slide across Andrew’s and fireworks go off.

As lust and something a little deeper brings them together, compelling them to take chances, people start to notice. Then the unthinkable happens, and Jack’s parents find out he likes guys. The battle lines are drawn and they vow to pray the gay away.

Pray The Gay Away can be purchased from All Romance eBooks And other online retailers

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Amelia C. Gormley, Grace R. Duncan, Hayden Thorne, Heidi Belleau, Jackie Nacht, K.A. Merikan, Liz Borino, Mia Kerick, RainbowCon, Riley Hart, Sara York, SE Jakes

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had an outstanding week and are looking forward to a great week ahead. We’ve got a busy one coming up here at The Novel Approach, so check out who we’ve got on tap to bring all the fun right to you!

MondayGrace R. Duncan kicks the week off with a RainbowCon Celebration, and she’s offering a giveaway

Riptide Publishing will also be bringing Heidi Belleau and Amelia C. Gormley on the To the Very Last Inch Blog Tour

TuesdayMia Kerick is our guest on The Red Sheet Blog Tour, and there’ll be a giveaway

Riley Hart is also elevating the anticipation of her next release, Stay, book two in the Blackcreek series, with a purty smexy cover reveal!

WednesdayJackie Nacht will be here with us on the Full Moon Blog Tour, answering a few questions , and there’s a Rafflecopter Giveaway

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

ThursdayK.A. Merikan drops by today on the Copper Horse Blog Tour

FridaySara York has us covered on the Pray the Gay Away Blog Tour

Riptide Publishing is back today to bring SE Jakes to us, on the Free Falling Blog Tour

Saturday – You’ve already seen a sneak peek of Liz Borino’s Angel’s Hero this morning, so be sure to stay tuned for more from her “Angel” Blog Tour

SundayHayden Thorne is our guest, talking about your YA Historical Fantasy Renfred’s Masquerade, and she’s offering a giveaway of the book

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

Ethan Stone, Sara York

Let’s Welcome Sara York and Ethan Stone, Their Book “Transparency”, And A Giveaway

Transparency by Ethan Stone and Sara York

A few months ago a comic about the orientation police came out. It was an interesting look at the classifications we assign sexuality and the value people place on certain types of people. Some times those values interfere with seeing people as they are, instead focusing on the body parts or lack of body parts. The comic by Bill Roundy can be located here. Ethan Stone shared it on Facebook and I think it affected me about as much as it affected him. At the time the comic was shared, neither Ethan nor I had planned on writing together.

Sometimes writing in this genre can feel confining. Writing out of the box can be tricky. As an author, I want to push the envelope, especially with my own writing. I admit that over the last year I started holding back after a few reviews knocked me back, focusing on what they saw as negatives but were really just me throwing knives at the boundaries, seeing if I could slice a hole where none had been before. Taking a chance may lead to disappointing readers, which because of a few reviews I thought I had done so I squelched the desire to be different and started playing it safe.

Then the comic came out, Ethan and I started joking about Dino Porn and a partnership was born. We weren’t going to write about dinosaurs though, we wanted to write something inspiring or maybe a bit thought provoking. I don’t think either of us really expected to develop a transgender story when we first got together. We tossed a few story ideas around and after talking for a bit, he broached the subject of writing a trans character. Ethan told me that the idea of writing a transman came alive after a panel at the Gay Romance Northwest in Seattle. Readers said they wanted more trans characters and the idea came alive.

Writing Transparency forced me to open up and go deeper than I had in the last year. I found that place where I could dare to write outside of the box. It was refreshing to work on Taylor and how he interacted with Charlie. Taylor is troubled and wants to be accepted. Writing Taylor meant that I had to become vulnerable once again, exposing myself to harsh criticism because readers wouldn’t understand. Delving deep into this character brought emotions to light that I had repressed. The freedom of writing this character who broke barriers has allowed me to grow.

Transparency is more than just another hot romance with gay men who have great sex. It’s a journey into a dark and hurtful place that eventually brings freedom through love. Taylor is spunky and though he’s been knocked around, he always seems to have the energy to bounce back. I enjoyed exploring the sexuality of a transman. This side of the genre isn’t often delved into and is misunderstood. Giving voice to the T in LGBT was rewarding.

I enjoyed writing with Ethan. Of course, he says that the pleasure was all his. It was refreshing to work together on Transparency and take our characters to the edge, putting them into situations that challenge even those who think they already live outside the box.



Charlie is the quintessential bear. Big, muscular and hairy. But that isn’t the type of men he’s attracted to. He is drawn to men like Taylor—short, smooth, and sexy. Taylor is Charlie’s idea of the perfect twink. But there’s something about Taylor Charlie doesn’t know.

Taylor is unsure about a lot of things, but when he sees Charlie, he instantly knows he wants him. The only issue standing in his way is how Taylor views his own masculinity. He’s afraid that Charlie will leave once he knows the secret Taylor wants to keep hidden. Can he be transparent with Charlie and allow him to look behind the image he’s so carefully constructed?


Taylor studied himself in the mirror, wondering not for the first time if he looked good enough. His dark hair was cropped close to his head, and his blue eyes didn’t give anything away, but his jaw could have been more defined. His friends always said he looked elfin, but that was before. Being short was a bit of an issue, and he had to remind himself that some guys preferred short dudes over towering giants. His muscles were more defined than they’d been a few months ago, and his shoulders looked great, but he’d never be big, not like the other men at the gym where he worked out.

He sighed and his shoulders sagged. The words his mother said the last time she saw him echoed in his head. He knew he’d made the right decision. She may not be able to accept the change, but he felt whole now, like he finally was who he was born to be. From what he saw when he looked in the mirror and when the sexy gym junkies stared at him, he really thought he looked believable enough—hopefully.

Thoughts that he’d never be enough still plagued him, and he feared that no one would accept him for who he really was, but he was working hard to press past the issues and be happy. That’s why he didn’t date anymore. A few months after the first operation, the one that gave him the flat chest he’d always known he was supposed to have, he’d met someone. At first, everything had been great until his boyfriend had figured out the truth. The words stung. Freak had been at the top of the list, then his ex went on from there, saying that Taylor was too weird and damaged. The bastard had actually said he didn’t deserve to live.

Taylor couldn’t live through that again, not yet. Maybe in a few years, after the newness had worn off and his confidence had strengthened, he would be able to survive the taunts and threats, but not today.

Taylor drew in a deep breath before walking out of the bathroom of the fast-food joint toward the street exit. Like usual, he avoided eye contact as he left the restaurant and made his way down the street to Pleasures Entertainment and Bookstore. His heart thumped wildly as he handed over the five dollar entry fee and headed to the back. The store wasn’t packed, but four guys and two girls were milling around, looking at products. A sexy bald man looked up, his piercing eyes drilling a hole straight through Taylor. His steps faltered and he stalled, his feet refusing to move as the man stared at him. He wanted that guy—not for long term because long term wouldn’t work, but a quick blow would feed his fantasies.

The man was freaking hot. That he had no hair on top wasn’t a problem. Even better, a tight beard clung to his sharp jaw, leaving Taylor wanting. The air in his lungs stilled, and he had to remind himself to breathe. If only a man like that could want him, but he usually didn’t have the best of luck with built studs. The intensity from the sexy stranger poured off him like a waterfall, leaving Taylor wondering if he’d drown in the guy’s allure.

He shook off the need, breaking eye contact as he made his way back to the booths. This was his reality for now. He may have wanted to be in that sexy bear’s arms, but he’d settle for a quick way to get off, sucking other guys and pretending it was more.

Taylor glanced over his shoulder one last time as he grabbed for the handle on the door. He was disappointed he couldn’t see the guy he’d eye fucked. His insides twisted thinking about that stranger who was one heck of a sexy bear.

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Backlist Book Bump, Cate Ashwood, Charlie Cochet, Erica Pike, Ethan Stone, John Goode, Liam Livings, Lori Toland, Mary Calmes, Sara York, Sneak Peek

And Now, Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Happy Sunday, and welcome to another look at what we’ve got on tap for you in the coming week. We’ll have more reviews, including stories in the Dreamspinner Advent Calendar anthology Heartwarming, as well as some other Christmas themed stories. We’ve also got interviews, guest articles, a Backlist Book Bump, and plenty of giveaways in store.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up:


MondayLiam Livings is our guest today on his Christmas Serendipity Blog Tour and he’ll also have a giveaway of the book

TuesdayMary Calmes will be here with Quade and Roman from Old Loyalty, New Love. They’re doing an interview and offering a giveaway of the book

WednesdayCharlie Cochet kicks off The Heart of Frost Blog Tour right here and, and she’ll also be offering a giveaway at the end of the tour

ThursdaySara York and Ethan Stone will be here on their Transparency Blog Tour and will be offering a giveaway to one lucky reader

FridayCate Ashwood stops by on her Wholehearted (Hope Cove, Book 2) Blog Tour, and she’ll be offering a giveaway

John Goode – Will be here today with “Where Are We Now?” – Part 4 in his guest writing series

SaturdayLori Toland stops in on her Home for the Holidays Blog Tour with an Interview and giveaway

SundayErica Pike is doing a little Backlist Book Bump of A Life Without You and is offering a giveaway of the book


And that does it for the upcoming week. Until next Sunday, happy reading!

All Romance Ebooks, Ethan Stone, Sara York

When Finding Love Means Living In A State Of “Transparency”

“And when at last you find someone to whom you feel you can pour out your soul, you stop in shock at the words you utter—they are so rusty … from being kept in the small cramped dark inside you so long.” ― Sylvia Plath

BLURB: Charlie is the quintessential bear. Big, muscular and hairy. But that isn’t the type of men he’s attracted to. He is drawn to men like Taylor—short, smooth, and sexy. Taylor is Charlie’s idea of the perfect twink. But there’s something about Taylor Charlie doesn’t know. Taylor is unsure about a lot of things, but when he sees Charlie, he instantly knows he wants him. The only issue standing in his way is how Taylor views his own masculinity. He’s afraid that Charlie will leave once he knows the secret Taylor wants to keep hidden. Can he be transparent with Charlie and allow him to look behind the image he’s so carefully constructed?
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Follow Sara York Into The “Colorado Wild”

“You can love someone so much…But you can never love people as much as you can miss them.” ― John Green

What is a service member to do when they feel the job they do just isn’t enough? They don’t want to quit, but there has to be a way to make a real difference. This thinking is what brought about the creations of Wild Bluff Ranch. You see, the cowboys that tend the herds and fix the fences on the Wild Bluff are more than they appear. They are prior servicemen that have “special skills”. When you work for the government you don’t get a choice of whether to neutralize a target. A lot of people that don’t deserve to live get a pass. Well, there are no “passes” issued on the Wild Bluff.
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Sara York, Wilde City Press

“Cherished” Is A Story Of Taking Control And Letting Go

“The truth is balance. However, the opposite of truth, which is unbalance, may not be a lie.” – Susan Sontag

What is a control freak supposed to do when a pretty, innocent face starts to topple the walls he has built around his heart?

Scotty Fuller has control over everything in his life. He has control over the books in the library where he works, and he has control over the subs he has scenes with at the local BDSM club. If there is one thing he cannot and will not ever give up, it is his control. He believes this with his whole heart until the day he meets Wesley Reese.
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LE Franks, MLR Press, Sara York

Bring This “Prodigal Wolf” Home With You

“Conversation, like certain portions of the anatomy, always runs more smoothly when lubricated.” ― Marquis de Sade

Ok, so you know how you read a book and there are two, maybe three story lines going on and it just doesn’t work? Well, that isn’t this book. Sara York and L.E. Franks not only made it work, but they made it work well. I am addicted to these wolves and I can’t wait to read more about them.

The world these two authors created is a little different from most shifter books I have read. The Alpha position for the South Carolina based Montefiore pack is decided by bloodline. Carlo Montefiore’s family has been leading the pack for over five hundred years. Sadly, Carlo’s father died when Carlo was underage so Angelo took over the Alpha position. Unfortunately Carlo didn’t know that his father and Angelo had a plan in place for the future. Maybe if he knew things could have turned out differently and he wouldn’t harbor so much animosity toward Angelo.

I mentioned two or three story lines, right? I am going to start with my favorite part of the story. I am so deeply in love with Angelo and Carlo. These two men are both total alphas, literally. They are so gone for one another that it is just crazy. However, being the alphas that they are, they have let too many misunderstandings go for too long. Carlo harbors so much animosity that Angelo never has the chance to clear up anything with him. If these two men could let go of past hurts and TALK to one another civilly, the fireworks would never quit, I just know it.

While Carlo was away in California for college, he met Ted and the two men became very close. Along with his best friend since childhood, Joey, the three men have formed their own small three person pack. I liked how close these three men are. There is no doubt that Carlo is their alpha, but they are all also close friends. Joey seems to be smitten with Ted, but Ted is a mysterious man. All Joey knows is that Ted met Carlo in California and Carlo brought the man back with him. Neither Carlo nor Ted are giving any details, and that makes Joey feel like he is being excluded, and he doesn’t like that one bit.

Joey and Ted are struck dumb when they see two twinks moving into the house across the street. Kevin and Grady are two college freshman who have been best friends for years. These two are suffering from the same problem that Carlo and Angelo are plagued with. They never TALK to each other. They both love each other, but are too scared to lose their friendship to take the chance to voice this love. This opens them up to Joey and Ted’s seduction and leads to some pretty hot times for all the men.

I will be totally honest with you; I started this book and could not put it down. The characters, the world building and the drama that comes from all of these men just sucked me in and wouldn’t let me go. Now, if you like a book that is wrapped up happily at the end with a bow, this book is not it. I would have to say this book was like a very long prologue. We got to meet the packs, we got to meet all the players in the game and we got a glimpse into the history between all of the characters. The way the book was written was wonderful. I loved the main characters, Angelo, Carlo, Ted, Joey, Kevin and Grady. The thing I really appreciated was getting to know the secondary characters just as well. I have a feeling everyone I met will have a role in the series and I cannot wait to find out what those roles will be.

If you like big strong alpha males, they are here. If you like young cute twinks, well, they are here too. There are some wonderfully strong female characters that stand up to these alpha males and I loved them. I will definitely be reading the next books in the series.

I highly recommend this title and I dare you not to fall in love with this series!

Reviewed by: Jackie

You can by Prodigal Wolf (Wolves and Waves, Book One) here:

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Authors Sara York And LE Franks On Writing “Prodigal Wolf, (Wolves and Waves, Book One)”. And, Of Course, There’s A Giveaway!

Sara York:

I loved writing Prodigal Wolf. Mixing the human and shifter element together was challenging. Blending the human world with the shifter world allowed us to bring Kevin and Grady in. I love these two guys. Kevin is sweet but afraid Grady won’t really love him. Kevin’s world was shaped by his dad’s cancer scare. He doesn’t have the courage to state what he really wants. When he finally figures out how to say it, it might be too late.

It would have been predictable to force our human males into a relationship with the shifters, but having the twinks stay next to the pack house gives our wolves the perfect opportunity to meet up with Kevin and Grady, and that’s where the trouble begins for Joey. Our wolves need to mature and the only way is by seeing Kevin and Grady mature and it’s the intersection of these two groups that sets a lot of the story in motion; but getting all of this down, and making it come together, is where the real work comes in. Like I said, I loved writing this book. The characters were very engaging and they came alive on the page, almost growing organically as we wove the story.

Writing a character that is larger than life takes time. That’s why it took two authors to tackle it. We went back and forth, discussing details, working to make the characters sing. Of course, we know there are loose ends. Carlo and Angelo are too big for one book. Grady and Kevin need work too. Joey and Ted have to find their path too. Then there’s Seb and the rest. I hope you enjoy the group. They are fun and a bit crazy, they have issues and problems. They aren’t perfect in the least. Hopefully they will grow, because that’s what’s important, growth. SY

LE Franks:

I think what I loved from the first, is my partnership with Sara. We are an excellent creative team. Before we actually put ‘finger to keyboard’ we’d spent hours going back and forth, creating these characters out of thin air and then exploring their lives and their relationships with each other. It was from the development of these connections that the actual plot lines grew and entwined. Some of the most memorable scenes for me are near the end of the book during the pack party at the beach house. We finally see everyone in the same place at the same time, and a lot of truths are revealed and personalities explored. I really can’t wait to see what trouble they’ll get into next book. LE

Official Blurb:

Carlo has a problem, after years away he’s finally returned to his South Carolina roots – but instead of peace and quiet all he’s found are nosy wolves, romancing twinks, an out of control roommate threatening to expose them all, and a demanding Alpha who just won’t go away.

All his Alpha wants is to show Carlo who he really is, and where he belongs. But Carlo Montefiore is a man fighting his instincts, memories, and responsibilities. His beachside home was supposed to provide sanctuary, but pack politics, unruly roommates, and human neighbors at risk of discovering that shifters exist, are making life anything but peaceful.

Twinks Kevin & Grady have their own problems. Two college freshmen are no match for a couple of hot wolves who like to play chase. If they don’t stop playing games they’ll miss the biggest thing to happen in their young lives—love.

Excerpt from Prodigal Wolf: Book One of Wolves and Waves
by LE Franks & Sara York

Joey rolled over, burrowing under the covers and pulling the pillow over his head. Stupid wolf hearing. The problem with wolves was that no one had invented soundproofing strong enough to block out the sound of Carlo one floor below. Not even seven in the morning and already Carlo was pacing and spitting and swearing and waking up the house. Well maybe not the entire house, there wasn’t any sign that Ted had stirred next door. The cute blond was always quietly obvious in his morning rituals—so very Malibu with his morning yoga and humming, before hitting the beach to catch what little surfing was available. Hmm…such a nice thought, all that blond hair and warm tan skin. Almost enough to get him to roll out of bed and see if Ted was awake; well, “up” anyway…. He rolled over, pressing his hips into the mattress. That he and Ted hadn’t taken their explorations past a casual pet or kiss wasn’t troublesome at all. Ted wasn’t the type he would settle down with, but it wouldn’t hurt to get to know the guy on a deeper level.

All thoughts of early morning activities were driven out by the violent crash below, followed shortly by more swearing and a slamming door. Great. Another visit by Hurricane Carlo; forecast for the day: stormy with little chance of fun.

He lay there, eyes closed, breathing quietly, listening to the silence that had settled on the house. He toyed with the idea of getting in a ride before the sun got too high. This week’s training had done him in with over a hundred miles biked, it was more than enough, and the warm bed proved too tempting. Better make the most of it while I can, were his last thoughts before snuggling deeper under his duvet and slipping out of consciousness.

Joey woke again to the sound of pacing. If Carlo didn’t knock it off soon the world would be short one Alpha-Beta. Joey snickered to himself at the pun. Carlo would hate that. He had to remember to use it at the earliest possible moment. It was the least he could do if the fucker kept this up much longer. A quick glance at the clock revealed it had been a full two hours since the pacing had first woken him at six this morning; that was an activity proscribed by the Geneva Convention.

There would be payback.

The blessing of being a wolf was that Joey could now smell coffee within two minutes of optimum brewing, and Carlo’s cinnamon rolls of rage would soon be out of the oven. Apparently this was one of those baking kind of problems for his Alpha and friend. That could only mean one thing… Angelo.

Joey silently trod downstairs, noting a shattered piece of black plastic in the corner of the room—Carlo’s fit? He turned his attention to the kitchen, spying Carlo at the kitchen sink rinsing an antique bread bowl—shoulders and neck stiff, espresso untouched at his elbow. Ted was seated at the kitchen table working wax into his favorite short board, the muscles of his chest and shoulders flexing agreeably as he worked. It was always a treat to see Ted in his surfer boy finest, all tanned skin and low riding board shorts. Ted smiled sweetly as Joey wandered into the kitchen, a tiny smear of frosting at the corner of his mouth reminding Joey of his earlier thoughts that involved cream but not food.

“Morning Teddy Bear!” Joey teased, licking the sweetness from the man’s face, enjoying the taste of the man as much as the sugary frosting.

“Ass,” grumped Ted lightly before the brief lean of affection revealed his sweet happy nature. Such a stereotype, their California recruit who’d followed Carlo home from college and set up camp at the beach house. He patted Ted’s head before moving into the danger zone and hurricane Carlo’s reach.

“Mornin’ Carlo,” Joey purred into his Alpha’s ear before snagging his own roll.

“Coffee,” Carlo jerked his elbow backwards to the carafe, Joey’s favorite mug sitting next to it. Nice. At least they were going to reap the benefits of this morning’s bitch-off with the top dog… he snickered under his breath, which was a mistake of epic proportions. Shit.

Carlo rounded on him sharply. “You two need to keep your shit together. We have neighbors again, and I don’t want you fucking around like you always do. I have enough trouble with Beaufort without getting reamed out about ‘inappropriate behaviors that risk exposing us to humans.” Something sounding like ‘fucking prick’ slid just under Joey’s audible range and he ignored it to focus on the more interesting part of Carlo’s speech.

“Neighbors?” Joey lifted his eyebrows, hoping they were cute and not another family of six packing overloaded coolers of disgusting prepackaged meat to the beach for an all day roast- off with kids that shrieked every time a little piece of sand got in their eyes. It would be fine if they were roasting real meat, but usually it was their pale skin that took the brunt of the sun as they forgot to reapply sunscreen. Humans.

“Moving in now, across the way,” Carlo jerked his head towards the stretch of land that separated their house from a complex of holiday condos. The one closest to them was unoccupied most of the year, apparently not part of the whole vacation rental industry that seemed to drive the local island economy.

Joey moved to stand beside him at the sink. “Whoa! Dude!” he threw over his shoulder, “Ya gotta check this out—twinkies!!!”

Ted tossed his rag on the board and crowded in to check out the scene. “Sweet!”


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